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DARPA Robots Now Use Tools

Huge leaps forward in droids that experts warns will be used to "kill people"

Steve Watson
Prisonplanet.com
April 2, 2013

DARPA, the technological arm of the Pentagon, has developed a robotic arm that can perform precise actions using tools, a huge leap forward in the evolution of robotics, but one that comes with potentially destructive implications.

Extremetech reports that, unlike many other robotics developers out there, DARPA has developed a cheap robotic hand, for under $3000, that can "almost match human performance in dexterous activities, like changing a tire."

The report warns that the development could be "ominous", in that our biggest advantage over other forms of life on Earth is that we have the ability and intellect to precisely use tools.

As highlighted in the following video, the DARPA robotic arm can perform detailed tasks such as using a pair of tweezers to pick up objects.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scOd9aILwPY



DARPA also notes that the developments shown in the video are now outdated, and that the latest models are much more advanced, performing tasks such as threading a nut onto a bolt, opening a zipper, and recognizing objects by touch.

Gill Pratt, a program manager at DARPA, told the New York Times that developing the ability to move like a human hand has a lot of important military uses.

The Extremetech report notes that these developments are "pretty cool", so long as the machine doesn't figure out how to "rise up against it's creators".

That may sound far-fetched, but it is something that experts have been warning about for some time.

Last year, when Department of Defense contractor Boston Dynamics announced that it now has a robot that can run faster than the fastest human on the planet, with a flexible spine to help it "zigzag to chase and evade," Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, said the robot was "an incredible technical achievement, but it's unfortunate that it's going to be used to kill people".

"It's going to be used for chasing people across the desert, I would imagine. I can't think of many civilian applications – maybe for hunting, or farming, for rounding up sheep." Sharkey added.

"But of course if it's used for combat, it would be killing civilians as well as it's not going to be able to discriminate between civilians and soldiers." he said.

Sharkey has previously warned that the world may be sleepwalking into a potentially lethal technocracy and has called for safeguards on such technology to be put into place.

In 2008, Professor Sharkey told listeners of the Alex Jones show:

    "If you have an autonomous robot then it's going to make decisions who to kill, when to kill and where to kill them. The scary thing is that the reason this has to happen is because of mission complexity and also so that when there's a problem with communications you can send a robot in with no communication and it will decide who to kill, and that is really worrying to me."

The professor also warned that such autonomous weapons could easily be used in the future by law enforcement officials in cites, pointing out that South Korean authorities are already planning to have a fully armed autonomous robot police force in their cities.

Boston Dynamics has also been contracted by DARPA to develop and build humanoid robots that can act intelligently without supervision, in a deal worth $10.9 million.

The DoD announced last year that "The robotic platforms will be humanoid, consisting of two legs, a torso, two arms with hands, a sensor head and on board computing."

DARPA's website says that the robots will help "conduct humanitarian, disaster relief and related operations."

"The plan identifies requirements to extend aid to victims of natural or man-made disasters and conduct evacuation operations." reads the brief, first released in April 2012 as part of DARPA's 'Robotics Challenge'.

The robots will operate with "supervised autonomy", according to DARPA, and will be able to act intelligently by themselves, making their own decisions if and when direct supervision is not possible.

The Pentagon also envisions that the robots will be able to use basic and diverse "tools".

"The primary technical goal of the DRC is to develop ground robots capable of executing complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments. Competitors in the DRC are expected to focus on robots that can use standard tools and equipment commonly available in human environments, ranging from hand tools to vehicles, with an emphasis on adaptability to tools with diverse specifications." reads the original brief.

The robots are set to be completed by Aug. 9, 2014, according to the contract.

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New DARPA Robot Looks Human

Experts warn cyborgs will eventually be used to kill

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
April 8, 2013

The new incarnation of Boston Dynamics' PETMAN robot, being developed for DARPA with Department of Defense funding, not only looks human but it also sweats to regulate body temperature.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFrjrgBV8K0



A new video showing PETMAN in action depicts the robot dressed up in a post-apocalyptic chem-bio suit with sensors embedded to detect hazardous chemicals.

"Decked out in chem-resistant camo and a dystopic gas mask, this robot couldn't look more human," writes Jason Dorrier.

When the clothing is removed, the robot looks something like Sonny from the movie I, Robot. PETMAN is self-balancing and can also do push-ups, walk, stretch, and squat.

As you can see from the previous incarnations of PETMAN in the videos below, as the robot's capabilities increase, so does its resemblance to a human being.

That will only serve to increase concerns expressed by numerous robotic experts, that the Pentagon's fleet of cyborgs is being developed with one primary goal in mind – to pursue "suspects" and kill large numbers of people on the future battlefield.

Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, has repeatedly warned that the robots currently being developed under the auspices of DARPA will eventually be used to kill.

"Of course if it's used for combat, it would be killing civilians as well as it's not going to be able to discriminate between civilians and soldiers," said Sharkey.

Last month, award-winning military writer and former intelligence officer Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer also wrote an essay warning of the threat posed by remorseless "killer robots" that will be used to stalk and slaughter human targets in the near future.

In a 50-page report published last year, Human Rights Watch also warned that artificially intelligent robots let loose on the battlefield would inevitably commit war crimes.

Last year, experts at the prestigious University of Cambridge announced a project to conduct research into the "extinction-level risks" posed to humanity by artificially intelligent robots.

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Pentagon to Build Robots With 'Real' Brains

Technology would make robots "truly anonymous"

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
April 11, 2013

A Pentagon-funded team of scientists have constructed a machine that functions like a human brain and would enable robots to think independently and act autonomously.



Researchers for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) have created a device that "looks and 'thinks' like a human brain," James K. Gimzewski, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, told National Defense Magazine.

The program is called "physical intelligence" and is capable, "without being programmed like a traditional robot, of performing actions similar to humans," making it the first incarnation of a robot that can perform "truly autonomously" without human input.

