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The NYPD’s Robot Dog Was a Really Bad Idea: Here’s What Went Wrong

Last year the New York City Police Department (NYPD) began leasing a canine-like robot—a Spot model from Boston Dynamics that the department nicknamed Digidog. Officers deployed the robot in just a few cases, including a hostage situation in the Bronx and an incident at a public housing building in Manhattan. As word spread (along with photographs and videos), a backlash from the public—and eventually elected officials—quickly gained momentum. Some objected to the robot’s expense. Others worried that its use threatened civil liberties. Many simply found it creepy.

The NYPD abruptly terminated its lease and quit using the robot last month. Other U.S. police departments have been testing their own Spot models, however. “Spot has been particularly resourceful in tackling dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks,” the Boston Dynamics spokesperson told Scientific American. “Public safety initiatives, including police departments, often face dangerous work, such as inspecting a bomb, rummaging through remnants of an explosion or fire, or even de-escalating a potentially dangerous situation.”

Complex social and historical factors influenced the NYPD's decision to pull Digidog from duty. “This is just not a very good time for [the NYPD] to have tried this,” says David J. Gunkel, a professor of communication at Northern Illinois University. He notes the department made the move “at a time that we are, as a public, beginning to question what police are doing, how they’re being funded and what those monies are being used for.” Scientific American spoke with Gunkel about why people accept some machines while rejecting others—and whether the public can ever fully accept the idea of robotic cops.

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Aubrey de grey : COVID-19: The Biggest Lifesaver of All Time, But How Big?

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/rej.2021.0005

do someone have the pdf ? wtf is this ?

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I’m reading a book called The Future is Faster Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and I want to see if someone here is knowledgeable in the fields he’s talking about and can confirm what he’s saying about how soon these life changing technologies will be here.

I’ve been reading The Future is Faster Than You Think and I am enjoying the book a lot. It’s very inspiring to read and is easy to understand for a layman like me. The problem is it kind of feels too positive. For example, he’s expected flying automated taxis around the corner of the decade. My question is for the people that read the book and are experts in the fields that he talks about. Is what he says legit?

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Brigham Young University’s Optical trap true freestanding hologram.

Brigham Young University's Optical trap true freestanding hologram. submitted by /u/candiedbug
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New memory editing technique can ‘erase’ bad memories

New memory editing technique can ‘erase’ bad memories submitted by /u/IntelligentLaugh4530
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Binghamton junior starts company with friends to use recycled glass as cement replacement – Binghamton News

Binghamton junior starts company with friends to use recycled glass as cement replacement - Binghamton News submitted by /u/kernals12
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Amputee Becomes the First Person in the US to Receive The Metal Gear Solid Bionic Arm Courtesy of Open Bionics

Amputee Becomes the First Person in the US to Receive The Metal Gear Solid Bionic Arm Courtesy of Open Bionics submitted by /u/Sorin61
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We can 3D-print wood now; now we can just 3D-print replicas made from wood waste instead.

We can 3D-print wood now; now we can just 3D-print replicas made from wood waste instead. submitted by /u/albene
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A team of researchers from China and Australia has developed a way to bind multiple strands of graphene oxide into a thick cable (Self-generating yarn made from graphene oxide strands)

A team of researchers from China and Australia has developed a way to bind multiple strands of graphene oxide into a thick cable (Self-generating yarn made from graphene oxide strands) submitted by /u/QuantumThinkology
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Why hasn’t Waymo expanded its driverless service? Because suburban ride-hailing is a lousy business to be in and it’s all about scaling up that business model to trickier places–like San Francisco. Waymo cars are popping up there more frequently of late.

Why hasn’t Waymo expanded its driverless service? Because suburban ride-hailing is a lousy business to be in and it's all about scaling up that business model to trickier places--like San Francisco. Waymo cars are popping up there more frequently of late. submitted by /u/izumi3682
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