the robots are coming
The prospect of driverless cars is enough to make a commuter weep with joy. Imagine sleeping on your way to work, then kicking back with a Bud Light Lime on your way home. Pretty trill, right?
Well, the chairman of Toyota doesn’t want you getting your hopes up. Read More
Forget BMW. The latest, greatest example of German engineering prowess is a terrifying, enormous dragon that literally breathes fire, and, according to the latest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s also the world’s largest walking robot. Read More
Humans are relentless in our tendency to anthropomorphize, which explains everything from our love of Internet cat photos to the stubborn persistence of the Roomba. But this video, picked up by Boing Boing, demonstrates just how far our species of weirdos will go to make friends.
Researchers at the University of Calgary put volunteers in a room with a wooden stick rigged so it’d move around randomly. It had no face or display and made no sounds. And yet, people sitting in the room consistently interacted with it as though it were animate. “I don’t want to fight you,” insisted one bro in a polo. “No, I don’t want to fight you, robot!” Read More
God knows when Google’s autonomous cars will hit the streets for us commuters. And, Newt Gingrich’s enthusiasm aside, are drivers really ready to give up the wheel? Forget that, though: According to the Wall Street Journal, give it 20 years or so and it’s commercial trucking where self-driving vehicles look well nigh certain.
We were all ready to write off the youth of the species thanks to #followateen, and now DVice brings us a story about techie high schoolers that doesn’t evolve hazing, cyber bullies or trashy prom dresses. Will wonders never cease?
According to DVice, muscular dystrophy has left Nick Torrance, a student at Pinckney Community High School, wheelchair-bound. Luckily, two of his classmates won the 2012 SkillsUSA national robotics competition, and their coach told them to help him get his locker open easier.
And so: Read More
Does the prospect of Skynet keep you awake at night? Well, now there’s something you can do to fight your fears, besides chucking your Sarah Connor Chronicles DVDs. The BBC reports that yesterday, the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots officially launched in London.
The group is exactly what it sounds like. Founded by reps from nine different NGOs, including the Human Rights Watch, International Committee for Robot Arms Control and Nobel Women’s Initiative, the campaign wants a “pre-emptive and comprehensive ban” on fully autonomous weapons. Read More