News Mash: The JOMO…Is what motivates me!

What motivates you?

You just THINK you know…

But do you really:

Don’t know about you…

But me, at least when it comes to missing out?


I’m getting “motivated” less and less into being upset by missing out of ANYTHING/EVERYTHING.

Apparently I’m not the only one:

[via DailyMail]Is staying in the new going out? How the JOY of missing out is set to replace FOMO in 2014 ~By jomoAssociated Press

Forget the fear of missing out. In 2014, trend watcher JWT thinks JOMO – the joy of missing out – will take deeper root in the mainstream.

Among the global advertising and marketing company’s predictions for the new year is a march to ‘mindful living,’ with more consumers actively trying to shut out distractions and focus on the moment.

…[Read More]

And I cannot tell you how relieved that makes me.

For a minute there…

Thought I was getting old.

Instead, I find out…

I’m just living mindfully.


I like the sound of that ever SOOOOO much better.

News Mash: The future looks scary…Thanks, Google Glass technology!


Getting awfully invasive and scary these days.

Are you one of the few who doubt that fact?

Check THIS (below) out:

[via DailyMail]The computer that detects felonies BEFORE they happen and a camera that can sense guilty consciences: The TEN wildest crime-fighting techniques of the future

  • Technological advances could soon eradicate crime entirely, say experts
  • Drones that can scan crowds and recognize criminals are in development
  • Mind-reading cap that senses if someone is telling truth being tested
  • ‘Shotspotter’ can tell police instantly when and where a gun is fired

By Mark Prigg

A high-tech future where crime fighting is carried out with the kind of technology you’d expect to see in the latest RoboCop movie – in cinemas from February 12th – is closer than you’d expect.

In fact, some of it’s already in use on a street near you.

High-speed drones that can whizz through crowds and pick out criminals, and sophisticated augmented-reality glasses for police already exist in labs around the world.

Meanwhile, super-advanced software that can analyze millions of pieces of data from the web to predict criminal activity is in action right now.

One expert even claims technology is advancing at such a pace that crime could be eradicated entirely.

‘Technology will ultimately make it impossible to get away with crime in the western world,’ Ben Way, an entrepreneur and robotics expert, told MailOnline.

Here are some of the incredible crime-fighting technologies that could soon be patrolling our streets:

…[Read More]


Not enough to convince you?


How about now:

[via BeatBeat]New App Will Scan Your Date’s Face Quickly to See If They’re a Sex Offender ~By Jordan Valinskygoogle glass

There’s a soon-to-be-released app that identifies strangers by using a creepshot a user uploads of them, to further enable your cyberstalking ways.

This latest advancement in technology is an app called NameTag. It works by users uploading a snapshot of a person, where it’s then scanned and compared to publicly available social media accounts and dating website profiles. It also scans criminal databases, like the National Sex Offender Registry, to identify pervs.

What results is a detailed dossier of your subject, allowing you to commence your private browser-backed creeping.

Android and iPhone users will have access to it, but Google Glass has banned facial recognition apps from its store. The app’s developer, Kevin Alan Tussy, notes that jail-broken Glass devices can use it if you are talented enough to slyly wink to take pictures of your future crush.

Of course, this sounds like a privacy intrusion to have your information doxxed in a single tap, but Mr. Tussy doesn’t think so:

“It’s not about invading anyone’s privacy; it’s about connecting people that want to be connected. We will even allow users to have one profile that is seen during business hours and another that is only seen in social situations,” he told CNET. 

…[Read More]


Some of these technologies were made/devised with the best of intentions.

A woman being able to know if the guy she is considering dating has a violent criminal history?

Excellent idea!

But we all know someone will take some very well meaning technology…

And use it for horrible, horrible purposes.

After all, you know what they say about the pathway to hell, don’t you?

It is always paved with the very best of intentions.

Reactionary Animated Gifs – Electric cars not such a good idea afterall?

People in the government are morons.

A fact that is more often than not illustrated?

By just how much of the very obvious they tend to miss…

What am I talking about?

In THIS (below) instance, I am referring to how the government has pushed the need for green energy to SAVE US ALL for the catastrophe that is global warming, to the point it offered incentives for electric cars…

And now thanks to the Law of Unintended Consequences?

To it’s (the governments) very detriment:

[via The DailyCaller]States turn against electric cars as gas tax revenues fall ~by Michael Bastasch

States are quickly learning that promoting electric cars is coming with a high price tag. Colorado has joined a growing number of states that are imposing fees on electric and alternative vehicles to recover “lost” gas tax revenues.

As of this year, Coloradans driving electric, alternative fuel and high-efficiency vehicles will pay a $50 registration fee to capture more revenue from vehicles that use less traditional gasoline. This is part of a growing trend by which states are looking to recoup declining gas tax revenues as vehicles become more fuel efficient and drivers buy more electric vehicles.

