Researchers are developing a system to teach robots how to feel pain.

That might seem counterintuitive, as IEEE Spectrum points out. After all, “One of the most useful things about robots is that they don’t feel pain.” That means “we have no problem putting them to work in dangerous environments or having them perform tasks that range between slightly unpleasant and definitely fatal to a human.”

But the researchers from Leibniz University of Hanover argue that the “artificial robot nervous system” actually makes the robots safer. They say humans working alongside them — using heavy machinery, for example — are also likely to be safer. Here’s more from IEEE Spectrum:

“Why is it a good idea for robots to feel pain? The same reason why it’s a good idea for humans to feel pain, said Johannes Kuehn, one of the researchers. ‘Pain is a system that protects us,’ he told us. ‘When we evade from the source of pain, it helps us not get hurt.’ ”

AI? More Like Aieeee!! For The First Time, A Robot Can Feel Pain

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Danger danger! 


Alderaan places indeed.



Sucks if it is true. In my opinion he is the second best Bond behind only Connery. 

2nd only to Connery indeed.

I’m done as 007, Daniel Craig tells Bond movie bosses




This Rare Collection of Photos Celebrates Elegance

“It’s a fleeting moment or a certain pose, an elegant turn of the head or the silk folds of a dress.”


You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

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Try verbal texting It’s sweeping the nation!

It’s a new and it is sweeping the nation. It is an effective means of expressing yourself in a concise and meaningful way. It allows both parties to hear the other person, the inflection in the other persons voice, the sarcasm, the seriousness. It’s everything you need in a communications tool and its already part of your smart phone. 

Here’s how it works. You use those numbers instead of the letters you use too much. You dial 9 digits of random order (pre-shared of course) and hit that little button that looks like a phone.

Magically you will connected to a live person who will verbal text with you and he or she may even be grateful for the verbal text. 

Verbal texts are great for learning more about a company, an organization, a process, even a love interest. So try verbal texting today and see for yourself why verbal texting is sweeping the nation.


It’s time to move. Gosh I haven’t done this since 2007 and while I have loved living in Natick, MA it’s time to go.  I have many fond memories of the area. My daughter was born in metro-west and brought home to Natick. My son finished high school in Natick. The Boston marathon ran by my apartment yearly in Natick. The Redsox won their first world series wile I lived in Natick. The Patriots won their first superbowl while I lived in Natick. The Boston Bruins won the cup while I lived in Natick. The Celtics won the NBA championship while I lived in Natick. Gosh I hope local Boston sports teams can survive without me living in Natick now that I think about it. Anyway,  I embrace my impending move to the North Shore and to Witch City USA. I imagine Boston sports teams will be just fine.

Apple icloud music is an abomination.

Went to work yesterday and synced my 11000 plus songs to the icloud music. It took all day but when I got home all my music,  play lists and anything not bought were visibly destroyed completely or so it appeared. Why Apple music is so bad I don’t know and I just don’t care. It appears icloud will just be nothing afterall huh Tim Cook?  One thing Apple does well is publish solves to its biggest blunders in Apple communities. Here is what my search turned up.


This is a simple super solution and it worked for me instantly, turning a couple hours of frustration into instant joy.

Close iTunes

Navigate to you iTunes folder

Choose a former .itl file from Previous iTunes Libraries (preferably the most recent one before the Apple Music disaster) and drag it into the iTunes folder

Rename the messed up .itl to iTunes Library (Corrupt).itl

Rename the previous iTunes library that you just dragged in to iTunes Library.itl

Open iTunes

Your music library should be restored to perfection!