APA Interviews Post-Apocalyptic Blade Smith.

APA Interviews Post-Apocalyptic Blade Smith.

What initially made you get into designing and building post apocalypse style weapons and other metal artwork?

 I grew up watching things like “The road warrior” and “Heavy Metal”. I also read a lot of science fiction. I had a vivid imagination too. In 2000, my wife and I went to Renaissance Fair. We saw a booth with copper sculptures. My wife said “you can make those”. I told her” yeah, maybe”. She said “yours would be better”.
I laughed cause I thought “nah, I can’t do that”. Later that year we went to Festival in the Park at Freedom Park. More copper stuff. This time copper water sprinklers for the yard. It was my time say I could make better. He wanted over a hundred dollars for something I could make for fifteen. Ridiculous.
So that year I decided to make a dragon head for my wife. My first metal piece was Roscoe. He is an all copper dragon sculpture. He has a four foot wingspan and weights 35 lbs. Thing is, as I thought I was finished, everyone that saw the head said “you can’t stop there, you need to finish it”. I finished him in early 2001. After that people started asking if I could make other things, and I just kept doing it. So Roscoe belongs to my wife. I can’t sell him. He will always be special.

 

How long does a piece take to make? 
It really depends on the complexity of a piece. A small rose takes about six hours for the shaping and brazing. The paint can take another three to four hours. Something more complicated, like a bonzai tree can take thirty to forty hours. Weapons are a different story. It really depends on the finished product you are after. Mine are more Mad Max kind of rough. That’s easier than a fine highly polished show blade. Show blades are really nice, but not my style. I can spent three hours making a mace, then another two or three hours deburring and removing weld beads. A knife or axe with heat treatment can take twenty to thirty hours. A lot of that is getting temperatures right to get the right hardness. Too hard, it shatters. Too soft, won’t hold an edge for crap. So it is a case by case basis really. I enjoy all of it though. That’s why I do it.
Do you sell your creations?
Yes. I have a Facebook web page. It has mostly my art stuff, cause FB is kinda getting weapon funny these days. I’ve noticed them removing a LOT of weapons post lately. Appears to me most social media is very much about censorship. Anyway, my page is..https://www.facebook.com/Art-by-Ben-241645292551790/
What are some items that you are especially proud of?
 That’s a hard question. I am proud of all of the stuff I make. However, I do think my best metal work has been the dolphins I made, and of coarse Roscoe. My best colors are in my latest rose. Although I see lots of improvement over the years. My techniques have improved and I’m still learning. Currently my son is helping me learn TIG welding. 
How do you find your materials to build with?
 I get materials all over the place. I love repurposing materials. I have to admit being a bit of a hoarder. People give me metal pieces, and I get stuff that companies are throwing out. I use a whole lotta old nots and bolts too. Sometimes I have to buy materials too, usually copper for flowers. If Im making an axe or knives I’ll buy blade material. Usually I use 1095 high carbon steel. It’s a easier steel to start with. Much more forgiving than others. Blades need certain characteristics in the metal. Scrap metal is iffy sometimes. I mean you can spark test and stuff, but buying, you know exactly what you’re starting with.
what is some of the equipment that a begginner might need to start making their own items?
 Start with good hang tools. If you can’t weld it, or solder it, you can still drill and tap. Then you can bolt things together. Pliers, wrenches, and screwdrivers are good start. If your going scrounging for parts, your gonna have to take stuff apart first. Then drills and taps. Get a good toolbox of hand tools first. Basics go far.
How long have you been making postapo style creations?
 The art started first, my weapons came in the last ten years. Still doing weapons, I just haven’t posted them in some time. FB can be fussy. I plan on posting some soon. 
Do you have any plans to craft other items in the future? 
 Of course. I have stuff in the works now. I have parts for maces laid out and have orders for art right now.

 

Is it wrong to loot a corpse?

Is it wrong to loot a corpse?

