I Only Have One Question -- How Do You Want To Die?: Interview With A Vampire Robot

July 14, 2010


Note: Video is after the jump because robot people aren't really people (like those wolf kids). Also, casual mention of world domination around 2:40.

This is a video of a New York Times reporter interviewing a wonk-eyed robot named Bina48. I've got the feeling she isn't the pinnacle of artificial intelligence because, if she is, I may have seriously overestimated the threat of robot apocalypse and I am never wrong.

Ten minutes into my interview with the robot known as Bina48, I longed to shut her down.

She was evasive, for one thing. When I asked what it was like being a robot, she said she wanted a playmate -- but declined to elaborate.

"Are you lonely?" I pressed.

"What do you want to talk about?" she replied.

Other times, she wouldn't let me get a word in edgewise. A simple question about her origins prompted a seemingly endless stream-of-consciousness reply. Something about robotic world domination and gardening; I couldn't follow.

Wow, could you have made a shittier robot? Seriously, Leonardo da Vinci made better robots and he didn't even have a computer. Just wood and a bunch of naked men.

Hit the jump for the painful interview.

Making Friends With a Robot Named Bina48 [nytimes]

Thanks to Phloyd, Gabriel, Adam, Jesse, Forevergogo, Ross, Hamiwill, Mad3yez and Münie, Pete, Thomas, josh, Aria and I Was Framed!, who stab first, ask questions later.

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