UK Daily Mail
May 27, 2013
The bond between shepherds and their loyal sheepdogs is a rural image portrayed on television shows like the BBC’s One Man His Dog.
But now the face of hill farming may soon change forever with the introduction of a battery-powered airborne robot to track and round up flocks.
The drone, developed by Frenchman Marc-Alexandre Favier, costs a few hundred pounds and could eventually be controlled by smartphone.
It uses cameras [...]
BOSTON (CBS) — The RP VITA robot will be deployed allowing doctors and patients to interact with nothing more than an iPad and video screen. It’s the first such robot approved for use by the FDA.
Marcio Macedo, Director of Product Development for iRobot tells WBZ the system developed with InTouch Health of Santa Barbara, California, is based on a tablet interface that allows a doctor to be up and running [...]
Technology would make robots “truly anonymous”
Paul Joseph Watson
April 11, 2013
A Pentagon-funded team of scientists have constructed a machine that functions like a human brain and would enable robots to think independently and act autonomously.
Researchers for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) have created a device that “looks and ‘thinks’ like a human brain,” James K. Gimzewski, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, told National Defense [...]
Some cool stuff being made by these guys
The Dow is at a record high and so are corporate profits – so why does it feel like most of the country is deeply suffering right now? Real household income is the lowest that it has been in a decade, poverty is absolutely soaring,47 million Americans are on food stamps and the middle class is being systematically destroyed. How can big corporations be doing so well while most American families are [...]
Perhaps eclipsing the discoveries of Troy and King Tut’s tomb is the discovery of Atlantis. Now, two daring scientists, Paul Weinzweig and Pauline Zalitzki, claim they’ve found it. They discovered the submerged ruins of the ancient city off the shores of Cuba. In the distant past the region was dry land, but now only the island of Cuba remains above water. The ancient city is 600 feet below the ocean [...]
Asahi: Tepco can’t find where huge amount of highly radioactive water is leaking at Reactor No. 2 — ‘Fractures’ in containment vessel suspected
The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is grappling to locate the source of a leak of highly radioactive water in the crippled No. 2 reactor [...]
A remote-controlled robot is now scouring the basement of the reactor building [...]
TEPCO suspects the radioactive water is leaking [...]
HFT Algo Music Sings to the Stock Market
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fined the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) for sending out data to certain private clients faster than the public data feeds. This yells “rigged robot market” louder than anything else and should scare investors seeking a venue for fair returns far, far away. Algorithms or not, stocks have lost three-quarters of their real value since mid-1998 (Dow used to cost 28 [...]
“The 2045 initiative has received the blessing and support from the Dalai Lama, as it prepares to announce the second Global Future 2045 Congress, being held in New York, June, 2013.
Dmitry Itskov, founder of 2045, met His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, in his residence in Dharamsala, a small mountain town in northern India.
They discussed the three major steps of 2045 Avatar Project. First, the creation of a [...]
The exponential advancement of technology has reached a critical point where not even governments can project the direction humanity is headed. Some researchers forecast an eventual singularity where the lines between humans and machines are blurred.
Discussions of warfighting domains in the past have included land, sea, air, and space. Recently cyber was added as a current domain of concern. But as cyber capabilities continue to evolve and combine with enablers of rapidly [...]
DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s the end of the line for the three people who read the lottery numbers on Detroit TV.
WWJ Newsradio 950?s Sandra McNeil reports Aggy Usedly, Beth McCleod and Darryl Wood will no longer announce the winning numbers on TV.
Usedly said she and the two others who read the numbers got the word a couple of weeks ago — and it came as a surprise.
“Our contract was up September 29th and our [...]
August 3, 2012 – Natural News
The borrachero tree, which is marked by beautiful white and yellow blossoms that droop ever so innocuously from the plant’s slender branches, holds a secret that few people outside northern South America know about. The tree’s seeds, flowers, and pollen possess hallucinogenic chemical substances that, when inhaled or consumed, are capable of eliminating a person’s free will, and turning him or her into a mindless zombie that can [...]
(NaturalNews) The borrachero tree, which is marked by beautiful white and yellow blossoms that droop ever so innocuously from the plant’s slender branches, holds a secret that few people outside northern South America know about. The tree’s seeds, flowers, and pollen possess hallucinogenic chemical substances that, when inhaled or consumed, are capable of eliminating a person’s free will, and turning him or her into a mindless zombie that can be [...]
June 9, 2012
Runners, you no longer have to convince your reluctant partner to put on sneaks and hit the streets with you, thanks to my new favorite drone: the Joggobot, a companion robot for runners. Using a built-in camera, the autonomous drone hones in on sensors in a custom shirt and exhorts you to keep up with it.
“People might feel chased if the Joggobot was behind them,” says researcher [...]
A prison guard on a power trip was fired for making certain inmates dance on command to Usher’s hit song Yeah!
Dominic Martucci, 35, was fired from his job as a deputy at Ohio’s Summit County Jail after an internal investigation showed a number of violations of the department’s policy.
