The Robocalypse Part 2: Real Mech Warriors


1.  A new walking battlefield mech prototype by those rascals over in Russia.  This looks just like the machines you see on BattleTech, or in the movie Robocop.  In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, think a large (2-3 story) robot with a human pilot inside.  The braintrust and I discuss them in the upcoming season of Fascinating Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gear-Based Technologies (click for link).

2.  The race for AGI (Artifical General Intelligence) may be coming to a close!  The team behind Deep Mind have developed a new AI that is basically like a baby brain, and instead of being able to learn one specific task (like mastering the game Go), it can learn a lot of different things via an already established basic learning algorithm.  A very interesting read.

This is probably the scariest one-two punch I have ever posted!

The Robocalypse Part 1

And the Funk Freedom Press is back online!  You know what else is online?  Just about every robot in existence today.  As a species, we are racing towards the event horizon known as The Robocalypse, AKA the apocalypse caused by robots!  This is terrifying, yet I will be covering every step nonetheless.  I used to be obsessed with the Zombie Apocalypse, but now I see it is us who are the zombies, and it is the robots who will soon rule the world.

If you want to QUICKLY catch up on the current state of things, check out my podcast on how to make the T1000 from terminator in real life:
AND my interview with the amazing Linda Moulton Howe:

What do we have today?  Three (3) scary stories:
1.  Simple robots are working together to solve very complex puzzles!  Once they start working together in unison and with deadly efficiency, its over.
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2.  Robots are learning how to use hands that are as dexterous as our own.  If they refine their fine motor skills, there is no telling how many artisans will be put out of work.
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3.  And finally, AI is learning how to read lips!  Nothing  will ever be secret again!
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A World of Superheroes

What do The Hulk, Doc Samson, She-Hulk, The Abomination, Spiderman, Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, The Leader,  (Have I listed EVERY Marvel superhero yet?) and a Supernova burst have in common?  They are all defined by Gamma Radiation.

Scientists are monitoring Supernova GRB 130427A and the amount and frequency of its gamma radiation release is changing the way we think about collapsed massive stars.  Turns out, it has shot more Gamma Radiation at the earth than any other supernova in history!  If you like astrophysics, comic books, or life on this earth, you should make sure to read this article.

Given the obvious opportunity to become an instant bad ass with a minimum, albeit random downside,  be on the lookout for super-powered scientists in the next 3-6 months, provided we aren’t all granted with heightened senses and super-strength.

Chinese Ghost Towns?

I don’t know if you guys are aware of this strange phenomenon, but China has, for some unknown reason, built several sprawling cities in the most remote sections of their country.  That part isn’t that strange by most standards:  America has several out of the way locations that house resort towns, getaways, summer homes.  We in America love to inhabit the harshest terrain that we can.  The VERY unsettling part is that these ready-made cities, built for 1.5-3 million people, are COMPLETELY EMPTY.  Check out this article in TIME on one such city Ordos.  It has pictures that look like something from Chernobyl.  The difference is that Chernobyl was EVACUATED.  These cities never had people to begin with.  This goes against everything I have come to believe about the evolution of cities.

If you take a look at all the major cities in the US, you see that each one grew around a need that was filled:  Detroit with cars, Los Angeles with the movie industry, Pittsburgh with Stelle.  Look at the port towns of New Orleans, Boston and New York.  With a large influx of people, there is an increased need to build more stuff (apartments, homes, shops, buildings, etc.)  That is the natural progression of city evolution.  So that begs the question:  Why is China continuing to build cities they don’t need?

Let’s take a look at the latest building project.  Basically they are going to level a mountain range in the desert to build a city that can house 3.6 million people…from scratch.  One there is one more problem:  no local water source.  Maybe they can take a page out of LA’s book, and hijack a major river.  This is a 2.2 billion dollar investment and yet, they haven’t filled ten’s of cities they have built previously.  So why do they have them, and what are they going to do with them?  You would think that with a country of one billion people, they could find 1 percent of their population willing to move into a brand new city.

There is one conspiracy theory that has been circling the internet that may answer those questions:  Fukushima.  The plant is still spewing radiation.  The cores are still melting down.  It is literally only a matter of time until Japan is uninhabitable or the population is wiped out.  The rumor is China has offered to move the population of Japan into these ready-made cities.  Given the history between these two countries that has spanned several thousand years, I find it hard to believe China would welcome their age old enemy into their backyard.

Who really knows.  All I know is that these cities are real, and it’s totally weird.

Can you ear me now?

This sounds like the plot to a porn movie.  A Baltimore woman loses her ear, and part of her skull to cancer.  The brilliant doctors at John Hopkins took parts of her rib, and fashioned and created a new ear for her.  Like any cartilage based cookie, this one had to be baked to perfection.  They put it in her arm, and cooked it at 98.6 degrees for 4-5 months.  You’ll know when the edges brown.

When it was done they stitched it on her head, and off she went.  *Warning:  Do not try at home*