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Month: November 2005



I need to go change my pants now.

Here’s the story

The US Air Force has unveiled its first hand-held laser weapon that gives security forces a non-lethal option for controlling crowds and protecting areas like checkpoints, according to service officials.

While only in prototype form and years away from fielding, the weapon, known as the Personnel Halting and Stimulation Response (PHaSR) system, holds great promise, they said.

The PHaSR is about the same size and weight of a fully loaded M60 machine gun – around 9 kg – but shoots a low-power beam of laser light instead of bullets. The light it generates is capable of temporarily impairing an individual’s vision, much like the disorienting glare one sees when looking into the sun, said the officials.

Upon completion of testing, one prototype will be handed over to the Department of Defense’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) and the second to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ): the law enforcement arm of the US Department of Justice. Both organisations support the programme, with the latter interested in its civil applications.

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Dwight Schrute Loves Robots

From Dwight Schrute’s blog on NBC’s The Office webpage –

Why are robots always the villains? Why are robots always portrayed as shifty aggressors with ulterior motives? Why can’t robots be taken for what they are. Artificially intelligent creatures who are PROGRAMMED to serve humanity.

Whether it be household chores, factory work or the defense of our great nation, robots will someday be a valued members of our modern society.

Think about it. You can program them to vacuum your carpet, pick your kids up from school, make a sandwich, go to home depot… any manner of things.

A coffee maker is a robot.

Think about it:

“I want a cup of coffee. No, make that seven. I wan’t seven cups of coffee. I want those seven cups at 6:55 AM. I want seven cups of coffee,
extra-strong. I want the coffee maker to beep me a warning signal when the requisite cups have been brewed. I want those seven cups to be kept warm at a temperature of 103 degrees fareinheit until I have drunk every drop of hot coffee.” Etc… Etc…

That is robotics. Plain and simple.

Is that so dangerous? Are you afraid of your Mr. Coffee now? Are you switching to tea? No, you are not. You love your little coffee robot.

Now a robot is not to be confused with an android. Androids are humanoid robots. Programmed to behave just like a human being. Facial expressions, emotions, even defacation.

The potential for evil being perpetrated in the world is much greater coming from an android rather than from a coffee maker.

Androids could, even now, be walking among us. Probably the creation of another race. And i don’t mean the Chinese. I mean aliens. Aliens would definitely have the technology to make a humanoid android. One that could fit seamlessly into modern day society and yet be beaming up information about humanity to the mother-ship. Look around you. Now look around you again. Now look around you A G A I N.

Think about it.

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