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Chevy Teases “Artificial Intelligence vs. Human Ingenuity” Race [VIDEO]

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The self-driving Chevrolet-FNR concept

The futuristic, autonomous Chevrolet-FNR concept

I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but there are many reasons to suspect that we might all die, very soon and very horribly.

The one on most people’s minds is the fact that a certain deranged billionaire was recently given the nuclear codes—a development which prompted the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to move the Doomsday Clock to just two-and-a-half minutes to midnight.

But of course, the apocalypse might not be triggered by an angry retweet. We could also all become victims of “the singularity,” a hypothetical moment in which artificial intelligence far exceeds human knowledge, leading to the kind of robotic uprising you may have read about in Isaac Asimov books (or, more likely, seen in Will Smith blockbusters).

It’s the latter doomsday-scenario that Chevy seems to be teasing in a new video released today. Check it out:

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The video seems to suggest that Chevy is going to race a new Camaro ZL1, piloted by a legendary (and human) driver, against its futuristic, self-driving Chevrolet-FNR concept. Whoever wins, it is implied, will ultimately decide whether humans get to continue governing their own affairs, or if we have to begin bowing down before Emperor Roomba.

Chevrolet is calling its artificial intelligence vs. human ingenuity match-up “The Human Race,” and says it will premiere on March 1, 2017, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. In keeping with legendary fights like “The Thrilla in Manila” and “The Rumble in the Jungle,” I’m going to suggest that this tech-based, man-vs-machine bout be nicknamed “The Human Rally in Silicon Valley.”

Not to sound too pessimistic about humanity’s chances, but I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

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Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.