"What sets this new device apart from any others is that it has nano-scale interconnected wires that perform billions of connections like a human brain, and is capable of remembering information," writes Sandra I. Erwin. "Each connection is a synthetic synapse. A synapse is what allows a neuron to pass an electric or chemical signal to another cell. Because its structure is so complex, most artificial intelligence projects so far have been unable to replicate it."

The technology would allow drones to be created that do not need human operators, machines that would be able to learn and navigate through terrain completely of their own accord.

According to Erwin, it is not yet confirmed whether the Pentagon will look to apply the technology to weapons systems.

However, given the fact that the vast majority of DARPA's work in robotics is geared towards creating an army of battlefield soldiers, it's not a huge leap to make.

Numerous experts have warned that robots currently being developed in the name of humanitarian assistance will ultimately be used to kill enemy soldiers and accused terrorists.

Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, has repeatedly warned that the robots currently being developed under the auspices of DARPA will eventually be used to kill.

"Of course if it's used for combat, it would be killing civilians as well as it's not going to be able to discriminate between civilians and soldiers," said Sharkey.

Last month, award-winning military writer and former intelligence officer Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer also wrote an essay warning of the threat posed by remorseless "killer robots" that will be used to stalk and slaughter human targets in the near future.

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Robots Will Do Everything You Do Now Only Better – What Then?

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April 29, 2013

The S&P 500 is near record highs, having finally regained all it lost in the 2008 financial crisis. It would be cause for celebration if it didn't feel so out of touch with the "main street" reality of continued high unemployment. As a recent New York Times headline read, "recovery in the US is lifting profits, but not adding jobs."

The NYT goes on to blame the divide between rising corporate profits, recovering stocks, and stubborn unemployment on big gains in productivity over the last few years. The article notes that the giant industrial conglomerate, United Technologies, "does not need as many workers as it once did to churn out higher sales and profits."

While United Technologies (and other manufacturing firms) may not be adding jobs, it's strange to blame today's high rate of unemployment on the trend. Due in large part to automation, manufacturing jobs have been disappearing for over 30 years. During that period, unemployment has been as high as 10.8% and as low as 3.8%. A better headline might read, "recovery in the US is lifting profits, but not adding traditional jobs in manufacturing and that's nothing new."


Credit: MJ Perry, Carpe Diem, BEA, BLS

It's rarely noted, but even as manufacturing jobs have steadily decreased, total manufacturing output has steadily grown. Since World War II, manufacturing output in the US has risen over 700%. While rising productivity is often demonized as a job killer, in truth, it is a very powerful force for good in the modern economy.

The time and creativity that productivity growth frees—and it's been happening since the Industrial Revolution—is responsible for every modern invention from healthcare to high tech, smartphones to non-invasive surgery. If humans hadn't started using machines to do some things for us, most would still be working in the fields with few moments to spare pondering economic theory, let alone inventing new technologies.

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Russian Tycoon Predicts Immortality Within 25 Years

Human minds to be transferred into computers by 2035

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
June 17, 2013

Russian multimillionaire Dmitry Itskov predicts that the human race will achieve immortality within 25 years as a result of minds being transferred into computers, and that robot bodies capable of housing human brains could even be available by 2025.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik_3Q2kQbfQ



A number of neuroscience experts gathered at Itskov's Global Future 2045 conference this past weekend in New York City to debate the fundamental question being posed by futurists across the world – when will man achieve technological singularity and be able to cheat death by merging with machine?

According to Itskov, within the next 10 years humans will be able to control robots using their brains. By 2025, dying bodies could be replaced by robot vassals housing human brains. By 2035, human minds will be transferred into computers, eliminating the need for a body altogether. By 2045, artificial brains will control hologram entities.

Itskov is calling on governments and the United Nations to help him realize the goal of immortality within 25 years, but experts like Archbishop Lazar Puhalo of the Orthodox Church in America warn that just because technology could allow such accomplishments to be achieved doesn't necessarily mean they should be pursued.

"I'm not too fond of the idea of immortality, because I think it will be deathly boring," he said, adding, "There's a lot of stuff in them (human bodies) that makes us human. I'm not sure they can be built into machines."

"We are really at the time when technology can affect human evolution," Itskov responded. "I want us to shape the future, bring it up for public discussion, and avoid any scenario that could damage humanity."

In an interview with CNBC, Itskov expands on his vision of mass producing "lifelike, low cost avatars that can be uploaded with the contents of a human brain" to provide humanity with "eternal life".

Itskov is working on producing an avatar of his own head similar to but more advanced than Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro's robot clone as part of the "gradual" transition towards a new type of human being that will not be susceptible to aging or disease.

Venture capitalists, hedge funds and banks are all interested in funding the project, which Itskov predicts will form an industry that will be "much bigger than the Internet". 'Avatar B' – a beta version of the project – will be ready within 10 years, according to Itskov.

Itskov's predictions closely match those of inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, who is renowned for accurately forecasting the invention of the iPhone, the iPad, Google Glass, iTunes, You Tube and on demand services like Netflix as well as the Kindle in his 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines.

By 2029, Kurzweil predicts that the vast majority of humans will have augmented their bodies with cybernetic implants and those who refuse or are unable to do so will form a "human underclass" that is not productively engaged in the economy. The wider trend of the elite seeing humans as completely expendable as their roles are taken up by machines unfolds after 2029 when, "There is almost no human employment in production, agriculture, and transportation," writes Kurzweil.

This future vision – a utopia to some, a dystopia to others – is also supported by the likes of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who recently predicted that his company will be capable of developing artificial intelligence for its programs that will be indistinguishable from a human being within 5-10 years. Schmidt routinely speaks of his desire to swallow nano-bots every morning that would regulate the functioning of his body, as well as sending his robotic clone to social functions.