 

At first glance, you might say “What kind of sick Bastard are you?! Of course, it’s not wrong to loot a corpse!” But it may not be such a cut and dry answer as you might think.

There are some serious considerations before you crack open that beautiful formerly human pinata of goodies.

It’s a trap!

Shocking, I know. Who would do such a sacrilegious thing?

It is not uncommon to place a body in an area that can easily be covered by a gunman or team waiting to spring on the unsuspecting corpse prospector.

Be especially wary of a corpse that is surrounded by buildings. It could be bait. It could also mean that a sniper has shot that person and is waiting for more unwilling victims to pass by.

If at all possible leave that corpse alone. Or clear the adjacent buildings first and then return to search the body.

The body itself is a trap

An even more common occurrence is to lay a de-pinned grenade under a corpse.

It’s almost an everyday occurrence for Isis and other terrorist groups to booby trap corpses as they flee shitting on their pants from a formerly occupied area.

How to check a corpse for Traps

So to check a body for traps first take a look around it:

1) Make sure no wires are leading from the body. This could be a trip wire attached to an improvised explosive device like a pipe bomb or connected to a grenade pin. It could be someone waiting to detonate the body, in which case your already dead.

2) If it isn’t someone you care about give it a good stab to make sure it is in fact dead. The last thing you want is to be searching a sleepy time zombie, or a would-be robber playing possum.

3) Gently check again for wires and needles. You don’t want to explode or get stuck with an infected needle.

4) Lightly check for tightly packed grenades in cargo pockets and other storage pouches.

5) Lay on top of the corpse, grab hold of it and roll over with the body. This will help mitigate the effects of a blast from a grenade or mine underneath. Hopefully, you have some type of body armor.

6) Roll that maggot farm off of yourself and with the dexterity of Oliver Twist rifle through its pockets. You are home free.

Someone you love, or kind of like.

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you find the body of someone you know. Here are some tips:

1) Check for booby traps same as before.
2) Don’t stab them.
3) Make sure they are in fact dead.
4) If they are just incapacitated, give them first aid/CPR.
5) If they are in fact dead, give them a good stabbing. Today’s dead friend or loved one is tomorrows zombie eating your spleen.
6) Like an Italian Subway pickpocket, check for loot. The wasteland Provides.

Don’t feel bad.

Listen, you might feel bad for taking the belongings of your former friend or colleague. But you shouldn’t, I’m sure that they would have wanted you to have it.

Think of it as a gift for all the Birthdays and Christmases that they’ll miss now that they are feeding worms and the occasional wild dog. Besides, it’s not like they’re using it anymore.

Other Considerations before the Apocalypse.

With all this new found knowledge you might be chomping at the bit to get out there and loot that dead body lying by the railroad tracks. But you shouldn’t and here is why.

The first being, do you really want your fingerprints all over what could be a murder victim?

Listen, there is nothing worse than going to prison for life because you ate a grilled cheese sandwich before rubbing your greasy fingertips all over that rotting Hobo.

Besides, that bloody knife that you used to stab the corpse with makes you seem really guilty. Sure, you get three hots, a cot and all the penis you can handle, but is it worth your freedom?

Probably not. Unless your into that kind of thing. Who am I to judge? It is the current year after all.

Unfair treatment for soldiers.

If you are a Soldier, that old arch-nemesis of mine the Geneva Convention makes looting a corpse a war crime. Unless you’re taking something that is of strategic value or a threat to a soldier away. So unfair.

A-holes who booby trap rotting meat sacks.

First of all, you can go F@#k yourself. Second of all, don’t do it before the apocalypse because you will go to jail and it won’t be pleasant. Why?

Because it’s illegal and if there is one thing people in the American prison system hate, it’s people who f@#k with corpses.

Ask Jeffrey Dahmer if you don’t believe me. Also, because it endangers the lives of Emergency Medical Service men and women.

