Stephen Colbert: Can We Stop The Black Lesbian Robot Apocalypse? Probably Not! (Video)

Stephen Colbert: Can We Stop The Black Lesbian Robot Apocalypse? Probably Not! (Video)Well, humanity, it was a nice ride, but it’s over. Stephen Colbert brings us news of the end — a computer program has finally beaten the Turing test — maybe — fooling a third of human questioners into thinking it was a 13-year-old boy. “Which makes sense if you think about it. Like a teenage boy, a computer sleeps a lot and spends all day on the internet.”

But that’s not the scariest news Colbert found. He also introduces us to “Bina,” a prototype android built by Dr. Martine Rothblatt as an Artificial Intelligence experiment toward the eventual goal of uploading a human consciousness into a computer. And wouldn’t you know it, Bina is also a black lesbian activist who wants rights. It’s just like Gil Scott Heron warned: “Goddammit, first one wants freedom, then the whole damn world wants freedom.” The robots are going to take over, and they have a built-in sense of entitlement!

TV Show: The Colbert Report

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  • Gayer Than Thou

    She looks kinda bougie to me. And a little bit drunk.

    • NoNotThatOne

      “I’m here, I’m queer, I have servomotors.” Go home, Bina, you’re drunk.

  • keinsignal

    Please everybody read this before passing on this garbage “Turing Test” media stunt again: mean, not that Colbert’s bit wasn’t funny and worth sharing. But if you’ve followed tech for any amount of time, the name “Kevin Warwick” should immediately send up a red flag, followed by several more red flags, followed by the words “TOTAL FRAUD” in illuminated letters a hundred feet tall as a choir sings “this is bullshit” in unison.

  • NoNotThatOne

    Note to the Beloved Editor: where is our “Cosmos” recap? We finally get the “middle finger to religious dogma” episode and still no recap.

    • sarabenincasa

      It is coming as soon as Dok can do it. He has been very very very busy with the Wonketteering and the such but he will do his best!

  • GemlikeFlame

    As much as I’d like to applaud this (being as I teach AI at the undergraduate level), we’re nowhere near self-aware machines. Ernest hasn’t managed to convince more than a third of the judges in his various tests that’s he’s a 13 year old smartass, There’s a very strong argument that says we’ll never really pass the Turing Test, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see us get asymptotically closer to that goal which at some point may be “good enough.” However, it is incumbent upon me to state that I, for one, welcome our new not terribly self aware robotic overlords.

    • unhipcat

      don’t we have enough not terribly self aware robotic overlords aleady?

      • NoNotThatOne

        In DC? Overlords? Definitely. Robotic? Often. Terribly self aware? Meh.

  • nzmccorm

    Minor correction: Martine only funded Bina48. She was actually designed and built by David Hanson’s engineers.

  • NoNotThatOne

    That is NOT the droid I’m looking for.

  • nzmccorm

    Also I have to say that the foregrounding of Bina48 over the past few years really bugs me. Hansen has made more sophisticated machines. What makes Bina48 seem so lifelike isn’t so much her technological sophistication as the fact that the real Bina’s experiences and memories have been fed into her. This means that a lot of a real woman’s really personal stuff has washed up. Fuck, the first major profile of Bina48 dedicated a lot of time to a really personal story about the real Bina’s mentally ill brother.

  • Tod Mesirow

    check out Joe Rogan’s interview with Bina48 from last year’s “Joe Rogan Questions Everything.” it’s pretty funny. about 1/3rd of the way in to the episode titled “Robosapiens.” full disclosure – I was the exec. producer of the series –