When Ogres Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Ogres
If this New Scientist article isn’t a hoax, there are people out there right now who want to deny us a future dominated by giant, soulless killing machines armed with nuclear missiles.
Hmm. I’m not helping my case, am I?
Still, had I been the writer of that article, I would have pointed out that the anti-robot “AI expert” first tried to dodge the question “Couldn’t robots reduce risk to humans?” . . . and then acknowledged that it was just a coding challenge.
And I would have asked one more question: “Exactly why are you more upset by 'smart' devices than by, for instance, dumb land mines, artillery, and missiles fired randomly into populated areas by free-willed humans?"
At Last, The Ogre Music
For your listening pleasure: the Ogre theme, by Tom Smith, plus long and short ringtone versions. This is free on e23: http://e23.sjgames.com/item.html?id=SJG37-5010
Tom is still composing; there will be a whole Ogre suite as a reward for all $25 and above supporters.
I Am 12 Ogres!
At Origins last week, I played 12 simultaneous games of Ogre. Won 8, lost 2, and two defenders had to leave early. I’ll be doing another simultaneous exhibition at Dexcon in New Jersey in a couple of weeks.
- Steve Jackson