Meet Atlas, the backflipping humanoid robot.

We are so f*cking screwed.

via Independent UK

Elon Musk has issued a new warning about advanced machines.

The Tesla founder, who has been highly critical of artificial intelligence developers over recent months, has revealed his thoughts on Atlas, the backflipping humanoid robot.

A video released by Boston Dynamics earlier this month shows the machine backflip off a raised platform, land perfectly on its feet and raise its arms in the air as if to celebrate.

“This is nothing,” Mr Musk tweeted in response to the footage. “In a few years, that bot will move so fast you’ll need a strobe light to see it. Sweet dreams…”

 

 

After being asked to clarify exactly what he meant by the strobe light comment, he added, “Otherwise you’d only see a blur.”

He then followed this up with an update calling for the regulation of AI and robotics, something he believes to be not only necessary but urgent.

“Got to regulate AI/robotics like we do food, drugs, aircraft & cars. Public risks require public oversight. Getting rid of the FAA wdn’t make flying safer. They’re there for good reason.”

As pointed out by François Chollet, a machine learning and artificial intelligence software engineer at ‎Google, Atlas isn’t an AI bot.

FULL STORY HERE…

 

[video] The Retro Shop: Ep. 3, The Kamikaze (starring Shaq, Allen Iverson, and Lil Duval)

Everytime I see A.I. a bit of sadness hits me cause I think about the fact he never got that championship and in my opinion never fully reached his potential in the NBA. With that being said it’s good to see his many accomplishments being rewarded with her Jersey being retired and interest being reignited with his sneakers.

Watch Episode 3 of “The Retro Shop” starring Shaq, Kemp, and comedian, Lil’ Duval with special guest stars, Allen Iverson & French Montana. A heated discussion blows up at the shop over old school vs. new school fashion.Some things never go out of style…


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[video] Augmented Reality by Hitlab

I can’t honestly say I know what is going to happen in the near future, let alone on Dec. 21, 2012 but by the looks of things the next wave of technology looks super duper cool.  If only things would stabilize and somehow we can trickle trillions into the coffers of the consumers there is loads of great tech stuff to snatch up.  Saw this over on Facebook via my good friend Sonya Alexander. 

Augmented reality (AR) is a field of computer research which deals with the combination of real world and computer generated data.

Fashion Robot: ‘Girlie-Faced Humanoid’ Is Ready to Rock Tokyo Catwalk

via Breitbart

Japanese researchers on Monday showed off a robot that will soon strut her stuff down a Tokyo catwalk.

The girlie-faced humanoid with slightly oversized eyes, a tiny nose and a shoulder length hair-do boasts 42 motion motors programmed to mimic the movements of flesh-and-blood fashion models. japanbot

“Hello everybody, I am cybernetic human HRP-4C,” said the futuristic fashionista, opening her media premiere at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology outside Tokyo.

The fashion-bot is 158 centimetres (five foot two inches) tall, the average height of Japanese women aged 19 to 29, but weighs in at a waif-like 43 kilograms (95 pounds) — including batteries.

She has a manga-inspired human face but a silver metallic body.

“If we had made the robot too similar to a real human, it would have been uncanny,” said one of the inventors, humanoid research leader Shuji Kajita.

“We have deliberately leaned toward an anime style.” Continue reading

Attack of the A.I.? Google and Nasa back new school for futurists

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via FT

I been telling folks that they about to fire up Skynet, but nobody listens

Google and Nasa are throwing their weight behind a new school for futurists in Silicon Valley to prepare scientists for an era when machines become cleverer than people.

The new institution, known as “Singularity University”, is to be headed by Ray Kurzweil, whose predictions about the exponential pace of technological change have made him a controversial figure in technology circles.

Google and Nasa’s backing demonstrates the growing mainstream acceptance of Mr Kurzweil’s views, which include a claim that before the middle of this century artificial intelligence will outstrip human beings, ushering in a new era of civilisation.

To be housed at Nasa’s Ames Research Center, a stone’s-throw from the Googleplex, the Singularity University will offer courses on biotechnology, nano-technology and artificial intelligence.

The so-called “singularity” is a theorised period of rapid technological progress in the near future. Mr Kurzweil, an American inventor, popularised the term in his 2005 book “The Singularity is Near”.

Proponents say that during the singularity, machines will be able to improve themselves using artificial intelligence and that smarter-than-human computers will solve problems including energy scarcity, climate change and hunger. Continue reading

[video] Science & Technology In the 21st Century

Ever wonder what’s in store for the rest of the 21st Century? Well, science and technology are on pace to merge and take man to places he could never fathom. This clip does a good job touching on some of the upcoming inventions on deck that will transform life as we know it.

Coincidentally enough, I discovered this article that technically explains on how our mutating brains are being conditioned externally to create a world where reality and virtuality will be blurred by our reliance on bio-meds and chip technology. This is a MUST READ if you were ever in doubt about the heights to which science and technology are preparing to take the human race in the remainder of the 21st Century.
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Sony Putting All Its Egg In One Basket

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At this years Consumer Electronics Show Sony unveiled the next generation of its home entertainment devices.  One that particularly sticks out is the Rolly, an egg shape audio player that has 180 degree speakers that pump out what is being touted as superb quality acoustics.  Equipped with artificial intelligence (meaning they can’t figure it out) this player has the ability to do the “Rolly-Polly” and simulate dance moves along with whatever tune is playing.  Click HERE to get the FULL story on this revolutionary device debuting sometime this SPRING.