Created by Michael Darby of 314Reactor (who clearly missed the point of the Terminator films), this functional T-800 Terminator skull was brought to life by single board computer technology from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a British charity we might as well start calling Skynet.
The replica is fitted with a speaker for audio output, a camera module, and is currently being taught to synthesize speech and recognize objects via machine learning.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the skull’s design is open source, which means the code used to drive the T-800 skull is available for free for anyone to use. (No, we will not be sharing a link, thankyouverymuch!)
A Chess Robot that Wins at All Costs
Still think the robots aren’t out to get us? Think again.
Just last month, a chess-playing robot broke a 7-year-old's finger during a match in Russia.
While reaching for a piece to make its next move, the robot latched onto the child’s finger, pinching it until a group of bystanders rushed in to free him from the mechanical oppressor.
Officials from the Moscow Chess Federation were quick to apologize and insist that the robot had played in several previous matches without incident. But we’ve seen the video. And we know a cover-up when we see one. We’re on to you Mr. Sergey Lazarev of the Moscow Chess Federation — if that’s even your real name.
This particular robo-pup, created by Unitree Robotics, set the internet ablaze (pun intended) when someone strapped an automatic firearm to its back, giving “beware of dog” a whole new meaning.
The good news is that the guard dog seems to just be a one-off novelty put together by a single individual. Isn’t even stable enough to fully handle the recoil. But you already know someone out there’s stroking their goatee and getting all sorts of wicked ideas.
A Tesla Robot that Wants Your Job
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of the six-foot robots Elon Musk hopes to unveil this September, good. Stop reading right now and crawl back under the rock. Where it’s safe.
Standing at six feet tall and able to deadlift 150 pounds, the “Optimus” robot is designed to handle dangerous and boring tasks, and totally isn’t capable of overthrowing humanity. At least according to Musk.
“At a mechanical level, at a physical level, you can run away from it and most likely overpower it,” the billionaire joked.
Ha. Funny. But you know what else is easy to run away from and overpower?
Which is exactly why they swarm.
A Mini Cheetah with a Need for Speed
Here’s the thing: No matter how terrified we all are of the robot apocalypse, we’ve always had one comfort: Robots are slow. Clunky. Awkward.