Those opposed to the vision of man merging with machine make the point that such technology is only likely to be available to a wealthy elite and that it will be deployed to the detriment of the rest of the population, who will increasingly be demonized as worthless and parasitical.

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Skynet rising: Google acquires 512-qubit quantum computer; NSA surveillance to be turned over to AI machines

Mike Adams
Natural News
June 20, 2013



Most people don't know about the existence of quantum computers. Almost no one understands how they work, but theories include bizarre-sounding explanations like, "they reach into alternate universes to derive the correct answers to highly complex computational problems."

Quantum computers are not made of simple transistors and logic gates like the CPU on your PC. They don't even function in ways that seem rational to a typical computing engineer. Almost magically, quantum computers take logarithmic problems and transform them into "flat" computations whose answers seem to appear from an alternate dimension.

For example, a mathematical problem that might have 2 to the power of n possible solutions — where n is a large number like 1024 — might take a traditional computer longer than the age of the universe to solve. A quantum computer, on the other hand, might solve the same problem in mere minutes because it quite literally operates across multiple dimensions simultaneously.

The ultimate code breakers

If you know anything about encryption, you probably also realize that quantum computers are the secret KEY to unlocking all encrypted files. As I wrote about last year here on Natural News, once quantum computers go into widespread use by the NSA, the CIA, Google, etc., there will be no more secrets kept from the government. All your files — even encrypted files — will be easily opened and read.

Until now, most people believed this day was far away. Quantum computing is an "impractical pipe dream," we've been told by scowling scientists and "flat Earth" computer engineers. "It's not possible to build a 512-qubit quantum computer that actually works," they insisted.

Don't tell that to Eric Ladizinsky, co-founder and chief scientist of a company called D-Wave. Because Ladizinsky's team has already built a 512-qubit quantum computer. And they're already selling them to wealthy corporations, too.

DARPS, Northrup Grumman and Goldman Sachs

In case you're wondering where Ladizinsky came from, he's a former employee of Northrup Grumman Space Technology (yes, a weapons manufacturer) where he ran a multi-million-dollar quantum computing research project for none other than DARPA — the same group working on AI-driven armed assault vehicles and battlefield robots to replace human soldiers. DARPA is the group behind the creepy "Legged Squad Support System" you can see in the following video:

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The Dark Side of Ray Kurzweil's Transhumanist Utopia

The elite's obsessive pursuit of immortality is a new tool of class enslavement

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
June 20, 2013

Futurist Ray Kurzweil's prediction that humans will be uploading their minds to computers by 2045 and that bodies will be replaced by machines before the end of the century, currently receiving a new wave of media attention, overlooks the fact that such technology will likely be monopolized by the elite as a way of enslaving the rest of humanity on an industrial scale.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f28LPwR8BdY (Ray Kurzweil — Immortality by 2045)



Kurzweil, recently hired by Google, repeated his forecast at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress in New York this past weekend but newspaper reports concerning the issue were absent a key disclaimer which Kurzweil admits in his book – such technology will not be available to the general public and instead will be controlled by a technocratic elite who will attempt to become super beings by merging with machines.

"We're going to become increasingly non-biological to the point where the non-biological part dominates and the biological part is not important any more," said Kurzweil. "In fact the non-biological part – the machine part – will be so powerful it can completely model and understand the biological part. So even if that biological part went away it wouldn't make any difference."

"We'll also have non-biological bodies – we can create bodies with nano technology, we can create virtual bodies and virtual reality in which the virtual reality will be as realistic as the actual reality. The virtual bodies will be as detailed and convincing as real bodies," he added.

However, when Kurzweil says "we" he isn't referring to you or I, he's referring to the 1 per cent – the monied elite who will have privileged access to technology that will allow them to eliminate all forms of disease, dispense with the need for a human body and eventually achieve immortality by existing as a computer program on the world wide web.

It is important to emphasize the extreme likelihood that Kurzweil's transhumanist utopia will not be available to the entirety of humanity but instead will be the domain of a wealthy aristocracy, creating yet another class system. Kurzweil admits this in his 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines, labeling those who refuse or are incapable of cybernetically augmenting themselves as MOSHs – Mostly Original Substrate Humans.

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Transhumanism with Dr. Roman Yampolskiy

Prison Planet.com
June 27, 2013

Alex talks with Roman Yampolskiy, computer scientist at the University of Louisville, known for his work on behavioral biometrics, security of cyberworlds and artificial intelligence safety. Yampolskiy talks about the NSA spy grid, cyber security, the future of transhumanism, and control technology such as FDA-approved microchip RFID pills.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9IlOUphGpc

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Foxconn to speed up 'robot army' deployment; 20,000 robots already in its factories

Michael Kan
ITworld.com
June 28, 2013

Manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group is on track with its goal to a create a "million robot army", and already has 20,000 robotic machines in its factories, said the company's CEO Terry Gou on Wednesday.

Workers' wages in China are rising, and so the company's research in robots and automation has to catch up, Gou said, while speaking at the company's annual shareholder's meeting in Taipei. "We have over 1 million workers. In the future we will add 1 million robotic workers," he said. "Our [human] workers will then become technicians and engineers."

Foxconn is the world's largest contract electronics maker and counts Apple, Microsoft and Sony as some of its clients. Many of its largest factories are in China, where the company employs 1.2 million people, but rising are threatening to reduce company profits.

To offset labor costs and improve its manufacturing, Foxconn has already spent three years on developing robots, Gou said. These machines are specifically developed to assemble electronics such as mobile phones, but it will take some time for Foxconn to fully develop the technology, he added.

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Prosthetic Limbs Controlled By Thought Are In Development

The developing technology could make prosthetic limbs as natural as real ones.

By Jamie Ducharme
Boston Magazine
June 17, 2013


Prosthetic limbs are getting futuristic. Prosthesis photo via Shutterstock

Consider how easily you go about daily tasks like grabbing your keys as you head out the door or picking up the phone when it rings—it's without thought, almost instinctive. The same could soon be said for people doing those tasks with the help of a prosthetic limb.

