Evidence of humans fearing technology dates back to the Industrial Revolution, when what came to be known as “technophobia” was first observed.
As it turns out, some of those fears were justified.
Violent man-versus-machine conflicts saw members of the British working class destroying the devices that had replaced their jobs well into the 1800s, setting the stage for centuries of anti-robot rhetoric played out in books, movies and ideological movements
Today, serious fears of a “robot revolution” are only just starting to crystallize for the average person – but it’s happening quickly, and spreading far beyond the confines of science fiction.
The year 2015 featured stories of robotic technology, artificial intelligence, autonomous weaponry and what the exponential rate of innovation in these sectors could mean for humanity.
“If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable,” reads an open letter from July signed by Hawking, Musk, and Steve Wozniak among others. “The endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow.”
Here are some of the most “terrifying” news stories about robots from 2015, as judged by the reactions of our audience members, staffers and the world at large.
They took our jobs
Japanese data scientists predicted in early December that more than half of all jobs in Japan could be…