Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Sex Life of Robots (NSFW)

I am sure that this is a sign of an apocalypse. I'm just not sure which one. Granted, it's probably not the Robot Apocalypse.

This guy, Michael Sullivan has this film project called "Sex Life of Robots", which consists primarily of stop-motion animation. Hence, the result is creepy and bizarre.

One of my favorite quotes comes from when he's explaining why he had to take the video off Youtube.

"Somebody's mom complained, you know, because they didn't want their kid watching, you know, some robot stick his dick in a horse's butt."

Indeed. The fact that you can say that as if the kid's mom were being totally unreasonable only adds to the hilarity factor. What's even stranger is that he really does consider this to a porno that no one will find arousing. He says...
"Even though nobody's going to be getting their rocks off to this, the limitations of a porno movie are, you know, still bound by that. If it turns out to be horrible it'll just oh, fade away and uh, if it turns out to be an ultra-weird film it'll, you know, be in the zeitgeist for awhile."

Well, I have some news for you, Michael. There are some very disturbed people out there. I hope you can sleep knowing that someone's probably getting their jollies to your videos right this instant. I've been a Cybernaut for many years now, and any well seasoned net-diver is inevitably exposed to a host of weird shit. I had begun to think that the list of strange fetishes that people could produce was nearing its singularity. Congratulations on adding a Stop-Motion Robot Porn to that list and dispelling me of that misguided notion.

Just in case you hadn't figured out, this video is Not Safe For Work (NSFW).

Via Wired

Friday, December 12, 2008

Robot Dog Rampages Through London!

Those cagey blokes over the pond have developed an interesting new breed of K-9. While it's true that this is more of a glorified vehicle than a robot, I post it here two simple reason.

1.)It is a ride-able dog-mech
2.)It breathes fire.

There is no part of this that is not just cool.


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As an aside, I feel that derivatives of this work are what cowboys will ride in the future in lieu of horses. It seems to be entirely appropriate.

Via Fanboy

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Auto-Kill Zones: Not a band name.

According to The Danger-Room, Israel has set up "Auto-Kill Zone" towers along their border in Gaza. Essentially, these are towers laden with sensors and automated weapons. According to the article, a single person can oversee several of these, and essentially flip a switch once a target has been verified that will kill intruders.

I recognize the need for border security, especially in places like the Israel-Gaza border. There's just something about this situation, however that seems... I dunno. Maybe 'wrong' is the word I'm looking for?

Firstly, the idea that a people who suffered systematic genocide are so readily willing to employ automated killing machines seems somewhat ironic to me.

Secondly, I'm one of these people who's of the opinion that the 'press a button to bomb a village on the other side of the world' form that war manifests in these days leads to sociopathic tendencies.

Hey, I know that there's dirty rotten bastards out there, and our troops need the best tools at their disposal to deal with it. It's just that I'm just one of these old-school 'Thou shalt not kill" type of guys. Nevermind me. My ideals are old and antiquated.

Via The Danger Room

Friday, December 5, 2008

Meet your Robot Overlords! Introducing the Ripsaw

A couple of weeks back, a friend of mine pointed me towards Defense Tech. Right there on the first page was something that both awed and terrified me.

It all begins with a little remote control machine called the Ripsaw. I had actually heard of the Ripsaw before. It was originally designed to participate in an unmanned desert race by these twin brothers up in Maine. It turned out to be a great all-terrain vehicle. Check it out below saving a Hummer from certain doom, itself an action that I disagree with on principle, thus proving it evil.

In the back of my mind, I always knew that this little beastie would be a herald of the Robot Apocalypse. Therefore, I should not have been surprised to learn that they've put a gun on this thing!

You can find more videos of this thing on you-tube, and watch it escort it's command center around.

Where this really gets scary is when you apply some of the technologies that they're working on for UAV's to this. Apprenticeship Learning and autonomous navigation capabilities could make this critter very, very scary.

Also, their love of Heavy Metal does nothing to reassure me that they're not 'Ok' with the demise of human-kind on the basis that it's the most brutal thing they could do. Crappy Limp Bizkit soundtracks raise even more doubts.

Via Howe and Howe via Defense Tech