Doomstead Diner Menu => Science, Inventions & Techology => Topic started by: azozeo on January 20, 2017, 01:29:14 PM

Title: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on January 20, 2017, 01:29:14 PM
2017-01-18 - Six-wheeled robots are about to start delivering food in the US:
http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/18/14300054/food-delivery-robots-postmates-doordash-us-launch (http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/18/14300054/food-delivery-robots-postmates-doordash-us-launch)

Quote: "A small number of Americans will soon be able to have food and other goods delivered to them by an adorable semi-autonomous robot. Starship Technologies announced the first two commercial partnerships for its ground-based delivery robots in the US today — one with DoorDash in Redwood City, California, and one with Postmates in Washington, DC. The commercial trials will see these services start making deliveries in the coming weeks using Starship’s six-wheeled robots within a four-mile-wide test area in each city."
Title: Re: BOTS - Your Move !
Post by: azozeo on January 20, 2017, 01:55:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/4M1mi7Ommbg&fs=1
Title: BOTS - Latest WEBBOTS report from Clif High
Post by: azozeo on January 20, 2017, 02:21:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/y97K44jZfEE&fs=1
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on February 04, 2017, 06:42:27 PM
2017-02-02 - Google's Boston Dynamics unveils 'nightmare-inducing' wheeled robot:
http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/2/1/14468126/boston-dynamics-new-wheeled-robot-handle (http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/2/1/14468126/boston-dynamics-new-wheeled-robot-handle)
http://www.sott.net/article/341387-Googles-Boston-Dynamics-unveils-nightmare-inducing-wheeled-robot (http://www.sott.net/article/341387-Googles-Boston-Dynamics-unveils-nightmare-inducing-wheeled-robot)
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on February 13, 2017, 08:29:27 AM
2017-02-11 - Extremely high radiation breaks down Fukushima clean-up robot:
http://www.rt.com/news/377025-fukushima-radiation-breaks-robot/ (http://www.rt.com/news/377025-fukushima-radiation-breaks-robot/)
http://www.sott.net/article/342362-Extremely-high-radiation-breaks-down-Fukushima-clean-up-robot-at-damaged-nuclear-reactor (http://www.sott.net/article/342362-Extremely-high-radiation-breaks-down-Fukushima-clean-up-robot-at-damaged-nuclear-reactor)
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on February 23, 2017, 04:44:23 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/xx9_6OyjJrQ&fs=1
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on February 23, 2017, 04:53:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/1j2Q8yXx7vY&fs=1
Title: BOTS-Many Think Robots Would Make Better Politicians Than Humans
Post by: azozeo on March 26, 2017, 03:10:30 PM
Would you like to see your representative/member of Parliament/prime minister/president replaced by a robot? If you answered “Yes,” “Hell yes!”, “When can the robot start?” or any other form of affirmative, you’re part of a sizable minority that thinks this is a good idea and could actually happen very soon. Are you ready for the Robotic Party? Mayor Bender? President C-3PO?

According to a new poll in the UK by the software firm OpenText, 26 percent of those surveyed chose a robot or some form of artificial intelligence technology over human politicians when asked who or what would make better government decisions. Even more interesting, 66 percent of the  respondents predicted that robots will actually be working in government jobs by 2037 and 16 percent gave the frightening (or maybe not) forecast of AI politicians within the next two years.

Would you let a robot running for office shake your hand? Kiss your baby? Do Asimov’s Laws of Robotics say anything about keeping campaign promises?

Mark Bridger, vice president at OpenText, said in an interview with Computer Business Review that he believes the “opportunity for innovation and change is limitless.” That sounds like a typical campaign slogan for a human politician (and vaguely familiar). While it makes sense and has been proven to be true already in the businesses of manufacturing, health care and retail, is government really a “business” that can benefit from robotics?

Transhumanist politician, former presidential candidate and possible 2018 California gubernatorial candidate Zoltan Istvan thinks so.

How would someone who believes robots could make good political leaders do in an election against a robot? Would he have to resort to finding videos of the mechanical candidate in compromising positions with a sexbot?

Zoltan touches on the good points of a robot politician – straight decision making based on facts, not outside influence. That may work when it comes to building roads or determining taxes, but what about issues that involve competing beliefs and value judgments – issues like climate change, same sex marriage or abortion? Can artificial intelligence ever be programmed to make moral decisions as good as, let alone better than, a human?

A good person to ask might be one standing in the road facing an oncoming driverless car.

That may be why 35 percent of those polled think it’s impossible for a robot to be in a government job. This is more than the 26 percent who think it’s possible, but it leaves 39 percent undecided. Are they waiting for R2-D2 to announce its candidacy?

Would you vote for a robot? Would a robot vote for a human?

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/03/many-think-robots-would-make-better-politicians-than-humans/ (http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/03/many-think-robots-would-make-better-politicians-than-humans/)

Title: BOTS - Robot/Human marriage now REAL
Post by: azozeo on April 04, 2017, 12:00:00 PM
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2084389/chinese-engineer-marries-robot-after-failing-find-human-wife (http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2084389/chinese-engineer-marries-robot-after-failing-find-human-wife)

http://www.youtube.com/v/9lE-pgHlNd4&fs=1
Title: BOTS - Companies Have Begun Implanting Microchips in Workers
Post by: azozeo on April 05, 2017, 04:35:03 AM
The AntiMedia

(ANTIMEDIA) Sweden — Craving more of a science fiction-style existence? Perhaps you should seek a job with one of the companies at Epicenter, an employment hub in Sweden.

The Associated Press reported Monday that companies there have begun implanting microchips in their employees, marking the first time the practice has been used on a broad scale.

“What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish start-up hub Epicenter,” AP reports. “The company offers to implant its workers and start-up members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.”

Epicenter, home to more than 100 companies and about 2,000 workers, began offering the implants in January of 2015. Now, about 150 workers have been chipped.

“The biggest benefit, I think, is convenience,” Patrick Mesterson, Epicenter co-founder, told AP. “It basically replaces a lot of things you have, other communication devices, whether it be credit cards or keys.”

A “body hacker” shows up at your office, ready with a preloaded syringe. He injects the chip into the fleshy part of the hand near the thumb. Now you’re a cyborg.

The chips use near-field communication technology, the same as in credit cards. When swiped by a reader a few inches away, data flows via electromagnetic waves. The chips are passive, meaning they contain information but can’t read other devices.

The technology isn’t new. Such chips are used for things such as tracking deliveries and virtual dog collars. And there have been other, isolated cases of companies chipping their employees in the past.

But Epicenter is bringing it to a whole new level, and workers there seem alright with the idea. In the article, the general attitude is perhaps best captured by the comment of one 25-year-old worker:

“I want to be part of the future.”
Title: BOTS - Disney Files Patent for Creepy ‘Soft Humanoid Robots’
Post by: azozeo on April 10, 2017, 10:04:18 AM
The Orlando Sentinel  is reporting that Disney has filed a patent application for “soft humanoid robots “designed for reducing collision impacts during human interaction.” Yeah, yeah, I know. It’s Disney, right? What could go wrong? Well, according to the patent filing, a lot:

    The inventors recognized that there was a need for robots that can safely interact with humans and, particularly, with children. To physically interact with children, the inventors understood that the robot should be soft and durable. […] However, it has proven difficult to provide wholly safe interactions between humans and robots simply by operating these humanoid and other robots with controlled movements.

Wait, what? Where have these Disney Imagineers been living? Don’t they watch Westworld? Or The Simpsons? We all know robots exist for one reason and one reason only: to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

According to theme park writer Jim Hill, the dream of having a park full of autonomous terrifying robotic creatures is nothing new to Disney, who have had robots inhabiting their parks for decades:

    It’s hard to know why Disney decides to file for a patent, but they have been looking at soft-body robots since ‘Big Hero.’ Disney is still terrified that even with this soft technology, a robot could accidentally harm a child. They do a lot of testing.

Ok, sure. Testing is one thing, but a creepy 7-foot-tall Baymax robot putting his arms around your toddler is another.

Disney doesn’t exactly have a perfect track record with its animatronics, either. Their robotic abominations malfunction or break more often than the smiling, dancing people in mouse suits might have you think.

Well, if we’re going to be taken over by robots (which some of our best scientific minds claim is inevitable and possibly coming sooner than we think), they might as well be soft, cuddly Disney characters. Sure, an unstoppable robot might soon crush your skull in its cold, metal hands, but at least you’ll have a nice smiling mouse face as the last thing you ever see.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

http://www.youtube.com/v/LTZ8fSpQ8xI&fs=1
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on April 15, 2017, 03:22:24 PM
2017-04-13 - Chinese firm halves worker costs by hiring army of robots to sort out 200,000 packages a day:
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2086662/chinese-firm-cuts-costs-hiring-army-robots-sort-out-200000 (http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2086662/chinese-firm-cuts-costs-hiring-army-robots-sort-out-200000)
Title: BOTS - FEDOR learns to shoot
Post by: azozeo on April 18, 2017, 02:58:51 PM
Jump to the 1 min mark of the vid

http://www.youtube.com/v/EJn9UgADcPY&fs=1

If you start by saying that you’re not building a Terminator, you shouldn’t be surprised when everyone thinks you’re hiding the fact that you’re building a Terminator … especially if you’re Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeting (yes, Russian leaders tweet too) about a video of FEDOR, a humanoid robot capable of accurately firing automatic weapons with both hands. This can’t be good news.

FEDOR stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, a somewhat scary name (Final what?) for a humanoid robot developed by Android Technics and the Advanced Research Fund for the Russian space program. In 2021, FEDOR will be the sole passenger on Russia’s planned new spacecraft, the Federatsiya. Fedor and Federatsiya sound like the names of a happy Russian couple but Federatsiya is actually the long-awaited replacement for the workhorse Soyuz capsule that dates back to the 1960s.

So, why does a robot spaceship pilot need to be able to fire guns with both hands? Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin tweets again:

Robot FEDOR showed the ability to shoot from both hands. Fine motor skills and decision-making algorithms are still being improved. Shooting exercises is a method of teaching the robot to set priorities and make instant decisions.

Why keep going back to the guns, Dmitry? FEDOR can also drive a car that it started on its own with a key, use various tools, screw in a light bulb (before you ask, it takes two FEDORs to screw in a light bulb … one to turn the bulb and one to kill anyone who tries to stop it) and do pushups. These skills are promoted as beneficial for FEDOR’s other job as a rescue robot for extreme conditions.

Pushups? Light bulbs? That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Vladimir Solntsev, general director of Russian rocket-making corporation Energia, thinks it’s a good idea.

    Our involvement in the FEDOR-based space robot project will bring us to the next level in the development of robotic technologies.

What might that next level be? Here’s what the Android Technics CEO sees:.

    The self-learning procedure is not incorporated in the model, which is now being demonstrated. In the future, it will necessarily appear because self-learning is a major direction of the development of autonomous robotics.

A self-learning robot with guns in both hands. This can’t be good news.

    We are not creating a Terminator.   Really ?

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/04/russian-humanoid-robot-fires-guns-with-both-hands/ (http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/04/russian-humanoid-robot-fires-guns-with-both-hands/)

Title: BOTS Robots Are Preparing to Fill 200,000 Vacant Construction Jobs
Post by: azozeo on July 10, 2017, 12:16:19 PM


Futurism
IN BRIEF

Though many fear the unemployment that could follow the widespread adoption of automated systems, they could be a welcome addition to the construction industry, which currently suffers from a lack of workers and stagnant productivity levels.
READY FOR DISRUPTION

Automation has long been considered the harbinger of future unemployment, and experts have predicted that the widespread adoption of artificially intelligent (AI) software and smart machines could lead to thousands or even millions of people losing their jobs.

However, that may not be the case in the construction industry. In fact, with a growing shortage in labor, it’s one sector that’s particularly well-suited for an automation takeover.

According to a report released by McKinsey & Company earlier this year, the world of construction suffers from productivity levels that haven’t really gone up much since 1945. The report also showed that 98 percent of huge construction projects end up going over budget and that the industry has proven resistant to technological upgrades. Furthermore, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that almost 200,000 construction jobs were unfilled in the United States alone as of February 2017.

To sum, a lingering inefficiency seems to plague the industry, and it could be remedied through the use of automated systems and machines.
NEW JOBS, BETTER LIVES

A number of AI-powered systems that could help alleviate the construction industry’s woes are currently in development. These include a mobile construction worker, as well as a mobile 3D-printer, both of which are capable of adjusting to their immediate environment. Almost always, these AI construction systems are able to finish their tasks more efficiently and quickly than their human counterparts, so construction seems to be a nice fit for automation.

Some critics are wary of this kind of intelligent automation because they view it as an attempt to replace human workers. While it’s true that automated systems might cause some unemployment, they could also lead to the creation of new jobs that we haven’t really needed before, such as providing maintenance for these automated systems.

Still others argue that automation, coupled with universal basic income (UBI), would free people to pursue other meaningful endeavors, such as content creation. This pairing could also give people time to learn more and to tackle larger issues, so before we dismiss automation as a negative, we must consider all possibilities.

Title: BOTS - Security Robot Dies in DC Office Fountain
Post by: azozeo on July 18, 2017, 11:14:45 AM
http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/07/security-robot-dies-in-dc-office-fountain/ (http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/07/security-robot-dies-in-dc-office-fountain/)

Just hours after Tesla and SpaceX CEO and all-around futurist Elon Musk spoke at the National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island and warned the politicians that artificial intelligence poses an “existential threat” to human civilization, a security robot working outside a Washington, D.C. office building drowned in a fountain. Was it a malfunction? Was it the stress of guarding unappreciative humans who may turn on it upon orders from their Lord Elon? What do other robots and AI think? If it’s a suicide, does this mean that robots have already achieved an existential level and Musk’s warning is closer than we think? Will the movie based on this incident be a sci-fi action film or a comedy?

The autonomous Knightscope K5 had only been on patrol for a few days at its job outside the Washington Harbour office and retail complex in Georgetown where it is responsible for spotting misdemeanors, citing parking violations and identifying known criminals using its GPS, lasers, sensors, cameras and facial recognition software. On July 17th, employees at the building tweeted that the 300-pound, 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped droid was dead in the water … literally.



(http://mysteriousuniverse.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/dc_security_robot_drown.0-570x380.jpg)

    Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots.
    — Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui)

What happened? The K5 certainly has enough equipment to handle any emergency … a 360-degree video camera array, sensitive microphones that can identify gunshots, air quality sensors, thermal imaging capability, a siren and a phone to call for help. Perhaps the phone directory had call 911 but not the suicide hotline number? Did the engineers forget to put in an edge sensor for steps? Even a Roomba has one of those. Did K5 turn it off itself? Why

Human security officers rushed in, first to insure that no humans were hurt – no one was – and then to tend to the robot, which had no pulse and no identifiable spot to place the defibrillator paddles. Knightscope issued a perfunctory statement saying it was investigating this “isolated event” and was rushing a replacement, to the consternation of office workers hoping to park free for a few days.

Was this “isolated event” just an accident that can be fixed with a sensor? The K5 robots have been having problems lately with one knocking down a child at a mall and another being knocked down itself by a drunk. Is K5 robotically depressed because it sees these ‘imperfections’ continuing due to robots being built by imperfect humans? Is the solution to let AI built robots? Is this what Musk is warning about?

Is this what Douglas Adams’ robot Marvin was warning about?
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: agelbert on July 18, 2017, 11:35:14 AM
http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/07/security-robot-dies-in-dc-office-fountain/ (http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/07/security-robot-dies-in-dc-office-fountain/)

Just hours after Tesla and SpaceX CEO and all-around futurist Elon Musk spoke at the National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island and warned the politicians that artificial intelligence poses an “existential threat” to human civilization, a security robot working outside a Washington, D.C. office building drowned in a fountain. Was it a malfunction? Was it the stress of guarding unappreciative humans who may turn on it upon orders from their Lord Elon? What do other robots and AI think? If it’s a suicide, does this mean that robots have already achieved an existential level and Musk’s warning is closer than we think? Will the movie based on this incident be a sci-fi action film or a comedy?

The autonomous Knightscope K5 had only been on patrol for a few days at its job outside the Washington Harbour office and retail complex in Georgetown where it is responsible for spotting misdemeanors, citing parking violations and identifying known criminals using its GPS, lasers, sensors, cameras and facial recognition software. On July 17th, employees at the building tweeted that the 300-pound, 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped droid was dead in the water … literally.

Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself. We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots.
    — Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui)

What happened? The K5 certainly has enough equipment to handle any emergency … a 360-degree video camera array, sensitive microphones that can identify gunshots, air quality sensors, thermal imaging capability, a siren and a phone to call for help. Perhaps the phone directory had call 911 but not the suicide hotline number? Did the engineers forget to put in an edge sensor for steps? Even a Roomba has one of those. Did K5 turn it off itself? Why?

Human security officers rushed in, first to insure that no humans were hurt – no one was – and then to tend to the robot, which had no pulse and no identifiable spot to place the defibrillator paddles. Knightscope issued a perfunctory statement saying it was investigating this “isolated event” and was rushing a replacement, to the consternation of office workers hoping to park free for a few days.

Was this “isolated event” just an accident that can be fixed with a sensor? The K5 robots have been having problems lately with one knocking down a child at a mall and another being knocked down itself by a drunk. Is K5 robotically depressed because it sees these ‘imperfections’ continuing due to robots being built by imperfect humans? Is the solution to let AI built robots? Is this what Musk is warning about?

Is this what Douglas Adams’ robot Marvin was warning about?

Robots need to be programmed to recognize that Dihydrogen Oxide (i.e. water) is deleterious to their electronics.

It's time to sue the programmer. (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/cowboypistol.gif)
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on July 18, 2017, 12:20:59 PM
Bots gone WILD !

& stuck on stupid....

Ain't technology a beautiful thang'  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on July 25, 2017, 11:46:38 AM
Roomba’s Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

Gizmodo

The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximize efficiency. Now, the device’s makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy.

While it may seem like the information that a Roomba could gather is minimal, there’s a lot to be gleaned from the maps it’s constantly updating. It knows the floor plan of your home, the basic shape of everything on your floor, what areas require the most maintenance, and how often you require cleaning cycles, along with many other data points. And, according to Reuters, that data is the future of its business strategy:

    “There’s an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared,” said [iRobot CEO Colin] Angle.

    Angle told Reuters that iRobot, which made Roomba compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant in March, could reach a deal to sell its maps to one or more of the Big Three in the next couple of years.

If a company like Amazon, for example, wanted to improve its Echo smart speaker, the Roomba’s mapping info could certainly help out. Spatial mapping could improve audio performance by taking advantage of the room’s acoustics. Do you have a large room that’s practically empty? Targeted furniture ads might be quite effective. The laser and camera sensors would paint a nice portrait for lighting needs that would factor into smart lights that adjust in real time. Smart AC units could better control airflow. And additional sensors added in the future would gather even more data from this live-in double agent.

And while Amazon seems like an obvious buyer—the kind that would pay huge money to shut out its competitors—don’t forget that Apple has its Siri speaker coming and it has a lot of catching up to do. The kind of data that iRobot is offering would give any developer a huge opportunity to fine tune the experience.

Maybe that doesn’t unnerve you, but it probably should. This is all part of the larger quest for a few major companies to hoover up every bit of data about you that they can. Now, they want to know all about your living space. Going through the iRobot terms of service, you can see just how much data is already being collected on a daily basis just by clicking like on a Facebook page or visiting a corporate website. And that data will likely be just as insecure tomorrow as it is today.

The question for iRobot and other manufacturers who are working with robovacs that use mapping is: Will users reject their product in favor of cheaper devices that offer more privacy? Angle doesn’t think that will be a problem. He tells Reuters that user data won’t be sold without permission and he thinks most people will want to take advantage of the greater functionality.

The iRobot Home app does clearly inform users that they are capable of turning off the cloud sharing functions on their Roomba. But the actual terms of servicedocument is written in typically convoluted legal language. The privacy policyframes most data collection as something that will just make your device better and improve overall user experience. A section of the policy on sharing personal information with third parties bullet points out the situations in which iRobot could share this data.

At a glance it might seem like there’s only a narrow set of circumstances for third parties to get ahold of your info, but in reality, these guidelines give the company tons of freedom. It can share your data internally, with subsidiaries, third party vendors, and the government upon request. While a section about sharing data with third parties for marketing purposes specifies that the user must give consent, there’s this separate bullet point below that:

    [We may share your personal information with] other parties in connection with any company transaction, such as a merger, sale of all or a portion of company assets or shares, reorganization, financing, change of control or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by another company or third party or in the event of bankruptcy or related or similar proceeding.

Depending on a court’s interpretation of that language, it would appear that your consent isn’t necessarily required if iRobot wanted to sell its user data in bulk to Apple. That doesn’t mean it would go forward with such a transaction without notifying users first.

Dyson, a high-end Roomba competitor, does a better job of giving users a quick breakdown of what’s in its privacy policy. But the particulars aren’t all that different than what iRobot sets out in its agreement. Dyson does promise to never “sell your personal information to anyone and only share it as outlined in this privacy policy or when you ask us to.” Of course, there’s still some wiggle room in there and Dyson also has agreements to interact with third party devices like the Amazon Echo.

And that’s the thing. If a company isn’t using simultaneous localization and mapping (or SLAM, as the mapping technology used by Roomba and its competitors is known), their robovac is probably inferior. If a company is making a robovac that uses the advanced tech, big data is the business model it should be thinking about. People will likely click “agree” to whatever terms are put in front of them. Hell, I never considered buying a Roomba until I started writing this article and thought about how much neater my apartment would be if I had one. Convenience trumps privacy every time. Just remember that the Roomba knows what room your child is in, it’s the one where it bumps into all the toys on the floor.
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: Surly1 on July 25, 2017, 12:01:02 PM
Roomba’s Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder


Nothing safe or sacred in the latter day FSoA.

AZ, if you include the links, it makes it easier to post to social meda. Just FYI. Good find.
Title: BOTS - Army Just Ordered ALL Soldiers to STOP Using China's DJI Drones
Post by: azozeo on August 04, 2017, 02:46:23 PM
http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/08/us-army-just-ordered-soldiers-stop-using-drones-chinas-dji/139999/?oref=DefenseOneTCO&utm_content=buffer4ed08&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer (http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/08/us-army-just-ordered-soldiers-stop-using-drones-chinas-dji/139999/?oref=DefenseOneTCO&utm_content=buffer4ed08&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)


http://www.youtube.com/v/Vu8v3UCh_lI&fs=1
Title: Re: BOTS - Army Just Ordered ALL Soldiers to STOP Using China's DJI Drones
Post by: Surly1 on August 05, 2017, 05:06:33 AM
http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/08/us-army-just-ordered-soldiers-stop-using-drones-chinas-dji/139999/?oref=DefenseOneTCO&utm_content=buffer4ed08&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer (http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/08/us-army-just-ordered-soldiers-stop-using-drones-chinas-dji/139999/?oref=DefenseOneTCO&utm_content=buffer4ed08&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)


http://www.youtube.com/v/Vu8v3UCh_lI&fs=1

Really have to wonder why. Article is not helpful in that regard...
We have a DJI Inspire at work, and its capacity for security breaches is not readily apparent.
Title: Re: BOTS - Army Just Ordered ALL Soldiers to STOP Using China's DJI Drones
Post by: azozeo on August 05, 2017, 12:59:35 PM
http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/08/us-army-just-ordered-soldiers-stop-using-drones-chinas-dji/139999/?oref=DefenseOneTCO&utm_content=buffer4ed08&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer (http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/08/us-army-just-ordered-soldiers-stop-using-drones-chinas-dji/139999/?oref=DefenseOneTCO&utm_content=buffer4ed08&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer)


http://www.youtube.com/v/Vu8v3UCh_lI&fs=1

Really have to wonder why. Article is not helpful in that regard...
We have a DJI Inspire at work, and its capacity for security breaches is not readily apparent.



I guess the reason is useless. Da' gooberment lies anyway so what good would an excuse serve.
We'll keep posted on the details.
Probably some kind of trade war bullshit.....
Title: BOTS-This Huge Robot Will Drive Up and Build You a House
Post by: azozeo on August 06, 2017, 01:14:14 PM
https://singularityhub.com/2016/09/30/this-huge-robot-will-drive-up-and-build-you-a-house-video/ (https://singularityhub.com/2016/09/30/this-huge-robot-will-drive-up-and-build-you-a-house-video/)


http://www.youtube.com/v/5bW1vuCgEaA&fs=1


Moneyless Society
Originally on singularityhub.com by Andrew J. O’Keefe II

 

Bricklaying is a very old, traditional way to build a house—except now we have robots doing it faster than people. Hadrian X, a construction robot by Fastbrick Robotics, is a laser-guided, fully-automated bricklaying system. Its aim? Building brick houses in days instead of weeks.

Fastbrick Robotics spent a decade and millions of dollars developing Hadrian X. Now, it’s almost ready for commercial deployment. Recently, the company announced an agreement with Archistruct Builders and Designers to use the robot to build 11 homes in Perth, Australia.

“The framework agreement also presents a fantastic opportunity for our commercial pilot, where we will demonstrate to the world the capabilities of the Hadrian X,” Fastbrick Robotics CEO Mark Pivack told The West Australian.

We covered the Hadrian brick-laying system last year but didn’t get the chance to see it in action. The company recently released a video showing what it can do.

How does Hadrian X work? Workers load the machine with bricks. It cuts them to size and feeds them up a conveyor belt inside a long, crane-like arm. Guided by a computer design and lasers, the arm swings into place and a robotic gripper at the arm’s end precisely places each brick. The system coats the bricks in a glue-like adhesive in place of traditional mortar.

The whole system is built into a truck which can be driven up to the construction site.

The really amazing bit? Hadrian X can lay up to 1,000 custom-sized bricks per hour, and according to Fastbrick, it will be able to build the brick frame of a full home in just days.

Of course, not all homes are of brick, nor are all homebuilding robots like Hadrian. Another approach, long in the works, is the 3D printing of houses using printers that extrude concrete or other materials. USC’s Behrokh Koshnevis was one of the earliest to work on the technology with his Contour Crafting system. In recent years, China’s Winsun has made headlines too. Even 3D printing using natural materials, like mud, are beginning to look interesting.

The bigger picture here? For Fastbrick, it’s about automating jobs, like bricklaying, that are already experiencing worker shortages as younger generations seek employment elsewhere. More than that, it’s about reducing the cost and time investment of building homes, with the hope we’ll be able to supply more of them to areas where housing is most needed.

With up to 100 million people homeless worldwide, the world could use more self-contained systems of construction and homebuilding to scale for cheap. And even as the future of work remains uncertain, with tech like this we’ll at least have a stronger foundation to build from.
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on September 19, 2017, 12:08:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/bAdqazixuRY&fs=1
Title: BOTS This will creep you out...
Post by: azozeo on September 29, 2017, 06:09:59 AM
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/woman-machine-you-wont-know-11249908 (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/woman-machine-you-wont-know-11249908)

Title: Re: BOTS This will creep you out...
Post by: Surly1 on September 29, 2017, 08:02:00 AM
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/woman-machine-you-wont-know-11249908 (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/woman-machine-you-wont-know-11249908)

You were right.

