hitchBOT Meets His Untimely Demise In Philadelphia

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(PCM) So much for the City of Brotherly Love! hitchBOT, the hitch-hiking robot, created by researchers to see how humans would interact with a hitch-hiking robot sadly met his demise in Philadelphia, PA after just beginning his planned cross-country journey in Boston, MA. The final destination for his cross-country trip was supposed to be San Francisco, CA, however he never made it further than the North East region of the country. 

The experiment concluded after the researchers discovered that hitchBOT has been vandalized beyond repair during his visit to Philadelphia. He made successful visits to areas in both Salem, MA and New York City, as well as, previous trips across entire countries such as Canada and Germany without any incidents.  Seems the U.S. is just not ready to welcome a hitch-hiking robot with open arms. 

In a statement the research team that built hitchBOT say: “hitchBOT’s trip came to an end last night in Philadelphia after having spent a little over two weeks hitchhiking and visiting sites in Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead, and New York City. Unfortunately, hitchBOT was vandalized overnight in Philadelphia; sometimes bad things happen to good robots. We know that many of hitchBOT’s fans will be disappointed, but we want them to be assured that this great experiment is not over. For now we will focus on the question “what can be learned from this?” and explore future adventures for robots and humans.”

An image of just how badly hitchBOT was vandalized was posted by a Canadian journalist named Lauren O’Neil, but it has since been taken down.  You can see from the image below that it appears that hitchBOT’s head and internal computer wiring have been completely torn apart. Surprisingly the culprits left his arms and famous “wellies” intact during the incident. If anyone has any information about the person who vandalized hitchBOT, please email: novak@gizmodo.com.

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There is some talk about the researchers repairing hitchBOT and sending him back out on his journey, but currently no official plans have been given the green light. Video of the the man who is responsible for hitchBOT’s destruction can be seen here! So sad and such a senseless violent act! 

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Stephen Hawking And Elon Musk Fear “Killer Robots” Are Inevitable!

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(PCM) There has been a new warning issued by a group of concerned scientists, researchers and academics that include Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Apple CEO Steve Wozniak claiming that “killer robots” that are part of a global military artificial intelligence arms race are inevitable unless some kind of preventative measures and mandates are put into place.

The letter states “The stakes are high.  Autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.” The letter goes on to state that these types of advanced weapons will be feasible “within years, not decades. The weapons require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group.We therefore believe that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity.”

No more are “killer robots” something out of a science fiction film, they are a reality that could quite possible cause catastrophic events. Many military groups from all over the world are already beginning to experiment with AI and most modern warfare is already conducted using remote controlled machines. The letter calls for a ban on autonomous weaponry and encourages all concerned citizens from all over the globe to take a stand and sign their names to the open letter as well! 

What do you think? Will “killer robots” become the wave of future warfare?  

 

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Stinky Flower Draws Thousands To California Botanical Garden

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(PCM) Referred to as the ‘corpse flower’ due to its’ putrid odor, the Sumatran titan arum nicknamed “Trudy” drew thousands to a California botanical garden when it went into full bloom. 

People stood in line for their chance to get a whiff of the ‘corpse flower’ before it lost its’ smell. The botanical garden posted on Twitter that “Trudy” would only be smelly for one day and then it would go limp. The plant also happens to be one of the world’s largest and rarest flowering structures. 

When asked to describe the smell the garden’s director of visitors services said “dirty socks wrapped around rotting steak”!  Ugh, we can’t see waiting in line for that stench, but to each their own! 

Titan Arums only bloom on average once every six to seven years, so despite the fact that the botanical garden has eight plants, it is unclear when the next Titan Arum will open and stink! 

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San Francisco Unveils Urine Resistant Walls That Shoot Urine Back At The Culprit

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(PCM) The walls are fighting back in San Francisco, at least when it comes to public urination! The city has now installed new urine resistant walls that will actually repel urine back at the person that chose to urinate in public. 

There are now nine public walls in the city that have been painted with urine resistant paint that causes the urine to spray back splashing all over the culprits pants and shoes leading to quite an embarrassing scenario. Currently, the city of San Francisco spends about $14 million per year steam cleaning the waste off of the public walls and streets. They feel the new urine resistant walls are a perfect way to fight back and cut spending.

The walls are adorned with signs that read “Hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and relive yourself in an appropriate place.”  The sign does not mention anything about the walls being coated in urine resistant paint, so anyone that chooses to violate the sign will be in for quite a surprise.

It seems that pubic urination is quite a problem in the city of San Francisco as it has actually left some of the cities streets completely soaked in pee. Public urination was completely banned in the city back in 2002, but still continues to be an issues despite fines in upwards of $500 for violations.

Nothing like a surprise golden shower to make the public urinators in San Francisco clean up their act for good.  

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Welcome To The World’s First Hotel Ran Entirely By Robots

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(PCM) This is the reason we totally need to visit Japan! The Henn na Hotel (which translates to Weird Hotel) located at the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture near Nagasaki, is the first hotel to be staffed entirely by robots. 

The front check-in desk features a realistic looking humaniod robot women along with a hilarious velociraptor robot sporting a bow-tie that perfectly speak both English and Japanese. There is also an adorable tulip-shaped tiny robot concierge in every room named Tuly that controls not only the lighting in the room but can give you information about the time and the weather as well.

There is also a robot porter that automatically carts luggage to visitors rooms and each room incorporates facial recognition software to grant entrance. The hotel currently has over sixty guest rooms available and hopes to offer up at least 1,000 by 2016.  Given the initial success of The Henn na Hotel, the company also plans to expand and create more hotels similar to this one across other areas of Japan. Because of the lack of a paid staff the hotel can also offer up great rates on rooms with the average cost being about $75 per night. 

Check out the video below for a full tour of the Henn na Hotel … when do we pack our bags!!

 

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Sex Toys Swing From The Power Lines In Portland!

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(PCM) Everyone is used to seeing pairs of shoes tossed over top of power lines, but sex toys … that is an entirely new scenario!  Social media in Portland, Oregon has been exploding in the last few weeks with residents posting images of various sex toys dangling from the powers lines throughout the city. The best part is that they have yet to figure out exactly who is responsible. 

According to the various social media posts the number of swinging sex toys varies from dozens to as many as hundreds and they have been spotted North, Northeast and Southeast Portland. They appear to be placed a random.  The biggest complaint has been from people who have to explain to their children exactly what that oblong object dangling from the power line is actually is used for! 

Many residents find the situation to be humorous, while others are quite embarrassed by the situation. The Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvment is currently investigating the issue, but have thus far come up empty-handed as to who is behind the situation.

 A spokesman for public utility Portland General Electric said he did not believe the rubber products posed a fire hazard, so there is not any type of serious safety concern at this time! 

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