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The Resident: Drone Pilots Are Anti-Drone

A new report by Air Force Colonel Bradley Hoagland indicates that the US is having trouble recruiting volunteers for the drone pilot program. The report poin...
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Reno J. Tibke's curator insight, September 1, 2013 10:20 PM

Drone "pilots." That's an important word here.
And an excellent segue into starting a nomenclatural geekfight. Here goes:

Drones, while they have some autonomous robotic features, are not in and of themselves robots. No more than like, you know, commercialy available cars - complete with cruise control and automatic windshield wipers and auto-dimming headlights. If current military drones, those in use - not the U.S. Air Force's & U.S. Navy's research platforms, if those are robots with pilots, then so is a Toyota Corolla.


So where's the distinction?

Probably this:

"Killer Robots Watching and Raining Death from Above"
[click, click, click, click, click..., reshare, click, Like, Tweet]

Disingenuous hyperbole sure does get the pageviews, and the ajournalistic bandwaggony rhetoric is likely to continue, but it's irresponsible, misleading, and inaccurate - and should be called out and made fun of at every possible juncture.


Reno J. Tibke
www.anthrobotic.com
www.akihabaranews.com
 

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How to Teach a Robot to Improvise

How to Teach a Robot to Improvise | leapmind | Scoop.it
Self-piloted drones have become sophisticated enough to land on moving aircraft carriers, but put a single unexpected tree in the way, and they will
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Scientists building synthetic yeast

Scientists building synthetic yeast | leapmind | Scoop.it
A UK team is building an "artificial" chromosome to be inserted into the world's first synthetic yeast, which could help make vaccines and biofuels.
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Meet a Mars One Applicant Ready To Leave Earth Forever

Anthony sits down and talks with a person ready to leave planet Earth forever. Radford Uchihara has applied to be among the first humans to set foot on Mars ...
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McDonald's hires 7,000 touch-screen cashiers

McDonald's hires 7,000 touch-screen cashiers | leapmind | Scoop.it
Would you like some microchips with that burger? McDonald's Europe strikes another blow against human interaction by installing 7,000 touch-screen computers to take your order and money. Read this article by Amanda Kooser on CNET.
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James Burke predicted the future in 1973. Now he does it again.

Forty years ago for Radio Times, the scientist and broadcaster James Burke predicted events in 1993. He got a lot right. So we asked him in to PM this afternoon to predict the future.
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The Insane and Exciting Future of the Bionic Body

The Insane and Exciting Future of the Bionic Body | leapmind | Scoop.it
From “i-limbs” to artificial organs, advances in technology have led to an explosion of innovation in the increasingly critical field of prosthetics
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Nissan says it will have self-driving cars ready for 2020

Nissan says it will have self-driving cars ready for 2020 | leapmind | Scoop.it
Nissan today said it intends to have multiple self-driving vehicles ready for retail sale in 2020. The assertion shows the Japanese automaker pushing ahead on a promising new technology.
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Cox opens the gates to the country’s largest Wi-Fi hotspot network

Cox opens the gates to the country’s largest Wi-Fi hotspot network | leapmind | Scoop.it
Cox will give its home internet customers free access to 150,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in major cities. Cox didn’t build the whole network itself. Instead its tapping into the other cable operators’ networks.
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How is it that HP, king of printing, has zero presence in 3D printers?

How is it that HP, king of printing, has zero presence in 3D printers? | leapmind | Scoop.it
Don’t be fooled — the laser and inkjet printer giants may not be doing much publicly with 3D printing, but their eyes are firmly on the prize.
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Graphene Revolution - Interview on BBC World News

Graphene - Live interview on 'Impact with Mishal Hussain', BBC World News, aired 15th Jan 2013
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Zuckerberg Explains Facebook's Plan to Get Entire Planet Online | Wired Business | Wired.com

Zuckerberg Explains Facebook's Plan to Get Entire Planet Online | Wired Business | Wired.com | leapmind | Scoop.it
In a 10-page white paper shared on, yes, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg postulated that a connected world could address economic disparity and outlined a vision of even the poorest people connecting to low-cost, low-data versions of basic Internet...
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As Android Rises, App Makers Tumble Into Google's 'Matrix of Pain' | Wired Business | Wired.com

