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  • My Experience With a False Allegation by a Woman

    10/01/2018 2:07:24 PM PDT · by MeanWestTexan · 165 replies
    10/1/2018 | MeanWestTexan
    I was falsely accused of having an affair and fathering a child with a woman I never met. A WOMAN I NEVER MET. I am a reasonably locally-prominent person. I had the misfortune of being on the front page of a local paper one day when a lady I'd never met gave birth. I gave a lot of money to a school. She saw me on the paper. She saw I was wealthy and reasonably important. So when the clerk came in with the birth certificate form to fill out, she put my name. She went on welfare and concocted...
  • Calls mount for regulation of sex robots

    09/17/2018 6:59:20 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 77 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept. 17, 2018
    A short drive north of Toronto, $60 buys a half hour alone with a life-sized doll that’s "warm and ready to play.” Customers take rented sex robots to a private room in a warehouse, near an emissions testing center, before returning them for cleaning. The owner of KinkySdollS told the Washington Examiner he will open a second location in Houston this month, with a goal of 10 U.S. locations by 2020. How? Because there's no regulation. "The States is a bigger market, and a healthier market, and God bless Trump," said owner Yuval Gavriel.
  • Novel flying robot mimics rapid insect flight

    09/13/2018 4:20:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    sciencedaily.com ^ | September 13, 2018
    As in flying insects, the robot's flapping wings, beating 17 times per second, not only generate the lift force needed to stay airborne but also control the flight via minor adjustments in the wing motion. Inspired by fruit flies, the robot's control mechanisms have proved to be highly effective, allowing it not only to hover on the spot and fly in any direction but also be very agile. Apart from being a novel, autonomous micro-drone, the robot's flight performances, combined with its programmability also make it well suited for research into insect flight. To this end, TU Delft has collaborated...
  • Filmmaker Tony Kaye Casts Robot As Lead Actor In Next Feature

    08/15/2018 2:06:21 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    Deadline ^ | August 15, 2018 | Amanda N'Duka
    As the advancement of technology continues to replace the need for human labor, American History X director Tony Kaye is undertaking a new — and maybe controversial — step in filmmaking by employing an Artificial Intelligent (A.I.) actor as the lead in his next film, 2nd Born. Unlike Robin Williams’ 1999 film Bicentennial Man or the Steven Spielberg-directed A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Kaye is aiming to cast a real robot, who will be trained in different acting methods and techniques. The idea, which originated from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze, is to forgo the use of computer-generated effects in favor of...
  • Russia To Send FEDOR Humanoid Robots To Space Station

    07/22/2018 5:36:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 22 July 2018, 6:57 am EDT By | Allan Adamson
    Besides the ability to shoot guns, the Fedor robot was also trained to lift weights, operate a drill, do push-ups, screw light bulbs, walk upright, insert keys into a lock, open doors, and drive. The robot was initially developed for rescue work but engineers have suggested military uses for i Space agencies including NASA have been working on robots designed for a space mission. In 2015, the U.S. space agency sent a humanoid robot called Robonaut 2 aboard the ISS. It was the first dexterous humanoid robot to be sent into space. In June, SpaceX's 15th cargo mission to the...
  • The dating swamp: How finding love in DC may be impossible for young Trump and GOP staffers

    07/22/2018 3:29:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 127 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/21/18 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Trying to find love in D.C. can be tricky. If you’re a young Trump administration staffer, it might be near impossible. GOP employees and other right-wingers have been complaining that dating in one of the most Democratic cities in America is a political minefield. They’ve been called out, flipped off and told they are personally responsible for the death of democracy. One 29-year-old lobbyist told Fox News that learning to date in a Trump world is “absolutely insane.” “It’s getting so bad,” the lobbyist, who asked to remain anonymous because she works with the administration, said.
  • What could go wrong? IBM sending real-life HAL robot to International Space Station

