RT @icracnet: Robot soldiers – via @FT

Darpa has become one of the biggest backers of robotics research. Yet autonomous robots bring their own powerful ethical dilemmas. If machines are given guns, it opens profound moral and legal questions about war .. “As a colleague of mine likes to say, robots are assholes,”. Researchers also argue that the more dystopian predictions about machines and war underestimate the affinity between humans and robots.

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Google : leader d’aujourd’hui ! Skynet de demain ?

En 2011, Google possède un parc de plus de 900 000 serveurs, soit 2,8 % du marché à lui tout seul, avec des appareils répartis sur 32 sites. En octobre 2010, le leader numérique représente 6,4 % du trafic Internet mondial et affiche une croissance supérieure à celle du web ! En Europe, il occupe une position hégémonique puisque sa part de marché dans la recherche représente plus de 93%.

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Over a quarter of IT workers believe Terminator’s Skynet will happen one day

According to a recent YouGov poll, 13 percent of IT decision makers believe technology could destroy the Earth, with the leading causes of our demise including the prevention of evolution (74 percent), military and warfare (66 percent), artificial intelligence (44 percent), and environmental issues (38 percent).

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The CIA’s human experiments

Horrific torture and unfathomable experiments perpetrated by the USA/CIA are finally coming to light. While seemingly disconnected, they mosaic into a terrible picture for terrible times by terrible people -- a self-fulfilling agenda of "exceptional" decisions by covert agencies, the military and pathological politicians. We will not be asked permission. It goes beyond brinkmanship. As stated in the above video, the CIA "would do the same again today." Maybe worse. Undoubtedly worse.

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RT @dailydot: Marvel made a fake news channel to promote its ’Avengers’ films:

Everhart's first full report is a viral video promoting Ant-Man, describing Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) as a cyber criminal and "self-proclaimed whistleblower." He was convicted of stealing from the fictional tech company VistaCorp and funneling the money back to its customers. The upcoming movie will see him finish his prison sentence and become Ant-Man, with help from Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), the inventor of the Ant-Man suit.

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RT @io9: America Is Overproducing So Much Milk Farmers Have Started Burying It

Agri-Mark, a 1,200-dairy cooperative in New England that had $1.1 billion of sales last year, started pouring skim milk last month into holes used for livestock manure. It was the first time in five decades, and farmers so far have unloaded 12 truckloads, or 600,000 pounds (272 metric tons). While having small amounts of milk spoil or go unsold isn’t unusual, Northeast dairies dumped 31 percent more this year through May than the same period of 2014, government data show.

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Cory Doctorow: Skynet Ascendant

As I've written here before, science fiction is terrible at predicting the future, but it's great at predicting the present. SF writers imagine all the futures they can, and these futures are processed by a huge, dynamic system consisting of editors, booksellers, and readers. The futures that attain popular and commercial success tell us what fears and aspirations for technology and society are bubbling in our collective imaginations.

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Why we’re still talking about Terminator and the Matrix via @doctorow

There were a lot of SF movies produced in the mid-eighties, but few retain the currency of the Termina­tor and its humanity-annihilating AI, Skynet. Everyone seems to thrum when that chord is plucked – even the NSA named one of its illegal mass surveillance programs SKYNET.

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