The strange link between global climate change and the rise of the robots

If a climate change apocalypse ever leads to war, famine and disease, robots will be positioned to thrive, according to a new paper. Pictured here are traffic robots in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images)We’ve already heard of all the nasty consequences that could occur if the pace of global climate change doesn’t abate by the year 2050 — we could see wars over water, massive food scarcity, and the extinction of once populous species. Now add to the mix a potentially new wrinkle on the abrupt and irreversible changes – superintelligent robots would be just about ready to take over from humanity in the event of any mass extinction event impacting the planet. In fact, according to a mind-blowing research paper published in mid-August by computer science researchers…


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