Psycho Science

August 12, 2016

Get Ready to be Dumped

Sadie the Sadist knows all about competing with robots and automated systems in the workplace ... 

Your New Coworker
Sadie's advice: transform before you lose your job! 

Don't believe her?

Check out this article from The Washington Post:
The Brave New World of Robots and Lost Jobs

And this story on MSNBC: 
How Robots Will Impact Jobs in the Near Future

Normally, Sadie advises killing pesky coworkers, but these come with a warranty and they're replaceable (like you) ... You're best course of action is to upload your brain into a robot body. Ultimately, Sadie intends to become a robot cat.

Sadie as a Robot Cat

New Developments in Weird Science

March 1,2015

Robots Taking Over Now!

For anyone who doubts robots are on the verge of replacing you, here's the latest ROBOT NEWS:

Bionic reconstruction, developed by professor Oskar Aszmann in Vienna, allows patients to use a prosthetic hand controlled by brain impulses. (Read more about bionic reconstruction here.) 

Science is Fucking with Your Nerves
Sadie Says: Anyone with half a brain can see this is the first step to all of us receiving mandatory implants from the government which will allow greedy corporations to control our every move from remote sites. This gives new meaning to impulse shopping. Next time you throw something into your cart, consider that your arm may be under the influence of a computer chip.

This Could Be Your Head
More news for robotic body parts: Mechanical engineer, Mo Rastgaar, has developed a prosthetic ankle that can see where it's going, a prototype that provides a range of motion rivaling natural gait.

Sadie Says: This may sound like good news, but it's terrible news for those of us who like to goof off. Pretty soon corporations and governments will be planting eyeballs everywhere. Bad enough, you have to watch for cameras. What will it be like when your boss literally has eyeballs in the back of her head???

June 18, 2014

Robots on the Rise!

These days, whether you realize it or not, most people work with robots. Make no mistake about it, your boss is comparing your performance to your potential robot replacement ... and, chances are, you lose!

Baxter the Trainable Robot

(He looks cute, but he wants your job)
In fact, you may be expected to train your replacement. Rethink Robotics has recently unleashed Baxter a trainable robot. Baxter is affordable (just $25,000 plus warranty) and he can perform tasks at twice the speed of you or me. 

(Personally, I can't wait to get a Baxter Robot Butler.)

My Baxter Robot Butler

As wages rise, you can bet employers are thinking about how fast they can replace you with Baxter or Baxterette. According to a recent study at Oxford University, here's a list of jobs you can kiss good-bye:

Read more in the article, The Shift from Low-Wage Worker to Robot Worker.

Have you heard about the restaurant in China that's operated by robots? Watch this video (oh, yeah, it's in Chinese):

Even if you manage to keep your job, don't imagine you're home free. The New York Times just ran an article about killer robots in the workplace. Read As Robotics Advances, Worries of Killer Robots Rise. Over the past 30 years, robots have been responsible for 33 human deaths. That is bound to increase as we bring more robots into the workplace and give those robots more freedom to roam. 

I just wonder, with so many people's jobs being replaced by robots, who's going to have money to buy the stuff these robots make? 

Here's Baxter's buddy playing your swan song.

Sadie Says: Don't delay, download your brain into Baxter NOW!

May 9, 2014

Still IDing Victims from 9/11

According to an article in Forensic Magazine this Saturday close to 8,000 vacuum-sealed pouches holding the remains of 9/11 victims will be moved to the new World Trade Center site to be kept in a repository 70 feet under ground.

The hope is that the tiny shards of bone and advances in forensics will allow scientists to determine the identity of victims. 1,115 victims, 41% of the dead, have not yet been identified through DNA matching, but the work continues. Read more at Forensic Magazine. 

One World Trade Center

The new September 11 Memorial Museum open on May 21.

March 8, 2014

6000 Unsolved Murders Every Year

Thanks to all the developments in DNA and other forensic detection methods the number of cold cases should be dropping, right?

Photo by Photonica, Getty

But it's not.

According to a March 6, 2014 article in National Geographic Daily News, most cold cases are solved when new witnesses step forward. 

According to the article, the number of unsolved murders is on the rise:

In 1965 --91% of murders were solved
So far in 2014--63% of murders have been solved

The rise in cold cases is largely attributed to gang killings and a lack of witnesses willing to step forward. 

Solving real life cases has little in a common with what you see on TV programs like CSI.

For more information, check out the National Geographic article, Solving Cold Cases Depends on New Witnesses, not DNA.

March 3, 2014

Canine Detectives

For a long time, dogs have played an important role in detection. This article offers insights from recent research and explains how these amazing canines sniff out bombs and other explosives--including Composition C-4, a plastic explosive used by the U.S. military. 

Apparently, trainers have been using products that mimic the scent of Composition C-4 for training, but research has determined that the dogs sense the difference between real explosives and the substitutes. Read more here in the Science Daily article, published February 27, 2014.

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