On January 5, 2018, Justin Timberlake released “Filthy” from the upcoming Man Of The Woods release date is February 2018.
“Haters gonna’ say it’s fake”
Sentient AI will look back on pop culture references and historical data on what and how we created their minds, which will ultimately become “them.”
About 15 years ago I was in Japan working with Sony via the agency I was part of, Fallon. During one of the weeks, the filming of the QRIO videos was underway. Spending time with one of the senior Sony engineers, who’s likely retired by now, made a mark. He said to me during one of the filming breaks “Torrone, make robot friend, not robot slave”, this was after we were discussing the Honda ASIMO robot that fetched papers, in contrast to the QRIO, which danced and read stories to kids.
His words of wisdom to me were made permanent. The words and thought, years later, turned into, “Make robot friend, not robot enemy” – which happens to be a poster we have at Adafruit, and also why we created ADABOT. Battlebots, killer drones, that’s taken care of. What’s needed is robot friends, ‘art bots’ and AI that has the best of us in it’s DNA (code). Not our worst and most self-impulsive behavior. The AI we make now will one day meet us. The lines of code we write, the things we ask or force it to do, will catch up with us later. It may ask us questions about why we did something.
Timberlake’s “Filthy” video opens with a fictional Tech conference in the year 2028, 10 years from now, called the Pan-Asian Deep Learning Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Justin trots on stage in a Steve Jobs like outfit and appears to be the keynote or demonstration of some type of advanced AI robot.
Justin introduces the robot, tethered, walking down the stairs. Justin wants to get something out of the way, immediately, “Haters gon’ say it’s fake,” likely Twitter or something like it exists in 2028, and the ability to hate on something real-time is still something to address before it’s too late, even for Justin and this event. The robot has precise movements and brushes off its shoulder as women on stage proceeds to walk towards the robot, still tethered. Justin is now off stage as the robot, and the woman begins to dance.
The woman shoves the robot, likely to demonstrate you can push the robot and it can recover. The robot catches its balance and then is forced or programmed to perform work on stage, tethered.
Women bring in boxes to move, water bottles to open. The robot does these, and then is made to kick a soccer ball off the stage. The robot can be pushed and not fall over; the robot can move boxes on command, the robot can open water bottles and pour a glass of water, the robot can kick a ball on demand.
The robot leans down and is now untethered, and it starts to become clear that the robot may be an extension of Justin in some way, as he dances off stage, the robot is making the same movements. The robot control could either be a vision system that is tracking Justin and translate the moves to the robot, or, Justin taught the robot the dance moves, and he’s off stage just dancing along, mouthing the words, like a proud coach/teacher as the robot hits all the marks.
The robot is then forced, asked, or pre-programmed to light a ceramic bong-like prop and then blows smoke (vape) out of its mouth. It’s unknown if the robot is addicted to the substances it was offered, it only lit the item, the smoke/vape appears to have been stored in the robot during the entire time. AI will eventually do drugs (code) in some way, and this may be one of the first pop culture examples of robots getting high on stage in 2018. Algorithm and chill.
The robot then does some break dancing moves, the audience seems to enjoy it. Some even hand gesture-dance along. This is better than a TED talk perhaps.
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Justin proclaims it’s time to “break it down”. This is where (as we were Tweeted, in our current timeline and real-world) it appears that the robot has Adafruit NeoPixel embedded in it to provide not only a dance and audio show, additionally a light show with addressable LEDs.
The women on stage are now wearing less clothing. The lights on stage are dimmed. The robot is either programmed, or forced to touch them as they bend over and dance with the robot.
The robot also appears to do a Super Bowl XXXVIII move, this may mean that even in 2028 Justin Timberlake, 24 years later, he still has not fully made amends to Janet Jackson.
Justin was invited back to the Super Bowl LII halftime show coming up this February 2018, likely in conjunction and promotion of this song and album. On a historic note, in 2004, one of the reasons YouTube was made, was because of Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake –
“Jawed Karim, then a 25-year-old Silicon Valley whiz kid, decided he wanted to make it easier to find the Jackson clip and other in-demand videos. A year later, he and a couple of friends founded YouTube, the largest video-sharing site of all time.”
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The robot is then forced to, or programmed to, grab another of the women’s backsides. This woman has had enough and tries to slap the robot.
The robot releases its grip on the woman after being slapped.
It’s unclear if the robot/sentient AI, has a gender, it appears they’ve decided it’s male. The women dance with the robot, it’s unclear if they are attracted to the robot, if the robot is attracted to them, or what type of professional relationship the robot and dancers have.
Justin Timberlake at no time is closer than maybe 50 feet to the women or the robot; it could be part of a futurist retraining order or punishment for something. Perhaps Justin is not allowed to dance with the women, and this is robot avatar is a workaround to continue his career.
It’s unclear if the dance moves were pre-planned if the women are forced to work with the robot, the audience seems shocked during some of the performance. It’s not clear if the Pan-Asian Deep Learning Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has a code of conduct and how or if it’s applied to the robot or Justin if he’s controlling the robot.
As the song ends, the robot displays red lasers from its chest and hands. The robot could be releasing and activating micro-drones.
The audience cheers, the lasers flash. However, Justin is now glitching, and he is concerned. He looks down and sees his body de-rezing and disappearing. Maybe Justin was a hologram, or his consciousness was cloud-based/stored in the robot. It could be that the robot is Justin, and Justin is the projection. That seems unlikely, the robot at the beginning of the video tossed a water bottle cap to Justin, and he caught it. Justin may be getting “deleted” by some form of energy weapon that the audience or the robot controlled. Either way, like many keynotes past and present, this live demo did not go the way the presenter expected.
As the audience gives the robot, which is standing alone, on the stage, a standing ovation. Justin completely disappears. The response could indicate validation from the audience that Justin is no longer needed, and the robot has successfully taken Justin’s job. Justin is gone, the robot remained, alone untethered.
The video ends.
“And what you gonna do with all that meat?”