Here are some references if you want to learn more about the legality of looting corpses.

Reference:

The illegality of soldiers to loot corpses: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/punitive-articles-of-the-ucmj-3356834

OK for Terrorist groups, non-military to booby trap baby corpses: https://thenewsrep.com/56273/warning-graphic-isis-is-booby-trapping-corpses-as-they-retreat/

Don’t put booby traps on your dead bodies before apocalypse because you’ll get butt lovin’: /https://definitions.uslegal.com/b/booby-traps/

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Why go to Atomic Falls?

 

 

Initially, I thought why would anyone want to go to Wyandotte Oklahoma to attend a Post-Apocalypse festival? It’s in the middle of nowhere.
Then I looked at a map and realized one vital aspect of the location. It is right in the middle of the United States. A one-day road trip filled with fantastic points of interest along the way.

No matter what your starting point, the ride is filled with unique roadside attractions, Museums, and other natural and historical monuments.
You can take a photo in front of Walter White’s home from Breaking Bad or visit one of the locations the Film “Big Fish” depending on where you are coming from.

Absolutely perfect for the more adventurous travelers.

I’ve made a small list at the bottom of this article that shows some but not all of the attractions of the drive from the four corners of the Continental United States.
I could have put even more, but I just can’t dedicate a week to comb everything that you could stop and see along the way.

Sure, WW is the most extensive Post-Apo festival in the world, but not everyone can dedicate nearly a week of driving to and from the location. The other fact is not all Post-Apocalyptic settings are of the Mad Max variety. Not everyone wants to sweat half to death in the desert for several days.

Atomic Falls Venue in itself is pretty amazing. Hosted at the D-Day Adventure Park. Throughout the massive 1200 Acre Park crashed helicopters, planes, boats and other abandoned military vehicles make it look as if the shattered  shattered buildings were built upon what could have been the last battle of the Apocalypse.

 

Inside the event they have a Wasteland Fashion Show, Death Kart Races, Scavenger Hunts, Cook-Offs, Crafting Classes, DJ Booth, A Black Thumb build off. There are Stage Performances during the day and a DJ at night. 

Bartertown, Mission Booth. There is a Casino at the event which apparently is pretty essential to have in Wyandotte.

As well as lots and lots of drinking. Some of which is served at the Chug and Slug which can also be seen at WW serving up home brew and Nuka Cherry.

It is a more relaxed atmosphere, more of a gathering of friends that like to party than a full-scale riot. Don’t get me wrong, there are enough activities to keep you entertained. Although, you can just chill a little whenever the mood strikes and enjoy the scenery of an incredibly beautiful area.

Many of the founders of other Post-Apocalypse Festivals have routinely visited because it is an easy drive from the East Coast Nukelanta and Aftermath Festivals. Making the event even better with these experts of the craft of Post-Apocalypticana.

Tribes from Oklahoma, Alabama, and Kansas make the pilgrimage to the event. Most offering up their own mini-events. Like the Canadian Invasion serving up Poutine and the River Rats handling Boffer Fights.  

So it is already populated with exceptional outfits and characters. Hundreds of people are attending each year, and it is growing in attendance. Much like the way WW did in its first years.

There is even a Tank and a couple of APCs which the owner of the venue offers up for rides and photo ops. Last year, Atomic Falls was able to up the ante by running over a car with the Tank.

But probably the best bonus at the event and location is that there are 2 shower houses with working toilets. So you can enjoy the Apocalypse without smelling like it.

The event is fully immersive. One of the rules being that anyone in a public area must be attired in Wasteland clothing. Even if it is, as they call it “Wasteland Casual” (which amuses me to no end I must admit.)

It is held every year from May 29th through June 2nd, usually a reasonable time to take off from work.

So make your Post-Apo uniform if you haven’t already and go. Become the Apocalypse version of yourself for a few days and make some new friends from across the U.S. Enjoy yourself and have a Nuclear Blast at Atomic Falls.