As Android Rises, App Makers Tumble Into Google's 'Matrix of Pain' | Wired Business | Wired.com | leapmind | Scoop.it
Responding to demand, startups are increasingly polishing and releasing Android apps. And they're also increasingly complaining about "the matrix of pain" that is Android fragmentation.
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CRUX: Ramez Naam’s new novel continues his SF masterwork Nexus

CRUX: Ramez Naam’s new novel continues his SF masterwork Nexus | leapmind | Scoop.it
h+ Magazine is a new publication that covers technological, scientific, and cultural trends that are changing human beings in fundamental ways.
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Everyone In The Tech And TV Industries Is Passing Around This Speech By Kevin Spacey

Everyone In The Tech And TV Industries Is Passing Around This Speech By Kevin Spacey | leapmind | Scoop.it
Everyone in the tech industry is passing around this video of Kevin Spacey talking about about how Netflix (and other tech companies) will blow up the...
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Single gene tweak increases mouse lifespan 20 percent

Single gene tweak increases mouse lifespan 20 percent | leapmind | Scoop.it
Scientists change a single gene (and nothing else) in mice to increase their lifespan by nearly 20 percent.
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Google, Pitting Itself Against Samsung, Prepares For Device War

Google, Pitting Itself Against Samsung, Prepares For Device War | leapmind | Scoop.it
The news of a Samsung Smartwatch to launch September 4th was trumped quickly by leaks of a Google Smartwatch due for launch in the short term. It means supplier and buyer are going to square up in what will be a hotly contested market.
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Relax, a Minimum Wage Hike Won't Bring on the Robot Overlords

Relax, a Minimum Wage Hike Won't Bring on the Robot Overlords | leapmind | Scoop.it
The fast-food worker strike is igniting a favorite claim of futurists and Big Business alike: that if minimum wage goes up, companies will just replace humans with robots.
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The thin blue line: Is Twitter mostly for news delivery or for having conversations?

The thin blue line: Is Twitter mostly for news delivery or for having conversations? | leapmind | Scoop.it
Many Twitter users dislike the new conversation feature because they say it interferes with their ability to use the service as a news-delivery system — but others see the new feature as a return to the way Twitter used to be.
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Scientists Grow Miniature, but Distinctly Human, Brain in the Lab

Scientists Grow Miniature, but Distinctly Human, Brain in the Lab | leapmind | Scoop.it
Austrian researchers have used regenerative techniques to grow a miniature human brain in the lab, they reported recently in the journal Nature.
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33rd Square | First Human Brain-To-Brain Interface Demonstrated

33rd Square | First Human Brain-To-Brain Interface Demonstrated | leapmind | Scoop.it
Researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a colleague.
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New rechargeable flow battery enables cheaper, large-scale energy storage | ZeitNews

New rechargeable flow battery enables cheaper, large-scale energy storage | ZeitNews | leapmind | Scoop.it
MIT researchers have engineered a new rechargeable flow battery that doesn’t rely on expensive membranes to generate and store electricity. The device, they say, may one day enable cheaper, large-scale energy storage.
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Already in Use in Canada and India, Iris Scans Get Thumbs-Up in U.S. Government Study

Already in Use in Canada and India, Iris Scans Get Thumbs-Up in U.S. Government Study | leapmind | Scoop.it
As far back at the late 1980s, the U.S. Patent Office issued its first patent for iris recognition scans.
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Robots trained as carers and security guards - Telegraph

Robots trained as carers and security guards - Telegraph | leapmind | Scoop.it
Robots could be employed as security guards or carers for the elderly within as little as a decade following an artificial intelligence project which will allow machines to learn from their environment.
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Will Google enable Teletravel in a Surrogate Reality World?

Will Google enable Teletravel in a Surrogate Reality World? | leapmind | Scoop.it
The year is 2025 and there’s a raging snow storm outside. The world is a pale shade of white and gray. You wake up and instinctively look around the bedroom to locate the amber dot glowing on your G-Glass iteration #4 (4th generation upgrade) visor.
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