the face of appropriate fear.

After discovering the latest omen of the world’s coming demise, the Clog encourages Berkeley students to put down their books and enjoy their short-lived time on Earth.

So, as it turns out, the most outrageous thing about “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is not that Mr. Cameron has actually managed to put together a decent film in his extended joke of a career. No, what’s really crazy is that it could in fact (sort of) happen In Real Life. You know, machines taking over and all.

We found this “All Things Considered” segment on singularity — i.e. the inevitable point in time when Artificial Intelligence will reign supreme and no one will dare try to tell a robot if he can or cannot love, dammit! The subjects of the piece were members of the Singularity Institute of Artificial Intelligence, which is located in none other than downtown Berkeley, read more »

Oh, that Google. Apart from collecting frightening amounts of your personal data and pushing to revamp your WiFi connection, the Mountain View tech-giant has recently rolled out a fleet of seven test vehicles that can drive themselves. Seriously.

And here’s the thing: these unmanned cars aren’t being tested in some underground Google facility somewhere, but out on the 101 freeway. Apparently, the Bay Area driving experience wasn’t quite harrowing enough.

Each automated Toyota Prius is controlled by an artificial intelligence that collects information about its surroundings from GPS data and many integrated sensors. There were also two technicians in each car, presumably to take control if anything went wrong and to terrify other drivers by gesturing with their hands off the wheel. Google reports that their vehicles successfully navigated many roads, both freeways and surface streets, with no accidents. (Apart from when one of the Google cars was rear-ended at a traffic light.)

But what’s the point? read more »