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ROBOCOP REALITY: LA Mall Set to Power On Robotic Security Guard

Jeff Goldblum helps us break down the concerns over one LA mall’s latest addition.

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When it comes to the invasive role that certain technologies play in our modern lives, the preeminent concern of many Americans can be summed up by an iconic quote from an even more iconic film.

Of course, in the movie, Jeff Goldblum’s character was entirely correct; the idea that science should push forward simply for the sake of progress should very well be tempered by a moral and ethical maturity that could save us all from a nightmare.

In the case of Jurassic Park, the science behind bringing dinosaurs back to life was astounding, but fully wrought with peril.  The beasts were never meant to coexist with humans, as we all learned throughout the course of that seminal film.

Today, however, concerns over the technological advancement of artificial intelligence and robotics have replaced our worry over Velociraptors invading our backyards, snatching up family pets.  Instead, we are worried about the possibility of a Terminator 2 sort of situation, in which the machines, led by the AI of the future, could gut humanity whole.

Unfortunately, restraint is also hard to come by in this realm, with a mall in Los Angeles openly advancing the idea of robotic security guards.

A new robot set to patrol downtown’s The Bloc will be armed with high-tech cameras designed to pick up video footage and information as it rolls through the mall.  It’s the first of its kind in the City of Los Angeles, following implementation in other cities, including New York and Washington — where the robot ended up in a fountain.

Supporters say new sensors will prevent the robot from encountering a similar mishap at its L.A. home.

The Bloc General Manager Dan Cote says the robot isn’t meant to take away jobs but rather to enhance human security presence.

“If this works well we may add another one in the future,” he said.

While this particular robot may be decades away from rising up against its human creators, the idea of a mobile security camera is already unnerving, and certainly raises concerns over the right to privacy that one has when not being observed by a human security measure.

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Police Say Buffalo Supermarket Shooting was Racially Motivated

Local authorities described the crime as “pure evil”.

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On Saturday, a young gunman walked into a quiet grocery store in Buffalo, New York and opened fire.

The scene was described as chaotic and “armageddon-like”, as the killer stalked through the store expressionless, cold, and live-streaming the whole thing to the internet.  When the horror ended, ten were dead, several others injured, and the city of Buffalo was left scarred.

Now, in a deplorable revelation, police are disclosing that the crime was racially motivated.

An 18-year-old white gunman shot 10 people to death and wounded three on Saturday at a grocery store in a Black neighborhood of upstate New York, before surrendering after what authorities called an act of “racially motivated violent extremism.”

Authorities said the suspect, who was armed with an assault-style rifle and appeared to have acted alone, drove to Buffalo from his home several hours away to launch the afternoon attack that he broadcast in real time on social media platform Twitch, a live video service owned by Amazon.com.

Eleven of the 13 people struck by gunfire were Black, officials said. The two others were white. The racial breakdown of the dead was not made clear.

Hateful online content has been attributed to the killer.

A document circulating online that appeared to have been written by the killer sketched out a to-do list for the attack, including cleaning the gun and testing the livestream.

In addition, a 180-page manifesto outlining ‘The Great Replacement Theory’ – the idea that white people are being replaced by minorities in the United States and other countries – also circulated online, reportedly authored by Gendron.

The suspect has suggested that he chose this particular grocery store on account of the high minority demographics within the ZIP code, further corroborating his hateful basis.

On Saturday, a young gunman walked into a quiet grocery store in Buffalo, New York and opened fire. The scene was described as chaotic and “armageddon-like”, as the killer stalked through the store expressionless, cold, and live-streaming the whole thing to the internet.  When the horror ended, ten were dead, several others injured, and the city of Buffalo was left scarred. Now, in a deplorable revelation, police are disclosing that the crime was racially motivated. An 18-year-old white gunman shot 10 people to death and wounded three on Saturday at a grocery store in a Black neighborhood of upstate New York, before surrendering after what authorities called an act of “racially motivated violent extremism.” Authorities said the suspect, who was armed with an assault-style rifle and appeared to have acted alone, drove to Buffalo from his home several hours away to launch the afternoon attack that he broadcast in real time on social media platform Twitch, a live video service owned by Amazon.com. Eleven of the 13 people struck by gunfire were Black, officials said. The two others were white. The racial breakdown of the dead was not made clear. Hateful online content has been attributed to the killer. A document circulating online that appeared to have been written by the killer sketched out a to-do list for the attack, including cleaning the gun and testing the livestream. In addition, a 180-page manifesto outlining ‘The Great Replacement Theory’ – the idea that white people are being replaced by minorities in the United States and other countries – also circulated online, reportedly authored by Gendron. The suspect has suggested that he chose this particular grocery store on account of the high minority demographics within the ZIP code, further corroborating his hateful basis.

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Wearable Google Device Could Translate Language in Real Time

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While there are certainly plenty of reasons to worry about the never-ending march into the technological dystopia before us, we have to admit that some of what were seeing is still pretty darn cool.

For many of us, it’s as though we’re living in an episode of The Jetsons.  Self-driving cars, video phone calls, apps that can tell you what song you’re listening to in the blink of an eye.  These are all revolutionary pieces of technology that we have gained for ourselves in merely the last decade or so.

This week, however, Google may have just taken the cake on powerful consumer electronics, teasing a pair of glasses that can translate languages nearly in real-time.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday teased a pair of smart glasses capable of translating languages in real time.

Pichai showed a video demo of the glasses during Google’s I/O developer summit. While they’re still just a prototype, Google suggested the glasses can show live language translations to the person wearing them.

So, someone with the augmented reality glasses might be able to understand what another person is saying just by reading captions that are presented through the lenses while the other person speaks.

There was no indication as to whether or not the glasses would ever be available to the public, however.

 

While there are certainly plenty of reasons to worry about the never-ending march into the technological dystopia before us, we have to admit that some of what were seeing is still pretty darn cool. For many of us, it’s as though we’re living in an episode of The Jetsons.  Self-driving cars, video phone calls, apps that can tell you what song you’re listening to in the blink of an eye.  These are all revolutionary pieces of technology that we have gained for ourselves in merely the last decade or so. This week, however, Google may have just taken the cake on powerful consumer electronics, teasing a pair of glasses that can translate languages nearly in real-time. Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday teased a pair of smart glasses capable of translating languages in real time. Pichai showed a video demo of the glasses during Google’s I/O developer summit. While they’re still just a prototype, Google suggested the glasses can show live language translations to the person wearing them. So, someone with the augmented reality glasses might be able to understand what another person is saying just by reading captions that are presented through the lenses while the other person speaks. There was no indication as to whether or not the glasses would ever be available to the public, however.  

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