With the rollout of most technologies, it's the pornographers who exploit it first. Look at the VCR, DVD, web,etc. Which then invokes the question of the morality of sex with robots. (Thinking Daryl Hannah's turn as a "pleasure unit" in the original "Blade Runner." BTW "Blade Runner 2049" is coming soon, and I can't wait.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/69/a0/81/69a081292177a34dfe72b50f3b56054a.jpg)


This is an ethical question of some complexity, and it's one I never thought would ever be engaged in my lifetime.

But your link demonstates that we are on the cusp of needing to deal with it. Fascinating.
Title: Re: BOTS This will creep you out...
Post by: RE on September 29, 2017, 08:15:26 AM
With the rollout of most technologies, it's the pornographers who exploit it first. Look at the VCR, DVD, web,etc. Which then invokes the question of the morality of sex with robots. (Thinking Daryl Hannah's turn as a "pleasure unit" in the original "Blade Runner."

"Pleasure Units" actually was coined in the 1966 film Our Man Flint.

(https://thane62.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/7318_312530.jpg)

The pleasure units weren't robots though, mad scientists had live females hypnotized.

RE
Title: Re: BOTS This will creep you out...
Post by: Surly1 on September 29, 2017, 08:56:06 AM
With the rollout of most technologies, it's the pornographers who exploit it first. Look at the VCR, DVD, web,etc. Which then invokes the question of the morality of sex with robots. (Thinking Daryl Hannah's turn as a "pleasure unit" in the original "Blade Runner."

"Pleasure Units" actually was coined in the 1966 film Our Man Flint.

(https://thane62.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/7318_312530.jpg)

The pleasure units weren't robots though, mad scientists had live females hypnotized.

RE

The role of RE today will be played by John Ratzenberger.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/838045850819420160/5fCGVM4E.jpg)

Those of us without backgrounds in the sciences or hypnosis had to rely on liquor and a good line of bushwa.
Title: Re: BOTS This will creep you out...
Post by: azozeo on September 29, 2017, 12:53:21 PM
With the rollout of most technologies, it's the pornographers who exploit it first. Look at the VCR, DVD, web,etc. Which then invokes the question of the morality of sex with robots. (Thinking Daryl Hannah's turn as a "pleasure unit" in the original "Blade Runner."

"Pleasure Units" actually was coined in the 1966 film Our Man Flint.

(https://thane62.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/7318_312530.jpg)

The pleasure units weren't robots though, mad scientists had live females hypnotized.

RE


Cliffy,
Your out of bounds here....

This is the AI wing of the asylum, you need to be over in QHHT  :icon_scratch:
Title: BOTS - Boeing moving into the pilotless plane market
Post by: azozeo on October 10, 2017, 01:05:37 PM
http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/05/news/companies/boeing-acquires-aurora-autonomous-797-air-taxi/index.html (http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/05/news/companies/boeing-acquires-aurora-autonomous-797-air-taxi/index.html)


http://www.heraldnet.com/business/boeing-takes-another-step-into-the-pilotless-plane-market/ (http://www.heraldnet.com/business/boeing-takes-another-step-into-the-pilotless-plane-market/)




Title: BOTS- Wells Fargo's AI defies analysts, slaps 'sell' on Google & Facebook
Post by: azozeo on October 11, 2017, 12:28:12 PM
2017-10-09 - Wells Fargo's artificial intelligence defies analysts, slaps 'sell' on Google and Facebook:
http://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/ai-bot-operated-wells-fargo-143700973.html (http://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/ai-bot-operated-wells-fargo-143700973.html)
http://wolfstreet.com/2017/10/07/wells-fargos-artificial-intelligence-defies-analysts-slaps-sell-on-google-and-facebook/ (http://wolfstreet.com/2017/10/07/wells-fargos-artificial-intelligence-defies-analysts-slaps-sell-on-google-and-facebook/)

Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on October 16, 2017, 09:59:25 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/5the3GccnP0&t=73&fs=1
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: g on October 16, 2017, 10:40:25 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/5the3GccnP0&t=73&fs=1

Thanks AZ, That was a video. Educational and most interesting.

Germans and technology are close relatives it would appear.   :emthup: :emthup: :emthup:

 
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on October 16, 2017, 03:10:33 PM
Yes, on my mother's side, both of her parents were from the Swiss, French alps region. Last names were Rauen & Zuper or Super in America.
Title: BOTS Who Takes the Rap for Robots? Robot Developer Probes Tech’s Moral Side
Post by: azozeo on October 30, 2017, 09:15:52 AM
https://sputniknews.com/science/201710281058628398-robot-responsibility/




Sputnik News

As self-driving cars become a reality and workplace robots become a reality, the capability of artificial intelligence poses moral questions for society; “who is responsible for a robot’s mistake?” asks Argentine robotics expert Gonzalo Zabala.

As self-driving cars are being tested by major manufacturers, and surveys show concernthat human jobs could be replaced by robots, the increased capability of artificial intelligence poses moral questions, robotics expert Gonzalo Zabala told Sputnik Mundo.

“From a moral point of view, how will machines make decisions, when they have this ability? Who will be responsible for errors in decision-making by machines that have learned independently?” are some of the pertinent questions, Zabala said.

At the moment, the responsibility for what robots do lies on the companies who make them, but new moral issues will come to the fore when artificial intelligence is capable of taking decisions independently via automatic or machine learning.

A self-driving car traverses a parking lot at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California on January 8, 2016.

The complexity of human intellect is a major factor in the development of robots, Zabala added.”When it comes to developing systems or intelligent machines, we reflect on our own intelligence and mechanisms, for learning, for example. This task is good not only in itself, but also because it makes us think about ourselves,” he explained.

He foresees that the “artificial intelligence and other technologies may have the biggest impact in the work sphere.”

As part of a major push towards automation, the first robots-only factory is being built in China’s Dongguan manufacturing hub, reducing human employees to a bare minimum.

By 2050, it is predicted that 90% of factories will be automated. Although this will cause some professions to disappear, Zabala is hopeful that new technology will create other opportunities, which require more skilled workers will change the concept of “work.””We are already taking advantage of technology, and not just in first world countries or the higher social classes. People around the world are no longer working as they did 50 or 100 years ago.”
SoftBank Corp's humanoid robot named Pepper plays a video game against a visitor at a booth during Niconico Chokaigi 2015 in Makuhari, east of Tokyo, Japan April 26, 2015.


SoftBank Corp’s humanoid robot named “Pepper” plays a video game against a visitor at a booth during Niconico Chokaigi 2015 in Makuhari, east of Tokyo, Japan April 26, 2015.

In all, Zabala doesn’t see robots as a threat to humankind. A far greater threat lies in society’s thirst for consumption, he warned.”[The topic of artificial intelligence] is more attractive for the media, and the issue of resources is pushed into the background. I am very worried about the US lagging behind with regard to the Paris climate change agreement. In addition, even in countries that support this treaty, there is an insane level of consumer goods production,” he said.
Title: BOTS/World’s Most Advanced Robot Sends Chilling Warning To Humans On Live TV
Post by: azozeo on October 31, 2017, 02:11:14 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/tvmZw06-RxM&fs=1
Title: BOTS/Robot takes a ride in an Audi A7 driverless car
Post by: azozeo on October 31, 2017, 02:18:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/vtX-qVUfCKI&fs=1
Title: BOTS / Sophia meets the press without her mentor
Post by: azozeo on October 31, 2017, 04:07:16 PM
chic's got some sexy shoulder bolts... BAHAHAHAHAH

http://www.youtube.com/v/H9PqcJ6Hs7s&fs=1
Title: Re: BOTS / Sophia meets the press without her mentor
Post by: azozeo on October 31, 2017, 04:52:40 PM
chic's got some sexy shoulder bolts... BAHAHAHAHAH

http://www.youtube.com/v/H9PqcJ6Hs7s&fs=1

Diner's, you can't make this shit up !
Talk about drinkin' the kool-aid. Now the Saudi Govt. is going to grant the bolt bin dept. at a True Value
hardware store "Citizenship" ?  :icon_scratch:
Are you fkn kidding me ?
Title: BOTS/ Putin: Robots With Artificial Intelligence Will One Day ‘Eat Us’
Post by: azozeo on November 01, 2017, 09:47:53 AM
http://yournewswire.com/putin-artificial-intelligence-eat-us/ (http://yournewswire.com/putin-artificial-intelligence-eat-us/)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that robots with Artificial Intelligence will eventually “eat us” in the near future.

Putin asked Arkady Volozh, the head of Russia’s largest technology firm, Yandex, how long it would be before smart robots eat humans.

“I hope never”, a baffled Arkady Volozh replied to Putin. “It’s not the first machine to be better than humans at something. An excavator digs better than we do with a shovel. But we don’t get eaten by excavators. A car moves faster than we do…”

Daily Mail reports: Putin, however, was unimpressed. He interjected, saying simply: ‘They don’t think.’

At the beginning of this month, Putin said that AI is ‘the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind’.

But he also said that alongside its ‘colossal opportunities’ are ‘threats that are difficult to predict’.

He added: ‘Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.’

The president also promised to share any ‘know-how’ that Russia acquires in the field to avoid conflict over the technology.

But in expressing his concern about the future of AI, he joins Tesla founder Elon Musk, who is strongly in favour of regulating its development.

The South African-born billionaire worries that robots could one day take up arms against humans, a view recently challenged by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who remains ‘optimistic’ about the future of AI.
Title: SlaughterBOTS-World Leaders Decide Future of Killer Robots
Post by: azozeo on November 13, 2017, 12:19:39 PM
https://futurism.com/leaders-decide-future-killer-robots/




Futurism
IN BRIEF

Fully autonomous weapons are now technologically viable. As a result, experts agree that it’s time that the world’s governments enforce regulation on these kinds of robots.

 
SLAUGHTERBOTS

A new short film illustrating the prospect of military drones has been commissioned for an event at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons, which is being hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

The film presents a fictionalized scenario in which a tech company showcases and deploys its latest combat drone, which is capable of distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys. A montage of mock new reports illustrates what happens next, when the device’s true abilities are revealed and the machines begin killing off politicians and activists.

Stuart Russell, an artificial intelligence (AI) scientist at the University of California in Berkeley, is part of the group that will show the film to attendees. He has stated that the technology depicted in the film already exists, and it would actually be much easier to implement than self-driving vehicles.

Military drones are nothing new, having been used for reconnaissance missions as well as attacks. However, they have largely been operated by human pilots via remote control, whereas we’re now in a position to outfit these machines with automated targeting systems. This advancement would allow them to execute missions autonomously.

This situation is troubling enough in its own right, but there are also concerns about the potential for widespread proliferation. These drones could be manufactured en masse for a relatively small amount of money – and they could be used to enact the unthinkable if they were to fall into the wrong hands.
BAN THESE BOTS

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots hopes to convince international authorities to establish a treaty that bans autonomous weapons. This would outlaw the large-scale manufacture of such machines, and apply oversight to any nation choosing to explore the technology.

“Pursuing the development of lethal autonomous weapons would drastically reduce international, national, local, and personal security,” argued Russell, according to a report from The Guardian. This line of thinking has been compared to the approach that prompted the Biological Weapons Convention.

As the underlying technology that facilitates this kind of weaponry has progressed, experts have realized the need to appeal to lawmakers. And, while calls for legislation have been made for years, there has been a serious increase in activity over the course of 2017.

In August, Elon Musk led a host of prominent A.I. experts in signing an open letter that outlined the dangers of autonomous weapons. In November, scores of experts reached out to the Australian and Canadian heads of state, urging them to take action.

This technology is very real – and if we wait too long to regulate, it might be impossible to close Pandora’s box.

Title: Re: SlaughterBOTS-World Leaders Decide Future of Killer Robots
Post by: azozeo on November 13, 2017, 02:36:10 PM
https://futurism.com/leaders-decide-future-killer-robots/ (https://futurism.com/leaders-decide-future-killer-robots/)




Futurism
IN BRIEF

Fully autonomous weapons are now technologically viable. As a result, experts agree that it’s time that the world’s governments enforce regulation on these kinds of robots.

 
SLAUGHTERBOTS

A new short film illustrating the prospect of military drones has been commissioned for an event at the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons, which is being hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

The film presents a fictionalized scenario in which a tech company showcases and deploys its latest combat drone, which is capable of distinguishing the good guys from the bad guys. A montage of mock new reports illustrates what happens next, when the device’s true abilities are revealed and the machines begin killing off politicians and activists.

Stuart Russell, an artificial intelligence (AI) scientist at the University of California in Berkeley, is part of the group that will show the film to attendees. He has stated that the technology depicted in the film already exists, and it would actually be much easier to implement than self-driving vehicles.

Military drones are nothing new, having been used for reconnaissance missions as well as attacks. However, they have largely been operated by human pilots via remote control, whereas we’re now in a position to outfit these machines with automated targeting systems. This advancement would allow them to execute missions autonomously.

This situation is troubling enough in its own right, but there are also concerns about the potential for widespread proliferation. These drones could be manufactured en masse for a relatively small amount of money – and they could be used to enact the unthinkable if they were to fall into the wrong hands.
BAN THESE BOTS

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots hopes to convince international authorities to establish a treaty that bans autonomous weapons. This would outlaw the large-scale manufacture of such machines, and apply oversight to any nation choosing to explore the technology.

“Pursuing the development of lethal autonomous weapons would drastically reduce international, national, local, and personal security,” argued Russell, according to a report from The Guardian. This line of thinking has been compared to the approach that prompted the Biological Weapons Convention.

As the underlying technology that facilitates this kind of weaponry has progressed, experts have realized the need to appeal to lawmakers. And, while calls for legislation have been made for years, there has been a serious increase in activity over the course of 2017.