The Defense Department Agency (DARPA) has been at work since 2009 developing prosthetic limbs that can actually be controlled by the wearer's brain, just like any other part of the body. Unlike current prosthetics, which never truly becomes as natural as the limb they replace, the new technology would rely on the wearer's nerve signaling to function. The technology is called Reliable Neuro-Interface Technology (RE-NET), and it allows the signals sent from the body's existing muscles and nerves to control the new limb. A report from The Atlantic quotes the Department of Defense about the efforts, saying, "Basically, they're working on a bionic limb interface that will allow amputees to control their bionic limbs with their brains."

A report from DARPA quotes the research programs' manager, Jack Judy:

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Professor: Robots to Patrol Cities by 2040

"What is your ID number? What are you doing here?"

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
July 25, 2013



Robots will be patrolling cities by 2040 according to Professor Noel Sharkey, who predicts their tasks will include asking for ID, tasering and arresting suspects as well as crowd control.

In an article entitled 2084: Big robot is watching you, Sharkey, a robotics professor at the University of Sheffield, forecasts a world in which the jobs of surveillance, security and law enforcement have largely been handed over to artificial intelligence.

WIthin the next 30 years, Sharkey asserts that, "Humanoid walking robots would be more in use for crowd control at games, strikes and riots. Robots will patrol city centres and trouble spots where fights are likely to break out."

"Robots will have reasonable speech perception and be able to ask questions and respond to answers. What is your ID number? What are you doing here? Move along. They may work in teams of tracked robots with non-lethal weapons (e.g. Tasers or nets) and be on call for diffusing difficult situations and arresting people," adds Sharkey.

As well as performing more mundane tasks like checking tickets and throwing people out of events, robots will also "be able to spray a crowd with RFID tag darts or some futuristic equivalent so that people can be tracked after the crowd has been dispersed," writes Sharkey.

As well as performing more mundane tasks like checking tickets and throwing people out of events, robots will also "be able to spray a crowd with RFID tag darts or some futuristic equivalent so that people can be tracked after the crowd has been dispersed," writes Sharkey.

By 2070, the professor predicts that robots will take on a human appearance and will be able to deploy swarm intelligence technology that will "make escape from capture impossible." Robot police cars will also roam streets scanning license plates and deduct speeding fines from bank accounts automatically.

Sharkey has become a prominent voice in warning about how DARPA's fleet of robots, which are ostensibly being developed for "humanitarian" and "emergency response" purposes, are in fact being designed to kill.
"Of course if it's used for combat, it would be killing civilians as well as it's not going to be able to discriminate between civilians and soldiers," Sharkey told the BBC.

His warning has been echoed by Human Rights Watch, as well as former intelligence officer Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer, who wrote an essay warning of the threat posed by remorseless "killer robots" that will be used to stalk and slaughter human targets in the near future.

Last year, experts at the prestigious University of Cambridge announced a project to conduct research into the "extinction-level risks" posed to humanity by artificially intelligent robots.

As we reported in April, Pentagon scientists have already constructed a machine that functions like a human brain and would enable robots to think independently and act autonomously.

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Farm robots to make human ag workers obsolete within a decade

by: J. D. Heyes
NaturalNews.com
July 24, 2013

(NaturalNews) In the latter part of the 20th century, automation - the introduction of machines and "robots" designed to make mass production more effective - began taking over for human workers in American factories. With automation came efficiency, but that efficiency cost the country as well in terms of good-paying jobs.

Now, apparently, the same technology is about to take over America's fruited plains - robots, it seems, are all the rage down on the farm, and their introduction and spread will make human farm work a thing of the past.

Migrant workers are in shorter supply, making bots attractive

Per The Associated Press:

On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.

The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.


Welcome to the future of agriculture, ladies and gentlemen.

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Scientists achieve first human 'mind meld'

Nick Collins
London Telegraph
August 28, 2013

From his laboratory at the University of Washington, Prof Rajesh Rao claims he was able to control the hand movements of a colleague on the other side of campus using no more than the power of thought.

A cap filled with electrodes picked up electrical signals from Prof Rao's brain and transmitted them via the internet to a magnetic coil placed on Dr Andrea Stocco's head.

As Prof Rao thought about tapping the space bar on his computer keyboard the coil stimulated Dr Stocco's left motor cortex, the part of the brain which governs hand movement, and prompted him to carry out the action.

Previous studies have linked mouse brains together, and some amputees use similar technology to move robotic limbs, but the experiment is thought to be the first such connection between the brains of two people.

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Robotics revolution to replace most human workers in three generations

Labor class to be systematically eliminated

Mike Adams
Natural News
September 30, 2013



As much as seventy percent of the human race will become obsolete within just three generations. Why? Because robotics technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that highly-capable humanoid robots with advanced vision recognition and motor coordination systems are going to take over most menial labor jobs.

Supporting this conclusion, a new study just released by Oxford scientists concludes that 47% of all jobs are "at risk" of being replaced by automation systems and robots in just one generation (roughly 20 years). But this is just the opening chapter of the robotics revolution that will rapidly make human labor all but obsolete.

In my estimation, over the next three generations (about 75 years), we will see humanoid robots take over nearly all traditional labor roles in society, including manufacturing, agriculture, construction, firefighting, food service and even community policing. Most of the physical work done today by humans will be turned over to humanoid-shaped robots built much the same way we are: two arms, two legs, two eyes and roughly the size and shape of a 5′ 9″ man.

This, in turn, will make virtually all human laborers obsolete. There will be no more need for people to pick crops, paint houses, clean windows, drive ambulances or even fight wars. Humanoid robots will take over every repetitious, dangerous, disgusting or boring task that humans currently tackle, from cleaning toilets and sweeping floors to driving taxis.

