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Exoskeletons are About to Walk Ford’s Factory Floors

HALF MAN, HALF MACHINE. Full-blown automation may be the future of manufacturing, but we’re not there yet. While some machines have taken over the more painstaking tasks on the factory floor, humans still play a vital role in the production line. But often, it isn’t easy work. Tasks typically require being on one’s feet, and some even involve making repetitive arm motions up to 4,600 times a day or one million times a year. Ouch.

At Ford though, this might all be changing. Exoskeleton use on Ford’s factory floors could soon shift into overdrive, according to Engadget.

ENTER THE EXOSKELETONS. In November 2017, EksoVest Exoskeletons, built by Ekso Bionics, were given to workers in two Ford factories. Now ,up to 75 exoskeletons will be distributed to employees at 15 factories across the world. The exoskeletons don’t have motors, or even batteries, but provide “passive assistance” in the form of arm support from five to 15 pounds. By giving more arm support the higher a person reaches, the device takes strain off of the arm muscles. If you’re not convinced it would make a difference, hold your hand above your head for a few minutes.

WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY. This is only the beginning for exoskeletons at Ford. “Today, it’s only the passive upper-arm support skeleton that helps with overhead work,” Marty Smets, Ford’s technical expert of human systems and virtual manufacturing, told Engadget.

Taking one step at a time could lead Ford to other avenues of exoskeleton use within its factories. By establishing systems for the use now, Ford is well positioned to adapt new devices as they become available. “We wanted to focus on one exoskeleton initially, then expand from there as the space grows,” Smet said.

Time will tell, but perhaps man and machine can co-exist peacefully after all.

READ MORE: Ford thinks exoskeletons are ready for prime time in its factories [Engadget]

More about exoskeletons at Ford: Ford Pilots a New Exoskeleton to Lessen Worker Fatigue

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The new prediction fulfilled by The Simpsons: episode 5 of the last season of Game of Thrones

A few days after September 11, rumors began to rise that action movie star Jackie Chan was going to shoot a movie called “Nosebleed,” which involved a terrorist plot to hit a plane at the Statue of Liberty or the World Trade Center. Interestingly, the project was confirmed, but the producers decided to cancel it. But the plot of the film was real and made people wonder: How did the writers know this could happen? Did they predict terrorist attacks? It turns out that there is a whole theory about the power of the media to predict and prepare for the future. It is called “predictive programming” and encompasses not only terrorist attacks, but also new technologies and the existence of extraterrestrials.

Coined by the conspirator Alan Watt, predictive programming is the theory that ideas, situations and new technologies are carefully written in movies, television programs and books for the general population to accept social changes. Examples include the pilot episode of “The Lone Gunmen” , where a hijacked plane crashes into the World Trade Center as a false flag attack ; “The dark knight: the legend is reborn”, which shows a map of Gotham where one of the places marked is Sandy Hook, where the massacre of the Primary School occurred; and an episode of “Family Guy”in which Peter Griffin leads through the Boston marathon, broadcast only a few months before the Boston Marathon attack in 2013. But as popularly said, if it does not predict “The Simpsons” then it will not happen. And they have done it again, this time with “Game of Thrones”.

The new prediction fulfilled

The fans of Game Of Thrones were shocked last Sunday night when Daenerys Targaryen and her dragon unexpectedly set King’s Landing on fire, killing thousands of innocent men, women and children. But while viewers enjoyed the images, it seems that the scene was predicted two years ago , in a completely different series.

The followers of the animated series “The Simpsons” will remember their characters paying homage to Game of Thrones in a parody of 2017 entitled ‘The Serfsons’. The episode moved the spectators to a completely different environment, to the medieval Springfield, where Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie were part of the universe of Games of Thrones. But after watching Daenerys incinerate King’s Landing in their pursuit of the Iron Throne, fans were struck by the strange resemblance to a scene from The Serfsons , in which the family cheerfully watches as a marauding dragon reduces Springfield to ashes.

After this “coincidence” , there were many users on social networks who returned to show their surprise with the new prediction fulfilled. However, this is not the first time it is not the first time that The Simpsons predict the future in a really disturbing way. And they not only predicted the presidency of Donald Trump, the Ebola crisis and the winner of a Nobel Prize. In 2018 he also foreshadowed a cosmological link between physicists Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein, almost two decades before Hawking died the day his German counterpart was born.

It happened in an episode aired in 1999, entitled “Saved the brain of Lisa (They Saved Lisa’s Brain in the English version)”, starring Stephen Hawking, as a tribute to his death. The Simpsons also predicted the Arab Spring, the FIFA soccer scandal, the Greek economic crisis and the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle. But without a doubt, the most surprising prediction was that Donald Trump would become president of the United States.

prediction fulfilled by The Simpsons

It is clear that at first this may seem simple coincidences, even funny, but the reality is quite another. Predictive programming demonstrates how the entire agenda of the elite is hidden by its references in the popular media before it happens. And when the event occurs, people accept it, without offering resistance or opposition.

What would happen if everything that happens daily was programmed years in advance? Is it possible that the games and movies you see hide information about our future?

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Boat narrowly avoids being crushed by whale

A huge humpback whale was recently caught on camera breaching the surface next to a tiny fishing boat.

The incredible near-miss, which took place in Monterey Bay, California, was captured on camera by photographer Douglas Croft and whale watcher Kate Cummings.

It goes without saying that the man on the fishing boat must have had quite a view.

“Salmon season coincides with the time when humpbacks are returning to Monterey Bay to feed for the summer and there were hundreds of boats on the bay fishing,” said Croft.

“This whale had breached a couple of times before this and many times they’ll just keep doing it.”

“It was fun capturing this video,” said Cummings. “I figured the next breach would be around the fisherman because the whale was heading that way and sure enough.”

“Though I didn’t expect the whale and the boat to line up so perfectly.”

Source: Sky News

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Atomic Bomb Depicted in Ancient Seal? No. Modern Art.

You may see this image on places like Pinterest and Instagram, posted without fact checking as proof of ancient super technology. This is art by Steven Parker. It’s a parody.

The story is fun. There is this video:

…. When I mentioned that I had colleagues in Iraq who could be counted on for logistical support, his encouragement became enthusiastic, and we spent the rest of the evening discussing the creation of such an expedition.  He was especially interested in my ability to travel inconspicuously in areas typically not visited by tourists or scholars. …

I immediately got in touch with a colleague who could not only navigate the difficult paths of government support for my work in Iraq, but also verify the age of any artifacts I would discover.   I engaged the services of Dr. Jemyel Sedyeqh, from the local Carbon Dating Service, and we spent that first evening discussing the goals of my expedition. …

Dr. Sedyeqh  was extremely skilled and knowledgeable, with connections in the highest places.  She related that one of her steady clients was quite a high ranking official who owned a large private collection of artifacts from Mesopotamia which had never been made available to the academic community.   …

The day of my tour arrived, and Dr. Sedyeqh informed me that we would be going to the collection in the late evening for an undisturbed viewing. …  Offering  to show me her client’s favorite piece, Dr. Sedyeqh removed a small object from a case and handing it to me, explaining that it was from the realm of Nebuchadnezzar II, around 600 B.C.E..  At that moment, we heard the sound of a distant door opening, and I saw a look of panic on Dr. Sedyeqh’s face.

She said, in a low and urgent tone, “Hu is at the door!”

I replied, “I don’t know, who is at the door?”

Dr Sedyeqh:  “Yes – it is Sad!”

I did not understand what was so unhappy about the situation, but perhaps Dr Sedyech had forgotten to make all of the proper notifications for our visit.  Cautiously inspecting the hall outside, she quickly brought me back the way we came, out to the car, and back to my quarters.

When we arrived in my rooms, I realized that I still held the object that Dr. Sedyeqh had given me in the gallery, and I asked her to tell me about it.  The panicked look that had almost left her face was replaced by one of abject terror.  She told me that our accidental removal of the piece would be considered theft and an act of espionage, and that her known possession of the keys would implicate her.  She advised me that she was leaving town immediately, and that I should do the same if I valued my life.  …

Not wishing to cause any more trouble for Dr. Sedyeqh, I left Baghdad on the next flight out, without incident, retaining the cylinder seal to guard it against any mishap until I was able to return it safely to the gallery where it rightly belonged. …

Arriving back in my studios in New York, I immediately began a study of the cylinder seal.  The intaglio was carved into a cylinder of gold, capped on one end by polished lapis lazuli (Fig. 1),  and on the other by a flat seal carved in gold with the symbol of Ishtar,  an eight pointed star (Fig. 2).

Here’s an image of the cylinder seal on their web site.

It opens to reveal two more inner seals, one of which has the bomb imprint.

Quite inventive. Nicely done. It would be an amusing piece to own, to perhaps keep in a glass trophy case to show special friends who think you are a world traveling mystery collector.

I do hope you noticed right away that it looks in improbably excellent condition for an artifact that is supposedly 2,600 year old.

Nebuchadnezzar II did rein as a king of Babylon around 605-562 BC, so that small detail was true.

If you read the “About” page on the acmeclockworks web site, however, you see that it is a parody.

Acme Clockworks represents the work of Steven Parker.  As you browse through the site, you will also find pieces that result from collaborative efforts with other artists – the synergy of such creation is incredibly rewarding.

Over the years, Steven Parker has been active in the design and manufacture of product in two industries – toys and jewelry. The work you see here brings together the knowledge culled from that experience with the elements of mechanics, narrative, and an interactive experience woven throughout. Another element present in some of Mr. Parker’s work may be apparent in the discoveries documented here of Mr. Parker’s alter ego, Dr. Kent Streaver – a barely perceptible hint of parody.

We hope you enjoy the work shown here, and look forward to adding more to the mix.

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