“”That’s ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You’re asking me to believe in sentient meat.””

 

piece of meat robot 001 Thats ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? Youre asking me to believe in sentient meat.

Since you are just pieces of meat, even aliens are not interested in contacting you… That (or pretty close to that) is one of the 11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox .

The full list and article is worth your attention, plus you will get to enjoy the short story that provided a great line for the title of this post.

1. The Zoo Hypothesis

2. Self-Imposed Quarantine

3. The Whack-a-Mole Hypothesis

4. We’re Made Out of Meat

5. The Simulation Hypothesis

6. Radio Silence

7. All Aliens Are Homebodies

8. We Can’t Read the Signs

9. They’re All Hanging Out At the Edge of the Galaxy

10. Directed Panspermia

11. The Phase Transition Hypothesis

Via io9.com - 11 of the Weirdest Solutions to the Fermi Paradox

Image via www.stickycomics.com

Floating Robotic Shipping Containers Team Up to Create Islands and Runways

 Cute Retro Robots  edited  shop preview Floating Robotic Shipping Containers Team Up to Create Islands and Runways

There is no “I” in TEAM, but there is “T” for Terminator… Perhaps not for Terminator, but UPenn does have robots working together in a team.  Robots usually team up for one thing and one thing only  - Destroy all humans! However, it seems that UPenn researchers not only are not concerned about robots teaming up, they are actually designing floating robots that can work together as team and create useful structures in the water.

Mark Yim and his students are trying to get this big fleet of small robotic boats to cooperate to form all sorts of useful structures. By coupling together, a large enough swarm of these things is capable of forming, bridges, runways, or even islands. UPenn has over 100 of ‘em, each one of which is controlled with a Gumstix and uses four separate motors to enable omnidirectional movement and zero-radius turns.

At least Evan Ackerman, the author of the article, displays some understanding of the real intentions behind robots engaging in teamwork. Clearly, the Machine Overlords do have him fooled by the  apparent cuteness of the robot boats…

I guess we can’t realistically promise that any swarm of robots doesn’t have world domination on its minds. But until it’s demonstrably too late, we’ll just keep on calling them cute. And these robotic boats from the University of Pennsylvania are totally cute.

Via  http://spectrum.ieee.org - Floating Robotic Shipping Containers Team Up to Create Islands and Runways

Brain-controlled helicopter takes mental concentration to new heights

Terminator Salvation Helicopter

The image for this post is not the actual brain-controlled helicopter, although Machine Overlords would like to suggest this design as an improvement. Perhaps they could add Terminator Salvation details in V2.0 along with ability to shoot lasers and track down the remainder of human resistance members. For now, Puzzlebox Orbit: Brain-Controlled [...] Continue reading »