THE DEHUMANIZATION of Planet Earth continues as we make way for Humanity 2.0. In the news this week: Treating depression with emojis, robots designed with free will, and robots for search and rescue (funded by the Defense Department)–or to replace a spouse who might one day take all your stuff in a divorce.
MEET THE new Slenderman–an evil clown named Laughing Jack. A 12-year old Indiana girl allegedly stabbed her 50-year-old stepmother to death and setting their apartment on fire. Why? To please Laughing Jack.
Today we discuss immortality through technology and several stories related to Russia: Putin’s goals in the Middle East, a possible deal with Israel to develop the Leviathan natural gas field, and Russian code infects Pentagon servers with viruses.
AN ASTEROID will fly by Earth on Halloween at only 1.3x the distance of the Moon. It’s nicknamed “Spooky”, it’s been identified by astronomers as a dead comet — and it just happens to look like a human skull.
RUSSIA AND Iran have sent troops to fight for Syria’s largest city, Aleppo. Since it borders on the “Islamic State-free zone” declared by Turkey and the US last month, will the NATO allies have a problem with this? And how will the Islamic State respond?
IT’S SURPRISING how often otherwise respectable news outlets publish stories with little verification. Some are difficult to take seriously, such as the alleged werewolf in Brazil, and some are intended mainly to raise questions, such as the so-called “Stonehenge in space”.