Automation Myths: Do Planes Really Fly Themselves

Automation Myths: Do Planes Really Fly Themselves - Air travel has always been rich with conspiracy theories, urban legends, and old wives tales. I ve heard it all. Nothing, however, gets me sputtering more than the myths and exaggerations about cockpit automation this pervasive idea that modern aircraft are flown by computer, with pilots on hand merely as a backup in case of trouble. The press and pundits repeat this garbage constantly, and millions of people actually believe it. In some not-too-distant future, we re told, pilots will be engineered out of the picture altogether.From Nony

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What Happens to Shipping Containers Lost at Sea : Discovery News

What Happens to Shipping Containers Lost at Sea : Discovery News - Soon after it left the Port of Oakland, California, in February 2004, the shipping vessel Med Taipei hit a strong winter storm with violent 30-foot-high (9 meters) swells. Amid rolling waves, 15 shipping containers came loose and toppled overboard, sinking to the icy seafloor inside the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.Just four months later, scientists surveying the seafloor with an underwater robot found one of those lost containers nearly 4,200 feet (1,300 m) below the surface. They turned their chance discovery into an opportunity to study how aquatic life reacts to deep-sea pollution.From Nony

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Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots | World news | The Guardian

Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots | World news | The Guardian - Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist. From Nony

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10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash %u2014 RT News

10 more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash %u2014 RT News - Russia has released military monitoring data, which shows Kiev military jets tracking the MH17 plane shortly before the crash - and posed yet another set of questions to Ukraine and the US over the circumstances of the tragedy.Military officials chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Andrey Kartopolov and chief of the Air Force Main Staff Lt. Gen. Igor Makushev - posed a number of questions to Kiev and Washington concerning the possible causes of the catastrophe in Eastern Ukraine that killed almost 300 people last Thursday. From Nony

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Typewriter manufacturers see boom in sales - The Local

Typewriter manufacturers see boom in sales - The Local - German typewriter manufacturers are enjoying a boom in sales following the NSA spying scandal. A German defence manufacturer switched to typewriters last year, while last week a leading politician called for the government to use the old technology. From Nony

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Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to hell anyway

Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to hell anyway - Creationist Ken Ham has said that the U.S. space program is a waste of money because any alien life that scientists found would be damned to hell. From Nony

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Appeals court rules Oklahoma ban on same-sex marriage violates U.S. Constitution | News OK

Appeals court rules Oklahoma ban on same-sex marriage violates U.S. Constitution | News OK - The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals puts same-sex marriages on hold in Oklahoma until U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to hear appeal in Utah or Oklahoma cases.From Nony

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MH17: Crash site 'black humour', says separatist leader Alexander Borodai

MH17: Crash site 'black humour', says separatist leader Alexander Borodai - Alexander Borodai, the leader of the Russian separatists in the Ukraine, has compared the MH17 disaster zone to black humour in an interview with CNN.Borodai, the self-styled Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic and leader of the separatists accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, was discussing the process of moving the bodies of the 298 victims of the disaster.He claims that the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) advised the armed separatists not to move the bodies.From Nony

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JIBO

JIBO - Friendly, helpful and intelligent. JIBO is the real deal, from social robots pioneer Cynthia Breazeal. JIBO can t wait to meet you.From Nony

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Economics and ethics: Lying commies | The Economist

Economics and ethics: Lying commies | The Economist - UNDER capitalism, ran the old Soviet-era joke, man exploits man. Under communism it is just the opposite. In fact new research suggests that the Soviet system inspired not just sarcasm but cheating too: in East Germany, at least, communism appears to have inculcated moral laxity.From Nony

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Autonomous car poll: Partipants choose random chance over informed decision | Robohub

Autonomous car poll: Partipants choose random chance over informed decision | Robohub - programming a car to collide with any particular kind of object over another seems like a targeting algorithm. Accidents involving human drivers typically involve people s split-second, instinctive responses to the situation. Your first autonomous car of the near future, however, will probably come equipped with a crash-optimization algorithm a deliberately designed algorithm that will determine the outcome of all potential crashes. As Lin points out in his article, the pre-meditated nature of such algorithm creates a load of interesting issues that calls for a broader discussion on the topic.So two weeks ago we, the members of the Open Roboethics initiative and the Robohub family, decided to help continue the discussion by conducting our reader poll on this very topic.From cw

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Pro-Life Nurse Sues Family Planning Clinic for Not Hiring Her to Do the Job She Refused to Do

Pro-Life Nurse Sues Family Planning Clinic for Not Hiring Her to Do the Job She Refused to Do - Hellwege said she couldn t prescribe birth control since, in her unscientific mind, it caused abortions. Lindsey, knowing that all of the job openings involved prescribing birth control, told her there were no other positions available and that there was no reason to proceed with the interview process.So she s suing him.I repeat: She s suing him because he s not hiring her for a job she refuses to do.From Nony

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