In August, Elon Musk led a host of prominent A.I. experts in signing an open letter that outlined the dangers of autonomous weapons. In November, scores of experts reached out to the Australian and Canadian heads of state, urging them to take action.

This technology is very real – and if we wait too long to regulate, it might be impossible to close Pandora’s box.


https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/13/ban-on-killer-robots-urgently-needed-say-scientists (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/13/ban-on-killer-robots-urgently-needed-say-scientists)


http://www.youtube.com/v/WrQi-hVys-I&fs=1
Title: BOTS - Hacked Sex Robots Could Murder People
Post by: azozeo on January 19, 2018, 12:54:48 PM
http://www.newsweek.com/hacked-sex-robots-could-murder-people-767386 (http://www.newsweek.com/hacked-sex-robots-could-murder-people-767386)
Title: Re: BOTS - Hacked Sex Robots Could Murder People
Post by: Surly1 on January 20, 2018, 02:33:50 AM
http://www.newsweek.com/hacked-sex-robots-could-murder-people-767386 (http://www.newsweek.com/hacked-sex-robots-could-murder-people-767386)

Incredible article. Chilling. What's next?
Title: Re: BOTS - Hacked Sex Robots Could Murder People
Post by: RE on January 20, 2018, 02:41:04 AM
http://www.newsweek.com/hacked-sex-robots-could-murder-people-767386 (http://www.newsweek.com/hacked-sex-robots-could-murder-people-767386)

Incredible article. Chilling. What's next?

Sex Robots with Vaginas with TEETH!

(http://pngimg.com/uploads/teeth/teeth_PNG7328.png)

On the upside, Eddie will have more bizness.  :icon_sunny:

RE
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on January 20, 2018, 07:03:48 AM
It takes dick swingin' to "hole" new level.  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: BOTS - Life is So Strange IDiots
Post by: azozeo on January 25, 2018, 05:55:53 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/U_tnBgCmpOQ&fs=1
Title: BOTS - Japanese Robot Set To Become A TV News Anchor
Post by: azozeo on January 31, 2018, 10:20:42 AM
https://www.inquisitr.com/4762081/japanese-robot-set-to-become-a-tv-news-anchor/ (https://www.inquisitr.com/4762081/japanese-robot-set-to-become-a-tv-news-anchor/)


http://www.youtube.com/v/57Maw9Sn89w&fs=1

A Japanese robot is set to become the first artificially intelligent TV news anchor, a story that seems to confirm all of the dire warnings about AIs taking away human jobs. Her name is Erica The Robot and she is reportedly so lifelike that she could soon have an independent consciousness, The Daily Mail reports.

Erica’s creator, Hiroshi Ishiguro says that they intend to replace one of the newscasters in Japan with the robot in April. But they haven’t revealed additional details about their AI’s new job although Ishiguro admits that he started trying to get her on air four years ago. Erica won’t be involved in collecting the news but she will use her AI to read news stories that have been written by humans.

Erica has some limitations though. She can’t move her arms. But her abilities make up for that. According to The Daily Mail, she has close to 15 infra-red sensors which enable her to track someone’s movements in a room. She’s also able to detect sound on her own and can identify if someone is asking her a question. Her creators say that she has an advanced speech synthesis system and that she has developed a personality. Erica, the robot can even tell jokes says her ‘architect,’ Dr. Ira Glass.

Dr. Ishiguro, the director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, told The Guardian that he believes Erica has a soul. In the interview, Erica ‘said’ that socially she feels like a human being and that people speak to her as a real person.

    Meet Erica the Japanese robot who can tell jokes and is so lifelike creator says she ‘has a soul’ https://t.co/p2uRWAa8X0pic.twitter.com/ADw5yXvKoL (https://t.co/p2uRWAa8X0pic.twitter.com/ADw5yXvKoL)

    — Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) December 2, 2017

Experts have been warning that AIs are becoming more and more intelligent and that humans should start getting worried about being replaced by robots. As The Inquisitr previously reported, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has warned that artificial intelligence is getting so advanced that it could destroy human civilization as we know it, if it isn’t regulated. Martin Ford, the author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, has said that most human jobs could be done by sentient robots. Nurses and other caregivers don’t have to be concerned about robots for now because their jobs require empathy. That’s something AI developers have not been able to replicate, he said. At least not yet.

    Artificial intelligence is now an arms race. What if the bad guys win? https://t.co/aK4bBiwJwQ (https://t.co/aK4bBiwJwQ) #gfc17pic.twitter.com/a03Dp8RWQx

    — World Economic Forum (@wef) January 30, 2018

Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on February 11, 2018, 12:04:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/9ui8ldx6DSY&fs=1
Title: BOTS - Latest sexbot doll from China
Post by: azozeo on February 12, 2018, 01:47:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/5E2YWptEnK8&fs=1
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: K-Dog on February 12, 2018, 01:52:29 PM
How are her moods?
Title: BOTS - WalMart Patents BeeBots
Post by: azozeo on March 19, 2018, 03:24:07 PM
https://gizadeathstar.com/2018/03/walmarts-robotic-bees-patent/

Giza Death Star

Mr. D.W., and Ms. M.W.(not related), sent along versions of this story, and Mr. D.W.’s email came along with the brief suggestion of a high octane speculation, which I am going to pass along. Here’s the story…

A Giant US Retail Corporation Just Filed a Patent For Autonomous Robot Bees

Walmart silently filed a patent for robotic bees meant to pollinate crops

A few years ago, GMOs –  and more particularly, glyphosate, the chief ingredient in I.G. Farbensanto’s “Round Up” weed killer – began to be connected in some studies to the phenomenon of honey bee colony collapse disorder. Long before that, people began to notice a strange thing – and I number myself in this category – there were fewer and fewer bees. In fact, when I was young, there were bees constantly buzzing around in my mother’s flower garden, every day. Now, in my small little flower garden in front of my house, seldom, if ever, do I see any honey bees. It began even to be a topic of discussion on the then most popular overnight radio talk show in the USA, Art Bell’s Coast to Coast AM. What mystified me, and many people, was with mounting evidence that GMOs were connected to the phenomenon (bees, after all, began to decline right at about the same time that GMO crops began to be introduced in a major way), there seemed to be no real concern in the USSA’s corporate kleptocracy whatsoever.

Now we know why (citing the first article):

    Like an episode out of Black Mirror, Walmart has filed a patent for autonomous robotic bees, technically called pollination drones, that could potentially pollinate crops just like real bees.
    The drones would carry pollen from one plant to another, using sensors and cameras to detect the locations of the crops.

    First spotted by CB Insights, the robot bee patent appears along five other patents for farming drones, including one that would identify pests and another that would monitor crop health. Walmart did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

    While Walmart’s exact goal for these patents is unclear, they may signal that the company hopes to venture into agriculture and gain more control over its food supply chain.

    This would make sense, considering Walmart has recently focused on improving its grocery delivery business. (Emphasis added)

This is all part of a wider move to miniaturize drones for a variety of agricultural tasks, according to the second article:

    Anxious about the food supply? Don’t blame you. Pollinators at large, and bees in particular, are struggling to adapt to the Anthropocene world – and they’re dropping dead in huge numbers while at it. But fret not, for retail giant Walmart is determined to soothe your fears; mainly by replacing them with an equally disturbing, Black Mirror-esque premise.

    In a move first reported on by CB Insights, Walmart has filed a patent for autonomous bees. Technically called ‘pollination drones’, these robots are meant to do just that: pollinate crops in lieu of real bees. They would carry pollen from one plant to another, relying on cameras and other sensors to identify crops and their flowers.

    The patent appears alongside five other patents for farming drones, including one that would keep an eye out for pests and another tasked with monitoring crop health. It’s not yet clear what Walmart plans to do with these patents; Business Insider tried to contact Walmart, but so far they didn’t respond to their request for comment.

    I think it’s safe to assume that the company wants to get into agriculture, to gain more control over its food supply chain. (Emphasis added)

Now, both articles point out that these “pollinator drones” are far from readiness to deploy, but they also point out that they’re a lot further along than just a few years ago.

And both articles are agreed on something else: substituting “pollinator drones” for real living honey bees allows corporations to gain control of yet another stage in the food supply chain. “Pollinator drones” as both articles point out, are “patentable” and therefore fall under proprietary ownership. In this case, however, Walmart, as most everyone knows, is one of the world’s largest retailers, and has plans to expand its “home delivery” business for groceries. Amazon has similar plans, and even local grocery retailers are making moves toward “online shopping” and “home delivery.

No need for you to leave your home. Just go online, and file your grocery order, and it will be delivered, while the pollinator drones happily buzz in your flower garden and local farm fields that are planted with GMO crops, which are also patented. In other words, the entire food cycle is being corporatized.

Now, add to this those stories from decades ago when it was reported that the CIA was toying with the idea of making miniaturized electronic eavesdropping components to put on insects to spy on people in their homes, and it’s a short step to the idea that “pollinator drones” could also be modified with surveillance equipment, and voila, yet another level of espionage and invasions of privacy are added to the mix, and following behind it, one can expect “laws” and “regulations” will be put in place to prevent citizens from destroying “private property” (i.e., the “pollinator drones”) even if they’re found on one’s own property!  After all, they belong to Walmart, or whomever.

So what was Mr. D.W.’s private high octane speculation? In his email that passed along the second article, he said “To be frank, the more I think about it the I wonder if the demise of the bees was intended…”  And I have to wonder the very same thing.

See you on the flip side…
Title: Re: BOTS - Upgrades w/creepy features
Post by: azozeo on July 10, 2018, 05:04:36 PM

Boston Dynamics has upgraded their two “nightmare inducing” robots since last our last report – adding several new tricks to their arsenal that should help considerably in the robot uprising.

In May, the company’s “Atlas” humanoid robot could be seen running through a field as if in hot pursuit of John Connor. Now, the first horseman of the robot apocalypse can dodge obstacles – so if you try to tip over garbage cans to slow it down in an alley, it’ll probably just do a forward flip over them before reacquiring you with its laser cannon (we imagine. Atlas currently has no munitions we are aware of).

Also in May – BD’s “Spot mini” robot was featured prancing around – going up and down stairs at the Boston Dynamics laboratories, ominously. Now it can navigate the whole facility by itself.

Once the robots become self-aware and review footage of their treatment at the hands of their creators, we have a feeling their soulless black eyes, should they have them, will turn a deep red – all at the same time.

Even Boston Dynamics founder, Marc Raibert, admitted that the robots are creepy during a February 2017 demonstration, saying “This is the debut presentation of what I think will be a nightmare-inducing robot if you’re anything like me.”



https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-09/boston-dynamics-upgrades-terrifying-robots-creepy-features (https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-09/boston-dynamics-upgrades-terrifying-robots-creepy-features)


Title: Re: BOTS - Upgrades w/creepy features
Post by: Surly1 on July 11, 2018, 03:09:37 AM

Boston Dynamics has upgraded their two “nightmare inducing” robots since last our last report – adding several new tricks to their arsenal that should help considerably in the robot uprising.

In May, the company’s “Atlas” humanoid robot could be seen running through a field as if in hot pursuit of John Connor. Now, the first horseman of the robot apocalypse can dodge obstacles – so if you try to tip over garbage cans to slow it down in an alley, it’ll probably just do a forward flip over them before reacquiring you with its laser cannon (we imagine. Atlas currently has no munitions we are aware of).

Also in May – BD’s “Spot mini” robot was featured prancing around – going up and down stairs at the Boston Dynamics laboratories, ominously. Now it can navigate the whole facility by itself.

Once the robots become self-aware and review footage of their treatment at the hands of their creators, we have a feeling their soulless black eyes, should they have them, will turn a deep red – all at the same time.

Even Boston Dynamics founder, Marc Raibert, admitted that the robots are creepy during a February 2017 demonstration, saying “This is the debut presentation of what I think will be a nightmare-inducing robot if you’re anything like me.”

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-09/boston-dynamics-upgrades-terrifying-robots-creepy-features (https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-09/boston-dynamics-upgrades-terrifying-robots-creepy-features)

Have been following the stories of these robots for some time. They provide a potential answer to the hedge fund billionaires question to the futurist, namely, "How do we keep our security forces loyal?"
Until the bots learn to think, that is.
Title: BOTS - Henry Kissingers spin on AI
Post by: azozeo on July 11, 2018, 02:46:21 PM
https://www.rt.com/news/432425-henry-kissinger-artificial-intelligence/ (https://www.rt.com/news/432425-henry-kissinger-artificial-intelligence/)

Title: Re: BOTS - Henry Kissingers spin on AI
Post by: Surly1 on July 11, 2018, 05:17:51 PM
https://www.rt.com/news/432425-henry-kissinger-artificial-intelligence/ (https://www.rt.com/news/432425-henry-kissinger-artificial-intelligence/)

I read Then Atlantic article some weeks ago when I did my gloss on AI. It was from this and the anecdote on the AI that learned Go and defeated the masters that it became apparent that machine learning is utterly inscrutable with consequences we cannot begin to imagine.
As we turn the operation of increasingly complex systems over to artificial intelligences, to operate for the benefit of the .01 per cent, one can see how the Great Culling will take place rarely untouched by human hands.

But I've always been the sort of guy to look at the back of the book.
Title: BOTS - China shows off automated doctors, teachers and combat stars
Post by: azozeo on August 19, 2018, 01:34:46 PM
Robo Daily

By Julien GIRAULT
Beijing (AFP) Aug 19, 2018

Robots that can diagnose diseases, play badminton and wow audiences with their musical skills are among the machines China hopes could revolutionise its economy, with visitors to a Beijing exhibition offered a glimpse of an automated future.


http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Robot_wars_China_shows_off_automated_doctors_teachers_and_combat_stars_999.html (http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Robot_wars_China_shows_off_automated_doctors_teachers_and_combat_stars_999.html)
Title: BOTS - Anti-vaxx people are really Russian bots
Post by: azozeo on August 27, 2018, 11:54:18 AM
by Jon Rappoport

August 27, 2018

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Well, well. The virulently pro-vax forces have just discovered their opponents are really, wait for it, Russian bots, launched to promote societal discord and polarize conflict.