Below is the list of some interesting points along the way from various starting points in the U.S. If you would like a list of sites from your major city email a request to Survivors@apostapocalypse.com or Join our new Facebook Page. Just don’t ask for  attractions from Schitt’s Creek, Pennsyltucky of some bullshit like that.

For more about Atomic Falls itself and to get tickets,check out their website https://www.atomicfallsusa.com/  or head on over to their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/atomicfallsusa/ .

The creation of Atomic Falls has started springing up new Wastelanders all across the Midwest, and has created so many friendships with like minded individuals who wouldn’t have had the chance to meet otherwise. With the event still being small you get an intense sense of community and camaraderie.

Shannon Combs

Mayor Squirrel, Board Chairman Atomic Falls

 

Roadside Attraction to Atomic Falls From New York City :

Giant Steel Hockey player,  Crayola Store,  Lost River Canyons,  Roadside America,  Atomic Warehouse,  The Coffee Pot,  Story Land, Buffalo Bill’s House from Silence of the Lambs, Big Mac Museum Restaurant, Bellaire Toy and Plastic Brick Museum, archive of the Afterlife: a paranormal museum, Old Licking County Jail, Early Television Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright -Westcott House, Hartman Rock Garden, Frankenstein’s Castle, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana Medical History Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary History, Gravity Hill, Worlds Largest Rocking Chair, Wooden Shoe, Coin and Pitchfork. Kaskaskia Dragon, World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, Third Degree Glass Factory, St Louis City Museum, Jesse James Wax Museum, Meramac Caverns, Route 66 Museum, Wild Animal Safari, Superman Museum, Joplin Museum Complex

Roadside attractions From Miami to Atomic Falls – Star trek Mansion, Kennedy Bunker, Wildlife Florida Airboats & Wildlife Park, Gatorland, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Gypsy Gold Horse Farm, The Canyons Zipline, World’s Smallest City Block, Big Rooster made of car bumpers, Town of Spectre (Big Fish filming location), Joe Minters African Village in America, Sloss Furnaces Nation Historic Landmark, Elvis Presley’s birthplace, Graceland, Gone with the Wind filming location, First Human dissection in Arkansas Monument, Esse Purse Museum, Popeye Statue, the Walmart Museum , the Museum of Native American History, Mildred b. Cooper Memorial Chapel

 

Roadside Attractions From Seattle WA to Atomic Falls – Red Wagon Riverfront Park, Miner’s Hat Realty, Oasis Bordello Museum, Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Carousel for Missoula, Garnet Ghost Town, Historic Dumas Brothel Museum, Old Prison Museum, American Computer Museum, Creature Skier God sculpture, Statues for the Proletariat, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Center of the Nation Monument, LaGrand Station & Call of the Wild Museum, Dinosaur Park, Cosmos Mystery Area, Chapel in the Hills, Black Hills Maze, Bear Country U.S.A, Roberts Prarie Dog Town, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, 1880 town, Akta Lakota Museum, World’s Only Corn Palace, Mitchel Prehistoric Indian Village, Porter Sculpture Park, Veteran’s Memorial Park, National Music Museum, Lewis and Clark Historical Monument, Largest Ball of Stamps, Museum of Shadows, Jesse James Last Home, Glore Psychiatric Museum, C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, United Federation of Dolls Clubs, Edge of Hell Haunted House, National Airline History Museum, Deaf Cultural Center, Big Brutus,

