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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby addams » Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:11 am UTC

mfb wrote:
KittenKaboodle wrote:it is implied since it is pretty much impossible for human drivers to be less, or indeed, any more, idiotic that they are. .
Traffic is so different in different countries - with huge differences in the level idiocy.
I guess in some countries the current google cars would never be able to cross larger intersections. They would wait for a safe way to do so - forever.

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Or; Point understood.

Even in the craziest intersections a gaggle of Google Cars will be able to do The Math.
The Google cars may be much, much better than the human drivers.

The Google Cars will give way and take way in an orderly and what may seem like a courteous manner.
I think of some of the famous intersections in India and Italy. Google Cars will make the world better.
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby bachaddict » Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:08 am UTC

slinches wrote:Also, the OTC isn't a disease. In fact, it's the cure. As we all know, Time heals all wounds.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby addams » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:30 am UTC

That is beautiful.
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby elasto » Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:31 am UTC

Ok. We are now officially living in the future:

A campaign has been launched calling for a ban on the development of robots that can be used for sex. Such a use of the technology is unnecessary and undesirable, said campaign leader Dr Kathleen Richardson.

Sex dolls already on the market are becoming more sophisticated and some are now hoping to build artificial intelligence into their products.

Those working in the field say that there is a need for such robots.

Dr Richardson, a robot ethicist at De Montfort University in Leicester, wants to raise awareness of the issue and persuade those developing sex robots to rethink how their technology is used: "Sex robots seem to be a growing focus in the robotics industry and the models that they draw on - how they will look, what roles they would play - are very disturbing indeed," she told the BBC.

She believes that they reinforce traditional stereotypes of women and the view that a relationship need be nothing more than physical: "We think that the creation of such robots will contribute to detrimental relationships between men and women, adults and children, men and men and women and women," she said.


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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby speising » Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:43 am UTC

Nice blanket statement:
Such a use of the technology is unnecessary and undesirable


If that is the case, why do we need a ban? If nobody wants it, nobody will build it anyway.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby elasto » Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:43 am UTC

Also amuses me how the same panic occurs repeatedly (replace a fear of sex robots with a fear of porn destroying society) - and how sex is seemingly the driving force bubbling away under the surface of all cutting edge technologies... :D

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Tyndmyr » Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:46 pm UTC

We teach robots how to kill, because we're too afraid to teach them how to love.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby SDK » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:01 pm UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:We teach robots how to kill, because we're too afraid to teach them how to love.

:lol:

I have no doubt that sex robots will make human interaction less healthy for certain people in certain situations. Doesn't change the fact that people should be allowed to have sex with whatever inanimate objects they want to.
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Dauric » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:06 pm UTC

All together now:

"I for one welcome our sexy robot overlords."
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Postby Whizbang » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:12 pm UTC

This and this are relevant.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby ahammel » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:46 pm UTC

SDK wrote:Doesn't change the fact that people should be allowed to have sex with whatever inanimate objects they want to.
I disagree.

You are not allowed to have sex with my inanimate objects, for example.
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby SDK » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:48 pm UTC

C'mon, just a little?
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Dauric » Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:00 pm UTC

You're clearly objectifying inanimate objects.
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby sardia » Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:39 pm UTC

Dauric wrote:You're clearly objectifying inanimate objects.

Those objects deserve equal protection under the law. You can only have sex with their consent. They deserve Freedom!!!!

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby KnightExemplar » Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:07 am UTC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJCsomGwdk0

Time for some VR and simulations. An incredibly cool project.

In essence, this VR wire rig combines "linear" acceleration for an immediate "G" force, and then tilts the user so that they feel the weight of gravity. The whole rig is designed so that you can really be immersed into VR with even better simulation of G forces than roll-only rigs that are available today.
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby krogoth » Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:59 am UTC

You only need an empty 4 car garage with a high roof. And people called 3d glasses unviable.
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Postby Tyndmyr » Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:17 pm UTC

krogoth wrote:You only need an empty 4 car garage with a high roof. And people called 3d glasses unviable.