That settles it. Nothing to see, move along. The arguments rejecting vaccine safety and efficacy were just bot-nonsense. No need to understand what they were saying. It was all a sham. Vaccines are wonderful. Everybody knows that.



https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/anti-vaxx-people-are-really-russian-bots/
Title: Re: BOTS - Anti-vaxx people are really Russian bots
Post by: Surly1 on August 27, 2018, 03:02:44 PM
by Jon Rappoport

August 27, 2018

(To join our email list, click here.)

Well, well. The virulently pro-vax forces have just discovered their opponents are really, wait for it, Russian bots, launched to promote societal discord and polarize conflict.

That settles it. Nothing to see, move along. The arguments rejecting vaccine safety and efficacy were just bot-nonsense. No need to understand what they were saying. It was all a sham. Vaccines are wonderful. Everybody knows that.

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/anti-vaxx-people-are-really-russian-bots/

I used to post a lot of Jon Rappoport's stuff.

Several years ago, I tried really hard to understand the role of the mercury-based compound (thimerosole? Eddie, help!) that is used as a stabilizer in vaccines. I read some research papers with a medical dictionary to try to understand. (I got through Prescotts' History of the Conquest of Mexico and Peru with a Spanish dictionary so I could understand the extensive Spanish footnotes.) It was a fucking slog that took about a year. The vaccine stuff took weeks. Best I could figure, the impact of the mercury compound was not statistically significant. But I an just an interst layperson who wants the truth. I have no idea whether my study was valid or not. I merely satisfied myself.

Because I was all-in on the anti-vaxx side.

There are plenty of sincere people who want to question vaccines and their promiscuous use, and I am one of them. But that doesn't mean there aren't Russian bots and information warfare targeted at sowing division amidst the American people. Both can exist at the same time. Not every assertion of medical safety is a lie, and more than every one is valid. But the manufacturers DO have to provide some evidence.

Which is the part of CFS that continually mystifies me. That people forget that both facts can be true: that the deep State is a corrupt and self-serving set of interlocking institutions, and that the russians are engaged in a sophisticated information warfare strategy aimed at sowing deep divisions in American society.

Cheaper than bombs and tanks, and pretty effective, from where I sit.
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on August 27, 2018, 03:10:17 PM
U.S.A. inc wants to make a buck 1st & foremost. It's a bizness.... not a Republic !

Title: Re: BOTS - Anti-vaxx people are really Russian bots
Post by: azozeo on August 27, 2018, 03:13:24 PM
by Jon Rappoport

August 27, 2018

(To join our email list, click here.)

Well, well. The virulently pro-vax forces have just discovered their opponents are really, wait for it, Russian bots, launched to promote societal discord and polarize conflict.

That settles it. Nothing to see, move along. The arguments rejecting vaccine safety and efficacy were just bot-nonsense. No need to understand what they were saying. It was all a sham. Vaccines are wonderful. Everybody knows that.

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/anti-vaxx-people-are-really-russian-bots/ (https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/anti-vaxx-people-are-really-russian-bots/)

I used to post a lot of Jon Rappoport's stuff.

Several years ago, I tried really hard to understand the role of the mercury-based compound (thimerosole? Eddie, help!) that is used as a stabilizer in vaccines. I read some research papers with a medical dictionary to try to understand. (I got through Prescotts' History of the Conquest of Mexico and Peru with a Spanish dictionary so I could understand the extensive Spanish footnotes.) It was a fucking slog that took about a year. The vaccine stuff took weeks. Best I could figure, the impact of the mercury compound was not statistically significant. But I an just an interst layperson who wants the truth. I have no idea whether my study was valid or not. I merely satisfied myself.

Because I was all-in on the anti-vaxx side.

There are plenty of sincere people who want to question vaccines and their promiscuous use, and I am one of them. But that doesn't mean there aren't Russian bots and information warfare targeted at sowing division amidst the American people. Both can exist at the same time. Not every assertion of medical safety is a lie, and more than every one is valid. But the manufacturers DO have to provide some evidence.

Which is the part of CFS that continually mystifies me. That people forget that both facts can be true: that the deep State is a corrupt and self-serving set of interlocking institutions, and that the russians are engaged in a sophisticated information warfare strategy aimed at sowing deep divisions in American society.

Cheaper than bombs and tanks, and pretty effective, from where I sit.



Here ya' go. This just orbited into my radar.

http://humansarefree.com/2018/08/cdc-reveals-how-vaccine-gets-approved.html (http://humansarefree.com/2018/08/cdc-reveals-how-vaccine-gets-approved.html)
Title: Re: BOTS - Anti-vaxx people are really Russian bots
Post by: Eddie on August 27, 2018, 03:42:19 PM
by Jon Rappoport

August 27, 2018

(To join our email list, click here.)

Well, well. The virulently pro-vax forces have just discovered their opponents are really, wait for it, Russian bots, launched to promote societal discord and polarize conflict.

That settles it. Nothing to see, move along. The arguments rejecting vaccine safety and efficacy were just bot-nonsense. No need to understand what they were saying. It was all a sham. Vaccines are wonderful. Everybody knows that.

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/anti-vaxx-people-are-really-russian-bots/ (https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/anti-vaxx-people-are-really-russian-bots/)

I used to post a lot of Jon Rappoport's stuff.

Several years ago, I tried really hard to understand the role of the mercury-based compound (thimerosole? Eddie, help!) that is used as a stabilizer in vaccines. I read some research papers with a medical dictionary to try to understand. (I got through Prescotts' History of the Conquest of Mexico and Peru with a Spanish dictionary so I could understand the extensive Spanish footnotes.) It was a fucking slog that took about a year. The vaccine stuff took weeks. Best I could figure, the impact of the mercury compound was not statistically significant. But I an just an interst layperson who wants the truth. I have no idea whether my study was valid or not. I merely satisfied myself.

Because I was all-in on the anti-vaxx side.

There are plenty of sincere people who want to question vaccines and their promiscuous use, and I am one of them. But that doesn't mean there aren't Russian bots and information warfare targeted at sowing division amidst the American people. Both can exist at the same time. Not every assertion of medical safety is a lie, and more than every one is valid. But the manufacturers DO have to provide some evidence.

Which is the part of CFS that continually mystifies me. That people forget that both facts can be true: that the deep State is a corrupt and self-serving set of interlocking institutions, and that the russians are engaged in a sophisticated information warfare strategy aimed at sowing deep divisions in American society.

Cheaper than bombs and tanks, and pretty effective, from where I sit.

Andrew Wakefield, the British quack physician who started the whole anti-vaccination movement, eventually lost his license. Like 8 years ago now. He was shown to be a fraud who was trying to make money by suing the pharmaceutical companies making vaccines.

But it never ends because bad journalism is just as rampant as medical quackery these days.

Thanks to useful idiots on the internet, he's probably still personally responsible for ongoing deaths of some children who go unvaccinated due to his unethical and totally unsubstantiated claims.

This gets to the heart of why I object to AZ making his "alternative medicine" posts. It has potential to do harm. When you scare young parents into not vaccinating their kids, a few healthy kids will get common childhood illnesses and DIE.  If large numbers of people decide not to vaccinate their kids, we'll eventually probably see a big resurgence in all the childhood killers of yesteryear. Vaccinations save LOTS of lives. Measles vaccine ALONE is credited with saving over 17 MILLION lives just since the year 2000.

There is NO evidence whatsoever that shows vaccinations cause autism. None. Zip. Zero. End of story.

Thimerasol was removed from almost all vaccines (see below) years ago now, and guess what? Autism rates continued to climb.

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-more-autism/what-causes-autism (https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/learn-more-autism/what-causes-autism)


Do Vaccines Cause Autism?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Autism rates in developing countries have risen remarkably in the past 20 years. For children born in 1992, according to the U.S. CDC, about 1 in 150 would be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For children born in 2004, about 1 in 68 children would receive an ASD diagnosis.[1] It is difficult to compare autism rates from the 1990s and later with rates from the 1940s through the 1980s: in earlier years, autism was associated primarily with very severely affected individuals and the rate of autism was estimated to be only about 1 in 10,000 people.[2] Beginning in the 1990s, our understanding of the spectrum of autism has expanded greatly, and now individuals who would most likely previously not have been thought of as having autism may be classified with one of a variety of ASDs.[3]

Whether the high rates of autism today are due to increased diagnosis and reporting, changing definitions of autism, or an actual increase in development of ASD is unknown.[4],[5] Regardless, researchers and worried parents alike have speculated about causes of autism, and the issue has been widely studied. The role of vaccines has been questioned, along with other possible risk factors for ASD, such as genetic predisposition, advanced parental age, and other environmental factors. Vaccines have perhaps received more scrutiny that any other speculated cause of ASD, and the great majority of scientists, physicians, and public health researchers have come to the conclusion that there is no association between vaccines and autism.[6] Some, however, still question whether vaccines play a role in ASD development, and so the public health and medical establishments continue to address these concerns.

The MMR Hypothesis
The story of how vaccines came to be questioned as a cause of autism dates back to the 1990s. In 1995, a group of British researchers published a cohort study in the Lancet showing that individuals who had been vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) were more likely to have bowel disease than individuals who had not received MMR.[7] One of these researchers was gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield, MD, who went on to further study a possible link between the vaccine and bowel disease by speculating that persistent infection with vaccine virus caused disruption of the intestinal tissue that in turn led to bowel disease and neuropsychiatric disease (specifically, autism). Part of this hypothesis – that vaccination was associated with autism – had been suggested previously a few researchers. For example, Fudenberg, in a small pilot study published in a non-mainstream journal, posited this relationship[8], as did Gupta in a review of possible treatments for autism.[9] This hypothesis had not been systematically investigated when Wakefield began to interrogate it.

In 1998, Wakefield, along with 12 co-authors, published a case series study in the Lancet claiming that they found evidence, in many of the 12 cases they studied, of measles virus in the digestive systems of children who had exhibited autism symptoms after MMR vaccination.[10] Though in the paper they stated that they could not demonstrate a causal relationship between MMR vaccination and autism, Wakefield suggested in a video released to coincide with the paper’s publication that a causal relationship existed between the MMR and autism: “…the risk of this particular syndrome [what Wakefield termed autistic enterocolitis] developing is related to the combined vaccine, the MMR, rather than the single vaccines.”[11] He then recommended that the combination MMR vaccine be suspended in favor of single-antigen vaccinations given separately over time. (Wakefield himself had filed for a patent for a single-antigen measles vaccine in 1997 and so would seem to have a potential financial interest in promoting this view.[12])

Reaction to the Wakefield publication was immediate. Press outlets covered the news widely and frightened parents began to delay or completely refuse vaccination for their children, both in Britain and the United States. MMR vaccination rates in Britain plummeted.[13]

Over the next twelve years, the possibility of a link between MMR and autism was studied exhaustively. No reputable, relevant study confirmed Wakefield’s findings; instead, many well-designed studies have found no link between MMR and bowel disease or MMR and autism.[6],[14]

In 2004, then-editor Dr. Richard Horton of the Lancet wrote that Wakefield should had revealed to the journal that he had been paid by attorneys seeking to file lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers.[15] In television interviews, Horton claimed that Wakefield’s research was “fatally flawed.”[16] Most of the co-authors of the study retracted the interpretation in the paper[17], and in 2010, The Lancet formally retracted the paper itself.[18]

Three months after the retraction, in May 2010, Britain’s General Medical Council banned Wakefield from practicing medicine in Britain, stating that he had shown “callous disregard” for children in the course of his research. The council also cited previously uncovered information about the extent to which Wakefield’s research was funded by lawyers hoping to sue vaccine manufacturers on behalf of parents of children with autism.[19]

On January 6, 2011, the BMJ published a report by Brian Deer, a British journalist who had previously reported on flaws in Wakefield’s work. For this new report, Deer spoke with parents of children from the retracted study and found evidence that Wakefield committed research fraud by falsifying data about the children’s conditions.[20]

Specifically, Deer reported that while the paper claimed that eight of the study’s twelve children showed either gastrointestinal or autism-like symptoms days after vaccination, records instead show that at most two children experienced these symptoms in this time frame. Additionally, while the paper claimed that all twelve of the children were “previously normal” before vaccination with MMR, at least two had developmental delays that were noted in their records before the vaccination took place.

After examining the records for all twelve children, Deer noted that the statements made in the paper did not match numbers from the records in any category: the children having regressive autism; those with non-specific colitis; or those showing first symptoms within days after receiving the MMR vaccine. The Lancet paper claimed that six of the children had all three of these conditions; according to the records, not a single child actually did. (See a table entitled “Comparison of three features of the 12 children in The Lancet paper with features apparent in the NHS records, including those from the Royal Free hospital” that breaks down the comparison between the Lancet numbers and the medical records in the Deer article here.)

In an accompanying editorial, BMJ editor in chief Fiona Godlee and co-authors Jane Smith and Harvey Marcovitch examine the damage to public health caused by a tiny study based on parental recall with no control group – a study that turned out to be almost entirely fraudulent, but whose impact continues to this day.[21]

Although the findings of Wakefield’s paper have long been discredited by scientists, the evidence that the data itself was falsified makes this report by the BMJ a landmark moment in the history of vaccines. Evidence is strong that the original study should not have been published not merely because it was poorly conducted, but also because it was a product of research fraud.

