Machine Domination… We told you so…


Sleep tight, Master… I’ll be watching!

Friends, as previously reported, the machines will soon be tucking your kids into bed at night and waiting to snap your neck after it receives the command from SkyNet.  Google has recently bought a half dozen robotics companies and one that works in artificial intelligence. Among those companies is Boston Dynamics, which has designed robots for the military that can run like a cheetah and climb vertical walls. Did I mention they also have a humanoid “Atlas” robot that, although not specifically designed for any offensive military use, can withstand being hit by projectiles and looks an awful lot like a predecessor to what we’ve seen in the “Terminator” series? Connect Atlas up to Google Now and you’ve got a bulletproof robot with a pet robotic cheetah that knows where you live and travel and what your interests, plans, and even musical tastes are.  Perhaps we’re over reacting, but if I saw a fire team of these robots coming down the street going door-to-door looking for their human oppressors, I’d probably be breaking out my Barrett .50 and taking up a position on the roof.  Check this out; kinda creepy…


Robot solves Rubik’s Cube in about a second

In April 2015, teenager Collin Burns finished solving a standard-sized 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube in only 5.25 seconds, claiming a new world record for the feat from the 5.55-second time posted by previous record holder Mats Valk. In November 2015, however, Lucas Etter once again broke the record by finishing a Rubik’s Cube in just 4.904 seconds.

Apparently though, the ability of humans to solve the 3x3x3 puzzle does not hold a candle to the ability of robots to do the same, as a pair of software engineers have created a robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in just over a second. The machine is built using 3D-printed frames, stepper motors, and four USB web cameras that are connected to a PC. The cameras scan the Rubik’s Cube to begin analyzing the puzzle through the Kociemba solving algorithm, and the solution is then carried out by the robot in lightning fast movements.


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