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  • Harvard and MIT Build A Robot That Can Build Itself [Watch Video]

    08/08/2014 8:21:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Boston ^ | 08/08/2014 | Megan Turchi
    Behold! A robot that is so autonomous it can make itself is now a reality, thanks to Harvard and MIT, The Harvard Gazette reports. But what does that mean?Check out their video here: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO... Robert Wood, the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard and member of the team that created the robot, said in an interview: “Well, robots in general are complex mechanisms: They have articulation, some number of degrees of freedom, they must interact with the world. So we picked a robot not just because we work on robotics,...
  • Watch great white sharks trying to eat an underwater robot

    08/06/2014 12:48:32 PM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 5, 2014 | Weston Williams
    If you’re one of those people who doesn't like having your picture taken, here's some dubious advice courtesy of a great white shark: try to eat the camera. Discovery Channel's website recently featured a series of videos of sharks inspecting, intimidating, and even attacking an underwater vehicle that was filming the marine predators in their native habitat.
  • Feds spending $10 million to build robot companions for children

    07/27/2014 9:50:33 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 24JUL2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as “personal trainers” for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The NSF grant said the project is necessary due to “critical societal problems.”
  • Man records nightmarish attempt to cancel cable, Comcast apologizes

    07/15/2014 11:01:48 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 56 replies
    WTOP ^ | July 15 2014 | Neal Augenstein
    Deciding to cancel a cable service subscription can be difficult -- breaking the news to the cable company can be near-impossible. Tech journalist Ryan Block and his wife Veronica Belmont tried to cancel their Comcast service last week over the phone. Block says 10 minutes into his frustrating conversation with the Comcast customer service representative, he started recording the phone call, which he posted on SoundCloud. The representative, whose name Block withheld, repeatedly demanded to know why Block would want to cancel the service. Block tells WTOP he and his wife told the representative they wanted to change providers, before...
  • Robot Designed to Run Like a Velociraptor; Korea's 'Raptor' Speed Rivals Usain Bolt's

    05/31/2014 7:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 05/31/2014 | By John Nassivera |
    A team of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have created a new sprinting robot inspired by a velociraptor. The robot, dubbed the Raptor, runs on two legs, and is capable of running 46 kilometers per hour (kph), or 28 miles per hour (mph), on a treadmill, according to CNET. Raptor can run faster than Usain Bolt, Olympic sprinter and the fastest known human, who has a recorded top speed of 44.7kph (27.44 mph). The robot is almost as fast as Boston Dynamics' Cheetah, which can run at 47kph (29.3 mph). Both Raptor and Cheetah...
  • O-bow-ma Bowing to Non-American Customs and the Occasional Robot...

    04/25/2014 7:01:22 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-25-2014 | MOTUS
    It’s Friday, do you know where your President is?He was last spotted in Japan where, I see, Drudge mocked him for bowing to a robot - butt you have to admit, the little guy was really good. The robot I mean:Besides, in Japan bowing is a way of life. Especially for tall people.And you know how BO likes to adapt to the local customs and culture; everywhere except America. So far Big Guy has been treated like royalty, first at the world famous “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” restaurant in the Tokyo where the starting price is an unbelievable $300 per...
  • U.S. President meets Japanese robot ASIMO (Obama bows to a robot!)

    04/25/2014 1:20:02 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 14 replies
    National Post [Canada] / AP ^ | April 24, 2014 | Darlene Superville And Mari Yamaguchi
    .... President Barack Obama bowed, looking delighted. His greeter, after all, was a 55-inch-tall, give or take, humanoid robot with the look of a diminutive Star Wars storm trooper. “It’s nice to meet you, too,” Obama said, pausing to watch the robot, named ASIMO, perform during a tour of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Despite Obama’s background in constitutional law, there’s a presidential geek side that always seems charmed, if not bemused, by technological advances....

    04/24/2014 6:15:53 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Breitbart Big Peace ^ | April24 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    TOKYO (AP) — The voice was slightly halting, childlike. "Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you." President Barack Obama bowed, looking delighted. His greeter, after all, was a 55-inch-tall, give or take, humanoid robot with the look of a diminutive Star Wars storm trooper. "It's nice to meet you, too," Obama said, pausing to watch the robot, named ASIMO, perform during a tour of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. During his visit to Tokyo, President Obama had a chance to meet ASIMO, a Japanese humanoid robot. ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step...
  • Tiny swarm robots for microscale manufacturing

    04/23/2014 8:38:15 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 12 replies
    boingboing ^ | Mon, Apr 21, 2014 | David Pescovitz
    SRI International is creating coordinated systems of tiny ant-like robots that can build larger structures. The aim is a swarm of magnetically-controlled bugbots that could construct electronic devices, conduct chemistry for lab-on-a-chip applications, or do other micro scale manufacturing. It's part of the US Department of Defense's "Open Manufacturing" program.
  • Iranian School Teacher Programs Robot to Pray to Allah ... Uses Prop to Brainwash Children

    02/28/2014 11:02:37 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Wednesday 25 February 2014 | euronews
    Iranian teacher uses hi-tech robot to encourage prayers An Iranian schoolteacher has come up with a novel way of encouraging young children to learn their daily prayers. 27-year-old Akbar Rezaie, who teaches the Quran at the Alborz elementary school in Varamin, near Tehran, took a robotics course and applied his knowledge to help modify an educational robot kit. He says the aim is to provide pupils with a stimulating visual example of a variety of Shi’ite worship. “I used to pray hastily but now I want to pray more slowly like this robot,” said one student. Now, pupils in this...
  • Cure for love: Fall for a robot to fend off heartache

    02/23/2014 7:10:39 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 68 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 2-14-14 | Catherine de Lange
    At least the bride was definitely going to show up. In November 2009, a Japanese man stood before a congregation to marry the woman he loved, Nene Anegasaki. In doing so, he became the first man to marry a computer game character – Nene is one of three "virtual girlfriends" in the Nintendo DS game Love Plus. The marriage might not be recognised by the state, but to the groom, who goes by his on-screen name Sal9000, the relationship is very real. In the months leading up to the wedding the couple went everywhere together, they chatted intimately, held hands...
  • New robot cops tackle traffic congestion

    02/19/2014 9:38:44 AM PST · by null and void · 8 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 02/13/2014 | Jeffrey Bausch
    Bots are being used in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Well, I guess we can file this story under the “Didn’t see that coming” category: Two new robot cops have been put in place along the intersection of Boulevard Triomphal and Huileries Avenue in Kinshasa, part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for the sole purpose of easing traffic congestion. The two gigantic bots are solar-powered, and were designed by engineers from the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Applied Technique. A bit funny looking in the sense that they look like they’re from a long-lost science fiction flick, the...
  • Gecko-Footed Robot Fit for Outer Space (article)

    01/21/2014 8:13:39 AM PST · by fishtank · 5 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 1-20-14 | Brian Thomas
    Gecko-Footed Robot Fit for Outer Space by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Abigaille the robot can climb up smooth walls, but she leaves behind no residue, much like living geckos. Engineers at Simon Fraser University copied gecko design when they developed the robot’s tiny treads to navigate tight turns even while treading on vertical walls. How close did the inventors come to matching the precision capabilities of real gecko feet, which utilize a dry adhesive capability? Dry adhesives could be very useful. In a 2011 technical report appearing in the journal Smart Materials and Structures, the design team described the locomotive...
  • This Calls for ROBOPLOW!

    01/06/2014 6:42:16 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican/YouTube ^ | 06 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    <p>The Roboplow was invented by Rob Kinkey and isn't some frail little 'maybe' like early robotic vacuum cleaners.: if anything, it's overkill with 6-wheel-drive, 50" plow-blade, and serious power from it's electric motors that have it tearing down the driveway (can do 'donuts', see video below).</p>
  • Why Google is buying maker of military robots

    12/17/2013 8:35:38 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 20 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | The Times of India
    SAN FRANCISCO: Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious internet company expands into yet another technological frontier. To gather the expertise and research it needs, Google has purchased eight companies that specialize in robotics this year. The acquisitions are being assembled into a new robotics division headed by Andy Rubin, who oversaw Google's development of Android, now the world's leading mobile operating system. Google added more pieces to its growing toolbox of robotics late last week with the purchase of Boston Dynamics, a military contractor that has raised intrigue by...
  • Robot Telemarketer Denies Being a Robot

    12/13/2013 5:19:12 PM PST · by Duke of Milan · 28 replies
    Time news feed ^ | Dec 10,2013 | Zeke Miller and Denver Nicks
    Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She’s A Robot
  • World’s First Robot Suicide? Android ‘Rebels’ Against Monotonous Housework

    11/12/2013 11:20:54 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 85 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Tuesday 12 Nov 2013
    Has the world just witnessed its first ever robot suicide? Tedious housework was seemingly too much for one cleaning robot to take, when it apparently rebelled and decided to end it all. The android was given the tiresome task of cleaning up some spilt cereal before it climbed on to a kitchen hotplate where it was destroyed, according to reports in Austria. It had reportedly grown weary of being forced to clean the same house every day and decided to become a martyr to the robot cause. ‘Somehow it seems to have reactivated itself and made its way along the...
  • ‘Bionic man’ walks, breathes with artificial parts

    10/11/2013 1:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 11, 2013 3:03 PM EDT | Barbara Ortutay
    Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, after all. We have the technology. The term “bionic man” was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called “The Six Million Dollar Man” chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts after he nearly died. Now, a team of engineers has assembled a robot using artificial organs, limbs and other body parts that comes tantalizingly close to a true “bionic man.” For real, this time. The artificial “man” is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct....
  • Introducing WildCat (robot)

    10/04/2013 9:48:17 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 3, 2013 | BostonDynamics
    WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain.
  • Latest robot can pick strawberry fields forever

    09/30/2013 12:53:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 09/30/2013
    A robot that picks ripe strawberries while farmers sleep has been unveiled with claims it could cut workloads by two-thirds. The device, unveiled Wednesday, can pick a piece of fruit every eight seconds by using three cameras to determine which strawberries are ready to pick. A mechanized arm then darts out to snip each one free and place it into its basket. The 2-meter robot moves on rails between rows of strawberries, which in Japan are usually grown in elevated greenhouse planters. It “calculates the degree of ripeness from the color of the strawberry, which it observes with two digital...

    09/27/2013 9:58:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/27/13 | N/A
    Congresswoman Frederica Wilson wonders on the House floor if Republicans are robots who do not bleed or feel.
  • Meet Atlas, the Robot Designed to Save the Day

    07/22/2013 11:07:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 07-12-2013 | By Will Knight
    The latest innovation from the U.S. Defense Department’s research agency, DARPA, is a humanoid robot called Atlas that looks as if it could’ve walked straight off the set of the latest Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster. In fact, Atlas is designed to eventually take on some of the most dangerous and high-stakes jobs imaginable, such as tending to a nuclear reactor during a meltdown, shutting off a deep-water oil spill, or helping to put out a raging wildfire. And if Atlas proves itself at such daredevil tasks, then one of its descendants might one day be allowed to do something just as...
  • The astounding athletic power of quadcopters

    07/05/2013 3:28:57 PM PDT · by Doogle · 18 replies
    YT ^ | 06/11/13 | TEDtalksDirector
    In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D'Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together -- and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.
  • MIT's cheetah robot runs faster, more efficiently, can carry its own power supply (video)

    05/17/2013 3:18:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
    Engadget ^ | 5/17/13 | Mat Smith
    When it comes to hunting down humans running speeds, MIT's cheetah might come second to Boston Dynamics' own high-velocity quadruped, but by substituting pneumatics with motors, MIT's version apparently runs far more efficiently. At the recent International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Institute of Technology showed of its newest version, which reached a top speed of 13.7 mph. To accomplish this, the runner still needs parallel support bars to constrain movement in one dimension, reducing any roll, yaw -- and the chances of a pretty expensive fall. The team says the new version's cost of transport (COT is...
  • How Plant a Garden on Mars — With a Robot

    05/14/2013 6:32:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies ^ | May 14, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Mars in particular is a key target for future human planetary adventures even though on the face of it, it seems so hostile to human life. In fact Mars actually has the most clement environment of any planet in the Solar System outside of Earth and is known to have all of the resources necessary in some accessible form, to sustain life on the surface. So how might we survive on Mars? The crucial things for humans on Mars are the availability of oxygen, shelter, food and water, and not just endless consumables delivered to the planet from Earth. For...
  • Robotic insect: World's smallest flying robot takes off (Drone/UAV)

    05/02/2013 7:06:35 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | May 2, 2013 | Victoria Gill
    Scientists in the US have created a robot the size of a fly that is able to perform the agile manoeuvres of the ubiquitous insects. This "robo-fly", built from carbon fibre, weighs a fraction of a gram and has super-fast electronic "muscles" to power its wings. Its Harvard University developers say tiny robots like theirs may eventually be used in rescue operations. The current model of robo-fly is tethered to a small, off-board power source but Dr Ma says the next step will be to miniaturise the other bits of technology that will be needed to create a "fully wireless...
  • Guy Walks Into a Bar in Cleveland...

    03/05/2013 9:17:29 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 05 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    A guy goes into a bar in Cleveland where there's a robot bartender... The robot says, "What will you have"? The guy replies, " I'll have a whisky".  The robot brings back his whisky and says to the man, " what is your IQ"? The guy.says, "168". The robot proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.  The guy leaves but he is curious- so he goes back into the bar. The robot bartender asks," what will you have"? The man says "I will have a whisky".  The robot returns with the drink and asks , "what is...
  • Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

    02/07/2013 9:53:27 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 243 replies
    Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi Daniel Halper February 7, 2013 12:05 PM Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012: Panetta said that Obama left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, "up to us." In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Panetta said...
  • PHOTO with Article of Police Robot (RoboCop) May, 1924

    01/27/2013 10:11:10 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Robocop c. 1924
  • The Wrong Automation

    01/22/2013 6:08:46 PM PST · by Wuli · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 24, 2010 | kaseycorp
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  • Giant remote-controlled robot is built in Japan

    11/30/2012 10:47:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/29/12 | BBC
    Kogoro Kurata grew up watching futuristic robots in movies and animation, wishing he could bring them to life. Now, his childhood dream has become a reality as he's built a massive robot that he can control. His 4-tonne, 4-metre tall Kuratas robot has a built-in pilot's seat and hand-held controller. It lets him move the robot's massive arms, and make it walk at speeds of up to six miles per hour.
  • Robot Will Harvest Your Crops

    08/10/2012 11:34:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Design News ^ | 08/10/12 | Elizabeth Montalbano
    A multinational engineering project aims to create an intelligent robotics platform that can identify and harvest specific types of crops to help foster sustainable agriculture. The Clever Robots for Crops (CROPS) project -- a collaboration between universities from a number of countries -- is working on technology for a modular intelligent sensing and manipulation platform to harvest so-called “high value” crops, such as vegetables grown in a greenhouse, greenhouse vegetables, orchard fruits, and grapes used in making premium wines, according to the project’s Website. The design goals of the project include creating a robotic platform intelligent enough to specifically spray...
  • Female Space Robot Learns to Move Like a Human

    07/25/2012 6:17:33 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 44 replies ^ | 24 July 2012 | InnovationNewsDaily Staff
    Female Space Robot Learns to Move Like a Human by InnovationNewsDaily Staff Date: 24 July 2012 Time: 04:06 PM ET A space robot with a female form could someday join NASA's humanoid robot in helping human astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Germany's AILA robot has a female figure, a head molded into the shape of a modern female hairstyle, and large, dark eyes — a different look compared with the broad-shouldered torso and space helmet head of NASA's Robonaut 2. But both robots could have the right stuff to show how humans and robots can work together more efficiently...
  • Almost human: The robot called FACE who can display dozens of life-like emotions ...

    07/13/2012 3:32:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 13, 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    Scientists are getting ever-closer to designing a robot which can pass for a human. While we are not quite there yet, roboticists from the University of Pisa have brought us even closer with FACE - a robot who is able to display very lifelike human emotions, ranging the whole gamut from happiness to sadness and fear.
  • The disease which is turning British cats into living robots

    04/19/2012 12:00:56 AM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 40 replies
    Mail Online ^ | April 16, 2012 | Fiona Macrae
    Cats are being struck down by a mystery disease that turns them into 'living robots'. Their legs become rigid, giving them an odd, stiff gait, their personality changes and their tail stiffens and sticks out. There is no known treatment or cure. The symptoms become progressively worse and the animals are put down when their suffering becomes too much. The condition has baffled vets, as tests for numerous viruses have come back negative. Their best guess is that the pets caught the disease while out hunting.
  • DARPA robot uses stairs

    04/15/2012 1:17:08 PM PDT · by HenryArmitage · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4-12-2012 | Youtube
    Click here to watch DARPA and Boston Dynamic robot strut his stuff This video shows versions of DARPA and Boston Dynamics robots climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill and doing pushups. A modified platform resembling these robots is expected to be used as government-funded equipment (GFE) for performers in Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge ( The GFE Platform is expected to have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head, and will be physically capable of performing all of the tasks required for the disaster...more at link..
  • US Navy Develops Robot 'Jellyfish' Powered Exclusively by Seawater~

    04/12/2012 4:23:23 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | Reaganite Republican
    Potential military applications for 'Robojelly'  nearly as infinite as it's hydrogen energy supply... Robojelly in the lab _________________________________________________________________________________ Although still in early stages of development, researchers from Virginia Tech and UT at Dallas have created an amazing hydrogen-powered underwater drone that looks and moves like a jellyfish, pumping itself along via artificial muscles...  Robojelly is the first successful underwater robot ever created that uses external hydrogen as it's only power source, while it appears the opaque, plastic blob would be all but undetectable by the enemy when deployed for recon. The unit also holds promise for various underwater rescue/salvage operations. The...
  • DARPA Robotics Challenge: Here Are the Official Details

    04/10/2012 1:38:59 PM PDT · by dickmc · 5 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Tue, April 10, 2012 | Erico Guizzo & Evan Ackerman
    DARPA to the robotics community: the challenge is on. Today the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is announcing a bold new program aiming to advance robotics technology for disaster response. The DARPA Robotics Challenge is offering tens of million of dollars in funding to teams from anywhere in the world to build robots capable of performing complex mobility and manipulation tasks such as walking over rubble and operating power tools. It all will culminate with an audacious competition with robots driving trucks, breaking through walls, and attempting to perform repairs in a simulated industrial-disaster setting. The winner takes all:...
  • Sand Flea Robot Can Jump 30 Feet High (Cool video at link)

    03/29/2012 11:19:32 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 13 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | March 29, 2012 | My Fox NY
    Developed by Boston Dynamic as a tool to obtain information for the U.S. military, the Sand Flea, aptly named because of its incredible jumping ability, will hopefully aid soldiers in war zones by revealing potential threats, CNET reported. The robot has four wheels and weighs 11 pounds. It can jump up to 30 feet high when not actually in a forward moving motion by using CO2 fired from a piston. And it can jump 25 times in a row before having to be recharged, IEEE Spectrum reported. The Sand Flea has such precision, that when properly controlled, it can...
  • In 1939, a robot dog was killed while chasing a car. Really.

    03/11/2012 10:57:41 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies · 1+ views
    IO9 ^ | Mar 10, 2012 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    In 1939, a robot dog was killed while chasing a car. Really. Sometimes you stumble across a piece of history that is too good not to follow up on. Sparko, the robot dog, is one such piece of history. Prepared for the World's Fair in 1939, he got out of his pen, chased a car, and was killed. No fooling. Androids may dream of electronic sheep, but people have dreamed, for decades, of electronic dogs. Robots, a threatening concept, became much less frightening when put in the form of man's best friend. This relationship turned out quite satisfying for people...
  • [Fidel Castro:] 'Robot would be better in White House over Obama'

    01/10/2012 3:09:24 PM PST · by pogo101 · 29 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | January 10, 2012 | Staff
    Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has spoken out against US President Barack Obama, claiming that a "robot" would do a better job in the White House, AFP reported Monday. "Is it not obvious that the worst of all is the absence in the White House of a robot capable of governing the United States and preventing a war that would end the life of our species?" Castro wrote, according to AFP. {snip}
  • Scientists say this is the funniest joke in the world

