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California researchers found that touching the genitals and buttocks of robots arouses humans.

Don't Watch This Creepy-Ass Robot Debate Itself When You're High. I'm not totally clear what's going on with this three-headed "cinematic sculpture" that can debate itself, but I know I want it at least 50 miles away from my apartment.

Don't Watch This Creepy-Ass Robot Debate Itself When You're High

"The Animal, Vegetable, Mineralness of Everything" is a "cinematic sculpture" by modern artist Ken Feingold from back in 2004; the video clip was uploaded to YouTube in 2011, though Digg brought it back recently just to freak us out all over again. Each creepy little blinking head is a "self-portrait" containing an "animal, vegetable, or mineral mind," according to Feingold's description of the piece: "The dialog is not pre-recorded, and is different each time someone visits it, generated in real time by a computer program. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The heads discuss their fears and the nature of violence, but, like many debates, no minds ever seem to change: This Ping Pong-Playing Robot Makes Forrest Gump Look Lazy.

If you're interested in learning how to play table tennis, a robot in Japan is up for the coaching job, and the bot has even earned a Guinness World Record for its tutoring skills.

This Ping Pong-Playing Robot Makes Forrest Gump Look Lazy

The robot, called FORPHEUS, was named the "first robot table tennis tutor" for its ability to play and teach the sport. Guinness World Record officials said the robot's "unique technological intelligence and educational capabilities" earned it the title. The record-breaking robot uses vision and motion sensors to track a match, with cameras following the ball 80 times per second.

Related: The 6 Strangest Robots Ever Created Beyond game play, the cameras also help FORPHEUS in its role as a teacher, according to its developers. EU to debate robot legal rights, mandatory "kill switches" A draft report submitted to the European Parliament's legal affairs committee has recommended that robots be equipped with a "kill switch" in order to manage the potential dangers in the evolving field of self-learning autonomous robotics.

EU to debate robot legal rights, mandatory "kill switches"

The broad-ranging report, recently approved by the legal affairs committee, contains a variety of proposals designed to address possible legal and ethical issues that could arise through the development of autonomous artificial intelligences. These include the establishment of a European Agency for robotics and AI, plus a call for discussing the implementation of a universal basic income as a strategy to address the possible mass unemployment that could result from robotics replacing large portions of the workforce. Death robots: Where next after Dallas? Soldiers Are Taking Target Practice Against These Man-Shaped Robots. An Australian company has come up with a clever solution for live-fire training—but when the robot uprising comes, we may regret it.

Soldiers Are Taking Target Practice Against These Man-Shaped Robots

Marathon Targets has developed human-like robots that soldiers can shoot with real bullets. Each T40 robot consists of a camouflage-clad life-sized dummy, usually adorned with an AK-47 slung across its chest, mounted on top of a two- or four-wheeled robotic platform. According to Defense News, the robots stand 5'8" and weigh 500 pounds each. The bots are autonomous, programmed ahead of an exercise to simulate soldiers on guard duty, on patrol, or even just hanging around. They can be dressed as civilians and other bystanders, too. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The robots can be programmed to execute advanced maneuvers. Boston robot fights against pushing. Cockroach inspires robot that squishes down to crawl through cracks and crevices. For most people, the cockroach doesn't inspire anything but the shivers and a mild sense of revulsion.

Cockroach inspires robot that squishes down to crawl through cracks and crevices

For scientists at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), however, the insect has inspired a whole new way of thinking about robots. Meet Geminoid-F, Professor Ishiguro's latest uncanny android. Visitors to Tokyo's Shinjuku ward my find themselves figuratively transported to the uncanny valley, if they take a stroll past Takashimaya department store, that is.

Meet Geminoid-F, Professor Ishiguro's latest uncanny android

Until Valentine's Day, a prominent display window there will play glassy prison cell to the impressive and unnerving Geminoid-F android. Head Of Cyber Command Worried Robot Maid May Kill Him In His Sleep – Duffel Blog. FORT MEADE, Md. — The commander of U.S.

Head Of Cyber Command Worried Robot Maid May Kill Him In His Sleep – Duffel Blog

Cyber Command has expressed worry that his robot maid could someday kill him in his sleep, Duffel Blog has learned. Adm. Michael Rogers, who also oversees the National Security Agency, believes that the ISIS terrorist threat is not as personally terrifying as is the robot in his home, loaded with artificial intelligence and possibly learning how to murder him in myriad ways at a geometric rate. Nadine the eerie social robot looks and feels like humans do. Machines that can read and respond to human emotions like the fast-selling Pepper, and spooky lifelike models that look much like we do have bridged the gap between robots and humans, for better or for worse.

Nadine the eerie social robot looks and feels like humans do

By combining these two approaches scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have taken another step in this direction, taking the wraps off a creepy new humanoid named Nadine who has her own personality and is designed to play the role of social companion or personal assistant. Some roboticists are treading cautiously in developing machines that approach human-like form. This is motivated by the idea that the more robots look and act as humans do, the more likely they are to creep us out. This sentiment is known as "uncanny valley," and has moved some researchers in the field to reconsider how we'll interact with robots in the future. But scientists at Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) apparently don't hold such reservations.

Source: NTU.


  1. techgeeker Jun 30 2016
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