Google Assistant Learned How To Shoot A Gun, And We're A Little Concerned

That's it. We're doomed. 


Google Assistant may have just joined Skynet, everyone. Stay calm. Don't panic. Wait -- a human is actually responsible for this turn of events, weirdly enough. Google Assistant has been taught to fire a gun. Don't panic just yet though, because it looks like an artist actually taught it how. Why? I guess that qualifies as art.

Artist Alexander Reben took it upon himself to teach his Assistant how to fire a gun. He didn't have it aim at any humans, thankfully, but it's still pretty creepy -- it fires at an apple instead. You can see the video below, where Reben says "OK Google, activate gun," and the gun fires. Bam! The Assistant fires the gun obediently. It's not as scary as it sounds, but it's got some pretty disconcerting implications.

I don't know about you, but I'm going to be keeping my distance from Google Assistant in the future (not that I use mine at all). Alexa's a lot friendlier, even if she's not so great at controlling my TV and lights in the house sometimes and gets confused. I can say at the very least she's never fired a gun.

Still, this is a very interesting project that gives us a little bit of insight into how the robo-apocalypse could very well begin. I'm going to be prepared for when the machines take over. How 'bout you? 

Senior Editor

Fueled by horror, rainbow-sugar-pixel-rushes, and video games, Brittany is a Senior Editor at Shacknews who thrives on surrealism and ultraviolence. Follow her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake and check out her portfolio for more. Like a fabulous shooter once said, get psyched!

From The Chatty
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    May 30, 2018 3:25 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Google Assistant Learned How To Shoot A Gun, And We're A Little Concerned

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      May 30, 2018 3:30 PM

      That's a pretty terrible headline.

      It didn't "learn" how to do anything other than trigger a skill that closed a servo/relay/whatever that was.

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      May 31, 2018 5:12 AM

      This just in, computers will do what you tell them to (assuming you know HOW to tell them)

      Tell a computer to route power to activate a stepper motor/actuator system, and it will aim AND fire the gun.

      Dumb media clickbait.

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      May 31, 2018 5:56 AM

      wow, that headline

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        May 31, 2018 7:14 AM

        I expect better from shack :(

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          May 31, 2018 8:32 AM

          that's how you grow unique site visitors, heh.

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      May 31, 2018 5:57 AM

      Well, this will be one hell of a thread.

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      May 31, 2018 6:59 AM


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      May 31, 2018 7:18 AM

      The Shack: "We're focusing on SEO and the traffic numbers have never been better."

      Also The Shack: "The SEO team told us to write an article about Google Assistant and Guns"

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      May 31, 2018 7:56 AM

      Because videogames!

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      May 31, 2018 8:02 AM

      Aw man, now my medium blog post about how I wired shacknews articles up to a machete are going to seem derivative

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