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Archive for March 22nd, 2012

Project Avatar: Pentagon Building Remote Mind-Controlled Battle Robots

Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2012

http://cdn1.alexanderhiggins.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Project-Avatar-US-Military-Creating-Mind-Controlled-Robots.jpgThe Pentagon is currently developing technology to allow soldiers to have a telepresence inside of mind controlled battle robots, just like in the popular movie Avatar.

The Pentagon’s futuristic research arm has revealed that it has already conducted success experiments that allow the robots to be controlled by chips implanted on the human brain.

Taking a page from the popular movie Avatar, the military’s advanced research arm DARPA is seeking to develop technology that would allow troops to remotely inhabit the bodies of mechanical androids on the battlefield.

In the agency’s latest budget, it has set aside $7 million for project “Avatar.” DangerRoom reports that according to the agency, “the Avatar program will develop interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier’s surrogate.”

Ultimately DARPA hopes to create robots that are smart and agile enough of to accomplish all of the tasks people can including“room clearing, sentry control, [and] combat casualty recovery.”

The agency did not go into specifics, but did note that Project Avatar is based on “key advancements in telepresence and remote operation of a ground system.”

Additionally, DARPA noted that it has already funded successful experiments on controlling robots with chips implanted in brains. …

via Project Avatar: Pentagon Building Remote Mind-Controlled Battle Robots.

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Feeding The Homeless BANNED In Major Cities All Over America

Posted by Anonymous on March 22, 2012

http://www.tineye.com/overlay/625225f3b84ae30e914709b408b6ec0613f32b89/6199d28de4fa0004edecbc40eb0cff85a0dff9882dc4bbb3e0f7c3408f3767c5?m13=99.9013&m21=0.000179503&m22=2.6609&m23=-0.142544&m11=2.6609&m12=-0.000179503What would you do if you came across someone on the street that had not had anything to eat for several days? Would you give that person some food? Well, the next time you get that impulse you might want to check if it is still legal to feed the homeless where you live. Sadly, feeding the homeless has been banned in major cities all over America. Other cities that have not banned it outright have put so many requirements on those that want to feed the homeless acquiring expensive permits, taking food preparation courses, etc. that feeding the homeless has become “out of reach” for most average people. Some cities are doing these things because they are concerned about the “health risks” of the food being distributed by ordinary “do-gooders”. Other cities are passing these laws because they do not want homeless people congregating in city centers where they know that they will be fed. But at a time when poverty and government dependence are soaring to unprecedented levels, is it really a good idea to ban people from helping those that are hurting?This is just another example that shows that our country is being taken over by control freaks. There seems to be this idea out there that it is the job of the government to take care of everyone and that nobody else should even try.But do we really want to have a nation where you have to get the permission of the government before you do good to your fellow man?It isn’t as if the government has “rescued” these homeless people. Homeless shelters all over the nation are turning people away each night because they have no more room. There are many homeless people that are lucky just to make it through each night alive during the winter.Sometimes a well-timed sandwich or a cup of warm soup can make a world of difference for a homeless person. But many U.S. cities have decided that feeding the homeless is such a threat that they had better devote law enforcement resources to making sure that it doesn’t happen….

via poorrichard’s blog: Feeding The Homeless BANNED In Major Cities All Over America.

Posted in Control Freaks, Food, Survival | 1 Comment »

 
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