Colorado is one of at least five states that have special fees on hybrid and electric vehicles — Colorado, Nebraska, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington. Earlier this year, Oregon lawmakers were discussing a bill that would impose a fee on electric cars and those getting 55 miles per gallon or better. The bill is still sitting in the state legislature.

“States are increasingly looking at how to recoup ‘lost’ gas tax revenues for electric and hybrid vehicles. In addition to fees on such vehicles, many states tax alternative fuels, sometimes including electricity,” Jaime Rall, senior transportation policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an email.

…[Read More]


Serious, GRIEVOUS fault of their own?

The states pushing electric cars have very much shot themselves in the foot.

I mean, seriously guys…

You did NOT see this coming?





*shakes head sadly*

hope nope

News Mash: What’s in the box?



Depends on who’s asking.

And just to show how such a question could vary wildly in degree?

Here is the Jesus box:

[via io9]This ancient burial box contains the earliest known reference to Jesus ~George Dvorsky

After a 10-year investigation and criminal trial, an Israeli antiquities collector has been cleared of forgery charges. That means the modest limestone burial box pictured above — an ossuary inscribed with the earliest-known reference to Jesus – is the real deal.

This ancient burial box contains the earliest known reference to Jesus

Back in 2003, skeptics questioned the authenticity of the box, claiming that the owner, Oded Golan, had forged the mention of Jesus. He was arrested and charged with forgery. He’s now been cleared of those charges after a thorough analysis of the artifact. Golan plans to put the box on display in Israel. It has not been seen in public since it was briefly displayed in Toronto in 2002.

Chiselled on the side are the words, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.” The inscription is written in Jewish script and was done using a sharp instrument.

The Guardian explains:

James the Just was the first leader of the Christians in Jerusalem after the Crucifixion. He was executed for apostasy by the local rabbinical court.

At that time, Jews were not buried but laid in a cave. The bones were collected after a year and placed in an ossuary. Thousands have been discovered, some of them inscribed with names to identify whose bones they contain. One other ossuary mentions a brother.

“This is the oldest evidence that mentions the name of Jesus Christ,” said Golan, who bought the box in the 1970s but did not realise its significance until Sorbonne professor Andre Lemaire noticed it in Golan’s collection. Lemaire published his findings in 2002 and the ossuary was briefly displayed at a Toronto museum, causing a worldwide sensation.

…[Read More]



The Oh-My-Jesus-A-Walking-Box-And-This-Is-Why-We-Are-All-Going-To-Die Box!

(Well, OK, its technically called a ‘cube’, but look it up…Same thing as a box smart***)

[via MentalFloss]Cubli: A Balancing, Walking Cube ~Chris Higgins

From the “What Sorcery is This?!” department comes Cubli, a robotic cube that can “jump” and balance on a corner (!). It can also perform a controlled fall, which gives it the rather creepy ability to “walk” by jumping onto a corner, falling onto a face, and repeating the process. Behold:

Uh. I, for one, welcome our new cube robot overlords.

…[Read More]


Wildly varying.


Who knew they offered such choices, eh?

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News Mash: A thousand times stronger than human muscle & can…Climb walls?


One just has to wonder…

If Scientists intentionally go out of their way, to freak people out with new robot technology:

[via ZeeIndiaNews]New robotic ‘muscle’ thousand times stronger (than human muscle)

Washington: Scientists have developed a new robotic ‘muscle’, thousand times more powerful than a human muscle, which can catapult objects 50 times heavier than itself – faster than the blink of an eye.

Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in US demonstrated a micro-sized robotic torsional muscle/motor made from vanadium dioxide that is able to catapult very heavy objects over a distance five times its length within 60 milliseconds.

“We’ve created a micro-bimorph dual coil that functions as a powerful torsional muscle, driven thermally or electro-thermally by the phase transition of vanadium dioxide,” said study leader, Junqiao Wu.

“Using a simple design and inorganic materials, we achieve superior performance in power density and speed over the motors and actuators now used in integrated micro-systems,” Wu said.

What makes vanadium dioxide highly coveted by the electronics industry is that it is one of the few known materials that is an insulator at low temperatures but abruptly becomes a conductor at 67 degrees Celsius.

This temperature-driven phase transition from insulator-to-metal is expected to one day yield faster, more energy efficient electronic and optical devices.

However, vanadium dioxide crystals also undergo a temperature-driven structural phase transition whereby when warmed they rapidly contract along one dimension while expanding along the other two.

This makes vanadium dioxide an ideal candidate material for creating miniaturised, multi-functional motors and artificial muscles.

…[Read More]

Cause, come on…


Why is this crap even necessary:

[via cnet]Crablike robot walks on walls, ceilings with magnet feet ~by

Here’s what we all long to see — a robot crawling along the ceiling.

That may or may not give you goosebumps. But if you’re an engineer, a magnetic wall-crawler developed at Osaka City University in Japan could prove useful when inspecting bridges and other structures.