A fascinating new book is coming out on this very topic in just a few days. It's called Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat. I've pre-ordered the book to make sure I get a copy when it's released on October 1. Obviously, I haven't read the book yet, but it sounds like it covers what I'm talking about right here: the end of an entire class of human beings as robots rise up and displace them.

Why a future full of robots may not be as rosy as you think

To the typical naive citizen, all this talk about robots taking over menial labor jobs sounds futuristic and exciting. "We can all sit back and relax!" they'll say. "The robots will do all the work for us!"

Except for just one thing: the only real reason laborer populations are tolerated by the rich and powerful who really control the world is because laborers are needed to run the economy. Someone needs to pick the crops, sweep the floors and do the dry cleaning, in other words. Once capable humanoid robots transition into all the jobs currently carried out by flesh-and-blood humans, there will be no further need for a large segment of the human population.

This, combined with the terrible cost the world population is accruing in terms of environmental destruction and use of dwindling resources, already has world leaders like Bill Gates talking about population control... also called "depopulation" solutions. Global depopulation technologies have been under development for decades, running the gamut from mild to aggressive. Here are the three main types of depopulation technologies that exist right now:

Depopulation technologies, from mild to aggressive

#1) Family planning – birth control, abortions and one-child policies that reduce population over time by limiting childbirth. This is seen by globalists as the most "humane" way to reduce global population because it does not require the actual killing of adult humans.

#2) Covert infertility technologies – these includes GMOs and mercury in vaccines, both of which either cause spontaneous abortions or result in widespread infertility. Plastics chemicals also fall into this category. The key with these systems is that they are deployed covertly, population-wide, through either the medical system or the food system. The global elite who are aware of these depopulation vectors intentionally avoid non-GMO foods, mercury-laced vaccines and non-organic food for this very reason.

#3) Direct kill weapons – the primary weapon in this category is bioweapons. The U.S. Army, in particular, has already developed level IV bioweapons capable of killing 98% of those it infects. Other direct-kill weapons include nuclear power plant sabotage, nuclear war (missiles striking high population areas) and an intentional collapse of the global food supply, resulting in mass starvation.

Globalist power players are currently pushing strategy #1 very aggressively through family planning and abortions. Strategy #2 is also well under way with mass vaccination and GMO consumption. Strategy #3 is being held in reserve, ready to be unleashed when the time comes to eliminate the masses and transition the global economy to a combination of humanoid robots (the majority) run by a small minority of human elitists.

That's the final equation in all this: Laborers will be replaced by robots and phased out of the human gene pool one way or another. What the globalists want remaining is a highly-automated society with a relatively small number of humans remaining who are high-IQ individuals capable of focusing on technological advancement for the survival of the human race in a cosmos full of competing civilizations. One of the primary focus areas of this effort will be space-based weapons to defend humanity against non-terrestrial threats. Those potential threats include widely-acknowledged things such as asteroids as well as "top secret" things such as advanced non-terrestrial civilizations mounting an attack against Earth.

In the cosmic scale of things, by the way, it's actually a very important strategy to shore up strategic defenses of our home world, especially as we currently have no backup plan and no colonies on other worlds. If Earth is destroyed, humanity dies with it.

Who will be allowed to live? Those who can create

Here's how the globalists think: In order to shape the future in a way that conserves resources while maximizing the technological progress of human civilization, all so-called "useless eaters" must be eliminated, as they waste far too much food, energy and land. The precious resources of planet Earth must be conserved for those few who have the intelligence to know what to do with it.

Over the next century, it will become obvious that only innovative, high-IQ individuals who can out-think the robots have any real value to society. People who can program the robots — or help design new ones — are extremely valuable and will be allowed to live. People who can invent new technologies, create inspiring art, or write original fiction will also be valued precisely because they can do the things robots can't.

Specialty experts like surgeons will see their roles radically shifted. They will become strategic decision makers while their companion robots become the mechanics who actually carry out the procedures with extreme precision. Soldiers, too, will become in-the-field strategic decision makers managing squads of robotic grunts. This means the number of soldiers needed to run a war is drastically reduced, and human soldier casualties will be drastically reduced as well. (Which creates a dangerous incentive for imperialist nations to start more wars, thinking, "Oh, it's only robots that are dying, not people.")

The roles of truck drivers, police officers, bank tellers, fast food workers, food preparers, lawn care workers and many others will be radically shifted as robots take over. Importantly, as each robot is purchased to do a job, it replaces a human worker who will then become jobless.

How robots will multiply the great socioeconomic divide

Robots will sharply divide the economic classes. Those who are replaced by robots will become jobless and homeless. Those whose lives are enriched by the benefit of the robots will become abundantly wealthy in the material quality of their lives. (Although, notably, robots will not make their spiritual lives any more meaningful, so don't expect the robot revolution to equate to increased happiness.)

In time, the number of people displaced by robots will become so large and so enraged that mass riots can be expected to unfold across the cities of first-world nations where robots enjoy widespread deployment. These riots will reinforce the idea to the globalists that all these "useless eaters" need to be eliminated. After all, they no longer have anything to offer society that isn't already accomplished more efficiently by robots.

Expect to see accelerated efforts to find covert ways to eliminate these people through food and medicine vectors, including "free vaccines for the poor" campaigns that intentionally inject displaced workers with vaccines which cause medium-term death or widespread spontaneous abortions combined with infertility. For an historical reference to support this, note that the polio vaccines given to nearly 100 million Americans were later found to be contaminated with hidden cancer viruses. For decades, the CDC openly acknowledged this, but in a recent revisionist history scheme, the CDC scrubbed any mention of polio vaccine contamination from its website, hoping to erase this scientific truth from society's memory.

