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The Hasegawa Group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is developing a robot that can think and learn. They demonstrate this (extremely bad idea) by asking it to pour a glass of cold water and give it to a human. The technology is called SOINN(Self-Organizing Incremental Neural Network) which basically helps the robot make decisions based on previous experience.

So if it decided that the rock it bashed your brain in with wasn’t effective enough it can assess the situation and decide to use a bigger one next time.

“because new situations emerge, it’s also necessary to have the ability to keep learning new information on the spot.”

http://www.diginfo.tv/2011/08/01/11-0158-r-en.php

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Oh god they’re in the same room

No, this is how you’re going to die

Some of the internet is all abuzz with this idea of the self-driving vehicles being researched by SARTRE, European Safe Road Trains for the Environment. The basic idea is that a lead truck will guide a string of idiots to slaughter wirelessly controlled cars down a highway.  The goal to improve safety on major highways, improve the environment (somehow) as well as allow the driver the opportunity to do something else during their commute.

Pros:

  • Could actually improve safety on highways

Cons:

  • Trusting some random stranger to lead your car safely down the road
  • Do people really need that much opportunity to multi-task in the morning?
  • Also, what freak of nature can read a newspaper in a moving car?

The hope is to have a real application of the software by 2020.  So that five year old kid of yours that you just gave your ipad to will be able to hack into you car and drive you off a cliff when you won’t let them stay out late.

YAY.

I’ll only get in if accidents can end in the following scenario:

Obama in league with cyborgs

November 15, 2010 1 comment

The APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) 2010 which was held in Japan this year gave an opportunity to let Japan display some of their latest killing machines robots.  President Obama was on site checking out the robots. The toys on hand?

The HRP-4c pictured below.

 

Toyota’s futuristic vehicle

and Paro, the creepy looking seal thing.

 

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This is how you’re going to die

October 21, 2010 1 comment

Apparently a Slovenian Robotics Lab is teaching robots to punch humans.  The purpose?  To set limits on pain should a robot ever fucking punch a human!

 

Borut Povše, working for the University of Ljubljana, is trying to set the robot expectations in order to obey Asimov’s three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Povše says, “even robots designed to Asimov’s laws can collide with people. We are trying to make sure that when they do, the collision is not too powerful,” Povše says. “We are taking the first steps to defining the limits of the speed and acceleration of robots, and the ideal size and shape of the tools they use, so they can safely interact with humans.”

The robot was acquired from Japan’s Epson company.

 

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Ugandan newspaper releases names of gay people

So remember when I posted about that youtube video where a pastor, ignorantly, explains why gay people suck?

It was posted in a joking way but a very real response to Uganda’s recently proposed law that penalizes gay people by long-term jail time or just, you know, death.

Now a Ugandan newspaper, Rolling Stone (not affiliated with the magazine) has released the names and addresses of 100 people suspect of being call.  The list appears next to a call to “hang them”.

It essentially encourages everyday citizens to take the law into their own hands and kill anyone they think may be homosexual.

I know things have been really fucking terrible for the queer community with the recent suicides and I’m not trying to minimize the significance of the lives lost.  But, GOD DAMN! at least we live in a country where the government can’t come outright and say “kill the homos”.  Politicians and the media find much more subversive and clever way to encourage the queer community’s demise but our names aren’t printed in the newspaper next to a call to arms.

Pepe, a program coordinator for Sexual Minorities Uganda, said, “we are providing some with psychological support,” she said. “People have been attacked, we are having to relocate others, some are quitting their jobs because they are being verbally abused. It’s a total commotion.”

Giles Muhame, the newspaper’s editor, said they released the list in hopes that homosexuals would be arrested.

Officials attempted to stop the newspaper but only under the guise that they did not have the right permit to print the story.

Let’s hope that some changes in America’s legislation can have a worldwide effect for those who live in countries less progressive that our own.

Russian Scientist invents anti-aging compound that might actually work.