Debugging the program...

  • Written by Administrator
  • December 1, 2019

“Faced with a networked future that seems to favor the distracted over the focused, the automatic over the considered, and the contrary over the compassionate, it’s time to press the pause button and ask what all this means to the future of our work, our lives, and even our species.” 

—Douglas Rushkoff, Program Or Be Programmed, Ten Commands For A Digital Age, pg. 10

 

 

Silence...

  • Written by Administrator
  • February 1, 2018

Greetings, cyborgs, robots, and natural humans!

It's been very quiet here for over a year now. It's deafening, the silence here. At least, that's how it feels to me. But it's time for an update on what's up with the show...

Once again, thanks for listening to the show. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more detail, click on VIEW POST.

Announcing Series 2

  • Written by Administrator
  • December 6, 2016

Greetings, cyborgs, robots, and natural humans!

It's been a while since we've had an update here on RobotOverlordz.fm, but that doesn't mean that things haven't been ongoing. With that in mind, it seemed like past time to announce the upcoming launch of Robot Overlordz 2.0, AKA Series 2.

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Overlordz Hiatus

  • Written by Administrator
  • November 16, 2016

Greetings, cyborgs, robots, and natural humans!

We're taking a short hiatus to rethink the show and re-evaluate what's next for the future. In the meantime, all of our previously released episodes are available on the site, most of them with transcripts (and more of the transcripts are coming soon). If you have any suggestions or ideas for the show, feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks so much for listening, and thanks for your patience...

The Robot War

  • Written by Mike
  • November 18, 2015

When you hear the phrase Robot War, or the Machine War, or even the AI War, it conjures visions of Terminators striding across skull-strewn plains. Blame Hollywood or our overactive imaginations there. But I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what a war between humans and AI would actually be like. And this has led me to think that we are in the middle of this war right now.

What do I mean by that? Well, I started thinking about what is an AI. To my mind, an AI is a non-human entity that was created artificially. In the context of a Robot War, such an AI would be taking actions to augment its own survival at the cost of human survival. Which very quickly led me to the idea of corporations.

Corporations are now defined as legally possessing personhood. They didn’t start out that way. We as a society gave them those rights. And although corporations are “run” by humans, I think one could make a convincing argument that those humans are in fact just the biological “cogs” that make up a machine intelligence. If any single manager or boss decides not to “get with the program”, so to speak, that manager or boss will be replaced. Everyone knows that. Thus, there is a high degree of coercion in place to ensure that managers/bosses act first in the interest of the corporation itself, even when those actions would result in human suffering.

That may sound a bit far-fetched to some… but I think it’s a much more credible explanation for why so many things that we as human beings would be against keep happening. More and more over the last few decades, governments have begun acting in the interests of corporations, rather than their human citizens.

Since the 1970s they’ve been playing countries and states against each other, in a race to the bottom competing for the opportunity to host where a corporation is headquartered or houses its employees. In the US, with the recent Supreme Court decisions that have legitimized our political culture of monied interests and corruption, the only remaining check on corporations’ ability to act (legal requirements against certain behavior) is further undermined.

I don’t think it’s really that much of a stretch, once you get past the initial shock of the idea. If we only conceptualize machines as devices such as computers, then the idea of an emergent entity that uses biological individuals as components may seem very strange. But I think that this model gives a better picture of some of the high stakes issues that are confronting our society today.