    06/28/2018 2:06:08 PM PDT · by ETL · 40 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | June 27, 2018 | Chris Ciaccia
    A round, basketball-shaped autonomous assistant that is supposed to help astronauts with their space work. Sounds a lot like HAL-9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey," right? CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) won't say, "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that," but the first-ever flying, autonomous, artificial intelligence-based robot is slated to head to the International Space Station (ISS) later this week. With any luck, CIMON will stay there for the foreseeable future. ..." "What we're trying to do with Watson AI services is imitate a human," Biniok said, adding that CIMON has a digital "mouth" and can express...
  • Tomorrow's Cities: Dubai and China roll out urban robots

    06/11/2018 5:43:53 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 June 2018 | Jane Wakefield
    It is a terrifying vision of the future - a robot police officer with dark eyes and no discernible mouth that can identify criminals and collect evidence.
  • Now Cropping Up: Robo-Farming

    06/01/2018 1:26:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.wsj.com ^ | June 1, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET | By Vibhuti Agarwal
    Agricultural-equipment makers gear up driverless tractors, combines in quest to produce more food, more sustainably The bright red, driverless tractor drags the tiller in a perfect line in a south Indian field, makes a turn at the edge of the property, encounters a test dummy and then stalls, not knowing what to do. India’s Mahindra & Mahindra , one of the biggest suppliers of smaller tractors to the U.S., and other manufacturers are racing to develop what they see as the future of farming: robo-tractors and other farming equipment to help produce more food, more sustainably at a lower cost....
  • This $25,000 robot wants to put your Starbucks barista out of business

    05/08/2018 7:30:18 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 56 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 8, 2018 | David Hochman
    The robot revolution is here, at least for your morning caffeine fix. Cafe X Technologies is a new, $25,000 automated barista designed by the award-winning team behind Dr. Dre's Beats headphones and speakers: the Ammunition Group. The Jetsons-style coffeemaker can sling 120 cups of joe per hour at specs that satisfy finicky roasters (and project partners) like Intelligentsia, Ritual and Equator. The robo unit is essentially a fully operational café beneath a six-axis animatronic arm. Customers place orders on a kiosk touchscreen or via the Cafe X app and receive a text when the drink is ready, after around a...
  • In Japan, Aibo robots get their own funeral

    05/01/2018 7:41:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Japan Times ^ | May 1, 2018 | Miwa Suzuki
    In Japan, Aibo robots get their own funeral by Miwa Suzuki AFP-JIJI ISUMI, CHIBA PREF. – The robot dogs lined up in their dozens last Thursday in Chiba Prefecture were no tech fair display. They were the dearly departed being honored with their own traditional “funeral.” In some respects, it was a funeral like any other in Japan, with incense smoke wafting as a priest chanted a sutra, praying for the peaceful transition of the souls of the departed. But the departed were 114 of Sony’s old generations of Aibo robot dogs, each wearing a tag to show where they...
  • It looks like a fish, but it’s not. Meet the robot built to spy on ocean life

    03/21/2018 7:06:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    L A Times ^ | Mar 21, 2018 | 11:00 AM | By Deborah Netburn
    It is the first robotic fish to contend with the currents and pressures of an actual ocean setting for an extended period of time. In a study published Wednesday in Science Robotics, the authors describe how SoFi can nimbly navigate a coral reef off Fiji in three dimensions, swimming up, down, left, right and forward, all at the behest of a diver armed with what looks like a Nintendo controller. The authors also report that the robot can handle water depths of about 60 feet, and appears to swim alongside real fish without spooking them. "For us, this fish is...
  • If the House Intel Committee found ANY evidence of collusion, Schiff would have leaked it already

    03/13/2018 11:26:03 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-13-18 | DrJohn
    The House Intelligence Committee has ended the Russian collusion probe and concludes that there is no evidence that there was any collusion. Republicans who control the House Intelligence Committee ended an investigation into the 2016 presidential election over intense objections from Democrats, saying they found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives. The committee’s GOP leaders announced their decision on Monday, adding that they plan to release a report soon on their findings. The probe -- originally intended to be bipartisan -- is ending even though an inquiry by Special Counsel Robert Mueller remains underway...
  • Flippy the Burger Flipping Robot Is Now Cooking at the CaliBurger Fast Food Chain

