You know that BigDog robot being developed by Boston Dynamic for the American military? It’s a four-legged robot designed to act as a mule (but really, some of them are going to have weapons on them in time – if they were just going to use it as a pack animal they would have called it BigAss not BigDog). It sounds pretty nasty, like a one of those annoying minibikes that kids try to ride on the main roads without being caught but I suspect that that can be minimized in time. Someone asked me what it was for other than scaring the Hell out of her and it is kind of freaky. Here’s a look:
It literally looks like an ass-kicking machine:
I could really use an ass-kicking machine. Both for augmenting my low self-discipline and for… shall we say, community outreach.
Speaking of kicking ass, The Jawa Report brought this to my attention from the Yemen Times: An enterprising software developer, Walid Al-Saqaf, has unveiled an application called Alkasir (Circumventor) to circumvent efforts by Middle Eastern nations (and others) to censor blogs and other Internet material. There may be no perfect solution to Internet censorship and other forms of tyranny but there is no perfect form of censorship either. In an arms race between people wanting to be free and people wanting control, never bet on the control side. Now the only problem is making sure enough people in the world actually want to be free. Maybe the ass-kicker machine could be used to reduce complacency.