Tag Archives: terminator

Perhaps We Shouldn’t Teach Robots After All

We all know the story: humans create robots, robots overthrow humans. It’s a trope almost as old as science fiction itself, first appearing in Karel Capek’s 1920 play R.U.R. (the first work to use the word “robot”), and then in … Continue reading

Posted in artificial intelligence, Could this Happen?, robot, technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Terminate This!

In science fiction, robots have been solving cases and apprehending criminals for a while. From Robocop to Terminator to THX 1138 the idea that robots may replace police officers has in recent years begun the transition from fiction to fact. … Continue reading

Posted in Could this Happen? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Because Titanium Lacks Flexibility (and it’s so 2010)

The first time I ever watched Transformers, my first thought was that the Decepticons were far cooler than the Autobots and my second thought was how amazing it would be to be able to change shape. Since the days of … Continue reading

Posted in Could this Happen? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Head of Its Time

Battlestar Galactica, the Terminator, Star Trek: TNG, and works by Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and Isaac Asimov, among many others, feature humanoid robots that are indistinguishable from humans. Such robots are discussed in more detail here. This post explores … Continue reading

Posted in Could this Happen? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Uncle Sam Wants…Who?

Imagine meeting the Terminator on the battlefield. You might try and run–that is, if it didn’t kill you while you were pissing yourself. What about an army of Terminators? A common image in science fiction: massive armies of identical robots … Continue reading

Posted in Could this Happen? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Who Needs Fingers?

This blog’s for you. Welcoming couldthishappen.com’s first guest blogger, Spanky! You’re involved in a high-stakes poker game of epic proportions. Your entire life savings sits in front of you on the table (approximately $55). You’ve got what could be a … Continue reading

Posted in Could this Happen? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments