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  • Mystery Science Theater 3000

    12/08/2009 2:17:14 PM PST · by WVKayaker · 124 replies · 2,852+ views
    HULU ^ | 12/8/2009 | Best Brains Inc
    For 10 side-splitting seasons and one feature film, the crew of the Satellite of Love orbited Earth, faced with the arduous assignment of watching and lampooning only the most wretched movies ever made.
  • UAV in active service reveals PLA's growing interest in military robot

    10/04/2009 7:58:03 AM PDT · by Flavius · 497+ views
    chinadaily ^ | 2009-10-01 | Xinhua) Updated:
    China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) which used to be in favor of human wave tactics has revealed its growing interest in military robot systems such as the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) mounted on trucks that appeared for the first time on National Day parade. A total of ten short and mid-range UAVs, obviously driven by a two-bladed propeller at the top or end of the fuselages, are painted with blue and red strips on the fuselage and wings.
  • Microsoft's grinning robots or the Brotherhood of the Mac. Which is worse?

    09/28/2009 4:49:55 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 126 replies · 4,895+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 9/28/09 | Charlie Brooker
    Windows works for me. But I'd never recommend it to anybody else, ever.I admit it: I'm a bigot. A hopeless bigot at that: I know my particular prejudice is absurd, but I just can't control it. It's Apple. I don't like Apple products. And the better-designed and more ubiquitous they become, the more I dislike them. I blame the customers. Awful people. Awful. Stop showing me your iPhone. Stop stroking your Macbook. Stop telling me to get one. Seriously, stop it. I don't care if Mac stuff is better. I don't care if Mac stuff is cool. I don't care...
  • Killer Moon

    09/14/2009 8:06:10 PM PDT · by Saije · 9 replies · 1,090+ views
    Scott Adams Blog ^ | 9/14/2009 | Scott Adams
    Lately I have been looking at the moon and wondering if it will someday kill me. If I live another 50 years (which is entirely possible) I assume I will eventually be a robot, having shed my old skin and bones body and uploaded a scanned and digitized version of my brain to a machine. My fellow robots and I will live among the meat people for eons until the moon's orbit degrades, either gradually or because a meteor gives it a nudge, and Earth is annihilated in the collision. You might say I worry too much. But I've successfully...
  • US military embraces next step in robot revolution

    09/01/2009 7:19:14 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 799+ views
    ap ^ | 9/1/09 | ap
    Soldiers these days have a lot of experience playing video games when they're growing up, and they're really familiar with these controls.
  • Attack of the Killer Robots

    08/23/2009 4:00:12 PM PDT · by Flavius · 9 replies · 1,307+ views
    boise weekly ^ | 8/19/09 | eric stoner
    One of the most captivating storylines in science fiction involves a nightmarish vision of the future in which autonomous killer robots turn on their creators and threaten the extinction of the human race. Hollywood blockbusters such as Terminator and The Matrix are versions of this cautionary tale, as was R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), the 1920 Czech play by Karel Capek that marked the first use of the word "robot."
  • John Scalzi's Guide to the Most Epic FAILs in Star Wars Design

    08/20/2009 1:07:42 PM PDT · by AreaMan · 81 replies · 5,100+ views
    AMC TV ^ | 20 Aug 2009 | John Scalzi
    John Scalzi's Guide to the Most Epic FAILs in Star Wars Design I'll come right out and say it: Star Wars has a badly-designed universe; so poorly-designed, in fact, that one can say that a significant goal of all those Star Wars novels is to rationalize and mitigate the bad design choices of the movies. Need examples? Here's ten. R2-D2 Sure, he's cute, but the flaws in his design are obvious the first time he approaches anything but the shallowest of stairs. Also: He has jets, a periscope, a taser and oil canisters to make enforcer droids fall about in...
  • Evolving Robots Learn To Lie To Each Other

    08/19/2009 9:21:52 PM PDT · by spyone · 50 replies · 3,334+ views
    popsci.com ^ | August 18, 2009 | Stuart Fox
    With the development of killer drones, it seems like everyone is worrying about killer robots. Now, as if that wasn't bad enough, we need to start worrying about lying, cheating robots as well. In an experiment run at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne, France, robots that were designed to cooperate in searching out a beneficial resource and avoiding a poisonous one learned to lie to each other in an attempt to hoard the resource. Picture a robo-Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
  • Robot attacked Swedish factory worker

    07/29/2009 5:44:36 AM PDT · by NMEwithin · 74 replies · 4,178+ views
    The Local ^ | 7/29/2009 | The Local
    A Swedish company has been fined 25,000 kronor ($3,000) after a malfunctioning robot attacked and almost killed one of its workers at a factory north of Stockholm. Public prosecutor Leif Johansson mulled pressing charges against the firm but eventually opted to settle for a fine. "I've never heard of a robot attacking somebody like this," he told news agency TT. The incident took place in June 2007 at a factory in Bålsta, north of Stockholm, when the industrial worker was trying to carry out maintenance on a defective machine generally used to lift heavy rocks. Thinking he had cut off...
  • Japan's Robots Join Ranks Of Unemployed

    07/13/2009 9:57:17 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 992+ views
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 13 July 2009 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    Robots are the most efficient workers in the world. Moreover, they do not complain about hours worked, ask for raises, or seek collective bargaining agreements. Nonetheless, In Japan, Machines for Work and Play Are Idle . Japan’s legions of robots, the world’s largest fleet of mechanized workers, are being idled as the country suffers its deepest recession in more than a generation as consumers worldwide cut spending on cars and gadgets. At a large Yaskawa Electric factory on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, where robots once churned out more robots, a lone robotic worker with steely arms twisted and...
  • Japanese Wheelchair Steered Using Brain Waves

    06/29/2009 7:01:14 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 27 replies · 2,282+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 6/29/2009 | Staff
    TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. says it has developed a way of steering a wheelchair by just detecting brain waves, without the person having to move a muscle or shout a command. Toyota's system, developed in a collaboration with researchers in Japan, is among the fastest in the world in analyzing brain waves, it said in a release Monday. Past systems required several seconds to read brain waves, but the new technology requires only 125 milliseconds — or 125 thousandths of a second.
  • Iraqi National Police Train With Robots

    06/25/2009 6:54:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 959+ views
    ]-->Staff Sgt. Joseph Ray (center) watches as Iraqi National Police officers operate the Talon robot during training at the 225th Engineer Brigade's Task Force Iron Claw Academy on Camp Liberty, June 24. Photo by Lt. Col. Pat Simon, 225th Engineer Brigade. BAGHDAD — Playing with video game remote controls that power motorized robots may seem like a fun way to start the day. For ten Iraqi National Police (NP) officers, this arcade experience is a critical part of training at a new engineer training academy here on Camp Liberty. Members of the Iraqi 1st Mechanized Brigade, 2nd NP, wrapped up...
  • Mind power can now operate Honda's Asimo -(please see video)

    04/26/2009 6:00:18 AM PDT · by Flavius · 7 replies · 1,349+ views
    asiaone ^ | Apr 09, 2009 | Yomiur Shimbun/ANN
    In a development that realizes a scenario out of a science fiction movie, scientists have developed technology enabling a robot to be controlled by thought power. A user wears a helmet that detects changes in blood flow and brain waves in different parts of his or her brain and converts them into radio signals that are transmitted to the bipedal humanoid robot, operating its limbs and making it speak.
  • Saya the Emotive Robot Steps in as Substitute Teacher in Japan

    03/11/2009 12:03:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 1,731+ views
    MSNBC ^ | March 11, 2009
    Telegraph: She can speak different languages, carry out roll calls, set tasks and make facial expressions – including anger – thanks to 18 motors hidden behind her latex face.
  • Robot Fight Club (humor -hey we need a break from obama)

    03/06/2009 5:47:25 PM PST · by robomatik · 14 replies · 1,639+ views
    liveleak ^ | unk. | skynet
    "Action packed! These little robots have some fast moves, battling it out for fame and glory. Funny stuff." I can't figure out if this is the coolest robot duel ever -or just a group of drunken unemployed Japanese techies having a good time? Enjoy!
  • Robots Will Take Over the World! (Possibly, Someday Perhaps)

    02/23/2009 7:40:50 AM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 14 replies · 1,475+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com/Times of London ^ | 02 23 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    From the Times of London: "Autonomous military robots that will fight future wars must be programmed to live by a strict warrior code, or the world risks untold atrocities at their steely hands. The stark warning — which includes discussion of a "Terminator"-style scenario in which robots turn on their human masters — is part of a hefty report funded by and prepared for the U.S. Navy's high-tech and secretive Office of Naval Research. The report, the first serious work of its kind on military robot ethics, envisages a fast-approaching era where robots are smart enough to make battlefield decisions...
  • EATR Robot Runs On Soylent Green (Planned Parenthood CONCEPT CAR?)

    02/16/2009 7:42:32 PM PST · by Flavius · 11 replies · 1,371+ views
    boit ^ | 2/2/09 | Evan Ackerman
    It’s all very Back To The Future-y, but engine maker Cyclone Power and Robotic Technologies have teamed up to build a robot called EATR, which stands for Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot. When they say “energetically autonomous,” it means that EATR will be able to locate and process available biomass (plants, animals, people) into energy using its own onboard bioreactor.
  • Magazine: The Precise Path RG3-(Robotic Lawnmower)

    02/10/2009 6:40:25 PM PST · by Flavius · 9 replies · 1,703+ views
    fre ^ | 4th Jan 2009 12:50 | By Rob Jenkins in Industry News on
    In less than a years time you will be able to have one of these amazing mowers on your golf course. This ground breaking technology four years in the making, will no doubt create a stir when they are unleashed at the Golf Industry Show in New Orleans this February. Before that happens Pitchcare Oceania gets the inside scoop with Precise Path's Brian Wheat, VP sales and marketing. Precise Path recise PThe Precise Path RG3ath designed the RG3 with input from experts and superintendents in the golf course and turf industry, including Dan Gamble, an inventor, former superintendent and turf...
  • Merciless robots will fight future wars, researcher Peter Singer says

    02/05/2009 4:30:11 PM PST · by Flavius · 43 replies · 4,640+ views
    news ^ | February 05, 2009 | From correspondents in Los Angeles
    ROBOTS will be armies of the future in a case of science fact catching up to fiction, a researcher said today. Peter Singer, who has authored books on the military, warned that while using robots for battle saves the lives of military personnel, the move has the potential to exacerbate warfare by having heartless machines do the dirty work. "We are at a point of revolution in war, like the invention of the atomic bomb," Mr Singer said. "What does it mean to go to war with US soldiers whose hardware is made in China and whose software is made...
  • Weight of Combat Gear Is Taking Toll

    01/31/2009 9:44:36 PM PST · by Flavius · 29 replies · 2,697+ views
    washington post ^ | February 1, 2009; A0 | By Ann Scott Tyson
    Carrying heavy combat loads is taking a quiet but serious toll on troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, contributing to injuries that are sidelining them in growing numbers, according to senior military and defense officials. Rising concern over the muscle and bone injuries -- as well as the hindrance caused by the cumbersome gear as troops maneuver in Afghanistan's mountains -- prompted Army and Marine Corps leaders and commanders to launch initiatives last month that will introduce lighter equipment for some U.S. troops. As the military prepares to significantly increase the number of troops in Afghanistan -- including sending as...