skynet

SERIOUSLY CONCERNED: CHEETAH ROBOT

Mad scientists Researchers at MIT are apparently on a mission to destroy humanity because they are developing a cheetah-like robot that will eventually run at speeds of up to 30 mph. For reference, that’s faster than record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt. Key to the machine’s speed is an algorithm that controls the amount of force exerted by each leg of the robot as it hits the ground. The faster the speed, the more force must be applied to propel the robot forward. Not only is the cheetah robot fast, but it can even jump over obstacles, ensuring that when Skynet goes live we won’t stand a chance.

The project is being funded by the military branch DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for god knows what reason so I’m going straight to work on my bunker.

LOOK OUT X-MEN: MANKIND INVENTS TELEPATHY

Kind of. Sort of. Ok not reaaaally, but we’re at least one step closer. In an experiment recently published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers were reportedly able to make brain recordings of someone in India thinking of the words “hola” and “ciao” and then email the decoded message to France, where a machine converted the message into brain stimulation in another person. The person receiving the message perceived the brain stimulation as flashes of light which they were then able to interpret, presumably by something like morse code. 

Here’s a link to the full article which includes a bunch of technical gibberish that you’re probably not interested in. The takeaway here is that at this point you need an internet connection to download the message, so in the event that mutants team up with Skynet, we are all screwed. 

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