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New Release: New Life in Autumn – Michael G. Williams

A New Life in Autumn - Michael G. Williams

Michael G. Williams has a new gay sci-fi mystery out, Books of Autumn book 2: A New Life in Autumn. And there’s a giveaway! THE HARDEST PART OF DYING IS DECIDING HOW TO PASS THE TIME Valerius Bakhoum died and kept no living. Now he can walk the streets of his city with a new face and a new name and finally feel a little bit respected. Too bad he’s still flat broke and behind on the rent. Unsure what to do with himself—and perhaps even of who he is—Valerius resumes his career as a detective by taking up the … Read more

NEW RELEASE: We Interrupt This Program – Lynda Lyons

We Interrupt This Program - Lynda Lyons

QSFer Lynda Lyons has a new lesbian sci-fi book out: We Interrupt This Program. In a future where androids are fully integrated, there’s more need than ever for the highly successful Controllers. The Controllers are a special force whose primary job is to track down androids who have gone renegade. Lt. Valentine Smith of The Controllers is under the tutelage of her superior, Amelia Roberts. This time it’s personal for Valentine as a bomb meant for Amelia is planted in the Director’s private apartment. But it’s still business as usual as Valentine is sent to assure an important interspecies meeting … Read more

NEW RELEASE: Friends For Robots – Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

Friends For Robots - Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

Merc Fenn Wolfmoor has a new queer sci fi collection out: Friends for Robots. In this upbeat, positive collection of SFF short stories from Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, author of So You Want to Be A Robot, you’ll find hope, humor, friendship—and of course, robots. Have you heard the one about… …a neural network who wants humans to drink more water? …a person stranded on Mars with only an obsolete robotic toy? …a cyborg caught in a time loop with a frightened ship? …a self-aware mech who doesn’t want to be a weapon anymore? …an AI sent into the deepest part … Read more

Elon Musk: Tesla To Launch Humanoid Robot Next Year

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Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Thursday said the electric automaker will probably launch a “Tesla Bot” humanoid robot prototype next year, designed for dangerous, repetitive, or boring work that people don’t like to do. Speaking at Tesla’s AI Day event, the billionaire entrepreneur said the robot, which stands around five foot eight inches tall, would be able to handle jobs from attaching bolts to cars with a wrench, or picking up groceries at stores. The robot would have “profound implications for the economy,” Musk said, addressing a labour shortage. He said it was important to make the machine … Read more

These Dancing Robots Aren’t Scary at All. See?

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Hyundai has officially completed its acquisition of Boston Dynamics, the creator of the internet’s favorite dancing Spot and Atlas robots (which only occasionally look like dystopian nightmare machines). And to celebrate, the company is collaborating with K-pop sensation BTS on a new video that shows seven Spot robots grooving to the band’s 2020 song “IONIQ: I’m On It.” As Joe.My.God says: See? These aren’t at all the terrifying murder machines seen shooting bolts into the skulls of screaming humans in recent apocalyptic TV shows. Yeah. Full Story on the Verge

I Bring You Robots, Dancing.

Dancing Robots

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas and Spot robots can do a lot of things: sprinting, gymnastic routines, parkour, backflips, open doors to let in an army of their friends, wash dishes, and (poorly) get actual jobs. But the company’s latest video adds another impressive trick to our future robotic overlords’ repertoire: busting sick dance moves. The video sees Boston Dynamics entire lineup of robots — the humanoid Atlas, the dog-shaped Spot, and the box-juggling Handle — all come together in a bopping, coordinated dance routine set to The Contours’ “Do You Love Me.” Full Story From Joe.My.God

SPACE: Russian Robots on the Moon to Track Asteroids

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The Russian space agency Roscosmos is planning to install a nuclear-powered observatory on its future moon base to held spot deadly Earth-threatening asteroids. Establishing a permanent presence near the lunar south pole has been a priority for Roscosmos ever since NASA announced plans to return to the moon earlier this year. The base’s telescopes will work in tandem with spacecraft placed in orbit around the Earth to help provide humanity with a space-rock early warning system. Full Story From Joe.My.God

RELIGION: Theologian Suggests Gender-Neutral Robot Priests

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A Catholic theologian says that gender-neutral robot priests could help tackle the sexual abuse crisis within the church. The claim comes from Ilia Delio, chair in theology at Villanova University, Pennsylvania. Speaking to Vox, she said: “Take the Catholic Church. It’s very male, very patriarchal, and we have this whole sexual abuse crisis. So would I want a robot priest? Maybe! “A robot can be gender-neutral. It might be able to transcend some of those divides and be able to enhance community in a way that’s more liberating.” Delio added that it’s possible that robots and priests could work side-by-side … Read more

SPACE: Nasa Developing Soft Robots for Planetary exploration – And They’re Weird

Think robots are all square corners and rigid metal parts? Think again. Two interns at NASA are part of a larger group working on “soft robots” that could be used for exploring worlds beyond Earth. This includes the moon, NASA’s next major destination for astronauts. The advantage of a soft robot is that it’s flexible and, in some ways, better able to adapt to new environments. Soft robots move in ways similar to living organisms, which expands their range of motion, perhaps making it easier to squeeze into a tight spot, for example. Interns Chuck Sullivan and Jack Fitzpatrick are … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT – Brobots: The Complete Source Code, by Trevor Barton

QSFer Trevor Barton has a trilogy omnibus out with Beaten Track: Brobots: The Complete Source Code. Rod burners. Scaff dawgs. Laggers. Bucket dumpers. Lerps. Duct monkeys. Tin knockers. Lumbergs. Artificial big guys. Product of a troubled firm. BROBOTS. They’re easy to treat like trash. But not so easy to ignore; especially the ones experiencing the wake up. The idea was that they could work hidden in society’s plain sight allowing humanity time to get used to the fact of sentient machines. But it’s all too easy for others to take advantage of those who live on the edge. What they, … Read more