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Nerdgasm

February 21, 2011 2 comments

Multi-purposed designs make my nerd-brain explode.  Anything that has more than one function or configuration amazes me, particularly in living space.

Resource Furniture has designed these amazing pieces of furniture that can transform for multiple functions.

 

 

WANT!!!!

 

 

 

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:

Want: Solar powered military tent

The Road Printer

When I was in college I took an aptitude test that suggested one of the jobs I’d be good at was “brick-layer.”  Now I totally want to do it.

 

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.

 

Video Link

Windows 7 Phone ad calls us robots

I have growing paranoia

and this ad confirms it.

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

Comic Books hate Rev. Phelps

Nerds Unite!

The Westboro Baptist church showed at Comic Con to pickets idolatry as promised and my fellow nerds showed up in spades to counter-picket.

There are some incredibly hilarious signs…if you’re a nerd.

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