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EnolaGaia

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A Northampton delivery robot seems to have developed a fondness for a forest environment.

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A delivery robot creates a poetic moment in the woods of England

Matthew McCormack wasn't hallucinating when he came across a delivery robot in the woods of Northampton in the United Kingdom.

"I spotted the robot while cycling in Lings Wood," he told NPR over email. "We have them all over town for grocery deliveries, but I was surprised to see it so far from the shops, so I took a picture of it."

Ordinarily, McCormack is a history professor at the University of Northampton, in England. Since sharing that picture on Twitter, he has been enjoying some minor social media celebrity.

He did take a bit of poetic license by tweeting, "On my bike ride this morning, saw a delivery robot lost in the woods." ...

McCormack said, "It doubtless knew where it was going and got there eventually, but it did seem curious trundling along in woodland." ...

"I think the image is resonating with people because it is funny but also wistful," he said. "We often project personalities onto tech, and these little grocery robots are very cute."

McCormack reports that people have told him they've come across this wandering traveler out in the woods.

Apparently this particular robot favors the wilderness to life in Northampton.

FULL STORY: https://www.npr.org/2022/05/20/1100290734/delivery-robot-woods-northampton-england-united-kingdom
 

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I don't know if this is fake news, but it looks like a disturbing development anyway:

 

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A Northampton delivery robot seems to have developed a fondness for a forest environment.


A delivery robot creates a poetic moment in the woods of England

Matthew McCormack wasn't hallucinating when he came across a delivery robot in the woods of Northampton in the United Kingdom.

"I spotted the robot while cycling in Lings Wood," he told NPR over email. "We have them all over town for grocery deliveries, but I was surprised to see it so far from the shops, so I took a picture of it."

Ordinarily, McCormack is a history professor at the University of Northampton, in England. Since sharing that picture on Twitter, he has been enjoying some minor social media celebrity.

He did take a bit of poetic license by tweeting, "On my bike ride this morning, saw a delivery robot lost in the woods." ...

McCormack said, "It doubtless knew where it was going and got there eventually, but it did seem curious trundling along in woodland." ...

"I think the image is resonating with people because it is funny but also wistful," he said. "We often project personalities onto tech, and these little grocery robots are very cute."

McCormack reports that people have told him they've come across this wandering traveler out in the woods.

Apparently this particular robot favors the wilderness to life in Northampton.

FULL STORY: https://www.npr.org/2022/05/20/1100290734/delivery-robot-woods-northampton-england-united-kingdom
That reminds me of the film 'Silent Running' with the bots Huey, Dewey and Louis.
 

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Russia is using a nuclear powered Robot tug to deploy a space station in Mars orbit. This will enable a human crew to make a fast journey to Mars to catch up.

July 16: The Zeus unmanned nuclear-powered space tug, currently under development in Russia, would be delivering an interstellar space station to the planets of the Solar System while cosmonauts would be flying to the station separately due to long flights, Dmitry Rogozin, the former head of Russian space agency Roscosmos told Sputnik.

Rogozin added that the breaking of the space tug would be as long as the acceleration; therefore, the station pushed by the space tug would be more effective for flights to distant planets rather than the Moon.

The Zeus nuclear-powered space tug is designed for deep space flights from one orbit to another. It has been in development since 2010. The spacecraft's preliminary design is expected to be finished by July 2024 and will cost 4.2 billion rubles ($56.3 million). Zeus is expected to be sent into space for test flights in 2030.
The first mission of Zeus to Jupiter will take 50 months and will last from 2030 to 2034. Zeus and the payload module will be launched into orbit from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on separate launch vehicles. They will dock, travel to the Moon, orbit it and return to Earth. After that, another payload module will dock Zeus and the station will fly to Venus, make a gravity maneuver, and head for Jupiter's moons. The mission will be fully unmanned.

Zeus space tug
 

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Careful when you're playing chess against a robot.

A chess-playing robot, apparently unsettled by the quick responses of a seven-year-old boy, grabbed and broke his finger during a match at the Moscow Open last week, Russian media outlets have reported.

“The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, told the TASS news agency after the incident, adding that the machine had played many previous exhibitions without upset. “This is of course bad.”


Video of the 19 July incident published by the Baza Telegram channel shows the boy’s finger being pinched by the robotic arm for several seconds before a woman followed by three men rush in, eventually freeing him and ushering him away.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2...ven-year-old-opponent-moscow?CMP=share_btn_tw
 

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Careful when you're playing chess against a robot.

A chess-playing robot, apparently unsettled by the quick responses of a seven-year-old boy, grabbed and broke his finger during a match at the Moscow Open last week, Russian media outlets have reported.

“The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, told the TASS news agency after the incident, adding that the machine had played many previous exhibitions without upset. “This is of course bad.”


Video of the 19 July incident published by the Baza Telegram channel shows the boy’s finger being pinched by the robotic arm for several seconds before a woman followed by three men rush in, eventually freeing him and ushering him away.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2...ven-year-old-opponent-moscow?CMP=share_btn_tw
The robot didn't like the competition!
That kid... was his name John Connor, by any chance?
 