Roadside Attractions From San Diego CA to Atomic Falls – Coyote’s Flying Saucer Retrievals and Repairs, Desert View Tower Jacumba, Fossil Canyon, Imperial Valley Desert Museum, Plank Road, Official Center of the World, History of Granite, Yuma Territorial Prison State Park, Fort Yuma, Dobson Museum, Dateland Travel Center, Estrella Star Tower, Phoenix Trotting Abandoned Horse Races, Phoenix internation Raceway, Arizona Capitol Museum, Release the Fear (apparently not so good), Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, Tovrea Castle, Hall of Fame, Phoenix Zoo, Mill Avenue Bridge, Center for Meteorite Studies, River of Time Museum, Desert Dog Hummer Adventures, Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co., Rainbow Rock Shop, Bronze Dinosaur Statue, Painted Desert Indian Center, Stewarts Petrified Wood, Petrified Forest National Park, Yellowhorse Trading Post, Rex Museum, Navajo Code Talker Museum, Indian Kachina Statue, Continental Divide, Bowlin’s Old Crater Trading Post, new Mexico Mining Museum, El Malpais National Monument, Acoma Curio Shop, Laguna Pueblo, Rio Puerco Bridge, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque Museum of art and history, Lodestary Astronomy Center, Rattlesnake museum, Turquoise Museum, “Old Town” Albuquerque, Explore Science Center and Children’s museum of Albuquerque, New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, Giant Red Arrow, New Mexicio Museum of Military History, Walter White’s House from Breaking Bad, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Lewis Antique Auto & Toy Museum, Blue Hole of Santa Rosa, Route 66 Auto Museum, Richardson Store, Russell’s Car Museum, Second Amendment Cowboy, Cadillac Ranch, American Quarter Horse Museum as well as the Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, Kwahadi Museum of the American Indian, Texas Air & Space Museum, Amarillo Railroad Museum, VW Slug Bug Ranch, Groom Cross, Devil’s Rope Museum, Conoco tower station & U-Drop Inn, Shamrock West Museum, Texola Ghost Town, Heartland of America Museum, Stafford Air & Space Museum, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, The American Pigeon Museum & Library, Seaba Station Motorcycle Museum, Museum of Pioneer History, Huge Liquid Life Bottle, Blue Whale of Catoosa, J. M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum, Totem Pole Park and World’s Larget Totem Pole, World’s Largest Mcdonald’s

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Will Robots take over?

Will a robot take over the world or just my job?

Fortune Magazine states that as many as 800 million jobs could be taken by 2030.

Back in 2016, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim predicted that over 50 percent of employment in many developing countries will be taken by Robots.

Oxford University conducted a study and concluded that 47 % of Jobs in the U.S. are threatened.

Statistically, a robot probably will take your job. In the short run, this could really put some stress into your life. Long term, it’s the absolute best thing that could happen. I’ll explain why.

 

How can I be sure that this is a good thing?

Because we have already faced a robot uprising before many times before.

Technology has already replaced so many jobs in agriculture that 2 % of the population in the U.S. feeds the other 98 %. The use combines, and other forms of machinery have taken the burden of physical labor out of much of farming.

As early as the invention of the plow, technology replaced the need for a human to break his or her back tilling a field. The long days and a slower pace of life for farmers is now a choice and no longer a necessity.

In the 1800s people worked in incredibly hazardous conditions inside factories. A standard work week just to make a subsistence living was 70 hours. People would routinely lose life and limb working in these places.

Yet, somehow, people were so frightened of losing these awful jobs that they broke this new machinery. The most successful group was known as the Luddites, now a label for any technophobic person.

In the 1980s computers arrived and began to replace the hundreds of thousands of lower-level clerks in banking and business industries. As well as other industries that required people to sort through stacks of papers to collate, sort and file them. This is referred to as Office Automation and dramatically changed the landscape of business and industry in the 1970s and 80s.

 

Robots will harvest, cook, and serve our food. They will work in our factories, drive our cars, and walk our dogs. Like it or not, the age of work is coming to an end.

Gray Scott

The job that you get may not be invented yet.

A robot may be poised to take your job right this very instant. I know that there is already talk of AI replacing journalists. I use a form of AI to proofread and correct errors in grammar and spelling in these articles.