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Mike Adams on How The Robotic Revolution will Replace Us

Prison Planet.com
Oct 5, 2013

As much as seventy percent of the human race will become obsolete within just three generations. Why? Because robotics technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that highly-capable humanoid robots with advanced vision recognition and motor coordination systems are going to take over most menial labor jobs.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-57whFpCKYw

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Soon, Drones May Be Able to Make Lethal Decisions on Their Own

Joshua Foust
Defense One
October 8, 2013

Scientists, engineers and policymakers are all figuring out ways drones can be used better and more smartly, more precise and less damaging to civilians, with longer range and better staying power. One method under development is by increasing autonomy on the drone itself.

Eventually, drones may have the technical ability to make even lethal decisions autonomously: to respond to a programmed set of inputs, select a target and fire their weapons without a human reviewing or checking the result. Yet the idea of the U.S. military deploying a lethal autonomous robot, or LAR, is sparking controversy. Though autonomy might address some of the current downsides of how drones are used, they introduce new downsides policymakers are only just learning to grapple with.

The basic conceit behind a LAR is that it can outperform and outthink a human operator. "If a drone's system is sophisticated enough, it could be less emotional, more selective and able to provide force in a way that achieves a tactical objective with the least harm," said Purdue University Professor Samuel Liles. "A lethal autonomous robot can aim better, target better, select better, and in general be a better asset with the linked ISR [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] packages it can run."

Though the pace for drone strikes has slowed down — only 21 have struck Pakistan in 2013, versus 122 in 2010 according to the New America Foundation — unmanned vehicles remain a staple of the American counterinsurgency toolkit. But drones have built-in vulnerabilities that military planners still have not yet grappled with. Last year, for example, an aerospace engineer told the House Homeland Security Committee that with some inexpensive equipment he could hack into a drone and hijack it to perform some rogue purpose.

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A Chip In The Head: Brain Implants Will Be Connecting People To The Internet By The Year 2020

Michael Snyder
Natural News
October 30, 2013

Would you like to surf the Internet, make a phone call or send a text message using only your brain?  Would you like to "download" the content of a 500 page book into your memory in less than a second?  Would you like to have extremely advanced nanobots constantly crawling around in your body monitoring it for disease?  Would you like to be able to instantly access the collective knowledge base of humanity wherever you are?  All of that may sound like science fiction, but these are technologies that some of the most powerful high tech firms in the world actually believe are achievable by the year 2020.  However, with all of the potential "benefits" that such technology could bring, there is also the potential for great tyranny.  Just think about it.  What do you think that the governments of the world could do if almost everyone had a mind reading brain implant that was connected to the Internet?  Could those implants be used to control and manipulate us?  Those are frightening things to consider.

For now, most of the scientists that are working on brain implant technology do not seem to be too worried about those kinds of concerns.  Instead, they are pressing ahead into realms that were once considered to be impossible.

Right now, there are approximately 100,000 people around the world that have implants in their brains.  Most of those are for medical reasons.

But this is just the beginning.  According to the Boston Globe, the U.S. government plans "to spend more than $70 million over five years to jump to the next level of brain implants".

This new project is being called the Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS), and the goal is to be able to monitor the "mental health" of soldiers and veterans.  The following is how a recent CNET article described SUBNETS...

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Robots, the 'uncanny valley' and learning to love the alien

George Zarkadakis
London Telegraph
November 26, 2013



We humans have evolved to relate emotionally to inanimate artefacts, which is strange when you think about it. Children play with dolls and toy soldiers as if they were people. Adults talk to their cars. As long as they are robot-like and "mechanical", we are comfortable around them, and can display affection (as for an old car). But when it comes to human-like robots, something unnerving happens.

As they acquire more human-like features, our affection wanes and we begin to get a creepy feeling. Our liking turns to revulsion. Androids that look too human freak us out.

This odd phenomenon is called the "uncanny valley", and it has befuddled engineers and scientists who design robots and interactive software. The term comes from the dip in a graph with two parameters: psychological familiarity and human-likeness.

As human likeness increases, so does our familiarity, or affection, for an artefact. As soon as the resemblance becomes too acute, though, familiarity drops below zero – hence the "valley".

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Professor Warns of Robots Armed With Tasers

Campaign to ban killer robots achieves success at UN

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
November 28, 2013

Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Noel Sharkey warns that autonomous robots armed with tasers may soon be used for crowd control purposes.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFP3jrw9nWY



Sharkey chairs The International Committee for Robot Arms Control, a group which is seeking to achieve an international ban on robots that can act autonomously and kill humans.

"There's certainly talk of arming robots with tasers," Sharkey told the Alex Jones Show, adding, "but tasers are kind of deadly – 150 people died in the U.S. within a period of two years from taser abuse, so if you start arming robots with tasers then I think it's only a short step to arming them with lethal weapons."

Sharkey said that his organization had enjoyed recent success at the United Nations with French and American delegations in moving to prohibit armed autonomous robots by putting forward the issue as a mandate for discussion at the UN.

"There was a massive discussion and they accepted the mandate so next year the CCW committee (Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons) are setting up an expert workshop to take this on board and discuss it," said Sharkey.

Sharkey has predicted that within the next 30 years, "Humanoid walking robots would be more in use for crowd control at games, strikes and riots. Robots will patrol city centres and trouble spots where fights are likely to break out."

The professor sees the drones being used to run checkpoints, check IDs and make arrests with the aid of "non-lethal" weapons.

DARPA has already announced the creation of a robotic drone that looks human, with the construction of PETMAN by Boston Dynamics. Sharkey described the DARPA robots as "an incredible technical achievement, but it's unfortunate that it's going to be used to kill people."

In a 50-page report published last year, Human Rights Watch also warned that artificially intelligent robots let loose on the battlefield would inevitably commit war crimes.

Former intelligence officer Lt. Col. Douglas Pryer, also wrote an essay warning of the threat posed by remorseless "killer robots" that will be used to stalk and slaughter human targets in the near future.

Last year, experts at the prestigious University of Cambridge announced a project to conduct research into the "extinction-level risks" posed to humanity by artificially intelligent robots.

