Robots that follow you around are here

 

Jetsons

This isn’t exactly an earth shattering piece of technology, as robots have been envisioned to follow humans around and (possibly assassinate decades ago) remember how awesome the Jetson’s were?.  However this robot uses sonar and LIDAR to follow it’s human around.

skynet is real robot followers

The technology is commercially available today. Probably more affordable than the DARPA pack mule.

Read more about the RoboBusiness conference in Boston this week at Wired.com

High Speed video can recover acoustics

The ability to record vibrations on the surface of an object with a laser has and the ability to play those captured vibrations into intelligible sound has existed for quite some time.

The researchers at MIT have created a way to use high speed cameras and even low quality cellular phone cameras to recover audio from relatively still looking video frames without a microphone.  They can simply look at the pixel movement of the video frames to uncover the acoustics as they call it a visual microphone.

They call it the Visual Microphone.  Take a look at the project page.

The ability to repurpose the technology into spy tools and military applications like drones and high resolution satellites let alone space exploration seem obvious.  Not to mention simply recovering audio from security video from cold cases.

FBI is worried about driverless vehicles

The FBI is reportedly worried about the use of driverless vehicles for crime.

FBI fears autonomous vehicles

Some of their fears are related to gang violence with cars on autopilot while passengers perform drive-by shootings.  Another is vehicles being loaded up with explosives and set on some wild ride.  Hopefully the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would step in before these types of vehicles are allowed on the roads completely unattended.

The Guardian

 

 

Google’s Self Driving Car hits the streets

The new Google self driving car is hitting the streets and it doesn’t even have a steering wheel.

Fully autonomous driving has always been the goal of our project, because we think this could improve road safety and help lots of people who can’t drive.

We’re now developing prototypes of vehicles that have been designed from the ground up to drive themselves—just push a button and they’ll take you where you want to go! We’ll use these vehicles to test our software and learn what it will really take to bring this technology into the world.

Watch volunteers take a ride in Mountain View, California. Then read more at: http://goo.gl/qDUtgq

No word when DARPA will outfit it with guns.

We aren’t ready for an electromagnetic pulse

New research out says that we are not prepared for an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).  It is somewhat surprising to hear as the United States has been researching these EMP events for years.  We even showed you one research facility back here.

In a worst case scenario William R. Forstchen estimated in 2011 that in the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die.

As a result of an EMP on the electric grid, EMP’s don’t have to be an act of war like a or a nuclear missile detonating in Earth’s upper atmosphere; a powerful solar flare could upset the electric grid and leave citizens unprotected.

If you are concerned about your survival skills we suggest you catch up on these essential sci-fi movies and Television shows.

Read more at Watchdog.org