Will a robot completely replace me as well? I don’t think so. Many industries use robots alongside people not to completely replace but to enhance their performance and capabilities.

Robots perform tasks that lead to repetitive stress injuries. Preventing someone from loss of income from having to go through corrective surgery.

They work in environments that are hazardous or impossible for humans to operate in. Radioactive areas, submerged areas, and areas with a high level of toxic fumes can be worked in by robots while a person will develop a life-threatening illness.

It improves efficiency and frees up a human for other more critical tasks. These people can then pursue more creative endeavors that provide a better return on investment than some mindless or tedious work.

While it may sound harsh, the reality is that if you have a job in which you can be replaced by a robot, then you didn’t really have a, to begin with.

Why robots won’t take over the world

Plain old dirt

Probably the most significant limiting factor for robots is the fact that they are very susceptible to dirt jamming their mechanisms. Bearings deteriorate very quickly if even a small amount of dust or sand gets into them.

Take the Middle East as an example. Planes are often sold to Middle Eastern countries by western nations. They then proceed to fall right out of the sky. The reason for this is not because the pilots are worse, or they have been sold defective products but because the amount of maintenance required for them to operate in this environment is substantial.

Unless that plane has been rigorously maintained by qualified personnel, then its internal workings are quickly jammed by sand and rendered inoperable.

This simple cause and effect make it next to impossible to make a robot more robust than a human. The human body is a surprisingly efficient machine.

We are able to still maintain most of our functionality even after losing a limb. The phrase healthy as a horse is used a lot, but a horse is basically dead after injuring a leg.

We can still see and function after losing an eye.

We need only to process organic matter to produce energy and don’t necessarily need replacement parts to repair an injury.

We can fight on even after being severely damaged.

The Terminator should fear us, and this has been proven after every single Terminator movie. The Terminator just never wins completely. Even after we have dealt with nuclear annihilation, we are still kicking Skynet right in the balls.

Expense

For a human to be replaced, the amount of money that could be saved over the life of the robot must be higher than that paid to a human.

“If a machine acts as intelligently as human being, then it is as intelligent as a human being.”

Alan Turing

 

Humans are more capable of adapting to different scenarios than a robot. They are more functional in terms of manual dexterity. Humans also can flow with changes to an environment.

In an assembly line, if one robot fails to perform correctly or at all, then the entire range of robots before that point grinds to a halt. This often equates to tens of thousands of dollars lost for every second that the machine is down.

Not to mention that the Robots themselves are expensive ranging in cost from half a million to several million dollars each. Each one is only able to perform a particular task.

Couple that with having to stockpile an inventory of parts to repair and maintain the robot. Elements that are often more expensive than the completed machine itself, i.e. it is cheaper to buy a complete automated work cell than to try to build one yourself from parts.

Then add in staff that needs to maintain, repair and program these robots. Often times, but not always, these people are well paid and well trained.

You can see that it becomes costly to replace a human.

So why a robot? Because robots do not tire, call off work or need vacations. They don’t need the extra added benefits packages that human workers receive.

As an employee, you might not often think of what these extras cost a company. However, that doesn’t mean that the cost of your health care and retirement package are solely paid for by you. Often the company does this at a great expense merely to attract and keep people in roles within the company.

Like I said before if it is a job that is mindlessly repetitive and one that is done many thousands of times then it is a perfect job for a robot.

Ultimately, it must be determined whether the full value of the robot exceeds its overall cost.

Programming

As it stands now, programming a robot is still reasonably technical. There just aren’t very many people that do it well. While it may be true that the Human Machine Interface is becoming more comfortable to use and manipulate, the fact still remains that it takes a great understanding of logic gates to prevent or troubleshoot errors that effectively disable a robot.

This is true both in hardware and software.

AI

A lot is made in media about artificial intelligence, the biggest problem with real artificial intelligence is that it is code that begins to write itself. Most of what we refer to as artificial intelligence isn’t actually artificial intelligence but exceptionally well-written code that follows a hierarchy of logic flow.