    01/02/2012 12:19:40 PM PST · by illiac · 93 replies · 1+ views
    SeattlePI ^ | 1/2/12 | SeattlePI
    Today from the random-stuff file… Discovery News reminds us that in 2002, British social scientists set out to find the funniest joke in the world. Researchers from the University of Herfordshire started a “LaughLab” program to test jokes in a cross-cultural context across all demographics. They asked people around the world to submit jokes — and to rate how funny they found jokes submitted by peers. The winner worldwide? This little gem submitted by a psychiatrist in Manchester, England. It involves hunters in New Jersey — maybe British hunters just aren’t as funny.
  • Can a robot REALLY 'bond' with autistic children?

    12/01/2011 11:30:50 AM PST · by Altariel · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 30, 2011 | Rob Waugh
    Robots from around Europe are flocking to London this week - but, thankfully, we won't need to call Doctor Who to fend off this particular onslaught. More than 20 cutting-edge robots from around Europe will be on display at the Science Museum's Robotville exhibition this week - including a robot designed to help autistic children, and a robot that can (sometimes) catch a ball. Naturally, many of the robots look like slightly spooky human beings - but other fields of robotics will be represented instead, including 'swarm' robotics, where tiny robots work together, a relatively new idea being pioneered in...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger TERMINATOR IS REAL!(PETMAN link only)

    11/14/2011 2:16:37 PM PST · by mamelukesabre · 3 replies | Boston Dynamics
  • How Hi-Tech Robots Will Prevent the Next IDF Soldier Kidnapping

    11/03/2011 4:39:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/11 | TechIsrael Staff
    A Rishon Lezion academic institution is at the cutting edge of robotics technology that will prevent future IDF soldiers, experts say. .....
  • Catholic Church to Replace Priests With Robots

    09/29/2011 7:48:46 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 376 replies · 1+ views
    Lying Dog News ^ | May 18, 2010 | Roland Pettigrew
    <p>VATICAN CITY — In an attempt to head off a tidal wave of lawsuits stemming from the sexual abuse of children by priests within the Roman Catholic Church, and Rome’s attempt to cover up the crimes, the Vatican is planning to replace all priests with robots.</p>
  • Palin clarifies Perry's Social Security comments

    09/09/2011 12:07:22 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 275 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9-9-2011 | Christian Heinze
    Friday, September 9, 2011 Palin clarifies Perry's Social Security comments Christian Heinze On Fox News today, Sarah Palin offered Rick Perry a more gentle way of talking about Social Security. "What Rick Perry was trying to say, I believe, is that there needs to be reform. Status quo is not acceptable, because these programs are insolvent. .... So he's saying reform is necessary." Perry has written that Social Security is a "failure" and "Ponzi Scheme", and returned to those themes in Wednesday night's debate. If Perry were really just saying "reform is necessary", then pretty much everyone, including Romney, would...
  • See a Robot Blow Up Suspicious Packages at John Boehner’s Office

    08/15/2011 2:45:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/15/11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    WEST CHESTER, Ohio (The Blaze/AP) — Briefcases with handwritten signs attached were left at the front door of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s Ohio office, bringing out a bomb squad. Investigators in the Cincinnati suburb of West Chester tell multiple media outlets that the bomb squad blew the cases apart on Sunday and found they contained only papers. No one was hurt. WCPO-TV captured the bomb squad robot removing the briefcases and exploding them:
  • The Reaction to Boehner Ending Talks With White House (Cantor, McConnell, Reid, Pelosi, Hoyer)

    07/22/2011 5:12:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Congressional leadership reacted on Friday after House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio., ended debt limit talks with the White House.House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.:"Tonight, months after we had begun negotiations with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the Administration, Speaker Boehner and I are ending discussions with the White House and beginning conversations with Senate leaders in the hopes of finding a solution to the debt limit debate in order to avoid default. Throughout the months of discussions, we have worked to identify real spending cuts, binding budget reforms, structural changes to save our entitlement programs, and significant debt reduction....
  • Geoffrey Peterson for President!

    Just a fan of the show. Years ago Pat Paulsen ran for President. Colbert has run for president. Why not a robot?