*shrug* I have a spare floor I'd turn into a VR rig, sure.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Sizik » Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:46 pm UTC

Two words: Laser razor
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Whizbang » Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:53 pm UTC

Shut up and take my money!

No, wait. Make it look like a lightsaber first.

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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Echo244 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:42 am UTC

Take my money. Give me one now. *Then* invest in making it look like a lightsaber.

Annoyingly the animations show the wavelength of light being used is more of a Sith colour than a Jedi one. Oh well, guess I'll have to be evil... ;-D
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Postby HES » Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:11 am UTC

That's why Obi-Wan has a beard.
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby Echo244 » Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:19 am UTC

HES wrote:That's why Obi-Wan has a beard.


From the Skarp Kickstarter FAQ:

Why do you all have beards?

We look more manly that way.....right?


Nothing about being the good guys...
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby KnightExemplar » Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:06 am UTC

http://spectrum.ieee.org/semiconductors ... lectronics

This group made capacitors out of some chemicals, a DVD-Rom, and DVD-Rom burner. But not just any capacitor...

The centimeter-scale devices would have capacitances in the range of 400 to 1,000 millifarads


Just an FYI: microelectronics typically use capacitors measured in microfarads. I do realize that supercapacitors have been a thing for several years now, but its still absurd in my mind to see the units go up to full-farads. I'd love to see the full specs of this capacitor. More impressively, the group claims that this style of manufacturing ought to scale down to what semiconductor labs can output. If a normal laser created using a $50 DVD Burner can create ~1farad devices, imagine the possibilities if this process were done at the ~14nm level that modern CPU chips are made.

Needless to say, if their manufacturing process were just optimized slightly, they could be making extremely impressive supercapacitors. Supercapacitors are already receiving a lot of attention in the electronics industry, and a major advancement like this makes things interesting.

I'd expect the typical problems of supercapacitors to remain in effect. In particular, they are high-power low-energy storage devices. Supercapacitors typically can't store hours-and-hours of electricity... but are instead much better suited for either absorbing or unleashing power all at once. IMO, supercapacitor-equipped Solar Panels will smooth out the power-output so that when clouds block out the sun for minutes, the power-output would be more consistent and cleaner.

Or super-capacitor laced batteries can more consistently hold the voltage / current flowing into the battery. A dirty electrical signal can reduce the lifespan of a Lithium Ion battery, and super-capacitors can do a lot to make the voltage more consistent.

The reverse is also useful. Capacitors can trickle charge in slowly, and when a switch is pushed... they can easily unleash all the energy at once. A lot of pulse lasers use capacitors for this purpose.
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Postby Qaanol » Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:30 am UTC

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Postby sardia » Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:12 am UTC

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/sunda ... crime.html
The idea of a 21-year sentence for mass murder and terrorism may seem radically lenient in the United States, where life without parole is often presented as a humane alternative to the death penalty. Yet in testimony last week to a congressional task force on reforming the federal prison system, Marc Mauer, the director of the Sentencing Project, an advocacy group, suggested exactly that approach. He made the case for a 20-year cap on federal prison terms with an option for parole boards or judges to add more time if necessary to protect the public.

Such a policy would “control costs” in a system that is now 40 percent over capacity, Mr. Mauer told the task force, and would “bring the United States more in line with other industrialized nations.”
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Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Postby addams » Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:31 am UTC

That's not the future.
That's a peek into our shameful past.

oh,....Some of us are living in a bright and beautiful future.
Some of us are living in a dark and ugly past controlled by the cruel and the ignorant people.
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Postby speising » Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:36 pm UTC

Echo244 wrote:
HES wrote:That's why Obi-Wan has a beard.


From the Skarp Kickstarter FAQ:

Why do you all have beards?

We look more manly that way.....right?


Nothing about being the good guys...


