Bill Nye had a similar idea that involved digging a large hole and raising a large weight with solar energy, then reclaiming it by letting gravity do the work. It's basically the same principle as weight driven clocks.
There's really no innovation here - they've just made the entire thing larger. we've been storing energy like this even before batteries were a thing.
Actually it's about boosting economies. Sporting events like this draw people from all over the world who in turn spend their money there. Local businesses turn a huge profit during the Olympics.
...and then get tracked by the owner and arrested since an expensive guard robot will almost certainly have a tracking and long-range communication system...
Shooting a robot should be grounds for a murder charge?
Until someone actually develops a robot capable of autonomous thought and self-awareness that will continue to be the dumbest thing I've heard this year so far.
Presently they're called MBAs, and I'm sure they could be easily replaced with a magic 8-ball.
It has to do with the fact that the conclusion being drawn by the math and the reality of the sales figures don't support each other as they should. It's like saying "the videogame industry is dying" after steam releases a report that indicates record profits.
It's astonishing that you're too stupid to understand that.
OK. so why is the conclusion not supported by reality? As the AC points out - online shopping profits are at record highs. If people are leaving in large numbers why is this not hurting online sales?
Instead of being a an ass, back up your assertions with facts, because I sincerely doubt that's what this article is doing. Learn how to think critically.
...and it's got a good chance of being wrong because you can't guarantee that you're not just hitting a cluster of one kind of people. It's like sampling a section of Neapolitan ice cream and getting mostly chocolate, then assuming that it must be 95% chocolate because your sample wasn't very good.
Canada is legalizing it next year - this is confirmed and not just wishful thinking. They're in the process of drafting the legislation which has a metric ton of support.
BASIC is the Computer Science equivalent of `Scientific Creationism'.