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Postby PonderThis » Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:35 am

SemiNomad wrote:
Eviljekyll wrote:Zombie insects


Somewhere, someone is writing a DARPA grant.
I should hope so! 8)
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Postby kzager » Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:24 am

ee hehe. Yes. That's a great combination. Wasps are scary like that - some can release ant pheromones so the ants attack one another.
This is crazy.
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Postby James » Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:50 pm

The sound is awful, a new recording from space reveals.

Awful? It sounds like something I'd use in a Wrong Treatment song!

As in awesome and lovely.
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Postby SemiNomad » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:53 pm

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Awful? It sounds like something I'd use in a Wrong Treatment song!


That was actually the first thing I thought of when I heard the audio.

I tried to find a recording without the explanatory talking over it, but to no avail.
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Postby Skimba » Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:43 am

YAY, I found the SCIENCE thread.
This is pretty neat/odd/creepy/cool:
http://www.bostondynamics.com/content/sec.php?section=BigDog
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Postby James » Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:08 pm

That's awesome, but weirdly convincing. My immediate reaction when it stumbled was to feel bad, like it was a calf or something. I was initially horrified when the guy kicked it, before I remembered it was just a robot. Shows how stupid puny humans are.

Fantastic technology, though. And I think the sound adds to the effect. They should have a giant one with a similar sound in a film.
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Postby Portals » Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:50 pm

James wrote:I was initially horrified when the guy kicked it, before I remembered it was just a robot.

I've been watching too much BSG, I felt the same way.
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Postby ntw3001 » Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:20 pm

I've seen that robotic monster before. I liked it then and I like it now.
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Postby giantsfan97 » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:46 pm

PortalsAreAwesome wrote:
James wrote:I was initially horrified when the guy kicked it, before I remembered it was just a robot.

I've been watching too much BSG, I felt the same way.
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Postby jvcc » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:21 am

James wrote:My immediate reaction when it stumbled was to feel bad, like it was a calf or something. I was initially horrified when the guy kicked it, before I remembered it was just a robot.


Awwwww.

I thought it looked more like two guys in black suits facing eachother while carrying a load of army bags.
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Postby Dusk » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:47 am

EvilJekyll wrote:To summarise, people will always people.
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Postby giantsfan97 » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:12 pm

Dusk Bringer wrote:RAT BOT
I could only watch half of the video before I became frightened.
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Postby jvcc » Fri Aug 15, 2008 4:33 pm

Dusk Bringer wrote:RAT BOT


That's exciting. :) I wonder what implications this will have on the Strong AI debate in philosophy. I was very interested in that particular debate.
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Postby sum yun gai » Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:38 am

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traubster wrote:I find it irritating whenever I walk through a cemetery and there's not one gravestone that reads something like, "We're all grateful that he's dead. Sorry if he owed you money."
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Postby EvilJekyll » Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:04 am

Holy shit, that's huge.
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Postby kzager » Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:25 am

Eviljekyll wrote:Holy shit, that's huge.

You think that's big...
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Postby James » Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:37 pm

I'm sure the scientists know exactly what they're talking about, but isn't the phrase "can only be explained by" a little too bold. I wouldn't want to rule out the possibility of undiscovered explanations. Still, that's not to say I doubt the proof. Just pedantry.

Anyway, cool.
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Postby sum yun gai » Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:04 pm

James wrote:I'm sure the scientists know exactly what they're talking about, but isn't the phrase "can only be explained by" a little too bold.


i've always felt the same way, but when i would ask the profs and grad students about things like that they would always assure me that the math "just works" and doesn't leave much room for anything else.
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Postby EvilJekyll » Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:11 pm

Colour plz.
Just kidding, that's pretty dang awesome.
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Postby kzager » Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:08 am

Printing houses of the future.

Must use up a lot of toner.
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Postby EvilJekyll » Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:43 am

Dude, that news is at least 4 years old. Just because they're actually implementing it though...
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