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Robot Love: When Love and Sex with Robots is Commonplace

Posted by Billyjam, January 14, 2008 11:00am | Post a Comment
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In the weeks leading up to the debut last night (Jan 13th) of the new Fox TV show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles much of its national outdoor advertising campaign (bus-stop and billboard posters) featured the poster (shown left) of the show's attractive actress Summer Glau who plays the half-woman/half-robot terminator unit Cameron Phillips sent to protect John Connor -- Sarah's son.

No doubt this image of a sexy woman who is really a robot will fuel discussion or at least fantasies (especially with lusty hetero males) on the popular, recurring Sci-Fi theme of the possibility of humans having relationships with human-like robots.

But really, just how likely is a time when humans will have sexual or loving relationships with lifelike female, male, or transgender robots? Well, according to David Levy, an expert in robots and artificial intelligence, a time when humans will routinely be having sex with robots is actually only about forty years into the future.

Levy is the author of Robots Unlimited, published in 2005, and more recently the provocative book Love + Sex With Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relationships, which was just published by Harper Collins. He asserts that such technological advances are just around the corner and that they will be not considered weird but, he believes, generally be very warmly accepted.

HIGH ON FIRE

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 14, 2008 10:13am | Post a Comment
HIGH ON FIRE, North American Tour:

January 17 Santa Cruz, CA Veterans Hall (also w/ ARCHONS)
January 18 San Jose, CA Blank Club (also w/ ARCHONS)
January 19 Pomona, CA The Glass House (w/ ARCHONS)
January 20 Tucson, AZ Plush (also w/ ARCHONS)
January 22 Lubbock, TX Jake's Backroom (also w/ RWAKE)
January 23 Corpus Christi, TX The Compound (also w/ RWAKE)
January 24 Denton, TX Rubber Gloves (also w/ RWAKE)
January 25 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room (also w/ RWAKE)
January 26 Memphis, TN Hi Tone (also w/ RWAKE)
January 27 Nashville, TN Exit/In (also w/ RWAKE)
January 29 Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree (also w/ RWAKE)
January 30 Atlanta, GA E.A.R.L (also w/ RWAKE)
January 31 Orlando, FL Back Booth (also w/ RWAKE)
February 1 Miami, FL Churchhill's (also w/ RWAKE)
February 2 Tampa, FL Crowbar (also w/ RWAKE)
February 3 Gainesville, FL Common Grounds (also w/ RWAKE)
February 5 Charlotte, NC The Milestone (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 6 Carrboro, NC Cats Cradle (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 7 Virginia Beach, VA Steppin Out (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 8 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13 (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 9 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Café (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 10 Brooklyn, NY Europa (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 11 Milford, CT Daniel Street (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 13 Worcester, MA Palladium Upstairs (also w/ CAR BOMB)
February 14 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 15 Columbus, OH Ravari Room (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 16 Louisville, KY Uncle Peasants (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 17 St. Louis, MO 2 Cents Plain (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 18 Iowa City, IA The Picador (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 19 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 20 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 22 Sacramento, CA Blue Lamp (also w/ INTRONAUT)
February 23 Oakland, CA Uptown Nightclub (also w/ INTRONAUT)


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The Word(s) of the Year

Posted by Whitmore, January 14, 2008 10:10am | Post a Comment

(Drum-roll please)
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year for 2007:

w00t. – interjection: expressing joy (it could be after a triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word "yay", example: “w00t! I won word of the year”

The word has yet to find its way into the regular Merriam-Webster dictionary—but its inclusion in the online Open Dictionary, along with the top honors might just improve its chances. This year's winning word first became popular in competitive online gaming forums. Although the double "o" in the word is usually represented by double zeroes, the exclamation is also known to be an acronym for "We Owned the Other Team". In 2006 the Merriam-Webster dictionary voted “truthiness”, from the Stephen Colbert Report, as the word of the year.

However! (Drum-roll please)


New Oxford American Dictionary 2007 Word of the Year is “locavore”. Locavore was coined two years ago by a group of four women in San Francisco who proposed that local residents should try to eat only food grown or produced within a 100-mile radius. Another spelling variation sometimes seen is “localvores”. The locavore movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to grow or pick their own food, arguing that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locavores also shun supermarket offerings as an environmentally friendly measure, since shipping food over long distances often requires more fuel for transportation. The New Oxford American Dictionary word of the year in 2006 was “Carbon Neutral”.

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Modern Rock

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 14, 2008 10:00am | Post a Comment

The early 80's fascination with blossoming computer culture seemed to go hand in hand with an apprehensive take on its possible uses... These themes made for some very interesting makeovers.  Throw in a little Sci-fi and a touch of New Wave and you've got some very "Modern Rock"...

Grace Slick and the Airplane folks had a few records with technological themes...



Peter Frampton attempted his own computer makeover below, the 80's were not his decade...



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Appreciating Crass

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 14, 2008 08:10am | Post a Comment
Crass, the seminal English punk band that formed in 1977, is most known as the first band to cohesively promote anarchism as a political ideology. While other punks might have been singing about "AN-AR-CHY" for shock and fashion, anarchism was a way of life for Crass.
 
They made their records available to the public as close to cost as possible and even printed a "Pay No More Than..." price on their record sleeves to avoid the product from falling victim to unscrupulous transactions!
 
Their lyrics, albeit snarled, warned against consumerism, corporatism, racism, and globalization. They formed a rock and roll resistance movement against the excesses of culture, using an aggressive sound and image to gain creditability for a pacifistic ideology. Complex, man.
 
So where have the members of Crass been since the band dissolved in 1984? Everywhere! Especially drummer Penny Rimbaud, who has gone on as a performer and writer. Gee Vaucher, the main artist and some-time musician for Crass, has become a well-revered illustrator and painter.
 
This month, on Saturday, January 19th, Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher will appear at San Francisco's Hypnodrome theater (regularly home to the Thrillpeddlers, the only theater group in America I know of that specializes in Grand Guignol). Rimbaud will give a spoken word performance, followed by an interview with Rimbaud and Vaucher by legendary Bay Area punk-documentarian V. Vale of RE/Search
 
Here's the specifics:
RE/Search & Hypnodrome present CRASS!!!
ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!
TWO SHOWS!!!
Saturday, January 19th
7:30 & 10PM
General Admission: $10
6 Shock Boxes (2 person capacity each; includes signed poster): $40/box
 
The Hypnodrome, 575 Tenth Street /Bryant St., San Francisco
For Advance Tickets, call RE/Search 415-362-1465 http://www.researchpubs.com/

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