“The story gained some morbid attention earlier today when a Financial Times employment reporter named Sarah O’Connor tweeted the story, not realizing the connection between her name and character who has a similar name (Sarah Connor) in the Terminator series. Her tweet was retweeted more than 3,500 times and she received an influx of messages making jokes about the news.”

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/07/man-killed-by-a-factory-robot-in-germany

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http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57619453-71/googles-schmidt-we-dont-yet-have-a-connection-inside-your-brain/

http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/feds-want-to-track-your-dna-like-a-license-plate/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10571671/Robotic-World-Wide-Web-makes-life-easier-for-machines.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2344398/Google-futurist-claims-uploading-entire-MINDS-computers-2045-bodies-replaced-machines-90-years.html

Smartphones to anticipate users’ wants

Brainlike computers learning from their own mistakes….

CIA funds Research Into Robot Journalism..

47 percent of U.S. jobs are “at risk” of being automated in the next 20 years

U.S. Army foresees robots becoming squad members

..a look into DARPA’s robots.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fhR_aOXysw

GOOGLE BUYS DARPA’S ROBOTS FOR MILITARY USE!

Drones to Make ‘Kill’ Decisions on Their Own…

Professor: Robots to Patrol Cities by 2040

SWARMS FOR DRONES COULD BE THE NEXT FRONTIER IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE

FAA: THERE MAY BE 30K DRONES IN U.S. SKIES BY 2020

The NSA Actually Named a Program Skynet

In the Terminator franchise, Skynet is an evil military computer system that launches war on humanity. And at some point, someone in the National Security Agency sat down and thought, “Damn, that’s a sick thing to name a secret system!”

Malevolent undertones of aspirations to unchecked aggression be damned, I guess, because Skynet is real. A report from The Intercept today detailed how the NSA’s Skynet program uses metadata to pick out potential terrorists from bulk data collection. (You know, the kind of bulk data collection ruled unlawful by a court yesterday.)

The NSA’s Skynet has bigger problems than getting saddled with an appropriately menacing name: As The Intercept reported, it misidentified a prominent Al Jazeera reporter as a terrorist.

According to the presentation, the NSA uses its version of SKYNET to identify people that it believes move like couriers used by Al Qaeda’s senior leadership. The program assessed Zaidan as a likely match, which raises troubling questions about the U.S. government’s method of identifying terrorist targets based on metadata.

Skynet (the real one) works by analyzing metadata to look for suspicious behaviors, like swapping SIM cards out frequently or only accepting incoming calls. And like Skynet (the fake evil one), it may be involved with sending automated machines to kill people, as The Intercept pointed out:

As other documents from Snowden revealed, drone targets are often identified in part based on metadata analysis and cell phone tracking. Former NSA director Michael Hayden famously put it more bluntly in May 2014, when he said, “we kill people based on metadata.”

This isn’t the first time the NSA was inspired by major motion pictures— Director Keith Alexander built his war room to resemble Star Trek’s Starship Enterprise. But it does underline in big fat marker how tone-deaf the NSA can be. Still waiting to hear about its HAL 9000 program.

[The Intercept]