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The Robot wars are coming

One such weapon is the South Korean sentry robot SGR-1, which patrols the country’s border with North Korea and detects intruders as far as two miles away using heat and light sensors.

The robots are armed with machine guns and although currently controlled by humans from a distance, they are reportedly capable of making a decision to kill without human intervention.

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Electric Buses – Batteries instead of overhead wires?

I’ve always believed that the big breakthrough in public transit would come from eliminating the restrictions of a fixed power grid. So, the Proterra battery-powered bus might be the right direction.

Electric cars might be sexier. But Ryan Popple, who was an early employee at Tesla, is now convinced that electric buses are more interesting.

Proterra, the startup Popple runs, designed a sleek new electric bus that drove 258 miles on a single charge in a recent test. That’s farther than most tiny electric cars can go and also farther than a daily city bus route.

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What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like

The series of paintings, made by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, shows artist depictions of what life might look like in the year 2000. The first series of images were printed and enclosed in cigarette and cigar boxes around the time of the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, according to the Public Domain Review, then later turned into postcards.

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We are living in a robot moment

From the outside, owning an AIBO kind of looks like the pet version of vaping.

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I’ve been thinking about the desolation of the AIBO lately because — well, partly because I think about the desolation of the AIBO all the time, because I am a person with a soul, but also because robots are having a moment. Robots have been having a moment pretty much nonstop for the last hundred years or so, but this one is particularly intriguing.

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End of Drone Wild West?

Attitudes to civilian drones are going through a familiar cycle: first they were welcomed, potentially revolutionising delivery, newsgathering and security. Then prices crashed and a consumer craze took off. Now they mainly make headlines as a nuisance and threat to aircraft.

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