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Chip Allows Blind People To See 231

Posted by samzenpus
from the bionic-eye dept.
crabel writes "3 blind people have been implanted with a retinal chip that allowed them to see shapes and objects within days of the procedure. From the article: 'One of the patients surprised researchers by identifying and locating objects on a table; he was also able to walk around a room unaided, approach specific people, tell the time from a clock face, and describe seven different shades of gray in front of him.'"
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North Korea Announces Achieving Nuclear Fusion 372

Posted by samzenpus
from the kim-jong-illin dept.
aftertaf writes "North Korea claims to have achieved nuclear fusion by building what it describes as a 'unique thermo-nuclear reaction device.' This announcement was met by skepticism on just about every news website this side of Saturn. Pyongyang claims its latest scientific breakthrough coincides with the birthday of the country's founder and eternal president Kim Il-sung. This is not the first time it seems that the laws of nature have been bent in his honor. According to official biographies, when his son, Kim Jong-il, was born, a new star appeared in the sky." No doubt the Dear Leader combined the atomic nuclei by hand.

Comment: Make lethal force by autonomous robots illegal (Score 1) 317

by ibirman (#28024301) Attached to: Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide To Ethics

We need laws and treaties against allowing autonomous robots use lethal force. If we don't put a stop to it now, it will escalate until we have something like the Terminator. This can and will become much worse than nuclear proliferation. The world should get together and sign treaties now.

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