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Careful when you're playing chess against a robot.

A chess-playing robot, apparently unsettled by the quick responses of a seven-year-old boy, grabbed and broke his finger during a match at the Moscow Open last week, Russian media outlets have reported.

“The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, told the TASS news agency after the incident, adding that the machine had played many previous exhibitions without upset. “This is of course bad.”


Video of the 19 July incident published by the Baza Telegram channel shows the boy’s finger being pinched by the robotic arm for several seconds before a woman followed by three men rush in, eventually freeing him and ushering him away.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2...ven-year-old-opponent-moscow?CMP=share_btn_tw
Wow! Adds more weight to this guys argument.

Blake Lemoine: Google fires engineer who said AI tech has feelings​

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-62275326
 

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Whatever the man's opinion, he doesn't deserve to be fired for speaking out.

Umm, well . . . Yes he does, if he's violating a confidentiality agreement that he had signed. It looks to me like Google gave him numerous opportunities to climb down from his public and controversial pronouncements. Still he persisted.

Unfortunately, humans are hard-wired to anthropomorphize inanimate objects that in some way interact with us. I can imagine that it's very hard NOT to form a bond with an AI that can seemingly carry on an intelligent conversation. I'm afraid Lemoine has vanished down that particular rabbit hole.

I DON'T believe that Google has built Skynet and is nefariously trying to conceal the fact.
 

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So much for Asimov's Laws of Robotics...

Chess robot grabs and breaks finger of seven-year-old opponent​

Moscow incident occurred because child ‘violated’ safety rules by taking turn too quickly, says official

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Chess robot grabs and breaks finger of seven-year-old opponent – video

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Played by humans, chess is a game of strategic thinking, calm concentration and patient intellectual endeavour. Violence does not usually come into it. The same, it seems, cannot always be said of machines.
Last week, according to Russian media outlets, a chess-playing robot, apparently unsettled by the quick responses of a seven-year-old boy, unceremoniously grabbed and broke his finger during a match at the Moscow Open.

“The robot broke the child’s finger,” Sergey Lazarev, president of the Moscow Chess Federation, told the TASS news agency after the incident, adding that the machine had played many previous exhibitions without upset. “This is of course bad.”
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2...eaks-finger-of-seven-year-old-opponent-moscow
 

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Umm, well . . . Yes he does, if he's violating a confidentiality agreement that he had signed. It looks to me like Google gave him numerous opportunities to climb down from his public and controversial pronouncements. Still he persisted.
Yeah, that. Not what he said, but that he broke a contract by saying it.
 

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SRI has developed a "go between" robot that deploys from a police vehicle to allow an officer to interact remotely with the driver who's been pulled over.

Traffic Stop Robocop

American nonprofit research institute SRI International has developed a prototype of what it's calling a "police robot," as IEEE Spectrum reports. The robot is meant to prevent accidents that occur when the police pull over drivers. ...

"With such dangerous interactions between people, maybe it's time to send a robot in between them, one that can't hurt or be hurt," reads the caption of the video. "Our robot goes between people to keep everyone safe." ...

The cop bot is attached to a telescopic robotic arm that can extend from the side of the cop car to reach the window of the pulled over vehicle in front of it. The office is then able to communicate with the driver via a webcam.

From there, Brewer's robocop can do it all: it can scan the driver's license, spit out a ticket, and even deploy spikes to stop a perp from getting away. ...
FULL STORY: https://futurism.com/the-byte/police-robot-pull-over-driver
 

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Can't they just use ED-209?
 

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Hmm… so police cars will have to have these devices bolted on:

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I can’t see it being helpful aerodynamically if a chase is involved plus the sliding rail will protrude from the side of the car & it all looks quite flimsy. A small knock could knacker it completely.

Then there’s the extra computer gubbins the car would have to carry to view/scan documents etc. Looks a non-starter to me.
 

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This device strikes me as an expensive waste of time. There's surely half a dozen more efficient and economical approaches to this problem with modern technology.
I suppose it's an extra safety measure that is needed in a place like America, where there are lots of guns.
It's probably of less relevance to the UK.
It may be a solution in search of a problem.
 

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Also that looks suspiciously like one of them 'electric cars' so if not fully charged when it gets the call-out it'll be lucky if it makes it to the scene of the incident.
 

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Hmm… so police cars will have to have these devices bolted on:

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I can’t see it being helpful aerodynamically if a chase is involved plus the sliding rail will protrude from the side of the car & it all looks quite flimsy. A small knock could knacker it completely.

Then there’s the extra computer gubbins the car would have to carry to view/scan documents etc. Looks a non-starter to me.

Yeah, this looks like a High School STEM project to me. I thought it was interesting that the intro made the point that it would keep cops AND drivers from being killed. I dunno, maybe someone should be looking into the dynamics of interactions between citizens and law enforcement, d'ya think? Another example of "We have no idea how to fix this awful problem, so how do we learn to live with it?"
 
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