You may have seen the Robot Sophia agreeing to “Destroy all Humans.” But I will tell you that this was just a pre-programmed joke and not something that Sophia came up with on the fly.

So what is really going on? Someone writes code to issue out a statement based on inputs. The program never deviates from the pre-ordained script.

You know how irritating this can be if you’ve ever had to deal with a bot on an automated customer service line or with online bots that respond to you from various businesses.

There will eventually be a point that AI is capable enough to sound and behave in an almost human way effectively. Especially since there is already such a wide range of human behavior that already exists.

But this is much farther away than most people think. In the meantime, humans will be able to adapt and change to find new roles and jobs.

Your new job doesn’t exist

The potential exists that a person’s profession doesn’t even yet exist. Just like the industrial revolution of the 1800s, new technology frees people to pursue more comfortable and more engaging work.

This is hard to believe when you are facing replacement by a robot and have bills to pay. But it is the truth.
Computer programming, repair, and sales didn’t exist 30 years ago. Along with that came the creation of other jobs related to the industry such as web developers, graphic artists that specialize in computer graphics, YouTubers, basically the entire gaming industry, PLC programmers, I&E technicians the list goes on and on.

So I believe that it is safe to say that whatever jobs are taken by robots could very well help in the creation of new and better jobs.
More Free Time

We have watched as the average workweek shrink from a median 70-80 hour work week pre-industrial revolution to a 40 hour work week. People are still able to make a living but just don’t spend every waking hour slaving at a factory.

The same could very well be correct with the Industrial Revolution 2.0 as the robotic revolution is being called by experts in the robotics industry.

People freed from the burden of mundane and dangerous jobs forcing them into roles that require more mental agility and creativity also makes it possible to earn more while doing less.

Military Robotics

There is one worry that is ever present, and that is robotics in military applications. We have seen the rise of drone bombers and even some development in mobile gun platforms. DARPA the organization that is the think tank and research and development group of the U.S. Department of Defense shows off a variety of robotic armaments in development.

Terminator style man-shaped robots and pack animals. However, it is still so early, and most of it may never come into play on an actual battlefield, at least not in this century.

Again expense comes into play. The robot “Big Dog” is a pack robot currently in development and testing with the United States Marine Corps. However, the way I see it is the military has spent several millions of dollars in developing what could easily be replaced by a horse. One that is incredibly expensive to produce and inevitably will fail in dirty environments.

It is a toy. Drone and bombers on the hand are not. They are incredibly effective at dropping ordinance on the enemy. The one factor that is handled and probably will always be handled by a human being is the decision to actually drop that bomb.

Kill orders are still verified and authorized by a person in control of the drones functions.

They are getting even better with time as well. The old “Predator” drone system is now something like twenty years old. There is a new aerial drone, X47b which also has a form of visual camouflage that is incredibly effective..

Utilizing advanced led to display video of the sky above itself on its undercarriage. This has lead to more sightings of UFOs around some of the U.S.’s high security and secretive military bases.

I have found one great post-apocalyptic short story featuring this beautiful machine here:

 

There are lots of examples of routine, middle-skilled jobs that involve relatively structured tasks, and those are the jobs that are being eliminated the fastest. Those kinds of jobs are easier for our friends in the artificial intelligence community to design robots to handle them. They could be software robots; they could be physical robots.

Erik Brynjolfsson

Professor MIT

 

What jobs are robots taking?

Robots are primarily tasked with replacing workers in boring, repetitive or dangerous situations. They also take some jobs that require extreme precision.

Those jobs that put humans at risk or positions were a person can be replaced easily with someone else. In some instances, higher cognitive jobs, like analysts, are being replaced by a form of AI.

Stolen by robot: Assembly line, Retail/customer interaction, Long haul truck drivers, Customer service and office assistants. Warehouse workers, Some healthcare

What jobs do robots do?

