Archive for December 2013

The state of play in humanoid robots

And whilst we’re talking about robots, here is an update on the extraordinary capabilities being developed in humanoid robots.

Meet the Robot Telemarketer Who Denies She’s A Robot

I guess we can expect more of this. This article begins with the following:

The phone call came from a charming woman with a bright, engaging voice to the cell phone of a TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer. She wanted to offer a deal on health insurance, but something was fishy.

When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection. 

The sample recordings are worth listening to.

Terms and Conditions May Apply

This video is an outstanding overview of the state of play of electronic surveillance, its consequences, examples of this surveillance being used in real time, the way the Terms and Conditions we all simply accept because we want to use a product or service have changed, etc. We have largely become complacent about posting in some cases enormous amounts of personal information on Facebook, etc. and it is being actively stored and mined. The notion of pre-crime brought forth over a decade ago in “Minority Report” is alive and well and being implemented based upon what we do and say via social media, our mobile phones, what we search for on the internet, etc. Unfortunately there is a fee to watch it; however if you have or set up an account with , you can watch it for free here.

Triclosan found in 75% of us, FDA knows it’s dangerous

Surprise, surprise. Triclosan is known to impact fertility amongst others things, and has been known to the FDA since 1978 yet is in toothpaste and soaps in the US… I understand it is banned elsewhere in the world. Yet the reporter in this video doesn’t consider the possibility that it’s intentional. When will the penny drop with these people? The instigators no doubt have a multitude of plans to get the population down to 0.5BN. Do we think the fall in fertility we have seen over the last 20 years or so is some kind of accident? It’s all carefully planned.

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