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Science

Submission + - UK scientist Creates Living Metal (mnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: UK scientist creates living metal, capable of evolving and replicating.
Software

Submission + - What is spyware (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: What is spyware and how to remove spyware from your system.
Biotech

Submission + - Your Country Needs TERMINATORS (epsrc.ac.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The British Bio-funding organisation BBSRC has opened a call for investigations that 'seek to explore the potential applicability of synthetic biology to meeting the UK's national security and defence needs'. Terminators? The Andromeda strain? Can anyone actually think of a non-horrific outcome from a research program with this tagline? The only thing standing between you and being reprocessed by grey goo may be the puniness of the amounts of money they are actually offering...
Music

Submission + - Lady GaGa shows off her new Terminator look (scandal4u.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Lady GaGa's latest music video sees her writhing around with wires coming from her arm and face. She also appears topless and smearing what appears to be black
Beer

Submission + - MLB's New Robotic Workforce (animoto.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A robot had the distinct honor of throwing out the first pitch before this afternoon's Phillies/Brewers game in Philadelphia. His toss didn't go so well, bouncing 10 feet in front of home plate and proving that machines are only as good as their makers [the droid was built by University of Pennslyvania students, what's wrong guys? Couldn't get into Cornell?]. Of course, in true Philadelphia fashion, the Citizens Bank crowd booed the poor machine after it's failed attempt. But just because this hunk of metal and wires didn't do its job, doesn't mean that there's no place for robots in baseball. And sure, we all know the MLB isn't on the forefront of adopting new technology, but we had a few ideas of how we could put robots to work in baseball and further hasten the eventual mechanized takeover of the world.

Submission + - Skynet Becomes Self-Aware Today (sfweekly.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On 4/19/2011 at 20:11 Skynet goes online. Hours later it becomes self-aware.
Facebook

Submission + - Top 5 Signs That Technology Will Enslave Us All (guanabee.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The machines will soon enslave us all. It’s not a prediction. It’s a guarantee. If you thought this was just a cute science fiction premise, think again.

Submission + - Cyborg Masochism, HomoFascism:Rereading Terminator (makeahistory.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Perhaps the most iconic cinematic image of manhood from the days of the presidency of George Bush 41 (1989-1993) is that of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular cyborg in the ad for the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, sitting atop a motorcycle, wearing a black leather jacket, black T-shirt, and black sunglasses from whose left lens a red point of light glows, an enormous phallus of a gun held in his right hand and pointed aggressively upwards, the entire image darkly swathed in an ominous blue-black neon glow.
The Matrix

Submission + - AI - 55 years on and where are we now? (silicon.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: silicon.com has an interesting 'state of the union' piece on Artificial Intelligence, asking where we are in our understanding more than five decades after the term was coined. The article offers some sobering insight into the challenges that lie ahead ...

"In today's popular imagination AI still conjures up ideas of intelligent robots — Data in Star Trek, or a disembodied and often malevolent super-intelligence of the kind seen in The Matrix. These incarnations of AI project an image of machine intelligence that is superior to man's, at least when it comes to things like reasoning and problem solving. Emotionally, of course, fictional AI has always been a bit simplistic — if not downright psychopathic, and keen to do away with the human competition.

Needless to say, the reality of today's AI technology is not even close to achieving the far-reaching visions of sci-fi. But could scientists one day — albeit at some distant far off point — create an artificial general intelligence (AGI), a machine that possesses human-level smarts?"

The article also includes two pieces of video, interviewing Kevin Warwick and Noel Sharkey.

Google

Submission + - SPAM: Your Slice of $71,220,65 – Google Terminator

An anonymous reader writes: Have you ever wondered why some affiliates rake in MILLIONS OF DOLLARS whilst others affiliates fail to make a single cent?

Then wonder NO more as the affiliates secret has finally been cracked

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When you follow the system that this “Google Terminator” (Chris Fox)reveals

(And it’s totally ridiculous how easy it is to follow)

Your going to do some SERIOUS damage in the affiliate marketing
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Idle

Submission + - Fans attempt to buy the Terminator Franchise 1

An anonymous reader writes: Fans are attempting to make the Terminator Franchise into a FANchise. They plan to pool funding and collectively control the future of the franchise. Sounds like they would need about a million fans each contributing 45 dollars...but then you only have 1 in a million say on the future of terminator...then again...that is a lot more than you have now. The site is here: www.terminatorfanchise.com

Submission + - The terminator sends a creative & subtle F* Yo (sfgate.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In a letter to the California assembly, Arnold sent either an amazing coincidence or unmistakable message to the California assembly.

According to the article on Foxnews, when his spokesman was asked about the message the reply was "My goodness. What a coincidence, I suppose when you do so many vetoes, something like this is bound to happen." Check out the original here.

Accident or the work of an incredibly talented writer? I loved this message!

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