Autonomous warfare is headed in an unexpected direction. Scientists at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, working with the Army’s legendary Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, are developing the ability for robots — don’t freak out yet — to cook. Okay, now it’s safe to spazz out. Through a process called machine learning involving “how to” Youtube videos, these robots are being “taught” to prepare food and it’s their ability to learn simple tasks that makes them an ideal fit for utility-based military service.
“This learning-based approach is a significant step towards developing technologies that could have benefits in areas such as military repair and logistics,” Reza Ghanadan, the program manager for DARPA’s Defense Sciences Offices, told the Independent.
Robotics have a great deal to offer the services, especially long-term and repetitive action, like scrambling thousands of eggs, or more likely, making simple repairs or performing manual labor. As it stands, it’s unclear if future galleys or chow halls will be serviced by robots rocking a chef’s hat.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.