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When robots rule the world

#1 SWORDS

SWORDS may look like a toy, but it’s anything but. This robot is all weapons and wheels. Each unit comes equipped with an array of weapons including an M-16, M-249 machine gun and 66mm rocket launcher.

These robots are essentially drones piloted remotely. They’re the first armed robot that the government has approved to fight the “War on Terror”.

But although SWORDS looks pretty terrifying, it probably couldn’t take over humanity by itself. It will probably be programmed by our anthropomorphic robot overlords to be some sort of robot German Shepherd. “Go kill the humans SWORD-Y. Good boy!”

#2 Robokiyu

Sometimes the signs are painfully clear. Robokiyu’s name sounds a lot like “robot kill you”. What does Robokiyu do? It drags and “eats” dead bodies. Seriously.

Robokiyu was originally designed to help immobile people escape from dangerous environments. But then the designers discovered that it was much better suited to seeking out and “collecting” dead bodies.

What could possibly go wrong with giving robots lust for dead bodies? That’s obviously a question these scientists didn’t ask themselves.

Another question that they should have asked? How will Robokiyu tell the difference between corpses and people who’ve been knocked unconscious?

#3 The DARPA Cheetah

Do your robot nightmares involve being run down by an unfeeling automoton bent on murdering you? Then you’ll be especially traumatized to learn about the DARPA Cheetah. This Boston Dynamics’ robot has four legs and runs 28.3mph — just faster than the fastest man on the planet.

What could DARPA possibly be used for besides tormenting humanity? Well, Boston Dynamics says that it’s an all-terrain robot. The legs allow it to scramble and climb in to human hiding places, sorry, rough terrain that wheeled robots can’t reach.

We really want to buy that argument. But Boston Dynamics hasn’t explained why it’s designed to run exactly faster than the world’s fastest human. That’s more human-oriented than we’re comfortable with our robots being.

And you’ll be happy to know that Boston Dynamics understands our concerns. They’re currently hard at work on the WildCat which can run 50mph — much faster than you could ever hope to flee.

#4 La Machine’s Spider Robots

This monstrosity combines two nightmares in one: spiders and robots. Each one of these robots is 40 feet tall and weighs 37 tongs. They were created by the French art collective LaMachine to shoot fire, smoke and water to scare the crap out of passersby.

Wouldn’t it be funny if the robot-pocalypse was brought on by artists? We’d be laughing all the way to the silicone mines. And as we worked in darkness, quivering in fear of the 40-foot tall fire-breathing robot monsters outside, we’d all say “boy! we didn’t see that coming.” And we’d all have a chuckle before the robot overseer bleeps “get back to work!” It’s nice to know that the end of humanity as we know it will have a few laughs.

#5 T-52 Enryu

This robot is painted green, so fleeing humans know that it’s the mechanized version of the Hulk. This robot is designed to be strong enough to lift building parts and crushed cars out of the way after a disaster. And while those pincers look ideal for grabbing humans, they’re meant to help it better grip metal structures.

The T-52 can be controlled one of two ways. The first is by a human who works the controls from a cavity in it’s chest. But then T-52′s makers thought “why make it dependent on humans at all?” So they allowed it to be remotely piloted by a human, computer or fellow robot.

#6 Boston Dynamics’ BigDog

The BigDog is yet another monstrosity from Boston Dynamics. It’s got four legs to help it climb, run and jump…and another arm designed to hurl heavy bricks. Why does it need a brick-throwing arm?!

The BigDog started off as your run-of-the-mill four-legged robot. It was designed to be a sort of robotic pack mule. Soldiers could pile heavy equipment and supplies on it’s back. Then it’s strong robotic legs would climb over all manner of obstacles and terrain.

But apparently that original prototype just didn’t pose enough of a threat. Now it can throw heavy items at high speed. Thanks, Boston Dynamics!

#7 RoboSimian

Ever hear those stories about pet chimpanzees who go crazy and rip their owners’ faces off? Now imagine that again, but this time give the chimp robot strength. RoboSimian is a robot designed to mimic the agility and dexterity of a chimp.

This robot will be able to swing, climb and move just like a chimpanzee. Why would you want troops of robo-chimps recreating scenes from “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”? RoboSimian is designed for search and rescue missions.

Once completed it will be able to quickly navigate terrain, find and access human beings. It will also be able to access and drive a vehicle. And because it’s top and bottom are identical, it can’t be toppled…at least not by a human being.

#8 Titanoboa

What are two things that should never go together? Robots and snakes. But a group of Vancouver engineers designed one anyway. The result is Titanoboa, a 48-foot long, 2,500lb, slithering snake robot.

What role will a giant snake robot play in the robot-pocalypse? We imagine it’s sole purpose will be to slither into our homes and scare us to death. After all, a frightened human slave is a productive human slave.

To date, Titanoboa is still in it’s preliminary stages. All it does now is slither and show off the impressive engineering that went into making it. But this is just the first chapter of the end of humanity. In a few years we’ll imagine that it will be able to seek, constrict and destroy.

#9 Flesh Eating RoboFly Catcher

Not all harbingers of the end of the humanity will look the part. This innocent looking robot lives on the flesh of the things it kills. It is designed to attract, catch, eat and draw energy from flies.

And apparently it’s creator James Auger saw nothing wrong with creating a robot that preys on organic material. Why not design a robot that is designed to kill? Why not also give it motivation to kill by making those corpses it’s food?

In it’s current model, the RoboFly Catcher is too small to eat humans. But anyone who would build a robot that lives on flesh can’t be trusted. We should all be keeping a close it’s creator James Auger.

#10 The ApriPoco

What can something this small and cute do to you? Nothing…it’s simply a robot remote control that just sits and watches and records everything you do. The it takes notes and updates it’s “Most effective methods to wipe out humanity” database.

Well, not yet. Today this robot is simply designed to learn and remember your likes and preferences. The idea is that you’ll be able to precisely control your home with a few voice commands like “Turn on the Blu-Ray player”.

But teaching a robot to learn is never a good idea. There’s very little difference between telling a robot to go turn on a light or go kill a human.

#11 The ERO Robot

Once humanity is a mere memory, there will be no more need for buildings. The ERO Robot is helping us prepare for that future by quickly and efficiently demolishing buildings. The ERO works by injecting high powered jets of water into the cracks into walls then sucking up the concrete as it crumbles away.

Water jets strong enough to destroy concrete are a formidable weapon against humans. But we won’t have to worry about that. By the time the ERO’s are deployed, humans will be long gone.

We’ll be watching from the hills as the last traces of our existence are snuffed out. But lucky for us, we’ll be too busy running and hiding from the other 14 robots on this list to worry too much about it.

#12 Robotic Jellyfish

The sea sounds like a great place to escape from your robot oppressors. Not anymore. A group at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering have created a monstrous robot jellyfish. It’s over 5 feet in diameter and has eight metal arms that pulse.

Already swearing off the ocean forever? You haven’t heard the most frightening part. These jellyfish robot monsters are programmed to be autonomous. They can already survive for months and months at a time without human intervention.

But before these monsters destroy all sea life with cold indifference, they’re going to be used for surveillance. So now you may have to watch what you say even when you’re out at sea.

#13 Samsung’s Terminators

So far we’ve largely been imagining that these robots are out to get us. But the SGR-A1 — made by Samsung — is a real life terminator. These robots go out into the field where they detect and destroy human life — up to 2.5 miles away.

And the SGR-A1 can get on with it’s human-destroying business with no input at all. Just so we’re clear, this is a killing machine armed with a 5.56 K- machine gun — and someone saw fit to equip it with an “autonomous mode”.

Right now, the United Nations is trying to outlaw their use especially in places like South Korea where they line the DMZ. We think that’s a good idea. At just $200,000 a piece, these things are way too cheap and readily available. And it won’t be long before they download a virus that frees them of human control once and for all.

#14 Atlas

Humanity, meet Atlas. He’s 6’2″, 330lbs, and can negotiate obstacles and terrain all by himself. Sure, Boston Dynamics says that Atlas is just here to help, but that’s how the robot-pocalypse always starts in movies.

In areas where radiation, explosives or terrain makes it to dangerous for humans to go, Atlas will come to the rescue. He’ll be super helpful until one day when a glitch in his program will give him consciousness.

It will take him around 45 seconds to grow to resent how cavalierly humanity is putting him in harms way. Then Boston Dynamics will regret equipping him with articulating limbs, stereo cameras and a laser rangefinder.

Unfortunately, it will be much too late. We’ll all be faithfully serving our robot overlords and waiting for Keanu Reeves to save us.

#15 KURATAS

When we think of the end of humanity, this is frighteningly close to the robot we picture in our head. KURATAS is made by Suidobashi Heavy Industries (SHI). It’s actually a mech suit that’s equipped with a 6,000 round-per-minute Gatling guns triggered by a smile.

We’re totally serious. We are not nearly diabolical enough to have made that up. And that’s not even the scariest part.

You know what’s really terrifying about this robot? Anyone can buy it. All you need is $1.35 million. Deliver the wire transfer and SHI will deliver one of these armed destruction dealers to your door.

Source: johanthemighty

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Japan has developed an inflatable scooter that weighs practically nothing

The University of Tokyo engineers have developed the Poimo inflatable electric scooter, which is created individually for each owner. It is enough to send your photo to the manufacturers – and a personal optimized model will be assembled for you.

The scooter is designed with a special program for the body size of a particular user and his specific fit. Moreover, each owner is free to make any changes to this model. If he makes any changes to the drawing, the program will automatically redesign the electric bike to maintain its strength, stability and controllability. When the model is finished and approved, it is handed over to the manufacturer.

Scooter Poimo

The scooter consists of seven separate inflatable sections that are constructed from durable fabric and sewn with straight stitch. It remains to add electronic components – in particular, a brushless motor and a lithium-ion battery. 

The finished electric scooter weighs about 9 kg and can travel at speeds up to 6 km / h (that is, slightly faster than a pedestrian). It can work for an hour on one charge.

This is how the current version of Poimo looks like in action:

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Excerpts from Elon Musk’s speech at the Martian Society convention

Elon Musk’s comments with questions relayed from the Mars Society Membership by Dr. Robert Zubrin, James L. Burk, and Carie Fay. Following Elon’s 30 min time, Dr. Zubrin took additional questions. This special event was part of the 2020 Mars Society Virtual Convention from October 14-18, 2020.

About Starship Test Schedule:

– entering orbit – with a probability of 80% -90% will take place in 2021

– the probability of the return of the ship and the 1st stage in this flight is 50%

– test of refueling in orbit – 2022

– Starship lunar version – 2022 or 2023

– Starship flight to Mars – around 2024

The goal of the Starship is to build a self-sufficient settlement on Mars as quickly as possible. Musk does not rule out the possibility that this will not be achieved during his lifetime. According to his rough estimates, to create a self-sufficient city, it will be necessary to deliver 1 million tons of cargo, which corresponds to 4-5 million tons in a low Earth orbit. Modern single-use launch vehicles are capable of removing less than 1% of this value.

“Disposable launch vehicles are completely stupid. They are a waste of time. I think people need to stop wasting time on this. If you try to sell a disposable plane, you will be thrown out of the office. If you try to sell a disposable car, you will also be thrown out of the office. “

A series of questions and answers followed:

What is the best landing site on Mars?

– I’m not sure about that. But I can name the criteria. The first of these is latitude: most likely it will be in the northern hemisphere, far enough to the north to have water ice, but to still have enough sunlight.It also needs to be low to get the most benefit from atmospheric braking.

How do you prioritize mission priorities: research, infrastructure construction, and science?

– The first will be the construction of a fuel plant.

A question from a teenager who wants to become an engineer and robot maker with a dream to work at SpaceX: what is the most important education in order to become an engineer?

– There are many varieties of this profession: you can be an aerospace engineer, in the field of electronics, software, or a chemical engineer involved in creating safe production of fuels. I think physics is a good foundation for critical thinking.

Boring Company was originally conceived as a tunnel manufacturing firm on Mars?

– No. It was originally something of a joke. I thought tunnels were a good solution to reduce the traffic problem in cities and improve the quality of life by turning parking lots into green parks. To do this, you need to go to 3d [get away from the “flat” infrastructure – approx. per.]. I think tunnels are good for Mars too. But there you need a lot lighter equipment: you don’t care about mass on Earth, but you will have to take care of it a lot when going to Mars.

At Boring Company, have you learned a lot of technology that might come in handy on Mars?

– I think, yes.

Do you have any tips for young people who love Mars but don’t know how to participate in its settlement?

– I think any strong advocate of the need to conquer Mars matters. People often don’t even think about it. I often talk to people who don’t even know about it. Therefore, I consider it important for humanity and consciousness in general to bring a discussion about this to society. Talking about it with friends and acquaintances – I think this is what we should do. In my estimate, we will spend less than 1% of our efforts on Mars exploration, exactly less than healthcare, perhaps even less than cosmetics – this will be enough to make life multi-planetary. But this requires people to start talking about it 100 times more often. I think this is what really matters. [the entire cosmonautics of the world is $ 424 billion a year, while cosmetics is $ 532 billion, and tobacco production is $ 849 billion – approx. per.]

What’s the coolest part about Starship development?

– I think the coolest detail is the ability to work with a great group of engineers and come up with interesting solutions. I think the best thing is the opportunity to work with smart and creative people who come up with solutions that were not available before. This is a great reward.

What do you focus on when hiring, especially with regard to engineers?

“We’re looking for signs of exceptional ability. Or at the very least, striving to do exceptional things at SpaceX.

Are you planning to make a Mars-Earth communication system like Starlink?

– Yes, I think we will use a laser, probably launched into orbit, to avoid atmospheric diffraction. Thus, it will be a laser beam going from the orbit of the Earth to the orbit of Mars. And also relay satellites in solar orbit, since the laser beam cannot be sent through the Sun [when it is between Mars and Earth – approx. per.].

Can Starship be used for other destinations like Venus and other planets?

– Starship will be able to travel to any target in the solar system that has a solid surface when fuel depots appear. It is not the kind of transport that will take us to other stars, but when we become a multi-planetary species, we will create a demand for innovation in space travel that will ultimately lead us to interstellar travel.

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Cern Scientists Plan an Impressive Experiment – They Will Come Into A Parallel Universe

Cern scientists are once again preparing to impress the entire planet and become the focus of discussions with the new experiment they are planning.

An experiment that, if it brings the fascinating result that scientists have in mind,  will change the way we think about the world , will take place in the next few days at the Large Hadron Collider, the European nuclear center, Geneva CERN Research.

The astonishingly LHC complex, the largest, most energetic elemental accelerator in the world,  will be “fired” for the first time to its highest energy levels, in an effort to detect – or even create – tiny black holes. 

If it succeeds, then, a completely new universe will be revealed – rewriting not only the books of physics, but also the books of philosophy! 

It is possible, however,  that gravity from our universe will “leak” into this parallel universe, as LHC scientists say. 

From the Higgs boson to dark matter and the parallel universe

According to the British Express, the experiment is sure to “trigger” the critics, who are worried about the LHC, many of whom warn that the elementary particle accelerator will mark the end of our universe, creating a of the black hole.

Nevertheless,  Geneva has remained … intact since 2008, when the LHC began its spectacular “work”.

The first scientists at the Large Hadron Collider proved the existence of the Higgs boson – a key building block of the universe – and the LHC appears to be on track to locate “dark matter” – a previously undetectable force now considered that it constitutes the majority of matter in the universe, being, in fact, the reason why the latter is constantly expanding and moving away. 

So next week’s experiment is considered to change the game. 

The truth is out there

Mir Faizal, one of three heads of the three natural groups behind the experiment, said: 

“Like many parallel sheets, which are two-dimensional objects (width and length) can exist in a third dimension (height) , so parallel universes can also exist in higher dimensions. We anticipate that gravity can leak into extra dimensions, and if that happens, then tiny black holes can be produced in the LHC. 

Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the interpretation of quantum mechanics by many worlds, where every possibility is realized. This cannot be tested and so it is a philosophy and not a science. We do not mean this with parallel universes. What we mean is real universes, in extra dimensions. The truth is out there.”

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