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08 March 2004 @ 03:29 pm
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Today's best headline: "U.C.L.A. Official Is Held in Cadaver-Selling Inquiry"

Human Rights Watch condemns administration for Afghani abuses.

Thomas Friedman on the dominance and security of American innovation.
 
 
That Guynecrocannibal on March 8th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
before I read the friedman article, i'll say that I have recently been sorely, sorely disappointed in the american failure to be the leader in walking robots,(honda beat us to the punch) and the failure to renew the lease on the hubble telescope.

On the other hand, we have a robot with confirmed kills, the predator drone... which is far more efficient than the ground-based "terminator." That's interesting to me; that that sci-fi concept would be proven obsolete ahead of its time; unfortunately the theory seems to be "walk around killing humans? What a tragic waste of time; there are a half dozen ways a robot could kill far more humans faster than that." Also, DARPA seems to have an exoskeleton working, which is pretty cool, but not a replacement for the wheelchair yet, and not necessarily valuable in "the field" for the military yet.

I suppose our next advance should really be the orbital death laser, if you really want to cut corners.
That Guynecrocannibal on March 8th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
America is the greatest engine of innovation that has ever existed, and it can't be duplicated anytime soon, because it is the product of a multitude of factors: The terrible, terrible risk of utter failure and starvation.

Our competitors know the secret of our sauce. But do we?
whuh huh hehe huh he hehh ehehehehh huh. hrmm. hmm hmm. whuh huh heuhehe.
Jackbizarrojack on March 9th, 2004 05:17 pm (UTC)
You lika da sauce? is good?
PMMJ: Mementocheetahmaster on March 10th, 2004 06:29 am (UTC)
An early 90's RPG was big into the whole drone issue, but in retrospect, that could have been actual knowledge of what was coming up.

That's interesting to me; that that sci-fi concept would be proven obsolete ahead of its time

Aren't most of them?
That Guynecrocannibal on March 10th, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC)
many, but not all