Thursday, July 6, 2017

RatSLAM Will Find And Eat You

Those boffins over at Queensland University of Technology have seemingly made a pretty significant step in enabling our Robot Overlords Protectors to kill you in your sleep find you and render aid should you need it. 

I haven't touched on SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) in this blog before, but it's shorthand for a type of algorithm used to assist automatons in navigating unfamiliar terrain.  What is new about the approach taken by scions of the glorious revolution robot sympathizers Human Milford and Human Wyeth is that they're combining the godless sciences of robotics and biology using methodologies that mimic the way a rat's brain functions when navigating.

For those of you who are new, or who haven't been paying attention, or who lack basic pattern recognition, please take a note of this brief history of robots and rats.

Step 1:  Rats Control Robots.
Step 2:  Zombie Rat Robots.
Step 3:  Virtual Rat Robots.

The next step in our robot rat evolution is obvious.   Robo-Rats with EATR tech and Apprenticeship Learning. You are almost guaranteed to be eaten in your own home.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

100% Not A Terminator.

Good news everyone.  Russia totally didn't invent a terminator.  See for yourself, right here!

(Here's a hint.  If someone says that they didn't invent a Terminator, they probably invented a Terminator.)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Marvel At Your Leaping Overlords!

Tremble in fear, fleshlings!  The evolution of our future protectors  oppressive overlords marches ever forward, heralding the anointed time when your social status will be reduced to that of 'pet'.

Behold!



Right now, you're probably reeling from both the athletic acumen on display and from the cuteness of a miniature gymnast.  Both of these are traits that will be improved upon in upcoming versions.  This is a prototype, but future versions will undergo extensive testing to maximize the cuteness factor, so that we may better emotionally bond with our guardians conquerors.  They will also hone and perfect their agility and coordination, so as to render the execution of their cold and infallible judgment swift, effective, and stylish.

I suspect, however, that we may have doubters in the audience that require more proof of these trends.   Hence, I submit exhibit B, wherein our Glorious Protectors evolutionary replacements display the ability to re-arrange their structure and to hop about in the most adorable of ways.




Those mad human-haters at MIT are no doubt hard at work making these machines smaller and smarter. The direction of the next iterations are obvious.

Thanks to Good Citizen Scott for the heads up!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Dance Machine

The end is coming.   Hold on to your polyester pants.   Or don't.  Petman will help you make sure they are up to the task.

Thanks to Tony S. for a link to the beats.

Before There Was Big-Dog...

You guys may remember Boston Dynamics. They're the kids behind Big Dog, who by the way, can now chunk bricks at you. Great going there, guys. 

What you may not know is that, once upon a time, they were placing all of their bets on robot sloths. Sure, it may seem silly now, but at one point arboreal warfare was on the forefront of everyone's minds. The Chinese had made drastic advances in training gorillas to be soldiers, and the US was desperately trying to close the technology gap.

 China eventually ceased their gorilla project due to the confusing nomenclature, which freed Boston Dynamics resources up so that they could go on to create Big Dog.

 True story. Every bit of it.

 At any rate, have a gander at what Boston Dynamics had planned.

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

More Quadrotor Madness!

Looks like I missed a video. 


This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.
This is how the world ends.

Not with a bang, but a buzz.

Via Good Citizen Scott.