MIT: Still Finding Ways to Use Robots to Replace You

The last thing this man said was, "Stop.... Killing... Me...."

Researchers at MIT seemed pretty proud of themselves recently when they announced that they are making strides to replace your boss with an uncaring automaton. While that might not sound like anything even resembling a change this one would be an actual robot, and not just make you secretly feel that way while they cut your hours and pay so they can take the a nine day weekend.  Don’t worry, because the designers of our doom are quick to point out that leaps are being made so quickly in advancement that it you won’t toil under that machine for long before you are also replaced.

The worst part is that the cost of purchasing one of these things is probably less than a person’s yearly salary.  There might be an argument that could be made about the human cost being greater than profit, too bad these things easily do the job of two people and can work all day, every day.  This is probably one of those things that we should worried about, unless you are smart like me and already have a job in the tech field repairing this type of thing.  Don’t worry, I am sure it won’t be long before the world’s only human jobs are fixing the robots that replaced us. That or fuel for their death bikes.

Source: The Age

Dinosaurs Were Going Extinct before the Meteor Strike

The cause of the great extensions throughout history have always been something of a wonder to people throughout the world; and admittedly  it is rather perplexing to think that mass swaths of life naturally just vanishing throughout time.  Granted, the dinosaurs might have been the most interesting of all of the mysteries—but new studies seem to raise more questions as it turns out that the dinos were already going extinct before the any evidence of global client change through astrological events.  The real question that has yet to be answered is why.

The author of the study tries to insist that even if there was drastic climate change, the fact that many of the larger plant-eating creatures dying before could have been enough to push the mass extinction over the edge.  Strangely enough there are many people in the scientific community that are trying to refuse these findings as hard as they can, because I guess you get to only pick one theory in your life and then have to defend it till your death—like choosing a god and star sign in an Elder Scrolls game.  I think that it might be a little more interesting if you threw in the third theory that most of the dinosaurs resembled giant angry flesh eating birds at this point, and maybe the dinos going extinct were just the ones that weren’t evolving into birds.

Source: MSNBC.com

NASA Selling Deadly Nano-bots

Nerds with dreams of becoming a James Bond villain one day rejoice; NASA is selling its Nano-bot swarm technology to the highest bidder.  Not only does the patent up for auction detail how to control the infectious-possible monsters, it also has a design on how they can destruct inside the victim that they are implanted in.  Imagine, if you would, a world where everyone is afraid of nay-saying your wise rule for fear of the microscopic explosions waiting to go off at any minute inside of their lungs/heart.  It is almost like NASA read what I wanted for Christmas and made it public for the world to fear.

There are other patents up for sale as well, but all of them seem to be more of a cover for the evil that I am about to spread across the world.  A smoke detector that can test itself to make sure it is working? The most efficient way to manage data?  Thanks NASA, not only did you give me a great way to make sure that I take over the world, you made the most boring ever business model to divert government officials when they come to investigate.  No Mr. Bond, I don’t expect you to investigate our data management/smoke detector plants.  I expect you to die!

Source: Wired