Flying drones that communicate with each other are now being developed for "hunting terrorists" and other "homeland security" purposes, as well as UAVs that could one day snatch humans off the street.

The Pentagon is currently developing robots with "real brains" that would enable them to think independently and act autonomously. DARPA's LS3 robot is already able to autonomously track humans over rugged terrain.

Robot drones that are capable of killing intruders have already been operational along the South Korean border for years.
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Amazon's Drones Highlight 3 Ways Robots Are Replacing Humans

By Leo Sun
The Motley Fool
December 6, 2013

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos recently captured the public's imagination by unveiling his latest R&D initiative, Amazon Prime Air, which promises delivery by automated mini-drones in 30 minutes or less. There are, of course, limitations -- the prototype drones can only carry packages lighter than five pounds over a maximum distance of 10 miles.


Source: Mashable.

When I first heard Bezos' announcement, I laughed. Seriously, could tiny robots like the ones in Batteries Not Included fly packages to my doorstep one day? Will delivery personnel from FedEx, UPS, or the U.S. Postal Service soon lose their jobs? More importantly, will the FAA approve of Amazon unleashing clouds of mini-drones into the air on a daily basis?

Yet it appears that Amazon could be cleared for takeoff, since Congress has already ordered the FAA to clear the skies for commercial drone use by Sept. 30, 2015.

Although the use of drones, which are more associated with killing enemy combatants than delivering Christmas gifts, raises some chilling questions about the world of the near future, Bezos' idea isn't a new one.

Let's take a look at three other ways that robots are already replacing the need for flesh and blood workers across the world.

Robots are replacing soldiers, police officers, doctors... and maids?

Do you own one of iRobot's (NASDAQ: IRBT) popular Roomba automated vacuum cleaners? If so, you actually own a product directly related to expensive military hardware.

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Amazon, Applebee's and Google's job-crushing drones and robot armies: They're coming for your job next

It's inescapable: We'll be replaced by robots or turn into them. What happens to waitresses and taxi drivers then?

Andrew Leonard
SALON
DEC 6, 2013


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Alienation comes easy when you stumble into the glare of a modern airport off a red-eye flight. Bleary-eyed after three hours of fitful sleep, unready for the dawn, I did not know what to make of the bewildering sea of iPads that surrounded me on all sides.

Concourse G in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has given itself up wholeheartedly to tablet worship. Every single seat in the gate area came with its own iPad-equipped table. A restaurant sprawling nearby continued the theme — no wait-staff visible, but an iPad in a cradle sitting upright in front of every chair.

Facing a long layover, I knew I had to eat. But for a moment I was paralyzed. Any substantive distinction between the boarding area and restaurant had been annihilated and I didn't know where to turn. I'm no stranger to screen-addiction, but my first reaction to this hall of iPad mirrors — I could see hundreds from where I stood — was queasiness. I felt like I had stumbled inside a sadistic Apple commercial, rather than a place meant for living, breathing humans.

I eventually realized that I could sit down and order breakfast-via-iPad from any seat in the concourse. Before starting, I was required to input my flight details (presumably so I could be warned when my flight was boarding). Then I ordered coffee and breakfast — two eggs sunny-side up, home fries, bacon and orange juice — through a clunky menu interface. A card-reader to my right enabled payment.

A few minutes later, a waitress appeared with a cup of coffee. Ten minutes after that, she returned with the rest of the food. We exchanged hardly a word.

And I wondered: Why was the airport bothering with any human touch at all? Why wasn't a drone bringing me my bacon? I mean, isn't that the obvious next step?

* * *

It's been a provocative week to think about robots and the ongoing technologically mediated evisceration of labor. On Sunday night, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced on CBS's "60 Minutes" that his company might one day cut delivery times to half-an-hour through the deployment of drones. On Tuesday, Applebee's revealed that the casual dining chain would be installing tablets in all of its restaurants. On Wednesday, the New York Times' John Markoff reported that Google had gobbled up a half-dozen robotics start-ups over the past year.

One quote from Markoff's piece got straight to the point.

    "The opportunity is massive," said Andrew McAfee, a principal research scientist at the M.I.T. Center for Digital Business. "There are still people who walk around in factories and pick things up in distribution centers and work in the back rooms of grocery stores."

There are still people employed to pick things up and move them around! Can you even imagine?! It's almost 2014, people!

In response to Bezos, a flood of naysayers immediately decried the impracticality of drone-package delivery in any short-term time frame. One of my own Salon colleagues was also quick to dismiss the potentially dehumanizing aspects of Applebee's tablet move. (She made the hard-to-argue-with point that Applebee's move to tablet ordering won't wreck the social experience of dining, because "everything is already wrecked.") Meanwhile, a majority of economists still seem to be convinced that a robots-everywhere world will spur job-creating economic growth, rather than further accelerate a rising tide of unemployment.

Nobody knows how it will play out, but one thing seems certain: We won't have to wait too long to find out whether a robot apocalypse is going to ravage society. The sense of increasing momentum toward a more robot-infested future is undeniable. No matter what the regulators say, I find it impossible to imagine that there won't be more drones in our skies, more tablet menus replacing human beings, more jobs accomplished by automation. Whether this transition is driven because it delivers true convenience for consumers, or whether it simply makes economic sense for the masters of capital, the logic of this technological evolution is inexorable.

The landscape of Concourse G sent a clear message: We are doing everything in our power to take the human out of the equation.

I suppose it is possible that my Minneapolis nausea should properly be blamed on lack of sleep, but I still found myself wondering: When the humans are gone, what's left?

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When Robots Make Drones: The Brave New World of Secular Stagnation

L. Randall Wray
EconoMonitor
December 9th, 2013

Amazon's Jeff Bezos is all over the news with his statement that drones will sooner or later be delivering packages to your home. Predictably, this has generated two types of buzz: what about the inevitable mishaps, and what about the poor displaced UPS workers.

