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Friday Videos -- Funny and Creepy

Harvey provides us with an interesting pair of clips this week, both of which have something to say about our transhuman future.

Maybe it's a generational thing, maybe its a guy thing. But as far as I'm concerned, this is flat-out funny:

Post-singularity, I still want to think that's funny. I hope I never get so sophisticated that I don't get a kick out of it.

Yes, it's the most basic and obvious slapstick, but there's something to be said for going that far over the top. Plus I love the little bits of surrealism: Larry in a suit of armor, Curly hitting himself in the face with a pie, the boring guy who wont let a double pie-slap slow him down in relating his boring tale.

Anyhow, I think we have nothing to fear from our robot overlords if they find that amusing. (Of course, we have plenty to fear if they decide to start throwing pies at us. Remember, they think a million times faster than we do.)

Then there's this:

Sweet mother of mercy. Has everything ever seemed farther from being all right than it does right now?

Therapy Buddy is a cautionary tale. The guy who made it is obviously a nice person and he clearly has the best of intentions. And the message is a pretty good one. Not perfect. For example, when your pitch is dying, maybe you want to come back with reasons that your invention is a good one, rather than just reassuring yourself that everything is going to be all right.

Anyhow, let that be a lesson to us. If such a low-tech object can distract us with reassurance when we need to be actively pursuing our best interests -- or worse yet, can be so profoundly creepy when designed to do a good thing -- well, such possibilities are only magnified when we enter the realm of artificial intelligence and robotics. We must be very careful


Now that's contrast; The Stooges on The Speculist! (no wise guys from the peanut gallery better say a word about that) I was secretly hoping the "Every thing's Alright Buddy" would get me the coveted Friday Video feature spot, but, I never dreamed The Stooges would make it. I am speechless beyond that (and a little wet in the eye, probably just manly allergies).

Well- without the context, this wouldn't be even close to funny. But with context- it get's closer.

And Moe Howard was a genius. Not like Einstein - though not as far as some would believe. But like Groucho Marx and his brothers and George Carlin.

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