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What was your "Holy Shit! We're living in the future" moment?

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Well, it was this image:

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Well, it was this image:

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I feel sorry for this rat, I hope the neuralink project accidentally uplifts a rat to super intelligence and then it takes over the world and turns humanity into paperclips. (It turns out super-intelligent rats really enjoy irony)



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"Hong Kong protestors are on another level. Here they’re using lasers to avoid facial recognition cameras. A cyber war against Chinese artificial intelligence."
 


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Sentient - the classified artificial brain being developed by US intelligence programs

 

https://www.theverge...intelligence-ai

 

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(The Verge) Sentient is (or at least aims to be) an omnivorous analysis tool, capable of devouring data of all sorts, making sense of the past and present, anticipating the future, and pointing satellites toward what it determines will be the most interesting parts of that future. That, ideally, makes things simpler downstream for human analysts at other organizations, like the NGA National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), with which the satellite-centric NRO (National Reconnaissance Office) partners.

 

Until now, Sentient has been treated as a government secret, except for vague allusions in a few speeches and presentations. But recently released documents — many formerly classified secret or top secret — reveal new details about the program’s goals, progress, and reach.

 

Research related to Sentient has been going on since at least October 2010, when the agency posted a request for Sentient Enterprise white papers. A presentation says the program achieved its first R&D milestone in 2013, but details about what that milestone actually was remain redacted. (Deputy director of NRO’s Office of Public Affairs Karen Furgerson declined to comment on this timing in an email to The Verge.) A 2016 House Armed Services Committee hearing on national security space included a quick summary of this data-driven brain, but public meetings haven’t mentioned it since. In 2018, a presentation posted online claimed Sentient would go live that year, although Furgerson told The Verge it was currently under development.

 

…The agency has been developing this artificial brain for years, but details available to the public remain scarce. “It ingests high volumes of data and processes it,” says Furgerson. “Sentient catalogs normal patterns, detects anomalies, and helps forecast and model adversaries’ potential courses of action.” The NRO did not provide examples of patterns or anomalies, but one could imagine that things like “not moving a missile” versus “moving a missile” might be on the list. Those forecasts in hand, Sentient could turn satellites’ sensors to the right place at the right time to catch ill will (or whatever else it wants to see) in action. “Sentient is a thinking system,” says Furgerson.

 

It’s not all dystopian: the documents released by the NRO also imply that Sentient can make satellites more efficient and productive. It could also free up humans to focus on deep analysis rather than tedious needle-finding.

 

 

I swear, when I read this I felt like I was watching a science fiction movie where one of the characters is setting up the premise of the flick.  A movie in which things go terribly wrong...


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Nasa said to be investigating first allegation of a crime in space

 

Nasa is reported to be investigating a claim that an astronaut accessed the bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station, in what may be the first allegation of a crime committed in space.

Anne McClain acknowledges accessing the account from the ISS but denies any wrongdoing, the New York Times reports.

Her estranged spouse, Summer Worden, reportedly filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

Ms McClain has since returned to Earth.

 

https://www.bbc.co.u.../world-49457912

 

 

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Bike crash left Spokane man unconscious, so his Apple Watch called 911
 
Sep. 24, 2019 at 8:27 am Updated Sep. 24, 2019 at 10:51 am
 
 
 
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...so his Apple Watch called 911

 

The great thing for lone old (and not so old) people.

 

As for my "holy shit" moments, the last of them is repeating commercials about selling flats in "Yuzhny Gorod" (Southern Town, the recently founded and fastly growing satellite town of Samara). The commercials are something like: "just buy the flat, and Alice (pre-installed manager bot) will take care of the rest". The happy family are sitting on the couch, husband says "Alice, show us some movie..."

 

The Southern Town:

 

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The Launch of Spot
A commercial for a utility robot, oh my gosh.

 
When did this happen?
 
And I published a book that was partially (very partially) written by an AI.
Did I just wake up in the Future™? 
Is it me, or is it 2020 Jr.?

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Elite Dangerous VR's cockpit

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^ I never tried the VR version, but I hear it's utterly amazing. I plan to rejoin the game next year, so perhaps will do it eventually.



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China flight systems jammed by pig farm’s African swine fever defences

Published: 5:15pm, 20 Dec, 2019

A Chinese pig farm’s attempt to ward off drones – said to be spreading African swine fever – jammed the navigation systems of a number of planes flying overhead.

The farm, in northeastern China, was ordered last month to turn in an unauthorised anti-drone device installed to prevent criminal gangs dropping items infected with the disease, according to online news portal Thepaper.cn.

The device came to light after a series of flights to and from Harbin airport complained about losing GPS signals while flying over Zhaozhou county in Heilongjiang in late October. In some cases, the ADS-B tracking technology – which determines an aircraft’s position via satellite navigation – failed.

A check on radio blockers in the area identified the farm and its owner, Heilongjiang Dabeinong Agriculture & Pastoral Foods, was ordered to turn in the equipment. No further punishment was imposed, Thepaper.cn reported. The company declined a request for comment.

Chinese state media reported last week that gangs were exploiting the African swine fever crisis by deliberately spreading the disease by using drones to drop infected items on to pig farms. The farmers are then forced to sell meat cheaply to the gangs, who then sell it on as healthy stock, according to China Comment magazine, which is affiliated to state news agency Xinhua.

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USB ports on buses? Seen on 192 route (London)

 

https://www.reddit.c...n_on_192_route/

 

 

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"Food delivery robot rolled right past me on the sidewalk today."

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"The Chinese are using drones to check people's temperature so that there is no human to human contact."
 


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Adam Savage's Spot Robot Rickshaw Carriage!

Ah, I love Adam Savage. And I love Spot.

I can't get that image out of my head now. Imagine a revival of horse and buggies. Except they're... robot and buggies. Utterly impractical and impossibly classy.


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