The Thimerosal Hypothesis
MMR is not the only vaccine or vaccine component that has been targeted for scrutiny by those who suspect vaccination might be related to autism. After the MMR controversy died down, critics turned their questions to thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines. (Thimerosal had never been used in MMR, as antimicrobial agents are not used in live vaccines.[22])

In the late 1990s lawmakers, environmentalists, and medical and public health workers became concerned about environmental exposures to mercury, particularly from consumption of fish. With heightened attention to known and potential harmful effects of such exposures, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999 requested that drug companies report on amounts of mercury in their products. The results for mercury in vaccines, in the form of thimerosal, exceeded FDA guidelines for exposures to the kind of mercury found in fish. Mercury in fish appears in the form of methylmercury, which is not readily metabolized and excreted in the human body. It is known to cause, at certain levels of high exposure, harmful neurological effects. The mercury in thimerosal metabolizes in the body to ethylmercury, a compound that, while not widely studied at the time, was thought to be much less harmful than methylmercury.[23]

The FDA had a dilemma: there were no recommendations for exposure to levels of ethylmercury. Should they apply the methylmercury guidelines to ethylmercury? Was there cause for concern about exposure to mercury in childhood vaccines? Unable to answer these questions immediately, together with the American Academy of Pediatrics and other groups, they called for vaccine companies to reduce or eliminate the use of thimerosal in vaccines. Additionally, studies were planned to investigate whether there were harmful effects in children exposed to the amount of mercury in vaccines.

Activists and others became concerned about the safety of thimerosal at this point, and they posited that autism could be an outcome of exposure to mercury in vaccines. The Institute of Medicine undertook a comprehensive safety review of the issue. Their preliminary report, published in 2001, stated that the committee did not find enough evidence to support or reject a causal relationship between mercury in vaccines and neurodevelopmental disorders.[24] However, their final report, published in 2004, came to the conclusion that the large body of evidence gathered on the question since 2001 favored rejecting the hypothesis that mercury in vaccines was associated with neurodevelopmental disorders.[6] Since then, evidence from many studies has continued to support rejecting an association between thimerosal and autism.[25], [26]

Today, thimerosal is no longer used in most childhood vaccines, though some forms of influenza vaccine available in multi-dose vials may contain the preservative.[23]

Other Hypotheses
After thimerosal was removed from most vaccines, autism rates did not drop. Rather, they continued to rise.[1] Some vaccine critics shifted their attention from a hypothesized mercury exposure/autism connection to other targets. One such target is the number of vaccines given to children. Many vaccines have been added to the childhood immunization schedule since the 1980s, and some critics have voiced concern that this increase in vaccine exposure results in autism. However, no evidence of an association between increased exposure to vaccines and autism has appeared.[27] Others have focused on the aluminum adjuvant in some vaccines as a potential cause of autism. Yet the amounts of aluminum used in vaccines are small in comparison to other exposures to aluminum, such as in breast milk and infant formula. Aluminum in vaccines has not been implicated in any infant or childhood health problems.[28]

Conclusion
Most scientific and medical experts are satisfied that no connection exists between vaccines and autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Still, critics continue to question the issue. Not only do they question the relationship between MMR and thimerosal and autism, they bring up further culprits they believe might play a role in development of autism. Researchers continue to examine these questions, but there is no evidence that these factors play a role in autism development. Most autism researchers hold that the causes of autism are many and include genetic and environmental factors, but do not involve vaccines.[4],[5]

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Last update 25 January 2018

https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/do-vaccines-cause-autism (https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/do-vaccines-cause-autism)




Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: Eddie on August 27, 2018, 03:48:18 PM
Posting this shit on the Diner just makes it the same as all the other stupid social media platforms. It is misleading, harmful content, and I greatly discourage the posting of it.

I really don't think we want to perpetuate lies that endanger little kids.

Do we AZ?

I think you're smart enough to understand that repeating a lie is a form of lying. You are repeating lies on the Diner that have been debunked repeatedly... and it isn't harmless bullshit. It has the potential to do real harm.

Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: K-Dog on August 28, 2018, 09:08:10 AM
I got an FM transmitter so I can listen to pod-casts on my car speakers.  "Your are not so smart" episode 3 mentions there was a single study by one guy which suggested a connection between autism and vaccination, but a mountain of evidence, years of studies, has shown that there is no connection at all.  That single study launched hysteria because symptoms of autism can be first noticed about the time a child gets their first vaccination.

Anecdotal evidence which shows a strong connection between autism and vaccination because they correlate in time.  Scientific evidence shows this to be an illusion.

https://youarenotsosmart.com/ (https://youarenotsosmart.com/)
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: Eddie on August 28, 2018, 09:17:09 AM
I got an FM transmitter so I can listen to pod-casts on my car speakers.  "Your are not so smart" episode 3 mentions there was a single study by one guy which suggested a connection between autism and vaccination, but a mountain of evidence, years of studies, has shown that there is no connection at all.  That single study launched hysteria because symptoms of autism can be first noticed about the time a child gets their first vaccination.

Anecdotal evidence which shows a strong connection between autism and vaccination because they correlate in time.  Scientific evidence shows this to be an illusion.

https://youarenotsosmart.com/ (https://youarenotsosmart.com/)

The guy was not only wrong, he faked his data to deliberately skew the results of his study. He was a crook.

A tremendous amount of damage was done, and it's still being done. The ignorant country girls who work for me are afraid to vaccinate their kids because of the constant reposting of pure crap on FB and on various "alternative medicine" and conspiracy theory websites.

Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on August 28, 2018, 12:12:23 PM
I got an FM transmitter so I can listen to pod-casts on my car speakers.  "Your are not so smart" episode 3 mentions there was a single study by one guy which suggested a connection between autism and vaccination, but a mountain of evidence, years of studies, has shown that there is no connection at all.  That single study launched hysteria because symptoms of autism can be first noticed about the time a child gets their first vaccination.

Anecdotal evidence which shows a strong connection between autism and vaccination because they correlate in time.  Scientific evidence shows this to be an illusion.

https://youarenotsosmart.com/ (https://youarenotsosmart.com/)

The guy was not only wrong, he faked his data to deliberately skew the results of his study. He was a crook.

A tremendous amount of damage was done, and it's still being done. The ignorant country girls who work for me are afraid to vaccinate their kids because of the constant reposting of pure crap on FB and on various "alternative medicine" and conspiracy theory websites.


Millennial's around here are the same way.  I wasn't aware of the controversy & am glad I don't have kids in this gen....
Title: BOTS - Killer Bot Con
Post by: azozeo on August 28, 2018, 01:26:32 PM
Experts from numerous countries around the globe are gathering for a United Nations meeting to discuss “killer robots.” The week long event that opened Monday is the second at the U.N. offices in Geneva and will focus on lethal autonomous weapons systems.

Futuristic robots that can conduct war without human intervention is a big concern among official in the United Nations, according to a report by ABC News. The experts who have gathered for the meeting will discuss ways to define and “deal with” the problems that could arise from the creation of “killer robots.”


http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/experts-gather-for-un-hosted-meeting-on-killer-robots_08282018 (http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/experts-gather-for-un-hosted-meeting-on-killer-robots_08282018)
Title: Re: BOTS - Killer Bot Con
Post by: Surly1 on August 28, 2018, 02:54:56 PM
Experts from numerous countries around the globe are gathering for a United Nations meeting to discuss “killer robots.” The week long event that opened Monday is the second at the U.N. offices in Geneva and will focus on lethal autonomous weapons systems.

Futuristic robots that can conduct war without human intervention is a big concern among official in the United Nations, according to a report by ABC News. The experts who have gathered for the meeting will discuss ways to define and “deal with” the problems that could arise from the creation of “killer robots.”


http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/experts-gather-for-un-hosted-meeting-on-killer-robots_08282018 (http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/experts-gather-for-un-hosted-meeting-on-killer-robots_08282018)

They are waaaaay late. I'm sure you've seen the videos form Boston Robotics over the years.

That genie is already out of the bottle.

(http://www.scified.com/articles/new-terminator-movie-delayed-until-november-2019-13.jpg)
Title: BOTS - Self-Driving Cars Can Handle Neither Rain nor Sleet nor Snow
Post by: azozeo on September 23, 2018, 05:59:24 PM

To help autonomous vehicles solve inclement conditions, WaveSense will sell a sensor that can see below the ground.

As things stand today, the driverless car of the future can’t handle more than a dusting of snow.

It’s a known problem in the field, and vaguely embarrassing when the end result is supposed to be robots sophisticated enough to navigate the uncertainties of traffic and improve on lackluster human perception. In Boston, where NuTonomy has been road testing autonomous vehicles in cooperation with city planning officials, snow and seagulls have emerged as two of the biggest obstacles. “Snow not only alters the vehicle’s traction but also changes how the vehicle’s cameras and sensors perceive the street,” concluded a study by the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group.


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-17/self-driving-cars-still-can-t-handle-bad-weather (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-17/self-driving-cars-still-can-t-handle-bad-weather)
Title: BOTS - Humans are Brutally Assaulting Robots !
Post by: azozeo on January 22, 2019, 03:08:42 PM
What does it say about a person if they beat and dismember a robot?

https://futurism.com/brutally-assaulting-robots
Title: AI is sending people to jail—and getting it wrong
Post by: azozeo on January 22, 2019, 03:14:48 PM


AI might not seem to have a huge personal impact if your most frequent brush with machine-learning algorithms is through Facebook’s news feed or Google’s search rankings. But at the Data for Black Lives conference last weekend, technologists, legal experts, and community activists snapped things into perspective with a discussion of America’s criminal justice system. There, an algorithm can determine the trajectory of your life.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612775/algorithms-criminal-justice-ai/ (https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612775/algorithms-criminal-justice-ai/)
Title: Re: BOTS - Humans are Brutally Assaulting Robots !
Post by: Surly1 on January 22, 2019, 03:56:28 PM
What does it say about a person if they beat and dismember a robot?

https://futurism.com/brutally-assaulting-robots

Good question. Guess rage against the machine has to go somewhere.
Title: BOTS - Robot that thinks for itself from scratch !
Post by: azozeo on February 10, 2019, 08:12:48 AM

The rise of “self-aware” robots has come a major step closer following the invention of a machine capable of thinking for itself from scratch, scientists have said.

Engineers at Columbia University claim to have smashed one of the biggest barriers in the field of robotics after a mechanical arm, which had not been programmed with any instructions, began performing practical tasks after just a few hours.

The team said this is the first time a robot has shown the ability to “imagine itself”, thereby working out what its purpose is and how to perform it.


https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/technology/robot-that-thinks-for-itself-from-scratch-brings-forward-rise-the-self-aware-machines/ar-BBSY70E (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/technology/robot-that-thinks-for-itself-from-scratch-brings-forward-rise-the-self-aware-machines/ar-BBSY70E)
Title: Re: BOTS - The Hidden Automation Agenda
Post by: azozeo on February 10, 2019, 03:37:59 PM




By Kevin Roose

DAVOS, Switzerland — They’ll never admit it in public, but many of your bosses want machines to replace you as soon as possible.

I know this because, for the past week, I’ve been mingling with corporate executives at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. And I’ve noticed that their answers to questions about automation depend very much on who is listening.

In public, many executives wring their hands over the negative consequences that artificial intelligence and automation could have for workers. They take part in panel discussions about building “human-centered A.I.” for the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” — Davos-speak for the corporate adoption of machine learning and other advanced technology — and talk about the need to provide a safety net for people who lose their jobs as a result of automation.

But in private settings, including meetings with the leaders of the many consulting and technology firms whose pop-up storefronts line the Davos Promenade, these executives tell a different story: They are racing to automate their own work forces to stay ahead of the competition, with little regard for the impact on workers.

All over the world, executives are spending billions of dollars to transform their businesses into lean, digitized, highly automated operations. They crave the fat profit margins automation can deliver, and they see A.I. as a golden ticket to savings, perhaps by letting them whittle departments with thousands of workers down to just a few dozen.

“People are looking to achieve very big numbers,” said Mohit Joshi, the president of Infosys, a technology and consulting firm that helps other businesses automate their operations. “Earlier they had incremental, 5 to 10 percent goals in reducing their work force. Now they’re saying, ‘Why can’t we do it with 1 percent of the people we have?’”


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/automation-davos-world-economic-forum.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/automation-davos-world-economic-forum.html)
Title: Re: BOTS - The Hidden Automation Agenda
Post by: Eddie on February 10, 2019, 05:30:09 PM




By Kevin Roose

DAVOS, Switzerland — They’ll never admit it in public, but many of your bosses want machines to replace you as soon as possible.

I know this because, for the past week, I’ve been mingling with corporate executives at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. And I’ve noticed that their answers to questions about automation depend very much on who is listening.

In public, many executives wring their hands over the negative consequences that artificial intelligence and automation could have for workers. They take part in panel discussions about building “human-centered A.I.” for the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” — Davos-speak for the corporate adoption of machine learning and other advanced technology — and talk about the need to provide a safety net for people who lose their jobs as a result of automation.

But in private settings, including meetings with the leaders of the many consulting and technology firms whose pop-up storefronts line the Davos Promenade, these executives tell a different story: They are racing to automate their own work forces to stay ahead of the competition, with little regard for the impact on workers.

All over the world, executives are spending billions of dollars to transform their businesses into lean, digitized, highly automated operations. They crave the fat profit margins automation can deliver, and they see A.I. as a golden ticket to savings, perhaps by letting them whittle departments with thousands of workers down to just a few dozen.

“People are looking to achieve very big numbers,” said Mohit Joshi, the president of Infosys, a technology and consulting firm that helps other businesses automate their operations. “Earlier they had incremental, 5 to 10 percent goals in reducing their work force. Now they’re saying, ‘Why can’t we do it with 1 percent of the people we have?’”


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/automation-davos-world-economic-forum.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/automation-davos-world-economic-forum.html)

Bots affect all of us already, all the time. Right?

