Daily Archives: January 21, 2008

The Robots Lie!

Holy crap! The Age of The Machines is nigh: a bunch of scientists in Switzerland have created learning robots that can lie to each other. Okay, so they don’t swill beer or put bends in girders–they just communicate to each other with benign flashing lights, thank goodness, instead of using lasers to destroy humans:The team at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Federal Institute of Technology created the little experimental learning devices to work in groups and hunt for “food” targets nearby while avoiding “poison.” Imagine their surprise when one generation of robots learned to signal lies about the poison, sending opponents to their doom.

Read the rest here.

Today’s Linux Calendar Output

Jan 21
Lenin died, 1924
Jan 21
Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson born in Clarksburg, VA, 1824
Jan 21
Our Lady of Altagracia in Dominican Republic
Jan 21*
Lee-Jackson Day in Virginia (3rd Monday)
Jan 21*
Robert E. Lee’s Birthday in Alabama & Mississippi (3rd Monday)
Jan 21*
Martin Luther King Day (3rd Monday of January)
Jan 21
Anniversary Day (Wellington)
Jan 21
Austrian troops invade the Belgian United States, 1790
Jan 22
Sir Francis Bacon born, 1561
Jan 22
Sam Cooke is born in Chicago, 1935

Google to Host Terabytes of Open-Source Science Data

Sources at Google have disclosed that the humble domain, http://research.google.com, will soon provide a home for terabytes of open-source scientific datasets. The storage will be free to scientists and access to the data will be free for all. The project, known as Palimpsest and first previewed to the scientific community at the Science Foo camp at the Googleplex last August, missed its original launch date this week, but will debut soon.

Check it out here.