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Robot Who ‘Wants to Destroy Humans’ Granted Citizenship by Saudi Arabia

[ By SA Rogers in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ]

Sophia, a semi-realistic humanoid robot with a range of uncanny facial expressions, has been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia in a global first. Created by Hong Kong-based firm Hanson Robotics, Sophia debuted in March 2016 and has been interviewed around the world since then, from the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to the Future Investment Initiative held in Saudi Arabia’s capital city of Riyadh this week. She’s perhaps best-known for saying, “Okay, I will destroy all humans.”

Of course, if you watch the video and get the context, you can see that this is a leading question from her creator David Hanson, and Sophia has clearly been prepared with a few different snappy responses.

New study confirms ‘Limits to Growth’ prediction of imminent global collapse

oil production, peak oil, shale oil, fossil fuels, alternative energy, resource consumption, fracking

The book Limits to Growth – a 1972 harbinger of the “death of the planet” – was largely dismissed in its time time as being improbable at best and at worst, alarmist. But new research shows that the book was likely right – not just about a few things – but about almost everything forecast about the planet’s collapse.

Robot Fails: 12 Times Supposedly Intelligent Machines Screwed Up

[ By SA Rogers in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ]

If you’re down about the oncoming dystopia in which robots take all of our jobs before we’ve structurally reorganized society to support ourselves, enjoy a few moments of smug comfort in these videos of supposedly advanced machines falling, spilling coffee, arguing with each other like old couples and committing suicide in fountains. They’ll give you a brief sense of satisfaction before you read yet another article about how automation is about to destroy your industry.

Security Robot Drowns Itself

Future Fonts: Tracing the Role of Typography in Science Fiction in Films

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Graphics & Branding. ]

Whether intentionally retro, as in Stranger Things, or overtly futuristic, as in RoboCop, the role of typography in a movie goes well past the title, subtly but powerfully shaping the world viewers are invited to experience.

Dave Addey, author and creator of Typeset in the Future, is as meticulous as he is obsessed, analyzing appearances of type in film line by line, providing insights, context and speculative answers to various uses (as well as typo corrections).