Our Robot Overlords are Coming


And we’re helping them learn. Okay, that’s a bit apocalyptic, and I for one welcome our new robot overlords, when they eventually show up. The link is to the latest tweenbot story from Engadget, where a group of roboticists in Munich built a robot which navigated its way across the city by asking for directions and mapping the responses.

For a slightly scarier version of our robotic future, P. W. Singer offers a current view of robots at war from the latest TED Conference.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →