Humans Need Not Apply

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A good reason to not post selfies (or any other photos) of yourself on any social media.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:30 am
A good reason to not post selfies (or any other photos) of yourself on any social media.
I had that in mind when linking to the "synthetic portraits" page. :mrgreen:
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
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↑ So more Powerpoints? Aw, Pyrrho… :|




New York lawmaker wants to ban police use of armed robots

New York City councilmember Ben Kallos says he "watched in horror" last month when city police responded to a hostage situation in the Bronx using Boston Dynamics' Digidog, a remotely operated robotic dog equipped with surveillance cameras. Pictures of the Digidog went viral on Twitter, in part due to their uncanny resemblance with world-ending machines in the Netflix sci-fi series Black Mirror.

Now Kallos is proposing what may be the nation's first law banning police from owning or operating robots armed with weapons.

"I don't think anyone was anticipating that they'd actually be used by the NYPD right now," Kallos says. "I have no problem with using a robot to defuse a bomb, but it has to be the right use of a tool and the right type of circumstance."

Kallos' bill would not ban unarmed utility robots like the Digidog, only weaponized robots. But robotics experts and ethicists say he has tapped into concerns about the increasing militarization of police: their increasing access to sophisticated robots through private vendors and a controversial military equipment pipeline. Police in Massachusetts and Hawaii are testing the Digidog as well.

"Nonlethal robots could very well morph into lethal ones," says Patrick Lin, director of the Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Lin briefed CIA employees on autonomous weapons during the Obama administration and supports a ban on armed robots. He worries their increased availability poses a serious concern.

"Robots can save police lives, and that's a good thing," he says. "But we also need to be careful it doesn't make a police force more violent."
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/202 ... ed-robots/
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Witness wrote: Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:29 am Pictures of the Digidog went viral on Twitter, in part due to their uncanny resemblance with world-ending machines in the Netflix sci-fi series Black Mirror.
I saw that episode. It's scary.

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still working on Sophrosyne, but I will no doubt end up with Hubris
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https://www.seattletimes.com/business/s ... -farmland/
Seattle-based Carbon Robotics this week revealed the latest iteration of its nine-foot-long robot designed to weed fields of row crops, replacing human labor or herbicides. With 12 cameras and eight lasers, the machine zaps the unwanted plants at up to 5 miles per hour.
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That amazing
still working on Sophrosyne, but I will no doubt end up with Hubris
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Want
still working on Sophrosyne, but I will no doubt end up with Hubris
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https://twitter.com/BostonDynamics/status/1376474451404058626
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Boston Dynamics is bringing mobility to warehouse automation. Watch Stretch - our new case handling robot - move, groove and unload trucks.

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