Evil Robots are now after your stash

It is well worth exploring the intersection of Evil Robots as accomplices of the state in infringing on the private lives of citizens. The wily constabulary of the northeastern Achterhoek region of Denmark are now employing wicked mini-choppers to weed out (I know, I know...) the clandestine elements of their local farming communities.

That's right, an itty-bitty narco-chopper that wants to pop your tart for "The Man". Oh Dutch authorities, I am wounded...

Police in the northeastern Achterhoek region have begun using an unmanned miniature helicopterto track down the illegal cultivation of cannabis, which often takes place indoors. The so-called "canna-chopper" is fitted with cameras and a sniffer to take air samples out of ventilator shafts and chimneys. A dedicated gas analyser is able to recognise traces of weed smell in the air samples.

Dutch narco-ChopperDutch narco-Chopper

Full story at Radio Nederland Wereldomreop

Chemical 'caterpillar' points to electronics-free robots

Okay, as if the imminent obsolescence of the human race were not creepy enough, the Shuji Hashimoto applied physics laboratory at Waseda University, Tokyo is busy bringing us these fresh horrors. I'm not especially squeamish, but man...

Also, are we seeing the early potential for a synthesis between mechanical and these chemical techonologies? I'm looking at you Cyberdyne Systems Model 101...

Shingo Maeda and colleagues made the colour-changing, motile gel by combining polymers that change in size depending on their chemical environment. This is based on an oscillating chemical reaction called the Belousov


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