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Sep 19

Tech Actually Ep100 – The Impending Robot Apocalypse

Hosts: David McVay & Josh Philpott

This is the official tech podcast of geekactually.com. The tech show by geeks for geeks and non-geeks. Accessible tech for everyone is the motto we live by. This week on Tech Actually we discuss all the evidence building up that will lead us to ‘The Impending Robot Apocalypse’. This is all done in fun of course, but the evidence is pretty compelling.

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This week we want to say happy 35th anniversary to Industrial Light & Magic! From Star Wars to The Last Airbender and approximately 264 other titles in the middle, ILM still stands as the biggest, most well respected and, quite frankly, best special effects company in the world.  Winners of 15 Best Visual Effects Oscars and 23 additional nominations plus 23 Technical Awards for advances in technology in filmmaking from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We salute you ILM.

Little known fact: Photoshop was created by ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll and his brother Thomas Knoll as a summer project for use on the film The Abyss. It was sold to Adobe just before the release of the movie.

Follow Up

Over the last couple of episodes we have talked about controlling things with the mind, now comes mind reading…
http://www.news.com.au/technology/mind-reading-machine-turns-thoughts-into-words-us-scientists-claim/story-e6frfro0-1225916162233

This Week

This plant was literally killed with love.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/facebookfed-aussie-plant-killed-by-kindness-20100916-15cwn.html

No, no, no! Stop taking features away!!! iPad loses it’s rotation lock switch in iOS 4.2.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/macworld/20100916/tc_macworld/firstlookios42beta1

The mouse works! Apple and Microsoft have to stop trying to redesign the wheel.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/microsoft-arc-touch-mouse-changes-its-shape/story-e6frfro0-1225915337675

A new study proves what we already knew, shoot em up games improve decision making.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/shoot-em-up-games-improve-decision-making-study-says/story-e6frfrnr-1225923173292

Microsoft launches the IE9 beta, is it too little too late?
http://www.news.com.au/technology/theres-a-new-internet-explorer-out-there-but-how-will-it-change-the-way-you-facebook/story-e6frfro0-1225924628425

And in totally cool tech – Engage the tractor beam mr. Riker!!!
http://www.news.com.au/technology/aussie-students-invent-tractor-beam/story-e6frfro0-1225916239886

Topic of the week – The Impending Robot Apocalypse

A re-cap and new entries into the impending Robot Apocalypse

To re-cap:

In Episode 95 we had – Aussie robots used by US military for target practice.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/us-target-practice-the-57m-aussie-fall-guys-20100727-10tpu.html

In Episode 97 we had – Robots with emotions, what could possibly go wrong?
http://www.news.com.au/technology/scientists-create-robot-with-emotions/story-e6frfro0-1225903141869

In Episode 99 we had – DARPA is making learning computers, eeek!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF-KNFlOocQ&feature=player_embedded

Now a few more pieces of evidence to that the end is near:

Japan is developing robots that replace humans.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/hrp-4-worker-robot-made-to-replace-humans/story-e6frfro0-1225925174908

Let’s add some artificial skin that can feel sensations shall we.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/robotics-breakthrough-scientists-make-artificial-skin/story-e6frfro0-1225920548036

Oh yeah, and remember those robot snake things in the last Terminator movie…
http://www.news.com.au/technology/bioroboticists-create-a-robot-snake-that-can-climb-trees/story-e6frfro0-1225915794779

And don’t forget, the robots will need human zombie foot soldiers.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/darpa-working-to-develop-helmets-for-us-army-that-control-soldiers-brains/story-e6frfro0-1225918179501

And the best part of all, we are doing it to ourselves! We are making the bloody things :-)

As always this episode carries an explicit tag due to some bad language.

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