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Posts Tagged ‘arnold schwarzenegger’

One Step Closer to An Uncontrollable Robo Army

Friday, August 19th, 2011

As if humans haven’t gotten enough of being proverbially slapped by intelligent robots, computer manufacturer and researcher IBM has created a microchip that mimics the brain functions of humans.  You read that correctly.  According to IBM, “inside the (human) brain, information is processed in parallel, and computation and memory are entwined”…”The IBM researchers have built and tested two demonstration chips that store and process information in a way that mimics a natural nervous system. ”  This means that computers will be able store information by “learning it”, such as image recognition, map discoveries, problem solving, etc.

Wonderful.

It’s nice we have inventions and new technologies that are able to cater to our human needs and desires.  Music on iPods, information on computers, entertainment on TVs, or even vacuums that selflessly clean up after our filth, are all enjoyments of life.  But that’s because they do what we tell them what to do.   If they start thinking for themselves, well then they might realize what I do to my printer when it isn’t working properly.  I blame IBM if in a few months Terminators from the future come to wreak havoc on our planet.  And not the good Terminator.  The nasty Arnold Terminator from the first movie…You know which one I mean.

“I’ll be hiding under your bed.”

 

 

 

Nexflix Changes Things Up a Bit…

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

There’s never been a better time to take advantage of your online/streaming capable TVs or Blu-ray players.  Netflix just introduced changes to their monthly plans.  First, they are launching new DVD only plans. These plans offer the lowest prices ever for unlimited DVDs – only $7.99 a month for  1 DVD out at-a-time plan and $11.99 a month for 2 DVDs out at-a-time plan. By offering their lowest prices ever, Netflix hopes to provide great value to their current and future DVDs by mail members.  Unlimited streaming will cost $7.99 a month.

Netflix seems to be adapting themselves to provide more convenience and they have separated the plans to better reflect the costs of the separate services.  Some people are upset by the change, as the old plan of $9.99 a month for both DVDs by mail and streaming will no longer exist, but both services can be combined for a total of $15.98 a month.

I for one, have seen Netflix streaming in person at my friends house and there isn’t anything more convenient that shuffling through an on-screen library of movies, choosing one and watching it instantly.  It makes “Arnold Schwarzenegger and Beer” movie nights that much easier.