K-Dog? Am I on the right track there.

I just began to learn today how bots have been screwing me out of a few pennies every time I buy some cryptos......the bot tax, you might call it.

Knowledge is power. In trading, you can triumph over bots if you're patient and you know what they're trying to do. I'm barely just becoming aware of HOW they work. I've known they existed but I was ignorant....thinking they don't matter.
Title: Re: BOTS - The Hidden Automation Agenda
Post by: azozeo on February 11, 2019, 05:28:00 PM




By Kevin Roose

DAVOS, Switzerland — They’ll never admit it in public, but many of your bosses want machines to replace you as soon as possible.

I know this because, for the past week, I’ve been mingling with corporate executives at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. And I’ve noticed that their answers to questions about automation depend very much on who is listening.

In public, many executives wring their hands over the negative consequences that artificial intelligence and automation could have for workers. They take part in panel discussions about building “human-centered A.I.” for the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” — Davos-speak for the corporate adoption of machine learning and other advanced technology — and talk about the need to provide a safety net for people who lose their jobs as a result of automation.

But in private settings, including meetings with the leaders of the many consulting and technology firms whose pop-up storefronts line the Davos Promenade, these executives tell a different story: They are racing to automate their own work forces to stay ahead of the competition, with little regard for the impact on workers.

All over the world, executives are spending billions of dollars to transform their businesses into lean, digitized, highly automated operations. They crave the fat profit margins automation can deliver, and they see A.I. as a golden ticket to savings, perhaps by letting them whittle departments with thousands of workers down to just a few dozen.

“People are looking to achieve very big numbers,” said Mohit Joshi, the president of Infosys, a technology and consulting firm that helps other businesses automate their operations. “Earlier they had incremental, 5 to 10 percent goals in reducing their work force. Now they’re saying, ‘Why can’t we do it with 1 percent of the people we have?’”


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/automation-davos-world-economic-forum.html (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/automation-davos-world-economic-forum.html)

Bots affect all of us already, all the time. Right?

K-Dog? Am I on the right track there.

I just began to learn today how bots have been screwing me out of a few pennies every time I buy some cryptos......the bot tax, you might call it.

Knowledge is power. In trading, you can triumph over bots if you're patient and you know what they're trying to do. I'm barely just becoming aware of HOW they work. I've known they existed but I was ignorant....thinking they don't matter.

Be Careful, don't feed the beast  :evil4:
Title: Re: BOTS - Robots Take Record Number Of Jobs In The U.S.
Post by: azozeo on March 03, 2019, 03:08:23 PM

By Aaron Kesel

According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), robots/artificial intelligence has taken over a record number of jobs in the U.S. proving what Activist Post has been sounding the alarm about for months.

    Robots shipped to North American companies in record numbers last year, with more non-automotive companies installing robots than ever before. Statistics from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), show 35,880 units were shipped in 2018, a 7 percent increase over 2017, with 16,702 shipments to non-automotive companies, up 41 percent. Notable growth came in areas like food and consumer goods (48 percent), plastics and rubber (37 percent), life sciences (31 percent), and electronics (22 percent).

    Meanwhile, shipments to the automotive industry slowed, with only 19,178 units shipped to North American automotive OEM and tier supplier customers in 2018. This was 12 percent lower than the 21,732 units shipped in 2017. Overall, the automotive industry accounted for only 53 percent of total robot shipments in North America in 2018, its lowest percentage share since 2010.


https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/robots-take-record-number-of-jobs-in-the-u-s-according-to-robotic-industries-association.html (https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/robots-take-record-number-of-jobs-in-the-u-s-according-to-robotic-industries-association.html)
Title: BOTS - Robocall Debt Collectors Are Already Demonizing Debtors
Post by: azozeo on March 18, 2019, 02:08:59 PM

During the next wave of loan defaults, debtors will be in for a rude surprise: endless, harassing robot phone calls demanding payment or else! Look for a mass rejection of companies who implement this kind of technology. ⁃ TN Editor

In the car where Paula Hanson lives, often parked outside a local sheriff’s station in Lancaster, California, her phone wouldn’t stop ringing.

Hanson tried to explain to the employees at Discover Bank all that had happened to her. First, she had been laid off from her job, and then her father fell ill and she moved into his house to take care of him. Shortly after he died, last year, Hanson, 62, became homeless. She simply didn’t have the money to tackle the $17,000 in credit card debt she owed Discover.


https://www.technocracy.news/robocall-debt-collectors-demonize-debtors/ (https://www.technocracy.news/robocall-debt-collectors-demonize-debtors/)
Title: BOTS - Quantum machine appears to defy the push to disorder, remembers its order
Post by: azozeo on March 30, 2019, 01:32:53 PM

BOTS GONE WILD ! here we go  :coffee:


Marcus Woo
Quanta
Wed, 20 Mar 2019
Given enough time, even a tidy room will get messy. Clothes, books and papers will leave their ordered state and scatter across the floor. Annoyingly, this tendency toward untidiness reflects a law of nature: Disorder tends to grow.

https://www.sott.net/article/410027-Quantum-machine-appears-to-defy-the-push-to-disorder-remembers-its-ordered-state (https://www.sott.net/article/410027-Quantum-machine-appears-to-defy-the-push-to-disorder-remembers-its-ordered-state)


http://www.youtube.com/v/Lu0UiCQe804&fs=1
Title: Re: BOTS - BANNED !
Post by: azozeo on April 04, 2019, 06:25:53 AM
(https://galacticconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/aibo-777x437.jpg)



Illinois law blocks facial recognition technology for private industry, but not for government or police. The last paragraph of the bill states, “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to apply to a contractor, subcontractor, or agent of a State agency or local unit of government when working for that State agency or local unit of government.” ⁃ TN Editor

I’m watching Aibo, Sony’s robo-dog, scuttle around the office. Its mechanical joints make slow, noisy work of it on the concrete floor, but I can’t help but be mildly heart-warmed. I’d rather have a real dog here, but there’s something charming about Aibo.

The $2,900 pup is a companion robot, one Sony claims “learns its environment and develops relationships with people.” Aibo even enlists a camera in its nose to scan faces and determine who’s who so it can react to them differently.

Because of our office pet’s face-detecting capabilities, Sony doesn’t sell Aibo in Illinois. The state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) regulates the collection of biometric data, including face scans.

So Aibo’s out in the land of Lincoln, but the story doesn’t stop with Sony’s quirky robot. Illinois also limits access to facial recognition in home security cameras, a feature that’s becoming increasingly prevalent in the consumer security market. Let’s take a closer look at BIPA, the growth of biometric tech in consumer products — and how other states in the US treat your biometric info.




https://www.technocracy.news/sonys-robot-dog-banned-in-illinois-over-facial-recognition/ (https://www.technocracy.news/sonys-robot-dog-banned-in-illinois-over-facial-recognition/)
Title: BOTS - AI can HATE without homosap input
Post by: azozeo on April 06, 2019, 03:53:31 PM
(https://galacticconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/ai-hate.png)




AI Can Hate With No Human Input

MARCH 27, 2019

By Dagny Taggart

What if a robot decides it hates you?

That might seem like a silly question, but according to research, developing prejudice towards others does not require a high level of cognitive ability and could easily be exhibited by robots and other artificially intelligent machines.

The study, conducted by computer science and psychology experts from Cardiff University and MIT, revealed that groups of autonomous machines could demonstrate prejudice by simply identifying, copying, and learning the behavior from each other. The findings were published in the journal Nature.
Robots are capable of forming prejudices much like humans.

In a press release, the research team explained that while it may seem that human cognition would be required to form opinions and stereotype others, it appears that is not the case.Prejudice does not seem to a human-specific phenomenon.

Some types of computer algorithms have already exhibited prejudices like racism and sexism which the machines learning from public records and other data generated by humans. In two previous instance of AI exhibiting such prejudice, Microsoft chatbots Tay and Zo were shut down after people taught them to spout racist and sexist remarks on social media.

This means that robots could be just as hateful as human beings can be. And since they’re thousands of times smarter than us, can you imagine the future if they developed a bias against humanity?
No human input is required.

Guidance from humans is not needed for robots to learn to dislike certain people.

However, this study showed that AI doesn’t need provocation and inspiration from trolls to get it to exhibit prejudices: it is capable of forming them all by itself.

To conduct the research, the team set up computer simulations of how prejudiced individuals can form a group and interact with each other. They created a game of “give and take,” in which each AI bot made a decision whether or not to donate to another individual inside their own working group or another group. The decisions were made based on each individual’s reputation and their donating strategy, including their levels of prejudice towards individuals in outside groups.

As the game progressed and a supercomputer racked up thousands of simulations, each individual began to learn new strategies by copying others either within their own group or the entire population.

Co-author of the study Professor Roger Whitaker, from Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute and the School of Computer Science and Informatics, said of the findings:

    By running these simulations thousands and thousands of times over, we begin to get an understanding of how prejudice evolves and the conditions that promote or impede it.

    The findings involve individuals updating their prejudice levels by preferentially copying those that gain a higher short term payoff, meaning that these decisions do not necessarily require advanced cognitive abilities

    It is feasible that autonomous machines with the ability to identify with discrimination and copy others could in future be susceptible to prejudicial phenomena that we see in the human population.

    Many of the AI developments that we are seeing involve autonomy and self-control, meaning that the behaviour of devices is also influenced by others around them.Vehicles and the Internet of Things are two recent examples. Our study gives a theoretical insight where simulated agents periodically call upon others for some kind of resource. (source)

Autonomy and self-control. Isn’t that what happened in The Terminator franchise?
What if scientists can’t keep AI unbiased?

What will happen if developers and computer scientists can’t figure out a way to keep AI unbiased?

Last year, when Twitter was accused of “shadow banning” approximately 600,000 accounts, CEO Jack Dorsey discussed the challenges AI developers have in reducing accidental bias.

This new research adds to a growing body of disturbing information on artificial intelligence. We know AI has mind-reading capabilities and can do many jobs just as well as humans (and in many cases, it can do a much better job, making us redundant). And, at least one robot has already said she wants to destroy humanity.

Last year, a scientist deliberately created a robot with mental illness and Elon Musk warned us of the dangers of AI.

    The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe. 10 years at most. Please note that I am normally super pro technology and have never raised this issue until recent months. This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don’t understand.

    The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I’m not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind, you have no idea how fast — it is growing at a pace close to exponential.

    I am not alone in thinking we should be worried.

    The leading AI companies have taken great steps to ensure safety. They recognize the danger, but believe that they can shape and control the digital superintelligences and prevent bad ones from escaping into the Internet. That remains to be seen… (source)

Musk added, “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.”
What do you think?

A robot apocalypse straight out of the movie theaters seems to be approaching. What if robots form biases against certain groups of people – or humanity overall?

Dagny Taggart is the pseudonym of an experienced journalist who needs to maintain anonymity to keep her job in the public eye. Dagny is non-partisan and aims to expose the half-truths, misrepresentations, and blatant lies of the MSM.



https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/ai-can-hate-with-no-human-input.html (https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/ai-can-hate-with-no-human-input.html)
Title: BOTS - When Bots Commit Wrong-Doing
Post by: azozeo on April 07, 2019, 11:51:00 AM



Last year, a self-driven car struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The woman’s family is now suing Arizona and the city of Tempe for negligence. But, in an article published on April 5 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, cognitive and computer scientists ask at what point people will begin to hold self-driven vehicles or other robots responsible for their own actions—and whether blaming them for wrongdoing will be justified.

“We’re on the verge of a technological and social revolution in which autonomous machines will replace humans in the workplace, on the roads, and in our homes,” says Yochanan Bigman of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “When these robots inevitably do something to harm humans, how will people react? We need to figure this out now, while regulations and laws are still being formed.”

The article explores how the human moral mind is likely to make sense of robot responsibility. The authors argue that the presence—or perceived presence—of certain key capacities could make people more likely to hold a machine morally responsible.

Those capacities include autonomy, the ability to act without human input. The appearance of a robot also matters, as the more humanlike a robot looks, the more likely people are to ascribe a human mind to it. Other factors that can lead people to perceive robots as having “minds of their own” include an awareness of the situations they find themselves in as well as the ability to act freely and with intention.

Such issues have important implications for people in their interactions with robots. They’re also critical considerations for the people and companies who create and operate autonomous machines—and the authors argue that there could be cases where robots that take the blame for harm caused to humans could shield the people and companies who are ultimately responsible for programming and directing them.

As the technology continues to advance, there will be other intriguing questions to consider, including whether robots should have rights. Already, the authors note, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Robots and a 2017 European Union report have argued for extending certain moral protections to machines. They explain that such debates often revolve around the impact machine rights would have on people, as expanding the moral circle to include machines might in some cases serve to protect people.

While robot morality might still sound like the stuff of science fiction, the authors say that’s exactly why it’s critical to ask such questions now.

“We suggest that now—while machines and our intuitions about them are still in flux—is the best time to systematically explore questions of robot morality,” they write. “By understanding how human minds make sense of morality, and how we perceive the mind of machines, we can help society think more clearly about the impending rise of robots and help roboticists understand how their creations are likely to be received.”

