Tuesday, November 14, 2006

TECH - Happy Sweet 16th WWW


TECH - Happy Sweet 16th WWW
*as reported on Slashdot.org*
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"Today marks the 16th anniversary of the World Wide Web.
According to the timeline on the W3.org site:
'The first web page [was] http://nxoc01.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. '
Unfortunately CERN no longer supports the historical site. Note from this era too, the least recently modified web page we know of, last changed Tue, 13 Nov 1990 15:17:00 GMT (though the URI changed.)' A lot has happened in 16 years and this little 'baby' has grown into quite the teenager."
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As I see it, the WWW is a happy, well adjusted teenager with a FAR too extensive collection of porn ;)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

TECH - I for one welcome our new flesh eating robot overlords


Wednesday, 8 November 2006
Robot Identifies Human Flesh As Bacon

Let the robot holocaust commence: robots think we taste like bacon.

Researchers at NEC System technologies and Mie University have designed the cute little guy to the right: a metal man gastronomist, "an electromechanical sommelier", capable of identifying wines, cheeses, meats and hors d'oeuvres. Upon being given a sample, he will speak up in a childlike voice and identify what he has just been fed. The idea is that wineries can tell if a wine is authentic without even opening the bottle, amongst other more obscure uses...like "tell me what this strange grayish lump at the back of my freezer is/was."

But when some smart alek reporter placed his hand in the robot's omnivorous clanking jaw, he was identified as bacon. A cameraman then tried and was identified as prosciutto.

Absolutely horrifying. Like cows, once robots taste blood, their hunger for human flesh can never be satiated.

Original story
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