Why you really can't always believe what you read in the news…
“People would love/fear/fuck a robot!” says TV show about robots
Did you see the story about mankind’s fear of the impending rise of the robots? Chances are you did, with widespread coverage of the story including appearances in the Guardian, Times, Daily Mail and Daily Star:
Humans hope robots of the future will make love not war
A fifth of Britons have said they would have sex with an android but considerably more fear the rise of the machines will threaten mankind.
One in three, perhaps influenced by the likes of the Terminator franchise, believe that robots will spell the end of the human race.
Perhaps more pressing however is that almost as many are concerned they could lose their job to intelligent machines.
The Times and the Daily Mail, amply illustrating their differing priorities, there. However, whether we’re fighting or fucking our new robot brethren, the source of the story remains the same:
The survey was completed by 2,000 British people to mark the launch of new sci-fi TV police drama, Almost Human, which features an android cop.
Curiously, the list of jobs which could be taken over by robots didn’t include ‘journalist’ – when given the number of outlets who ran this simple copy/paste of a One Poll survey press release, it seems an industry ripe for automation.