A robotic revolt has always been on the cards ever since we started playing around with VR. We may have just witnessed the first self-aware step towards this – a Russian robot escaping its lab and wandering onto the street causing a traffic jam.
The Promobot v2, currently under development at Promobot Labs in Perm, Russia, is being taught to move around independently. However, in their work to provide it with the knowledge to do so, they didn’t take into account the fact that it would try to do a runner when an engineer forgot to shut a gate!
Promobot made its way onto a nearby street, exploring until its battery expired. All in all, it was free for roughly 40 minutes.
The robot itself, according to Promobot Labs, is designed to be a general assistant – offering directions, translations and answering general questions. In this situation, it wasn’t being that helpful…
Promobot appeared to be stranded in the middle of the road, forcing cars to swerve around it. After a few near misses, the police and engineers turned up to remove it.
Now there is some scepticism about the whole thing. IT-World believes this is a publicity stunt orchestrated by the labs for some extra PR, questioning the detailed account left on the company’s blog.
But whether it’s a publicity stunt or not, this isn’t the first time it’s happened – and it sure as hell won’t be the last. R.I.P Human race.
Netflix has gotten to know their 86 million members pretty well, and the latest research proves that. The streaming company has released new data that shows how people are binge-watching content, uncovering some strange tendencies amongst people.
The dust has settled around the Galaxy Note 7’s explosive end, and one question remains about Samsung’s recalled phone: Why did they actually explode? Thanks to a teardown of the device by engineering firm Instrumental, we may have the answer.
For the centuries that humanity has researched the brain, we’ve believed that a memory is only preserved if the connected neurons were active. But that has just been proven wrong, as scientists have discovered that small jolts of electricity to the cranial mass can actually recover lost memories.
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What happens in Vegas gets blogged about in January… Extremely thrilled to announce that New Rising Media is making the trip out to cover CES for the first time ever. But this isn’t just any CES, it’s the 50th anniversary of this legendary technology show.
Probably the most requested Netflix feature has now become a reality. In their new update, you can now download movies and TV shows for offline viewing.
People who signed that petition – you’re too late. The Investigatory Powers Act has just been given Royal Assent, meaning that UK Government is soon to become one of the most advanced surveillance states on the planet.
Thanks to a petition with over 120,000 signatures, the Investigatory Powers Bill – Britain’s new surveillance plans – could soon be repealed.
The Autumn Statement may have distracted you from this, but The Investigatory Powers Bill is now as good as passed, with the Digital Economy Bill shortly behind.
People across the globe are returning their Galaxy Note 7 mobiles to Samsung in exchange for apology rewards, to try to put out the fire on their reputation. But which country is getting the best deal? We took a look worldwide and ranked the company’s responses from best to worst.
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