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Michael Biehn Will Sex Up A Robot In The Thriller Fembot

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michael biehnNow, I’m not saying the majority of our readers hold a long-hidden desire for science to hurry up and create robots that succumb to every lust-filled whim, but I’m not saying we’re opposed to that idea either. It’s a completely different thing to speculate about whether or not you guys would be interested in watching The Terminator and The Abyss actor Michael Biehn having sex with robots, but you’ll be able to do just that next year when Blanc/Biehn Productions releases the thriller Fembot. Have fun trying to keep your anticipation in check.

Also starring Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Fembot takes place in a world with a lax reliance on non-renewable resources, which allows for robots to be manufactured in record numbers. The bots in question are beautiful, charming, and do anything their owners ask. Biehn plays the wealthy Zayden Beckett, who doesn’t mind dumping a bunch of money into the Fembot project so long as he gets to test out a few of the models. Beckett ends up with Arla, a design created especially for him, but he doesn’t realize that the inventor made her on the cheap, or with a crappy energy source.

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World’s First Start-Up Competition For Robotics Is Taking Entries

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robot launch 2014Have you ever been engaged in some dull or repetitive task and thought, “I’d love a robot to do this for me?” If so, you might be able to make your vision a reality. The world’s first start-up competition for robotics is underway, and is accepting entries until March 30.

Robot Launch 2014 is looking for ideas for robot start-ups. They want business models, prototypes, and just plain old great ideas. If you’re wondering what exactly constitutes a robot start-up, their definition is pretty broad. We could be talking about some kind of conventional robot, an appliance, some other connected device, a sensor, an actuator, artificial intelligence — you get the picture.

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Robot Pole Dancers Gyrate For British PM And German Chancellor

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robot pole dancersMost of us know that robots could, and probably will, put us out of work. From robo-journalists to robot soldiers, to robot bartenders and waitresses, even though we like to think of ourselves as irreplaceable, few of us have guaranteed long-term job security when it comes to an artificially intelligent work force. Even so, I’ll admit I never thought about robots putting exotic dancers out of work. Sex workers and sex partners, sure, but pole dancers? This is a new one.

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Robot Writes Story For The L.A. Times

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LATIMESIt may be counter-productive and self-destructive to write an article about this, as I might just be writing myself out of a job, but what the hell — my love for robots trumps my fear (thus far, anyway). I know robots can do all kinds of things people can do, including taking care of the elderly, acting as emissaries for the disabled, and making coffee, but I thought I’d have some time before robots invaded the world of journalism. Time’s up. A robot wrote a story about Monday’s California earthquake and the L.A. Times published it within three minutes.

If I’m jeopardizing my own job by reporting this, then L.A. Times journalist Ken Schwencke is embarking on an even more dangerous path — he devised an algorithm called Quakebot to write an article whenever an earthquake of a certain magnitude occurs. Schwencke was woken up by the quake at 6:25 a.m. on Monday, and by the time he got on his computer, the story was already waiting in the publication queue. All he had to do was hit and button and presto, the L.A. Times had the first coverage of the quake.

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These Robots Want To Hang Out With Your Grandma

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telepresence robotI’m currently teaching a research seminar on robots and artificial intelligence, and I recently posed a question to my students. Say you have an 85-year-old grandmother who lives in a nursing home. She lives a couple hours away, so neither you nor your family can visit her as much as you’d like. One day, someone from the home calls you and says they’ve just received a couple of robots—androids like the ones in the video below. Would you like one of them to visit your grandmother a couple times a week? The responses ranged from “Sure, why not?” to “absolutely not.” After our discussion, I said something about how it might seem like a silly scenario, but that it’s entirely possible that their grandmas will interact with robots. What I didn’t think about during that conversation is that it’s even more likely they’ll spend time with their grandmas via a robot.

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Manufacturing Robot Baxter Doesn’t Want To Replace Human Workers

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BaxterRethink Robotics, founded by former MIT faculty and CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) director Rodney Brooks, who also invented the Roomba, has developed a robot named Baxter designed to perform various manufacturing duties. Baxter, the first two-armed robot designed for such tasks, may be in the process of revolutionizing the way humans use robots in manufacturing, largely because Rethink Robotics doesn’t intend for Baxter to replace human workers.

Baxter went on the market a year ago and costs $25,000 a pop. That might sound like a lot, but some of the tasks he performs require a number of human employees, and some of those tasks are pretty awful — they involve enough dust and dirt that human workers would have to wear masks, and the jobs are also pretty darn boring. Baxter also can work for long stretches — I’m talking 2,000 hours straight, which is about three months of labor. That’s definitely cheaper than hiring humans to do the same amount of work, which is a plus for the companies that invest in Baxter, though not necessarily for the workers, no matter how dirty and dull the work might be.