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Robot Dogs Hack Chat

Join us on Wednesday, September 29 at noon Pacific for the Robot Dogs Hack Chat with Afreez Gan!

Thanks to the efforts of a couple of large companies, many devoted hobbyists, and some dystopian science fiction, robot dogs have firmly entered the zeitgeist of our “living in the future” world. The quadrupedal platform, with its agility and low center of gravity, is perfect for navigating in the real world, where the terrain is rarely even and unexpected obstacles are to be expected.

The robot dog has been successful enough that there are commercially available — if prohibitively priced — dogs on the market, doing everything from inspecting factory processes and off-shore oil platforms to dancing for their dinner.


Small Scale Mad Max: Danny Huynh’s Dystopian Animatronics

The hacker spirit is always alive and well in post-apocalyptic fiction, as characters throw together contraptions from whatever junk they can find. While these might not always be practical or possible in reality, their primary purpose is usually to look the part. This is definitely the case for [Danny Huynh]’s post-apocalyptic animatronic creations, which look like they can slot straight into Mad Max or Fallout.

[Danny] is an avid RC enthusiast, so many of the models are highly customized off-the-shelf RC cars. However, it’s the lifelike moving characters in these models that really catch the eye. Their hands and feet move with the steering and throttle, and in the motorcycle builds they will often lean with the turns.


The Theory Of A Multipolar World: A Traditionalist Foreign Policy And Antidote To The “New World Order”

On September 11th 1990, during the ongoing disintegration of the Soviet Union, then US President George Herbert Walker Bush announced the arrival of a “New World Order”. Much ink has been spilt and many-a-video has been made about this phrase by those whose tinfoil hat is fastened around their heads perhaps a little too tightly, and thus have largely misunderstood the implications of this phrase, wound up by hyperbolic conspiracy mongers and distracted by dystopian visions of Satanic orders and a global police state.

That’s not to say that the standardized global order organized by the US commercial empire and it’s various banks, foundations, allies, and “civil society” institutions isn’t dystopian, and fundamentally a rebellion against nature, just that these types conceptualize this problem within the paradigm of – most often classical – liberalism, (usually served with a healthy dose of Protestant evangelism) which serves to distort the entire picture.


AI could soon mimic conscious humans and it's 'scary', leading neuroscientist says – Daily Star

A British neuroscience whizz has warned that artificial intelligence could soon mimic the human mind and even develop its own consciousness.

Prize-winning professor and author Anil Seth said AI may be able to establish its own “selfhood” beyond human control.

The University of Sussex teacher told The Guardian the dystopian invention can already perceive people and objects in its own right – a stark difference to the remote-controlled AI originally thought up.

He said: “I do think it’s very likely possible for AI to mimic [humans].

“In fact, in [my] book I talk about the pace of this ability to mimic being really quite scary, with the combination of ‘deep fake’ things and natural language processing machines.”


Whitney Webb on Macroaggressions with Charlie Robinson

Our “Tech Overlords” have a plan for humanity but not everybody will be advancing to the next round in this game. The way they see it, there are just too many of us taking up space on their planet.

As the authoritarian crackdown begins with a new digital version of the 1940s “papers, please” paradigm, people are waking up to the slow creep of technology into their lives. As artificial intelligence growth explodes into the mainstream, we find ourselves in the unenviable position of hoping that those running the projects remember their humanity and prevent this process from spiraling out of control into a science-fiction dystopia.


Focus on… Utopias and Dystopias

Image by Versus Grau from Flickr with thanks

In perhaps the most highbrow mother-in-law joke ever, it is said that John Milton started work on ‘Paradise Lost’ (1667) when his wife’s mother moved in with him, and on ‘Paradise Regained’ (1671) shortly after she moved out.(1) The first poem, as is obvious from the title deals with the loss of Paradise, due to Original Sin. Eden, the very first Utopia was destroyed by our own very human failings.

What’s in a word?

Writers and other creatives have had a fascination with both ideally good and ideally bad places for as long as human creativity has existed.