Stockroom/whare house, Soldier.Pharmacist, Bomb squad, Journalist, Housekeeper

Jobs soon to be hardest hit: Insurance underwriters and claims representatives, Bank tellers/ representatives and traders, Farming

Most likely positions to be taken: Telemarketers, Bookkeeping clerks, Compensation and benefits managers,
Receptionists, Courier, Proofreaders, Computer support, Market research analyst

Will AI become more intelligent than humans?

It is possible. However, it will take a long time to develop fully. Possibly a century or more regardless of the speculations. You have to keep in mind that people in the 1950s believed that we would be driving around in flying cars by now. I’m still waiting for my hover car.

Speculation over future technology is often far ahead of its time and is usually way off the mark. The internet was developed as a system to share serious academic, scientific research and now is used to share videos of cats and babies. So there is the precedence of technology going off the rails.

The only thing is that we have been discussing what to do with robots before they were even a reality. Proflific Sci-Fi writer Isaac Asimov came up with the three rules of robotics when people envisioned robots shaped like cans of Dinty Moore Beef Stew with arms like dryers hoses. We didn’t have robots or even computers.

The height of technology of the time was a propeller driven plane.

Conclusion

Don’t worry about robots taking over the world; it is too far away and is already being considered heavily by the people that can actually effect change. It takes a team of people to create one anyway, so the mad scientist scenario is one created by religious fanatics to dissuade advancement in science. But Technology is great.

If anything once the Robots take over we will be treated like a pet dog or cat. Laying around all day bored, eating food and scratching ourselves. Sign me up.

Still need a dose of Robotic uprising to make you quit your job, cash in that 401k and run to the hills to live as the last stand of humanity? Read this article: Ai Destroys Humanity.

 

Still need to know if a Robot is eyeballing your job? Find out here: https://willrobotstakemyjob.com/

 

Other Resources:
https://trid.trb.org/view/1307226

https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/6699841

 

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Have you ever read H.P. Lovecraft and wished that they would make a movie based on one of his books that didn’t completely suck?

Wish and want no longer.

Although it doesn’t follow the plot of any of H.P.’s writings, the presence of the Godfather of Eldritch Otherworldly Horror is clearly present.

Mad cultists, unspeakable horrors, a zealous religious leader destined to open a gate to another world where Old Unknown or Forgotten Gods seek to destroy all humanity and claim our world as their own.

 

iWritten by and directed by Steven Kostanski, The film begins in a Rob Zombie-esque escape scene by two people in the middle of nowhere.

When they arrive at a local hospital that is a few days shy of being shuttered, a series of events so unspeakable begin that you are left wondering just what will happen next.

A small town policeman seeks to maintain order.

A hospital staff tries to remain safe and sane in the presence of wildly unpredictable stand-offs.

A pair of hunters attempt to seek revenge.

In the midst, the ever-present danger of a group of insane cultists try to gain entry into the hospital and do the work of some mysterious entity/ies for some equally crazy and inexplicable reason.

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The plotline if any holes are present, which I didn’t notice, is swallowed up by the impending dread that is felt almost immediately in the movie.

By the end of the film, you are left in high anticipation as it finally becomes clear who and what is pulling strings.

The action is fast paced, and as the film revs up to speed, you are left with a full-throttle flick with the absolute best sense of imminent disaster that I have seen in a very long time.

 

It is a small budget film, but it certainly doesn’t feel like one.

There may be a moment or two when creature effects don’t quite hit the mark but taken as a whole the film shines.

You feel that just off-screen there is some incredible menace, some horrible terror that is even beyond imagining of what you see on screen.

If you are a Lovecraft fan or love the old school 80’s horror movies when they were relevant or even “Stranger Things” then this is definitely a film to watch.

The apocalypse is only one slip away unknown to the watcher until the final moments when we are left wondering, “What happens next?”

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