The rise of the machines: and now the really bad news

September 26, 2012 by Amara D. Angelica

Should we welcome our new overlords? Uh, maybe not. (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Vice just posted an update to their “we’re living in a simulation“ interview with Dr. Rich Terrile of NASA JPL.

“I think our machines will wake up and take over our society,” he said. “They will become us, we will become them. We’ll merge with machines.

Take over? Now wait a minute there, rocket man….

“We have to wake the machines up. Humans look like they’ve already had their day in the sun and we need something better to come along and fix things.

“I think eventually what we’ll want to do is tap into a kind of galactic mainstream. If our future is a machine-evolved society able to transmit information at the speed of light, maybe this kind of communication is already going on all over the universe within other machine societies.”

Ah, that’s … interesting. The Singularity Is Near suggests another approach, based on intelligently merging with technology, rather than being replaced.