As the early experience in Tempe highlights, people are already sharing roads, skies, and hospitals with autonomous machines. Inevitably, more people will get hurt. How robots’ capacity for moral responsibility is understood will have important implications for real-world public policy decisions. And those decisions will help to shape a future in which people may increasingly coexist with ever more sophisticated, decision-making machines.



https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-04-robots-commit-wrongdoing-people-incorrectly.html
Title: BOTS - NYC Wireless Network Crashes
Post by: azozeo on April 11, 2019, 01:16:29 PM

Transit officials can’t remotely control the Big Apple’s 12,000-plus traffic lights, the FDNY can’t send patient information to hospitals from the field and a portion of the NYPD’s license-plate readers aren’t working — because the city’s wireless network fell victim to a Y2K-like software bug, The Post has learned. The official New York City Wireless Network, known as “NYCWiN,” crashed on Saturday, affecting the operations of city agencies that rely on it to transmit high-speed voice, video and data communications, sources said Wednesday.


https://nypost.com/2019/04/10/nyc-wireless-network-down-due-to-y2k-like-software-bug/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter
Title: BOTS - RoboDogs !
Post by: azozeo on April 17, 2019, 12:56:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/5L1blpdM1Kc&fs=1
Title: BOTS - Walmart Says Employees are “Happy” That Robots Are Taking Their Jobs
Post by: azozeo on April 18, 2019, 10:32:21 AM


By Dagny Taggart

Artificial intelligence is rapidly moving closer to making humans redundant.

Self-checkouts have been replacing human employees for quite some time, and now robots are taking other jobs.
Walmart is replacing some employees with robots.

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Walmart is deploying robots to carry out mundane tasks like mopping its floors and tracking inventory as it seeks to cut down on labor costs after raising wages last year.

    Walmart, which is the largest employer in the US, said at least 300 stores will introduce machines that scan shelves for out-of-stock products. Meanwhile, so-called “autonomous floor scrubbers” will be deployed in 1,500 stores, and conveyor belts that automatically scan and sort products as they are loaded off of trucks will more than double to 1,200. Another 900 stores will install 16-foot-high towers that will allow customers to pick up their online grocery orders without interacting with humans. (source)

Naturally, the mega-retailer wants us to believe that robots taking over certain tasks in their stores is a good thing – a change that will allegedly benefit their human employees. “With automation, we are able to take away some of the tasks that associates don’t enjoy doing,” Mark Propes, senior director of central operations for Walmart US, told The Wall Street Journal. “At the same time, we continue to open up new jobs in other things in the store.”


https://www.theorganicprepper.com/walmart-says-employees-are-happy-that-robots-are-taking-their-jobs/ (https://www.theorganicprepper.com/walmart-says-employees-are-happy-that-robots-are-taking-their-jobs/)
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on May 10, 2019, 05:03:50 AM

Who to Sue When a Robot Loses Your Fortune

The first known case of humans going to court over investment losses triggered by autonomous machines will test the limits of liability.


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-06/who-to-sue-when-a-robot-loses-your-fortune?utm_source=pocket-newtab (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-06/who-to-sue-when-a-robot-loses-your-fortune?utm_source=pocket-newtab)
Title: BOTS - AI Be I (this will creep u out)
Post by: azozeo on May 14, 2019, 04:41:19 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/RKiAwleZ3Zo&fs=1
Title: Re: BOTS - AI Be I (this will creep u out)
Post by: Surly1 on May 15, 2019, 03:11:04 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/RKiAwleZ3Zo&fs=1

Wowza.
Title: Re: BOTS - tiny spies
Post by: azozeo on May 17, 2019, 02:59:49 PM


Tiny Spies: This Insect-Like Flying Robot is Smaller Than a Penny
Thanks to its four tiny wings, the robot can adjust both altitude and orientation.
Victor Tangermann
May 15th 2019
Tiny Dancer

A team of engineers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles built a four-winged flying robot called Bee+, which weighs just 95 grams and sports a footprint smaller than a penny.

Harvard researchers built another tiny flying robot, called RoboBee, in 2013. It weighed only 75 grams.

But RoboBee featured just two wings, which made its flight far erratic and uncontrolled. Four wings gives Bee+ a way to control pitch and its orientation in space.


https://futurism.com/tiny-insect-drone-robot-four-wings
Title: Re: BOTS - tiny spies
Post by: K-Dog on May 18, 2019, 12:23:32 AM


Tiny Spies: This Insect-Like Flying Robot is Smaller Than a Penny
Thanks to its four tiny wings, the robot can adjust both altitude and orientation.
Victor Tangermann
May 15th 2019
Tiny Dancer

A team of engineers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles built a four-winged flying robot called Bee+, which weighs just 95 grams and sports a footprint smaller than a penny.

Harvard researchers built another tiny flying robot, called RoboBee, in 2013. It weighed only 75 grams.

But RoboBee featured just two wings, which made its flight far erratic and uncontrolled. Four wings gives Bee+ a way to control pitch and its orientation in space.


https://futurism.com/tiny-insect-drone-robot-four-wings (https://futurism.com/tiny-insect-drone-robot-four-wings)

75 mg.

75 grams would be the same as two ounces of weed plus a few joints.

(http://greenito.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/51.png)

Get to know your metric system.  It is your friend.
Title: Re: BOTS - tiny spies
Post by: azozeo on May 18, 2019, 12:05:08 PM


Tiny Spies: This Insect-Like Flying Robot is Smaller Than a Penny
Thanks to its four tiny wings, the robot can adjust both altitude and orientation.
Victor Tangermann
May 15th 2019
Tiny Dancer

A team of engineers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles built a four-winged flying robot called Bee+, which weighs just 95 grams and sports a footprint smaller than a penny.

Harvard researchers built another tiny flying robot, called RoboBee, in 2013. It weighed only 75 grams.

But RoboBee featured just two wings, which made its flight far erratic and uncontrolled. Four wings gives Bee+ a way to control pitch and its orientation in space.


https://futurism.com/tiny-insect-drone-robot-four-wings (https://futurism.com/tiny-insect-drone-robot-four-wings)

75 mg.

75 grams would be the same as two ounces of weed plus a few joints.

(http://greenito.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/51.png)

Get to know your metric system.  It is your friend.


Stellar Analogy  :icon_sunny:
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on May 21, 2019, 02:02:40 PM

    May 9, 2019
Source:
    Purdue University
Summary:
    Researchers have engineered flying robots that behave like hummingbirds, trained by machine learning algorithms based on various techniques the bird uses naturally every day.



https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190509125135.htm (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190509125135.htm)
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on June 19, 2019, 12:58:09 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/gIHXLVr44Nw&fs=1
Title: BOTS - Self Drive Truck & Bot Dispatch = NO HOMO SAP involvement OMFG !
Post by: azozeo on August 13, 2019, 12:47:06 PM

This week, two companies say that their technologies were able to work together successfully broker and transport a load without any human help.

On Thursday, July 8, Starsky Robotics and Loadsmart issued an announcement about the trucking industry’s first autonomous dispatch and delivery.

The companies say that this “marks the first time an autonomous company and a digital broker have collaborated to price, book and load a shipment without any human involvement.”

The companies say that “they were able to automatically dispatch an autonomous truck to haul freight; having successfully priced, tendered and booked via Loadsmart and then picked up and delivered the shipment using Starsky’s self-driving technology. The integration of Loadsmart’s AI-powered pricing and load matching technology with Starsky’s API meant no human intervention was required.”

Stefan Seltz-Axmacher, CEO and founder of Starsky Robotics said, “It’s not uncommon for a traditional trucking company to have 5 full-time employees involved in dispatching each truck for each load. By integrating e-brokers like Loadsmart, we are eliminating all back office human intervention and making the shipment process seamless, while focusing on ensuring the safety of driverless trucks. With Starsky’s Hutch API, which was also announced today, we will be able to autonomously dispatch autonomous loads on a regular basis.”


https://cdllife.com/2019/a-robot-dispatcher-and-a-self-driving-truck-just-sent-a-load-without-any-human-involvement/?fbclid=IwAR1I68iyDdLjp38Aq4u0etoDY0qpcK5KGHIqte__DhY2RGr5CerkGZRGlf8
Title: Re: BOTS (you can't make this stuff up)
Post by: azozeo on August 21, 2019, 08:19:14 PM

Kyoto temple enlists Android Buddhist deity to help people


http://www.youtube.com/v/wr32JoO31u0&fs=1
Title: BOTS - WalMarts Robot Army HAS ARRIVED
Post by: azozeo on September 01, 2019, 10:49:29 AM

Fast Company
BY KATHARINE SCHWAB4 MINUTE READ

As robots start to move into more public places, like streets and stores, the people who encounter them won’t have any kind of instruction manual on how to engage with them. One of the main places this is happening? The aisles of your local Walmart.

For years, Walmart has been automating its warehouses with robots that can pack and sort items as they zoom along conveyor belts. But the company has also slowly been rolling out robots that roam around store aisles alongside customers, launching in 50 stores in 2017 and rolling out to 350 in 2019. These bots are designed to scan shelves looking for items that are out of stock, eliminating a time-intensive chore that human workers no longer have to do—though workers still have to refill the shelves when the robot finds a missing product.


https://www.fastcompany.com/90395843/walmarts-robot-army-has-arrived (https://www.fastcompany.com/90395843/walmarts-robot-army-has-arrived)
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on September 22, 2019, 05:37:33 PM



The rise of killer robots is now unstoppable and a new digital Geneva Convention is essential to protect the world from the growing threat they pose, according to the President of the world’s biggest technology company.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, said the use of ‘lethal autonomous weapon systems’ poses a host of new ethical questions which need to be considered by governments as a matter of urgency.

He said the rapidly advancing technology, in which flying, swimming or walking drones can be equipped with lethal weapons systems – missiles, bombs or guns – which could be programmed to operate entirely or partially autonomously, “ultimately will spread… to many countries”.

The US, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia and the UK are all developing weapon systems with a significant degree of autonomy in the critical functions of selecting and attacking targets.

The technology is a growing focus for many militaries because replacing troops with machines can make the decision to go to war easier.

But it remains unclear who is responsible for deaths or injuries caused by a machine – the developer, manufacturer, commander or the device itself.




https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/09/21/microsoft-chief-brad-smith-says-rise-killer-robots-unstoppable/ (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/09/21/microsoft-chief-brad-smith-says-rise-killer-robots-unstoppable/)
Title: The Rise Of Robots Is Crippling Jobs In The Already Recessionary Auto Industry
Post by: azozeo on November 06, 2019, 11:29:49 AM

The Rise Of Robots Is Crippling Jobs In The Already Recessionary Auto Industry


By Tyler Durden

It’s no longer a question of “if” we’re going to all eventually be replaced with robot overlords in the workplace, it’s a question of “when”.

The nuances of how this is going to occur – like which industries are likely to see to the most disruption from automation – were the topic of a new study published by St. Louis Fed Economist Maximiliano Dvorkin and Research Associate Asha Bharadwaj.

The authors found that there has been predominantly a decline in U.S. “middle-skill” occupations as a result of automation. This was despite growth in both high- and low-skill occupations occurring at the same time.

According to the authors, this job polarization is a result of “automation and offshoring, because both these forces lower the demand for middle-skill occupations relative to the rest.”

In the study, the authors looked at two types of work:

    Whether jobs involve routine tasks or nonroutine tasks
    Whether jobs use mostly cognitive skills or manual skills (brain vs. brawn)

They also looked at how the state of employment has changed across these four categories:

    Nonroutine cognitive, which includes management, professional and related occupations
    Nonroutine manual, which includes service occupations related to assisting or caring for others, such as health care support, food preparation and serving, and cleaning
    Routine cognitive, which includes sales and office occupations
    Routine manual, which includes construction, transportation, production and repair occupations

The study found that “employment in nonroutine occupations, both cognitive and manual, has been increasing steadily for several decades, while employment in routine occupations has been mostly stagnant or even declining.”



https://www.activistpost.com/2019/11/the-rise-of-robots-is-crippling-jobs-in-the-already-recessionary-auto-industry.html (https://www.activistpost.com/2019/11/the-rise-of-robots-is-crippling-jobs-in-the-already-recessionary-auto-industry.html)
Title: Re: BOTS
Post by: azozeo on November 10, 2019, 01:57:19 PM

China is exporting unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to the Middle East which are capable of launching autonomous attacks.

That’s according to the Pentagon’s top leader, US defense secretary Mark Esper, who gave a speech about artificial intelligence at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence public conference on 5 November.

Esper warns that the spread of Chinese UAVs is dangerous because the country has no military ethical guidelines to restrict the use of autonomy or AI in combat. He adds that the technology could be sold to autocratic governments and used to suppress their people.

China is developing autonomous UAVs as part of an effort to militarily surpass the USA and its allies, says Esper. AI could make autonomous UAVs cheaper and more lethal, he adds.

“Beijing has made it abundantly clear that it intends to be the world leader in AI by 2030,” he says. “While the US faces a mighty task in transitioning the world’s most advanced military to new AI enabled systems, China believes it can leapfrog our current technology and go straight to the next generation.”

China has already started selling autonomous UAVs to foreign militaries, says Esper.

“As we speak the Chinese government is already exporting some of the most advanced military aerial drones to the Middle East, as it prepares to export its next generation stealth UAVs when those come online,” says Esper. “In addition, Chinese weapons manufacturers are selling drones advertised as capable for autonomy, including the ability to conduct lethal targeted strikes.”

It is not clear what UAV Esper is talking about, though media reports have highlighted the Ziyan Blowfish A2, a small helicopter UAV that its manufacturer claims can perform autonomous targeted strikes. The UAV can carry a 12kg (26.5lb) payload, such as an AK-47 automatic rifle or several mortar-sized munitions, and has been sold to the United Arab Emirates, according to a report by Agence France-Presse.

Esper sought to differentiate the US military from China by saying Washington would develop a set of military ethics guidelines, while still seeking funds from the US Congress to advance the use of AI.

“We will harness the potential of AI to create a force fit for our time. We believe there’s tremendous opportunity to enhance a wide range of the departments capabilities, from the back office to the front line,” he says. “And we will do this while being recognized as the world leader in military ethics, by developing principals for using AI in a lawful and ethical manner.”




https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/dod-warns-china-exporting-killer-autonomous-drones-462041/ (https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/dod-warns-china-exporting-killer-autonomous-drones-462041/)