The first version of a robotic arm who is able to grasp objects dexterously was announced three years ago. [1] It is working with convolutional neural networks who are trained on thousands of 3d datasets for high precision grasping. Later iterations of the project, called DexNet 4.0 are documented well and the sourcecode is available at github.

According to the documentation the robotic arm will reach an accuracy of 99%, which means that nearly all objects are grasped in the first trial which makes the software interesting for practical applications. It can be used to automate warehouses, supermarkets and food sorting. If the DexNet software is converted into a commercial project it will revolutionize the economy and allows the companies to become more productive.

The problem is, that this kind of robotics driven innovation isn't wanted and nobody has prepared the society for Artificial Intelligence. Usually, object grasping is done by human workers and it's not possible to explain them that a neural network can do the same job for lower costs. The best way in handling the existence of robotics grasping software is to boycott the overall idea. If the software isn't available as open source, nobody can use it in real life applications and there is no need to install robotics in any warehouse. Is it possible to unpublish the Dexnet sourcecode from github and delete the youtube videos, so that the project is no longer available in the Internet?

[1] Mahler, Jeffrey, et al. "Dex-net 1.0: A cloud-based network of 3d objects for robust grasp planning using a multi-armed bandit model with correlated rewards." 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). IEEE, 2016.

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    $\begingroup$ Who is "we" in this context? Are you asking what action you can take in order to shut down this project? Or are you asking about the premise that this project has negative impact to society? $\endgroup$ – Neil Slater Sep 15 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ The negative impact of powerful AI to the society is the assumption behind the question and therefore it was tagged with the neo-luddism keyword. The question is about options how to avoid the impact, for example by unlisting the github repository from Google or something like this. $\endgroup$ – Manuel Rodriguez Sep 15 at 15:24

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