For me, the first is a wee bit scary. Of course, you now have the prospect of being run over by a UPS driver whose workload has already been increased so much that he doesn't have the time to drive carefully. With the coming of drones we'll have to constantly scan the sky for incoming errant flights and packages falling to earth. I suppose the drones are more scary than the trucks.

However, it is the second worry that is getting most of the attention: What are we going to do as robots increasingly replace human workers. That sort of apocalypse has been featured in science fiction from time immemorial. Not only do we have the worry of rising unemployment of humans, but also the growing intelligence of robots as they realize they don't need no damn humans any more. Ahhhnold Is Baaaack! Open the Bomb Bay Doors, Hal!

An interesting piece in Salon addresses these latter issues: http://www.salon.com/2013/12/06/triumph_of_the_drones/.

Indeed, the title tells it all: "Amazon, Applebee's and Google's job-crushing drones and robot armies: They're coming for your job next".

Andrew Leonard lays out the issues nicely:

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Why is Google secretly assembling an army of robots? They can run faster than Usain Bolt, jump 30ft in the air and are almost indestructible

By Tom Leonard
The Daily Mail
January 14, 2014



Just imagine a future in which the word 'Google' and the internet giant's 'Don't Be Evil' motto are emblazoned on factory workers, delivery drivers, soldiers, housekeepers and care home staff.

Apart from working for the world's most powerful internet company, these workers would all have something else in common: they would all be robots.

The online search behemoth already dominates our lives to an extent that makes many of us uneasy, with its intrusive global mapping, shameless hoarding of our private data and Google Glass, the spectacle-style computers that will relay everything wearers see back to the company and its advertiser clients.

It's even patenting an electronic throat tattoo that would allow wearers to issue voice commands to their smartphones, tablets and other devices.

Many of us don't need any encouragement to think of the £57 billion California-based multinational as a deeply creepy enterprise.

Yet the news that it has been quietly buying up the world's leading makers of robots and robotic parts has caused some surprise in the technology world.

When it emerged that Google has even bought a pioneering military robot-maker, Boston Dynamics, curiosity turned to alarm.

There has been talk of android apocalypse and comparisons to Skynet — the evil artificial intelligence system in the Terminator science-fiction films, which tries to blot out humanity with its killer robots.

Boston Dynamics certainly makes some scary stuff: animal-like and human-like machines with eerily realistic running, lifting and jumping abilities that could transform a future battlefield.

Its creations include BigDog, whose four human-like legs are so nimble that they can stumble and then recover, even on ice or after being kicked hard by a human. When fitted with an arm, BigDog can hurl huge cinderblocks nearly 20ft.

Then there's Cheetah, which can run at 28 mph. That's faster than Usain Bolt.

And Atlas, a 6ft 2in, 24st bipedal robot, looking alarmingly like the terrifying cyborg terminators of the films.

It can drive a car, walk on rough ground and is virtually indestructible — still able to balance on one leg even when a wrecking ball is sent crashing into it.

As for the humanoid Petman (whose primary purpose is supposedly to test chemical protection clothing), it can charge up stairs and do press-ups.

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47% Of All Jobs Will Be Automated By 2034, And 'No Government Is Prepared' Says Economist

Michael Rundle
Huffington Post
January 18, 2013

Almost half of all jobs could be automated by computers within two decades and "no government is prepared" for the tsunami of social change that will follow, according to the Economist.

The magazine's 2014 analysis of the impact of technology paints a pretty bleak picture of the future.

It says that while innovation (aka "the elixir of progress") has always resulted in job losses, usually economies have eventually been able to develop new roles for those workers to compensate, such as in the industrial revolution of the 19th century, or the food production revolution of the 20th century.

But the pace of change this time around appears to be unprecedented, its leader column claims. And the result is a huge amount of uncertainty for both developed and under-developed economies about where the next 'lost generation' is going to find work.

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Why You Should Revolt Against the 'Robot Uprising'

By John Patrick Pullen
Entrepreneur
January 20, 2014


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In October, when Apple announced its redesigned Mac Pro, the company boasted that it would be assembled in the U.S. This was a curious about-face for the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant whose success has been inextricably linked to shoulder-to-shoulder assembly lines in China. In addition, as the New York Times reported, at a private dinner in February 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told President Obama, "Those jobs aren't coming back."

Indeed, they haven't. And they won't.

According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing industry lost 2.3 million jobs in the most recent recession. Since then, factories have only regained 526,000 jobs, a sad sign of Jobs' visionary nature. A promotional video on the Mac Pro's assembly clearly shows what led Apple to produce the new computers in the U.S.: robots, not people. An ambidextrous Fanuc M-710iC swings the Mac Pro's machined aluminum casing from station to station. The metal is polished by Guyson Corporation's blast-finishing robots. And components are placed on the circuit boards by Jot Automation machines.

Of course there are humans milling about, but not nearly as many as at Foxconn in China. When contacted, Apple declined to comment.

The growing use of robots in the workforce isn't just happening at Apple. From Kiva Systems droids fulfilling Amazon warehouse orders, to telepresence robots zipping through offices and conference halls, robots are suddenly everywhere. Though they weren't necessarily programmed to destroy jobs, some experts believe machine-caused mass unemployment is possible. According to a Sept. 2013 Oxford University study, computerization puts 47 percent of total U.S. employment at risk of termination.

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Thousands of U.S. Army Troops to be Replaced with Robots

Prison Planet.com
January 22, 2014

A senior American officer has said he is considering shrinking the size of the Army's brigade combat teams by a quarter and replacing the lost troops with robots and remote-controlled vehicles.

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Transhumanism: The Goal of The Global Elite With Transhumanism Expert Daniel Estulin

Prison Planet.com
January 30th, 2014

Veteran Bilderberg investigator and author Daniel Estulin joins Alex to discuss the dangers of transhumanism and the elite's drive for total control.

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