    03/05/2018 1:50:19 PM PST · by Red Badger · 72 replies
    ktla.com ^ | 03-05-2018 | by Rich DeMuro
    A burger-flipping robot named Flippy is now cooking up hamburgers at a fast food restaurant called Caliburger. A robot named Flippy is now in the kitchen at a fast food restaurant called CaliBurger in Pasadena. We were there for a preview event where Flippy made us some lunch. Flippy is a brand new, burger flipping robot now cooking at a chain called CaliBurger, which serves up California style burgers and fries. "The key to success in the restaurant industry is consistency. So anytime you go to a CaliBurger anywhere you know that the patty will be cooked exactly the same,"...
  • Hundreds of robot realtors are helping Bay Area renters find new homes

    01/07/2018 4:34:38 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Digital Trend ^ | January 6, 2018 | Mark Austin
    Hundreds of robot realtors are helping Bay Area renters find new homes Mark Austin — Posted on January 6, 2018 Some potential renters in California meet an unusual assistant when they show up for a tour of their new dream home — a robot realtor named “Zenny” that gives a tour of the house, wirelessly connected to high-tech property management startup Zenplace. The Mercury News recently followed one prospective buyer as he checked out a place in Santa Clara. “I wasn’t expecting a robot,” chuckled Gilbert Serrano as he arrived at the two-bedroom rental house. The three-foot-tall robot had an...
  • Sex robots could be hacked to murder people

    01/01/2018 12:16:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 91 replies
    Just when you thought it was advanced computer systems and the military that were out to get us, it turns out that sex robots - the very machines designed to give us pleasure - could be about to kill us too. Sex robots have been with us for quite a few years now and they have already attracted their fair share of warnings and controversy. However, a warning from Dr Nick Patterson, a cybersecurity lecturer at Deakin University, Australia has to be the starkest yet.  He believes that in the future sex robots could be easier for hackers to access and control than a laptop...
  • Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco

    12/13/2017 1:09:00 PM PST · by PROCON · 39 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Dec. 12, 2017 | Melia Robinson
    In San Francisco, autonomous crime-fighting robots that are used to patrol parking lots, sports arenas, and tech company campuses are now being deployed to keep away homeless people. The San Francisco Business Times reported last week that the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and pet adoption group, put a security robot to work outside its facilities in the gentrifying Mission neighborhood. The robot's presence is meant to deter homeless people from setting up camps along the sidewalks. Last week, the City of San Francisco ordered the SF SPCA to keep its robot off the streets or be fined...
  • Why China’s ammunition factories are being turned over to robots

    01/01/2018 6:51:26 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    SCMP ^ | 01 January, 2018 | Stephen Chen
    Why China’s ammunition factories are being turned over to robots ‘Smart machines’ could treble bomb and shell production capacity in less than a decade PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 January, 2018, 8:21pm UPDATED : Monday, 01 January, 2018, 11:28pm Robots could treble China’s bomb and shell production capacity in less than a decade according to a senior scientist involved in a programme that is using artificial intelligence to boost the productivity of ammunition factories. Xu Zhigang, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shenyang Institute of Automation and a lead scientist with China’s “high-level weapon system intelligent manufacturing programme”, told...
  • Security robot bullied and forced off the street in San Francisco

    12/14/2017 5:37:03 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 51 replies
    Da Zeen ^ | December 13th, 2017 | Eleanor Gibson
    A robot patrolling a street in San Francisco to ward off homeless people has been removed after complaints from locals, who also knocked it over and smeared it with feces. The Knightscope K5 security robot was deployed by the San Francisco branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to deter homeless people from sleeping and loitering near its building.
  • Sex robots spark rise of men who will only sleep with dolls

    11/28/2017 5:33:46 AM PST · by x1stcav · 80 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 27, 2017 | Felix Allen, The Sun
    Sex doll technology has advanced in recent years as companies produce life-like robots costing up to $20,000. Buyers can hand-pick features such as face, hair and breast size. And the dolls are programmed to remember the owner’s birthday and favorite films and music. Some can be made to feel warm like real flesh and simulate an orgasm during sex.