Lazor Razor kicked from Kickstarter. They have a few million in funding, but no working prototype yet. Maybe that's the real reason for the beards? So now they start again at indiegogo.

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Postby Sizik » Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:07 pm UTC

speising wrote:Lazor Razor kicked from Kickstarter. They have a few million in funding, but no working prototype yet. Maybe that's the real reason for the beards? So now they start again at indiegogo.


Yeah, unfortunately they can't create a fully-functioning (i.e. actually able to shave with) prototype, due to the fact that the optic fiber they require is only really obtainable with mass production. And they really need to hire a PR team.
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Postby addams » Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:44 am UTC

Sizik wrote:
speising wrote:Lazor Razor kicked from Kickstarter. They have a few million in funding, but no working prototype yet. Maybe that's the real reason for the beards? So now they start again at indiegogo.


Yeah, unfortunately they can't create a fully-functioning (i.e. actually able to shave with) prototype, due to the fact that the optic fiber they require is only really obtainable with mass production. And they really need to hire a PR team.

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Postby Thesh » Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:52 am UTC

This reddit thread was pretty skeptical of the claims made, not just the lack of a prototype:

https://www.reddit.com/r/kickstarter/co ... arp_laser/
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Postby Tyndmyr » Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:35 pm UTC

Sizik wrote:
speising wrote:Lazor Razor kicked from Kickstarter. They have a few million in funding, but no working prototype yet. Maybe that's the real reason for the beards? So now they start again at indiegogo.


Yeah, unfortunately they can't create a fully-functioning (i.e. actually able to shave with) prototype, due to the fact that the optic fiber they require is only really obtainable with mass production. And they really need to hire a PR team.


I'm...very doubtful of that.

Prototyping/testing materials are usually fairly available, they're just way more expensive on a per piece basis.

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Postby addams » Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:16 am UTC

oh...Thank you for the links.
I did some of the reading.
All hope is gone.
so far they are over $3M on the kickstarter..
why even bother putting this BS on the shelves?
They'll make their money before they ever make a legit product.

Well, Men;
It's back to the old tried and true.

Of course, not all is lost, there are some darned good electric shave systems.
I've seen them used. Some hold a charge, are portable and shower safe.

Darn!
Those guys got 3 million dollars for a pocket full of promises.

EDIT:
http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/13/9518 ... -indiegogo
Some say they made 4 million.
Like the US congress?
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Postby KittenKaboodle » Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:08 am UTC

addams wrote:
Darn!
Those guys got 3 million dollars for a pocket full of promises.


What a bunch of amateurs!, Madoff made Billions!!, of course he is in prison...
Which brings up a question, why Is this in the "future" thread, surly con artists are nothing new.

Did these guys actually get anything? I don't know* how Kickstater works, did they get the money before they got kicked off?

* I assume everything on Kickstater is a scam (they need to work on their image) so I don't pay much attention to it, if I look at anything on Kickstarter it is just for giggles

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Postby Sizik » Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:02 pm UTC

KittenKaboodle wrote:Did these guys actually get anything? I don't know* how Kickstater works, did they get the money before they got kicked off?


Kickstarter projects only get funded (and backer payments get charged) if the project reaches its goal. So no, they didn't get the 4 million. They've relaunched on Indiegogo with the same $160,000 goal, and so far have gotten about twice that amount ($320,000). (Note that with Indiegogo, backers pay immediately, rather than if and when the project completes.)
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Postby ijuin » Fri Dec 25, 2015 12:58 am UTC

What I find implausible about the Laser Razor is the claim that it can shave for a month before depleting a single AAA cell. Any laser powerful enough to cut through beard hairs at normal shaving speed is going to need tens of Watts to operate.

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Postby elasto » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:41 am UTC

A blind woman fitted with a “bionic eye” has spoken of her joy after she was able to tell the time for the first time in more than six years.

