GOAT legs could keep robots upright over rough terrain

Most of the robots in existence are clumsy buffoons. Case in point: As advanced as our robots have become, they’re mostly still lacking the very human ability to avoid falls by making seemingly negligible changes to speed, center of balance and range of motion. In short, it’s not the sort of thing you’d fear in a robot apocalypse. It’s hard to fear a robot that can’t walk over uneven terrain or slippery surfaces, after all. Carnegie Mellon University student Simon Kalouche has other ideas. Kalouche’s leg is designed for maximum range of motion and easy force reduction. In other words, it can…

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The public has learned the “how” of Volkswagen’s deception involving the emissions of its “clean diesel” vehicles, but they are still asking the $ 18 billion question, why? The answer will probably unfold over the course of a televised congressional hearing, and the reasons will likely be numerous. But it’s clear that events in the years 2007 and 2008 were among the main impetuses.

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Microsoft, U.S. face off again over emails stored in Ireland

A dispute between Microsoft and the U.S. government over turning over emails stored in a data center in Ireland comes up for oral arguments in an appeals court in New York on Wednesday.

Microsoft holds that an outcome against it could affect the trust of its cloud customers abroad as well as affect relationships between the U.S. and other governments which have their own data protection and privacy laws.

Customers outside the U.S. would be concerned about extra-territorial access to their user information, the company has said. A decision against Microsoft could also establish a norm that could allow foreign governments to reach into computers in the U.S. of companies over which they assert jurisdiction, to seize the private correspondence of U.S. citizens.

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