Robots are, at this moment, swimming across the Pacific Ocean. I’m not sure how this figures into their plans for world domination.
If you follow the news, you have probably heard about the Jasmine Revolution that is being brutally crushed by the Chinese authorities.
But here’s an interesting take on it: it might not actually be happening. The authorities may just be randomly arresting people who are just out for a stroll, without a clue that a “revolution” is allegedly being fought.
The blogs and websites themselves are largely invisible to ordinary Chinese as the Great Firewall keeps them out, but they can be seen by the security agencies, who have been swift to react. The organizers, whoever and wherever they are, have repeatedly called on people to gather in a range of popular and public areas in the centre of major cities across China – shopping malls and university campuses – and go for a stroll every Sunday afternoon to call for minor political change. These public areas are, at that time of day, normally filled with young people and out-of-town domestic tourists, all now potential ‘protesters’. Now, because of the number of competing and overlapping security agencies, there is a lot of pressure on the local commanders to make some arrests and to show some success, but there are no genuine protesters, just some bemused local tourists and a lot of foreign journalists. So some young tourists get beaten up and taken away, and some journalists get smacked around.
Discovered this morning — the conceptual origin of Chewbacca.
(by Markku Lahdesmaki)
Got trouble? Does that trouble involve the loss of a body part? Worry not! The Morning Coffee today provides you with this handy guide, telling you what to do if you ever have that kitchen accident from your nightmares!
In our never-ending quest to make the Terminator movies a reality, scientists are meeting with great success in their attempts to teach robots to lie. The current strategy? Have them play Hide and Seek.
President Obama is encouraging the development of robotics. But he is also keeping an eye on them, ever-vigilant for the day they turn us.
We are the last to post the following video to the Internet. I have seen it tweeted multiple times, and on every website I visit on a regular basis. It is still sufficiently awesome to include in the morning coffee:
If you’re adopted and looking for your birth father, finding him is not always a good thing.
Norway: Powered by osmosis.