Rhian Lewis, 49, was given the retinal implant as part of an ongoing trial at Oxford’s John Radcliffe hospital. Surgeons at the Oxford Eye hospital implanted a tiny electronic chip at the back of her right eye’s retina in an attempt to help her see.

The mother of two, from Cardiff, has suffered from retinitis pigmentosa – an inherited disorder – since she was five. The condition causes gradual deterioration of photoreceptors, the light-detecting cells in the retina, which can lead to blindness. One in 3-4,000 people in the UK have the disease, for which there is currently no cure.

Lewis is completely blind in her right eye and has virtually no vision in her left eye. The implant, made by a German firm, Retina Implant AG, was placed in Lewis’s eye in June in an operation that can last six to eight hours.

During follow-up tests, Lewis was asked to look at a large cardboard clock to see whether she could tell the time. She had not been able to tell the time with her right eye in 16 years or with her left eye for about six years.

She said “Oh my god” when she realised she had managed to recognise it was three o’clock. She added: “Honest to god, that felt like Christmas Day.”

The implant – a 3mm sq array of around 1,500 light sensors which sends pulsed electrical signals to nerve cells – is connected to a tiny computer that sits underneath the skin behind the ear. This is powered by a magnetic coil on the skin. From the outside, it looks like a hearing aid.

When the device is first switched on, patients see flashes of light, but over a few weeks the brain learns to convert those flashes into meaningful shapes and objects. The images can be black and white and grainy but still have the power to transform lives.

Describing the moment the device was turned on, Lewis said: “They said I might not get any sensation and then all of a sudden within seconds there was like this flashing in my eye, which has seen nothing for over 16 years, so it was like, oh my god, wow!”

Lewis was then taken to the cloisters of New College, Oxford, to see whether she could make out its features. She said: “I walked up the street, and the lady from social services said to me to point out anything I thought might or might not be there. And the first thing I thought ‘there might be something there,’ there was a car, a silver car, and I couldn’t believe it, because the signal was really strong, and that was the sun shining on the silver car.

“And I was just, well, I was just so excited, I was quite teary. The enormity of it didn’t hit me until I’d actually got home, thinking ‘Oh my god, what have I done? I’ve actually spotted something out that I haven’t been able to do.’”

Lewis is able to manipulate the implant using dials on a small wireless power supply held in her hand. This helps her adjust sensitivity, contrast and frequency.

“The problem with having no sight is that you also lose your confidence because you lose your mobility,” Lewis said. “It’s simple things like shopping, clothes shopping, you don’t know what you look like. It’s been maybe eight years that I’ve had any sort of idea of what my children look like. Now, when I locate something, especially like a spoon or a fork on the table, it’s pure elation. I just get so excited that I’ve got something right.”

The “bionic eye” has been tested as a treatment for retinitis pigmentosa since 2012. Lewis is the first patient outside Germany to be fitted with a newer second-generation device.

Prof Robert MacLaren, who is leading the research at Oxford, said the technology had huge potential benefits. “It’s an amazing process because what Rhian and others are trying to do is reactivate a part of the brain that hasn’t been doing anything for the last 10 years or so,” he said. “There is a lot of rehabilitation because basically they are learning to see again.”

George Freeman, the minister for life sciences, said: “This groundbreaking research to create the world’s most advanced bionic eye highlights the crucial role of the NHS as a test bed for 21st-century medicine.”


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Postby Angua » Tue Jan 05, 2016 7:55 am UTC

They took her to New College, should have been Merton!

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Postby jewish_scientist » Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:58 pm UTC

That's incredible! They should get a bunch of MRIs of her brain and then MRIs from a bunch of babies and see how they compare.
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Postby BlackSails » Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:46 pm UTC

jewish_scientist wrote:That's incredible! They should get a bunch of MRIs of her brain and then MRIs from a bunch of babies and see how they compare.


Im not so sure this implant would play nice with MRI

Cochlear implants are an absolute contraindication, this is probably pretty similar.


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