...Don't laugh just yet. One blogger actually believes this is the end of the human race as we know it.
Articles about Vassar professor John Long creating a new type of robot have been popping up all over the Internets recently, and we finally decided to see what all the fuss is about.
Professor Long's special robot was designed to act out prehistoric predator-prey relationships and study evolution. Long and his students alter the robot's tail so that it can avoid becoming prey to the predator robot. This predator robot is "autonomous."
"We're applying selection just like natural selection," Professor Long told Yahoo News.
Meanwhile, one skeptical (and cynical) blogger writes that the end is near and "these so-called geniuses employed within the realm of academia are totally oblivious to their own evil deeds."
This brings only one thing to mind. As Dr. Ian Malcolm says, "The lack of humility before nature that's being displayed here, uh... staggers me."
Update: Answers in Genesis, a Christian blog that finds answers to science in the book of Genesis, says this about the robots: "Long and his students are intelligent agents who intentionally design and redesign the robot anatomy, much closer to artificial selection than natural selection. Robots are a terrific reminder that intelligent design explains complex structures at least as well as—and usually far better than—evolutionary ideas.