Martucci, who has a history of suspicious behavior, forced inmates to dance ‘to his liking’ in order to use the prison’s microwave. [...]
Marc Raibert of Boston Dynamics shares an up close view of the Cheetah, a robot developed by the laboratory with funding from DARPA. The cheetah is currently the fastest robot in the world, with a top speed of 18 mile per hour. (Source: Bloomberg)
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An elementary school robot-geek proved was quite literally punching above his weight when he entered a college-level engineering contest in March, facing rivals two foot taller than him.
But by the end of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Southeastern competition, it was the university students looking up to10-year-old Davis Fortenberry not the other way around, as he walked away with first place.
At first competitors complained about Davis, of Piperton, [...]
SALT LAKE CITY — The ability to have tacos delivered at their feet is an idea many people wouldn’t hesitate to get behind — especially when the tacos are being delivered by a robot.
The Tacocopter — an unmanned drone helicopter that gives customers tacos on demand — would without a doubt be wildly popular were it to exist throughout the nation.
Taco-hungry Americans could order and pay for tacos on their [...]
One of the most uncomfortable experiences anyone can have in New York City is a rude cab driver or a wild cab ride.
It’s hard to tell when it will happen. There are some clues — say, the driver swerves through three lanes of traffic to get to the curb where you’re standing — but clues like that aren’t always available.
The cabbie could just be a bad or new driver, that’s [...]
My Fox NY
March 6, 2012
Looking like a four-legged “Star Wars” creature, the Pentagon’s “Cheetah” robot can gallop up to 18 mph, a land speed record for legged robots.
The robot is the product of the Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
“The robot’s movements are patterned after those of fast-running animals in nature,” stated a news release on DARPA’s website . “The robot increases its stride and running speed by [...]
The Uncanny Valley: What Robot Theory tells us about Mitt Romney
February 6, 2012
The American space agency looks set to pull the plug on its joint missions to Mars with the European Space Agency.
Nasa has told Esa it is now highly unlikely it will be able to contribute to the endeavours, which envision an orbiting satellite and a big roving robot being sent to the Red Planet.
The US has yet to make a formal statement on the matter but budget [...]
January 31, 2012
In this article, Tom Vanderbilt hits the road and tests a self-driving car: a fully autonomous vehicle that can pilot itself with more precision and efficiency than any human driver. He says the car, which is being developed by Google, provides a smooth and safe, if slightly surreal, ride, even at highway speeds, by using a laser-driven rooftop sensor and a GPS tracking system. “We are driving close [...]
Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro said Monday that a “robot” would be better in the White House than President Barack Obama — or any of the Republicans candidates in the 2012 election race.
“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, 85, wrote [...]
December 24, 2011
The drone had been in the air for close to five hours before its mission crew realized that something was wrong. The oil temperature in the plane’s turbocharger, they noticed, had risen into the “cautionary” range. An hour later, it was worse, and it just kept rising as the minutes wore on. While the crew desperately ran through its “engine overheat” checklist trying to figure out [...]
We have previously described the change in market structure post the mid-year USA ratings downgrade as the impossible was suddenly made possible. Nowhere is this more evident than in the huge difference in cumulative distance traveled by the S&P 500. Considering close-to-close changes from the beginning of the year, we see that the average shift of 6 points per day (pre-USA-downgrade) has more than doubled post the downgrade to 12.6 points per day. The [...]
(ZH) As if we needed another confirmation that the sad joke of a market has now succeeded in driving virtually everyone out courtesy of precisely the kind of bullshit we saw in the last 30 minutes of trading today, here comes ICI with the latest weekly fund flow data. It will not surprise anyone that in the week in which the S&P rose by a whopping 8 points on absolutely nothing but more [...]
December 2, 2011
A robot that looks like a little green Martian in a snowsuit has learned to recognize itself in the mirror — and is pleased with what it sees.
Mirror-self recognition is a hallmark of intelligence in animals, something found in primates, dolphins and elephants, for example, but not dogs.
On the robot’s blog, the Thecorpora engineers said they wondered what would happen if Qbo sees itself in the mirror, noting that the robot [...]
At the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, a robot sent into the building housing Reactor No. 1 on Saturday detected the highest levels of radiation measured since the crisis began on March 11.
According to the Japan Times, The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported that radiation levels in the air around Reactor 1 were at 4000 millisieverts per hour, an exposure level equivalent to approximately 40,000 chest x-rays. TEPCO says it [...]
The National Science Foundation has, and it spent $500,000 of taxpayer money studying research involving a shrimp on a treadmill. (ABC)
You’ve probably heard of shrimp on the barbie, but what about shrimp on a treadmill?
The National Science Foundation has, and it spent $500,000 of taxpayer money researching it. It’s not entirely clear what this research hoped to establish.
But it’s one of a number [...]
Now that the NYSE no longer has to concern itself with various overeager acquirers procuring highly confident letters from the likes of Jefferies that it can procure 10x Debt/EBITDA B2/B- HY bonds to purchase every single public exchange in the world, it can focus on doing what it does best: busting flash smash trades, and taking away the profits of those who are lucky enough [...]