The awkwardly named Bridge Inspection Robot Equipping Magnets (BIREM) can move as fast as 7.8 inches per second. Imagine that skittering up your wall.

Operated by remote control, BIREM moves on four wheels, each with eight spokes that are capped with powerful magnets.

Its flexible body allows the crab-inspired bot to bend at the middle so it can transition from a vertical surface to a horizontal one easily.

…[Read More]

Robots that are stronger than people…

And can climb walls and on ceilings?


Brilliant idea?

*shakes head sadly*

That thought does not peaceful dreams make.


All this new robotic technology?

Is going to end so well for us, isn’t it?


News Mash: The robot uprising is coming! Jeez…Thanks Google.

Internet traffic?

Mainly driven by robots.

And by ‘mainly’…

I mean OVER 50%.

[via Gizmodo]Over 60 Percent of Internet Traffic Is Now Driven By Bots ~Jamie Condliffe

Chances are that, if you’re visiting this page, you’re not a human. A new study reveals that 61.5 percent of all website traffic is generated by automated bots. Hi, robot!

The research, carried out by researchers Incapsula, shows that bot-produced traffic has jumped by 21 percent in the last year alone. But while it might sound weird, all this automated traffic might not be a bad thing.

While plenty of those bots will be malicious—trying to steal data or post dodgy ads—the researchers point out that the biggest jump in growth is for good bots, which are now 55 percent more active.

Typically, they index content, help perform analytics or preserve web pages for the future. In fact, there seems to have been a drop in the levels of some malicious activity—with a 75 percent drop in the frequency of spam links being automatically posted, for instance.

The results were generated over 90 days, observing 1.45 billion bot visits on more than 20,000 sites. By no means a complete analysis, but almost certainly broadly indicative of what’s happening out there on the wild, wild web. [BBC]

…[Read More]

See, you scoff.

I know you do.

“This isn’t a big deal.” You say.


Do you know just who it is YOU are talking to:

[via io9]Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they’re robots ~George DvorskyFreakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they're robots

This is how it starts, people. First we get our chatbots to sound and act realistic — and then we get them to convince everyone they’re actually human. Listen to this crazy conversation between Time‘s Michael Scherer and a telemarketing robot who refuses to admit her true artificial nature.

Recently, Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer received a phone call from an apparently bright and engaging woman asking him if he wanted a deal on his health insurance. But he soon got the feeling something wasn’t quite right.

After asking the telemarketer point blank if she was a real person or a computer-operated robot, she chuckled charmingly and insisted she was real. Looking to press the issue, Scherer asked her a series of questions, which she promptly failed. Such as, “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” To which she responded by saying she didn’t understand the question. When asked what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained of a bad connection (ah, the oldest trick in the book).

[CLICK LINK] Here, listen for yourself:

…[Read More]



Thanks to Google?

Is just the beginning of the ‘scary’.

[via NYTimes]Google Adds to Its Menagerie of Robots

SAN FRANCISCO — BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas have joined Google’s growing robot menagerie.

Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans.

It is the eighth robotics company that Google has acquired in the last half-year. Executives at the Internet giant are circumspect about what exactly they plan to do with their robot collection. But Boston Dynamics and its animal kingdom-themed machines bring significant cachet to Google’s robotic efforts, which are being led by Andy Rubin, the Google executive who spearheaded the development of Android, the world’s most widely used smartphone software.

The deal is also the clearest indication yet that Google is intent on building a new class of autonomous systems that might do anything from warehouse work to package delivery and even elder care.

…[Read More]

…As well as?

Take. Over. The. WORLD!

The robot invasion is coming.

Sooner than you think.

Prepare yourself, people…


what its all good [Source]

News Mash: Robot apocalypse…Brought to you by Amazon!

*shakes head sadly*

Amazon, Amazon…

What are you doing?!

Now, see…

Just look.

LOOK (below) what you have done!

[via Wired]Google Builds Robot Army for Battle With Amazon ~By Marcus Wohlsen

Google grows more and more like Amazon with each passing month, transforming itself into an honest-to-goodness online shopping company, and this evolution is increasingly overt. But things got really cool today with the news that the web giant is posed to challenge Amazon with an army of robots.

In an excellent piece of reporting, The New York Times’ John Markoff reveals that, led by the former head of its Android mobile operating system, Google is quietly buying up robotics startups for a project that appears more than just experimental.

“If Amazon can imagine delivering books by drones,” Markoff writes, “is it too much to think that Google might be planning to one day have one of the robots hop off an automated Google Car and race to your doorstep to deliver a package?”

The difference between Amazon’s drone stunt and Google’s retail robot skunkworks, run by Andy Rubin, is that it seems far more serious. While Amazon released an unrealistic marketing video that had little to do with how its operations really work, Markoff’s sources say that Google is taking incremental steps to automate steps all along the consumer-product supply chain, from manufacturing to shipping.

Delivery would seem to be the process where Google has made the strongest advances, though its self-driving cars predate Rubin’s project. Speculation that autonomous vehicles would someday power Google’s new same-day delivery online shopping service arose almost simultaneously with the announcement of the service itself. But delivery — the so-called “last mile” — is only one piece of the process that gets products from manufacturer to consumer.

All along the way, from factory to fulfillment center, technologies attempt to optimize the actions of human workers according to calculations made by computers. In other words, companies believe that the cent-shaving efficiencies they crave come the more they can get people to act like robots.

…[Read More]


Freaking robots are gonna be buzzing everywhere…

All up in our business?

The first step to a Robot Apocalypse (not to be confused with the Zombie Apocalypse, which comes later), by the way.

And it’s gonna be…

All. Your. Fault.

Shame on you!

brought to you by Amazon

News Mash: Panic button for your smartphone? Yeah…This will end well. *shakes head sadly*

Do you feel…

Like danger lurks around every turn?

If you do…

Then boy, does THIS (below) company have the app for YOU:

[via DailyMail] New personal safety app allows smartphone users to tell friends and family when they are in danger

  • PanicMe sends out red, amber or green alerts to up to 30 contacts if user feels at risk
  • Location is pinpointed by GPRS and shows respondents who is the closest
  • Developers worked alongside local police forces to help public feel safer

By Daily Mail Reporter

Smartphone users can now set off a personal panic button to alert family and friends that they are in danger.

PanicMe fires off alerts of differing levels of importance to a chosen network of contacts if the user feels threatened or vulnerable.


The sender’s location is then pinpointed using GPRS and potential responders can see how close they are so they can put a plan of action in place.

Offering a traffic light of options, a red alert tells contacts the sender is in imminent danger of being attacked or hurt, amber suggests you will need help soon, while green means you are in a low risk situation, such as being lost or breaking down.

The alerts can be sent to up to 30 contacts and can be accessed by police, who are able to login when notified at their control room.

Contacts are notified by pop-messages on their smartphones at regular intervals, with the space between the alerts depending on the panic button option. The alerts only stop once the alarm is deactivated by the sender.

The app, which launches this week, was developed by experts at DataMe, who worked alongside local police forces to come up with a program to help people feel safer in their daily lives.

…[Read More]

Oh, I can just see it now.

As someone who deals with alarm calls (99.9% of them false) on a daily basis, let me assure you…

No matter how this app above SEEMS like a good idea?

Little good will come of it.

For example…

You receive this urgent alert:  “Help–HELP!”

Immediately followed by this one: “I’m in sever danger of passing out from all the cuteness!”

Then THIS:

Come on…

You can’t tell me you don’t know an idiot who, if they got this app?

Would think it was funny to pull some crap just LIKE that.

idiots [Source]

We all know at least one.

and that ONE?

All it would take to make this pretty promising app?

A nightmare in disguise.

News Mash: Making robots kill & read our minds? Not a good idea, people!

The thought of…

Mind-reading robots?


In and of itself, pretty darn terrifying:

[via ScienceDaily] Mind-Reading Robots Coming Ever Closer

Nov. 14, 2013 — If you think with the release of every new i-device the world is getting closer to thought-controlled smart tech and robotic personal assistants, you might be right.

And thanks in part to work led by the University of Cincinnati’s Anca Ralescu, we may be even closer than you realize.

Professor Ralescu of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems will discuss her team’s research aims and current progress on brain-computer interface at the International Human-Centered Robotics Symposium (HuCeRo). The University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) will host the symposium on Nov. 14-17 at UC’s Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. The symposium aims to bring together leading researchers and engineers in the fields of robotics, computer science, material science and brain-computer interaction. Ralescu’s presentation will be Nov. 17.

“The idea of human-centered systems in general, and human-centered robotics in particular, is not new. But to some extent things were just not in place. Some technology or other was either missing or too expensive,” Ralescu says. “To my knowledge, there is no formal curriculum in this area in any university. If UC moves forward with creating such a curriculum, it could be among the first of its kind. So UC would be a pioneer in establishing such a curriculum.”

…[Read More]


Add in the fact…

That in ten short years?

There will be MORE Robot soldiers that U.S. human soldiers:

[via Gizmodo]US Army robots will outnumber human soldiers 10 to 1 by 2023

Talking at a US Army demonstration of autonomous weaponized robots at Fort Benning, Georgia, experts said that “ten years from now, there will probably be one soldier for every 10 robots. Each soldier could have one or five robots flanking him, looking for enemies, scanning for land mines.”

Those are the words of Scott Hartley, co-founder of 5D Robotics, who demonstrated his companies’ machines along with Northrop Grumman, QinetiQ, HDT Robotics and other robotics corporations catering to the US military. Harley also added that “robots can save lives.” And indeed they can, helping soldiers survive in a hostile environment and making their lives easier. But, obviously, they are also making them to kill.

According to the organizers, the main core of the event were the live fire demonstrations:

The Armed UGV Live Fire Demonstration will provide selected technologies an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to remotely fire a M240 accurately at stationary targets. These are highly anticipated demonstrations which will draw significant interest from Soldiers and within the U.S. Army Research communities.

…[Read More]

And toss in a couple of Terminator movies?


It’s enough to haunt one’s dreams.


Feed one’s sci-fi fantasies?


just depends on how you roll [Source]

Of course, in NO way are these two technologies connected to one another…


It’s just me, you lowly blogger, making the scary connection.

But it’s the “yet” that concerns me…

Cause you just know there is some wacko (i.e. evil genius) out there, curious enough to want to see what would happen if these two technologies were EVER paired.

And we all know what THAT would result in:

End of the World as we know it in…

News Mash: Watch these escape artist dogs, and read my mind, computer!


Technology devised for assisting with ads, by reading your emotions…

Might become more YOU centric.


[via Technology Review]Startup Gets Computers to Read Faces, Seeks Purpose Beyond Ads ~ By David Talboaviva hope rutkin | facial expression analysis

Last year more than 1,000 people in four countries sat down and watched 115 television ads, such as one featuring anthropomorphized M&M candies boogying in a bar. All the while, webcams pointed at their faces and streamed images of their expressions to a server in Waltham, Massachusetts.

In Waltham, an algorithm developed by a startup company called performed what is known as facial coding: it tracked the panelists’ raised eyebrows, furrowed brows, smirks, half-smirks, frowns, and smiles. (Watch a video of the technology in action below this story or here.) When this face data was later merged with real-world sales data, it turned out that the facial measurements could be used to predict with 75 percent accuracy whether sales of the advertised products would increase, decrease, or stay the same after the commercials aired. By comparison, surveys of panelists’ feelings about the ads could predict the products’ sales with 70 percent accuracy.

Although this was an incremental improvement statistically, it reflected a milestone in the field of affective computing. While people notoriously have a hard time articulating how they feel, now it is clear that machines can not only read some of their feelings but also go a step farther and predict the statistical likelihood of later behavior.

Given that the market for TV ads in the United States alone exceeds $70 billion, insights from facial coding are “a big deal to business people,” says Rosalind Picard, who heads the affective computing group at MIT’s Media Lab and cofounded the company; she left the company earlier this year but is still an investor.

Even so, facial coding has not yet delivered on the broader, more altruistic visions of its creators. Helping to sell more chocolate is great, but when will facial coding help people with autism read social cues, boost teachers’ ability to see which students are struggling, or make computers empathetic?

Answers may start to come next month, when Affectiva launches a software development kit that will let its platform be used for approved apps. The hope, says Rana el Kaliouby, the company’s chief science officer and the other cofounder (see “Innovators Under 35: Rana el Kaliouby”), is to spread the technology beyond marketing. While she would not name the actual or potential partners, she said that “companies can use our technology for anything from gaming and entertainment to education and learning environments.”

…[Read More]

And as creepy as that sounds…

Some computer READING people like that?

It does spark my inner, curious-me.

After watching THIS (below) video?

Oh, human emotion reading technology…

Tell me, just what am I feeling NOW?


Humor, awe and adoration?

Very much sums it up!


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News Mash: Robot beats human at rock-paper-scissors? Just chew it off, man!

No big surprise here…

Not a fan of spiders at ALL.

With that said, I must say…

I find this incredibly disturbing:

[via LiveScience] Watch a Spider Amputate its Own Leg ~By Douglas Main

You know how it is. You’ve just killed a delicious wasp and are preparing to feast when, all of a sudden, you feel the pangs of venom rushing up your leg. So you bite it off.

Or such was probably the case for a humble European garden spider filmed by Tim Edwards, an editor at BBC Earth, in his garden. Edwards notice that after wrapping up the wasp, the spider changed its behavior and appeared to stroke and bite one of its legs, before it fell off shortly later, according to the BBC.

Watch the video at the BBC.

…[Read More]

Can’t say I can think of anything…

Which would inspire a human to chew off one of their own limbs.


Amend that.

I couldn’t think of anything that would inspire a human to chew off one of their own limbs…

Until now:

[via]Janken (rock-paper-scissors) robot with 100% winning rate (human-machine cooperation system)

In this research we develop a janken (rock-paper-scissors) robot with 100% winning rate as one example of human-machine cooperation systems. Human being plays one of rock, paper and scissors at the timing of one, two, three. According to the timing, the robot hand plays one of three kinds so as to beat the human being.

pathetic attempt, human [Source]

Recognition of human hand can be performed at 1ms with a high-speed vision, and the position and the shape of the human hand are recognized. The wrist joint angle of the robot hand is controlled based on the position of the human hand. The vision recognizes one of rock, paper and scissors based on the shape of the human hand. After that, the robot hand plays one of rock, paper and scissors so as to beat the human being in 1ms.

…[Read More]

To be beaten by an arm of our future Robot Overlords, with 100% accuracy?



Just chew it off, dude…

It’s obviously doing NOTHING for ya.


News Mash: Boost your immune system to help you fight disease…Or else? ROBOTS!

It’s that time of the year again…

Fall Flue Season!


*shakes head sadly*

Are you ready for it?

If not…

There are ways to prepare yourself:

[via Natural News]Seven ways to bulletproof your immune system this winter ~Derek Henry

The immune system is where the rubber meets the road, and if you fail to get it in order, your health goes downhill. Start building your immune system by incorporating these seven things to help get you through the winter without wearing a surgical mask on a daily basis.

Get grounded

Grounding, which is simply putting your skin into direct contact with the surface of the Earth, has a host of benefits with one being to the immune system.

Due to its overall anti-inflammatory effects and ability to regulate cortisol secretion, grounding eliminates two important factors that lower your immunity.

If you can’t access the Earth barefoot, consider using grounding technology.

Find a good source of vitamin D

If you live in an area with consistent sunlight, all you need to do is get out in the direct sunlight for 20-30 minutes a day. However, during the winter months, it can become increasingly difficult for people further north to access the sun’s rays on a consistent basis.

In this case, take a liquid vitamin D supplement for those months of little-to-no sunshine then check into that sunny holiday and stock up on the beach.

Vitamin D is critical for overall immune function.

Take liposomal vitamin C

Vitamin C is a commonly known immune booster and is a product typically stocked up on with the winter season approaching.

This family favorite has now become even more effective with the introduction of liposomal vitamin C. This formulation utilizes consistent 150mm sized liposomes, which facilitates greater absorption of the vitamin C in the formula.

It’s one thing to take immune-boosting supplements, and its often quite another to absorb them. Liposomal vitamin C helps address both factors.

…[Read More – See All 7 Ways HERE!]

And notice?

I just want to point out…

No where in the suggestions in the article above does it say anything about using tiny, militant robots to help fight diseases.

Cause well…

That’s just creepy.

But apparently, soon?

It could be the ‘go-to’ doctors use for treating disease.

[via MyFoxDC]Scientist: Tiny robots can find and kill diseases ~APwe shall triumph

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Microscopic robots may soon be detecting and even preventing diseases instantly at doctors’ offices across the nation, eliminating the need for multiple tests or treatment plans.

It may sound like science fiction, but one of the nation’s top nanotechnology scientists said it could be only four or five years away.

“I think it’s coming pretty soon,” said Dr. Shree Singh, the director of the Center for NanoBiotechnology Research at Alabama State University. “In the near future, you will have some small nanomachines that will basically cure the disease before it even happens. Basically any kind of disease diagnosis or prevention can be done through nanobiotechnology.”

Singh spoke during a recent summit for state and national scientists in Montgomery, where they shared new ideas and innovations in the field.

His group at ASU has worked on viral and antibacterial research.

“Lots of diseases happen because of bacterial or viral infection,” Singh said. “There would be new nanomaterials which could target a specific bacterial virus. The virus may be in your body, and (nanotechnology) can target it before you even get sick.”

…[Read More]

Nice, right?

*shakes head sadly*


But creepy?



News Mash: What’s better, balloons or light bulbs, to bring you Wi-Fi?

Sometimes bigger?

Isn’t better.

A fact which can be seen…

When comparing two competing ideas when it comes to WiFi.

Take Google’s idea:

[via Gizmodo]Google Wants to Use Balloons to Cover the World in Wi-Fi ~Casey Chan

If you go deep inside the desert or climb a mountain or find yourself in the South Pole or a remote farm or any place that can be considered “the middle of nowhere,” guess what? You have no internet. Well, Wired is reporting that Google wants to change all that by sending high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere to give the world Wi-Fi. Whoa.

Because of course Google would dream something as impossible and radical as cloaking the world in balloons 60,000 feet above sea level so that the entire world can get on the Internet. It’s something straight out of meetings about the future—something rooted in conversations between smart people who only ask each other, “but why not?”—something even Google itself admits is crazy by calling it Project Loon.

What is Project Loon, exactly? Only a plan to get hundreds—nay, thousands—of high-pressure balloons to circle the Earth and given internet to billions of people on Earth. It’s part of Google’s famed Google X Lab which is bringing the world Google Glass and self-driving cars. Wired reports:

It is an audacious proposal, and today in Christchurch, Google is holding a press conference with New Zealand’s Prime Minister to formally unveil it. Google will also stage Project Loon’s biggest trial yet: 50 testers in Christchurch within the 12-mile range of the balloons will see if they can get connected from the sky.

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And then compare it to these Chinese Scientists’ idea…

Of a far more approachable, accomplishable and a lot less air-polluting-like crazy idea of WiFi.



[via Gizmodo]Chinese Scientists Invent Lightbulbs That Emit Wi-Fi ~Leslie Hornnow with wi fi

A group of Chinese scientists at Shanghai’s Fudan University have a bright idea: A lightbulb that produces its own Wi-Fi signal. According to Xinhua, the technology is called Li-Fi, and the prototype actually works better than the average connection in China.

As many as four computers placed near a Li-Fi bulb can connect to the net, using light frequencies rather than the usual radio waves. The bulb is embedded with a microchip that produces a signal, yielding rates as fast as 150 mbps—far faster than typical connection speeds in China, and about three times faster than the speed I’m getting right now. (Seriously, I just did a speed test.)

One of the perks of Li-Fi is that it’s affordable. Have a lightbulb and a Li-Fi kit? Boom—you have internet. Next month, researchers are showing off 10 sample kits at a trade show in China, and the country is moving in a direction that could make Li-Fi a practical and commercially viable asset—especially since, as Xinhua reports, Chinese people are quickly replacing old fashioned incandescent bulbs with LEDs.

Of course, there are still a few technical details—mostly dealing with microchip design and manufacturing—that would need to fall into place before Li-Fi becomes ubiquitous. So for now, Li-Fi remains an experiment with a bright future. [Xinhua via ZDNET]

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Which do YOU think is better?


Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Light-bulb moment”…

Doesn’t it?

News Mash: So, spiders have personalities? Sure… EVIL ones.

Gotta love Scientists…

And their blatant attempt at making spiders?

Less scary and more personable.

Prepare yourself for…


[via DailyMail]Spiders have PERSONALITIES too: Arachnids found to have character traits ranging from ‘timid’ to ‘aggressive’

  • U.S. researchers found a spider’s personality not only determines the creature’s well-being, but contributes to the success of failure of its society
  • University of Pittsburgh biologists established three colonies in Tennessee with docile and aggressive couples of spiders
  • The docile colony thrived at once but lacked aggressive spiders to defend it, acting like an immune system and died out before the end of the study

By Sarah Griffiths

A large house spider might seem like a thoughtless killing machine, but a team of biologists claim arachnids have distinct personalities.

While some individuals might be aggressive, other arachnids could be naturally ‘timid’ and docile’,the researchers said.

They studied social grass spiders and found that a spider’s personality not only determines the creature’s survival, but contributes to the success of failure of its society.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, led by Jonathan Pruitt, found the spiders could be timid or aggressive and prone to sexual cannibalism.

While most spiders live solitary lives and territorial of their webs, a handful of species live in social groups where females share the upkeep of the web as well as jobs like raising their young and defending their home from intruders.

The study, which took six years and was published in journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, in July, examined sociable grass spiders.

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Scientists should have known this attempt would NEVER work.

Cause, uh–Hello!!!!–spiders have 8 hairy legs, fangs that inject you with venom, so they can drink out your insides and have a bunch of beady, soulless eyes.

You just can’t fix all that wrong, by saying, “Oh, but they have great personalities!”

That’s what my BFF told me, regarding the last blind date she fixed me up on?


And it didn’t improve, on well, that THING either.


Spiders, no matter how Science tries to pitch them, regarding their “personalities”?

Will always be scary.


Sure they have personalities, but if their personalities are evil…

And I say “evil” for the simple fact that they are apparently trying to kill you, by sabotaging your Toyota, & triggering your airbag to PUNCH you in the face:

[via Wired]Happy Arachtober! There Are Spiders in Your Car! ~ Gwen PearsonUp next

Ah, the smells and sights of fall. Crisp leaves, pumpkin spice flavored everything, and … spiders. Spiders everywhere. This massive car recall from Toyota left out one important detail: SPIDERS.

“Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. … announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 803,000 2012-2013 vehicles… In the involved vehicles, water from the air conditioning condenser unit housing could leak onto the airbag control module and cause a short circuit … In some instances, the air bag(s) could become disabled or could inadvertently deploy.”

Cindy Knight, Toyota’s media contact for recalls, patiently let me pester her with spider questions this afternoon. It’s clear that an as-yet unnamed species of spider found some air conditioning drainage tubes to be an ideal place to spin a web. That makes sense to me, as a spider-watcher: It’s warm under a car, it’s dark, it’s damp — it’s the perfect spider habitat.

Those webs caused a drain blockage, and a resulting leak is blamed for shorts causing three airbag misfires and 35 warning light activations. Toyota preemptively issued a recall when the arachnid issue was discovered. Sadly, although understandably, Toyota seems more focused on fixing the electrical short than actually collecting and identifying the spider species responsible.

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Evil personalities endears nothing to…



Stop trying to improve upon the reputation of spiders, Science.

It’s just not going to happen.



Never-ever, never,never, ever-never-ever.



News Mash: Thoughts of a lethal autonomous robot, or LAR, makes me ‘fear grin’!

If you have ever seen the Terminator movies?

Oh, yes…

You were fully prepared for this:

Lethal, fully autonomous robots are coming!

[via National Journal]Soon, Drones May Be Able to Make Lethal Decisions on Their Own ~By Joshua Foust

Scientists, engineers and policymakers are all figuring out ways drones can be used better and more smartly, more precise and less damaging to civilians, with longer range and better staying power. One method under development is by increasing autonomy on the drone itself.

Eventually, drones may have the technical ability to make even lethal decisions autonomously: to respond to a programmed set of inputs, select a target and fire their weapons without a human reviewing or checking the result. Yet the idea of the U.S. military deploying a lethal autonomous robot, or LAR, is sparking controversy. Though autonomy might address some of the current downsides of how drones are used, they introduce new downsides policymakers are only just learning to grapple with.

The basic conceit behind a LAR is that it can outperform and outthink a human operator. “If a drone’s system is sophisticated enough, it could be less emotional, more selective and able to provide force in a way that achieves a tactical objective with the least harm,” said Purdue University Professor Samuel Liles. “A lethal autonomous robot can aim better, target better, select better, and in general be a better asset with the linked ISR [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] packages it can run.”

Though the pace for drone strikes has slowed down — only 21 have struck Pakistan in 2013, versus 122 in 2010 according to the New America Foundation — unmanned vehicles remain a staple of the American counterinsurgency toolkit. But drones have built-in vulnerabilities that military planners still have not yet grappled with. Last year, for example, an aerospace engineer told the House Homeland Security Committee that with some inexpensive equipment he could hack into a drone and hijack it to perform some rogue purpose.

Drones have been hackable for years. In 2009, defense officials told reporters that Iranian-backed militias used $26 of off-the-shelf software to intercept the video feeds of drones flying over Iraq. And in 2011, it was reported that a virus had infected some drone control systems at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, leading to security concerns about the security of unmanned aircraft.

It may be that the only way to make a drone truly secure is to allow it to make its own decisions without a human controller: if it receives no outside commands, then it cannot be hacked (at least as easily). And that’s where LARs, might be the most attractive.

Though they do not yet exist, and are not possible with current technology, LARs are the subject of fierce debate in academia, the military and policy circles. Still, many treat their development as inevitability. But how practical would LARs be on the battlefield?

Heather Roff, a visiting professor at the University of Denver, said many conflicts, such as the civil war in Syria, are too complex for LARs. “It’s one thing to use them in a conventional conflict,” where large militaries fight away from cities, “but we tend to fight asymmetric battles. And interventions are only military campaigns — the civilian effects matter.”

Roff says that because LARs are not sophisticated enough to meaningfully distinguish between civilians and militants in a complex, urban environment, they probably would not be effective at achieving a constructive military end– if only because of how a civilian population would likely react to self-governing machines firing weapons at their city. “The idea that you could solve that crisis with a robotic weapon is naïve and dangerous,” she said.

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And strangely enough?

All I can do…

Is laugh at the very thought?

Of how badly this is going to be…


[via io9]Why do we smile and laugh when we’re terrified? ~Esther Inglis-Arkell

Why do we smile and even giggle when we’re afraid? Are we trying to work things out? Or are we trying to convince everyone, even our attacker, that nothing’s wrong? Here’s what science has to say about “fear grinning.”

One of the more ghastly human responses is the “fear grin.” I automatically sink into it when things get socially awkward. Whenever people start sniping at their spouses or arguing who has to pay what on a restaurant bill, I lapse into a blank-eyed smile that implies that I’m just there to do a little dusting, and the dispute has nothing to do with me. But plenty of people smile to cover an awkward situation. They shouldn’t smile when they’re being mugged. Dial up the extremity of a situation, and fear should eliminate the smile, but some people, even when terrified, smile away. Why they do this is in dispute, but there are two general theories.

LARS make me smile

Acknowledging the Fear

A dog baring its teeth is showing aggression. It’s displaying its weapons. Monkeys, when they show off their teeth, aren’t necessarily doing the same. Primatologist Signe Preuschoft studied rhesus macaques, and noticed a great deal of teeth-baring in their social interactions. It did not signal the beginning of a fight. Most often, it happened during moments of tension between more dominant and less dominant members of a group. The less dominant monkey was the one that smiled, and often, after the smile, the aggressor became more friendly. The macaques weren’t showing off weapons. They were making a sort of display of submission to the more dominant member. When danger threatened, they smiled. This behavior has come to be called fear grinning.

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How did you like that part that said:

Did it make you laugh?

Cause I don’t know about you…

But me?

It makes me laugh until my side aches.

*shakes head sadly*