Should we extend rights to robots, or not? In a rebuttal to a report from earlier this year, scientists have called the issue a “distraction” and say we should be considering what automatons could do for us as carers, security and sex toys.
From Manchester Evening News–
TWO wind turbines are being set up on Blackpool’s promenade to help power the resort’s famous illuminations.
In May, a third will join the pair, which cost £147,000 each, and together it is hoped they will cut £13,250 from the town’s annual energy bill.
They will sit on the front, close to the Sandcastle Water Park, and are expected to have a 25-year lifespan.
It’s possible the NIMBYs will still complain about these turbines, despite the fact that there can be few better places to site them than on a sea-front (and the fact that there’s little that could be done to make the Blackpool beach front uglier. It’s an endearing ugly, but it’s ugly nonetheless.)
Flights to New York have been booked- £311 return- and the baggage allowance is more that 5 Tic Tacs (or equivalent).