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Engineering Bees

With less Captain Crunch and more dandelion greens, we won’t need robotic bees. […]

Market Research Conference To Show Corporations How To Use Flying Drones and Robots To Spy On Shoppers

If the people at the MRMW conference believe that using robots to spy on us as we shop is such a good idea, why aren’t they making information about this session open to the public in general? […]

Libertarian Candidate Wants To Convert Schools Into Military Boot Camps

Note to Libertarians: Children in militias instead of schools, made obsolete by killer robots, is not a political goal that liberals share in common with you. […]

Obama’s FBI Is Spying On America Using Drones

Memo to President Obama: When the Fourth Amendment was passed, promising protection from unreasonable search by the government, I’m pretty sure that the Founding Fathers would have counted flying spy robots hovering over American cities as a form of unreasonable search. […]

Republican Robots About To Invade Cape Girardeau

Whatever the truth is, we know a couple of things for certain: 1) This robot army doesn’t appear to be from Missouri 2) The onslaught of “robocalls” for Jason Smith is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 3, and continue into Tuesday, June 4. […]

Except for Ed Markey, Congressional Privacy Caucus Utterly Silent on Drones

A month ago, I noted the apparently ironic declaration of the “Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus”:

The Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus was designed to educate Members of Congress and their staff on matter of individual privacy, to provide a forum for the discussion of these issues, and to serve as a legislative advocate for personal privacy […]

Law Enforcement using Military Robots to Spy on You. It’s a Federal Crime with No Arrests.

The Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law in effect for over a century, says that the military can’t be used for domestic police purposes. It’s not just an administrative violation. It’s a crime:

Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the […]

The Rise of Dragonfly Surveillance

In 2007, people reported dragonfly-like machines hovering in the air near protests in Washington DC and New York City. In the same year, the U.S. government reported success creating living moth cyborgs fully steerable with brain implants.

In 2008, the University of Delft publicized its bird-sized reconnaissance craft.

In 2011, a U.S. military team at […]

Westboro Baptist Church, Mocked

I missed it earlier this summer when Comic-Con was on, but Evolving in Kansas tipped me off to a royal mocking of Fred Phelps and his “God Hates Fags” schtick:

Good on ’em. Aggressively nutsy religion deserves to be lampooned. Hee.

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Lego League The Successor To BASIC Education?

Unlike archaic, top-down groups like the Boy Scouts, the First LEGO League is co-ed, and doesn’t discriminate against children on the basis of things like religion or sexual orientation. […]

Multinational Robot-War AUVSI Sucks from a Deep Well of Congressional Influence

When the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) testified to a congressional committee this week, it was the first I’d heard of the organization, although I’m not likely to forget it now. After all, AUVSI is the group that spoke in favor of the domestic deployment and deregulated international sales of military robot drones […]