The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk is scheduled to open at Cambridge University and evaluate the risk of us all dying at the hands of killer robots with lasers for eyes and razor blades for hands.
Personally, I am thankful that the people at Cambridge are so forward looking. Further, I hope they will expand the research to include tangent areas of science like Zombies and also Machines Which Are Not Robots But Come To Life and Kill People For No Reason Like That Big Goblin Truck in the film Maximum Overdrive.
This important research is coming just in the nick of time, judging from the following news: Disney is populating their theme parks with robots that can THROW THINGS AT YOU. Yes, that’s right. Disney, beloved by children and adults alike, is laying the seeds of Sky Net right now. It begins with an anatomic figure gracefully whisking a Creme Pie at an unsuspecting passer-by. It ends with all of us living like rats in holes in a Global Thermonuclear Nightmare. Hopefully Cambridge will cast a skeptical and wary eye towards these future Terminators at Disney.