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From a NASA blog post made the day after contact was lost: The dust storm that is affecting Opportunity has greatly intensified. The atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover has increased to a record 10.8 on Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018). Power levels on the rover have dropped to a record low of ~22 watt hours. As expected, Opportunity has tripped a low-power ...


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Opportunity does not literally speak English, so no such message was expressed in those terms. However, Opportunity did communicate the information that it had a low battery and it was dark outside. The rover's flight software outputs a variety of data formats (summarized in this paper) ranging from "event reports" to telemetry to binary data produced by ...


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It's a PR stunt, and a very bad one at that. There are several debunkings out there, e.g. from ElecTrek, or (the best IMHO) from DÆrik @ YouTube. Strongest points made by DÆrik: The press release by PromoBot claims that the driver has "put the car in self-driving mode". Such a mode does not exist in available Tesla models. The Tesla "autopilot" would not ...


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Other answers give good technical answers to what the last message would actually have looked like, but I thought it worth tackling the angle of where the quote came from. Wikipedia cites an article on LAist a Los Angeles local news / blogging site, written by Jacob Margolis. In it he describes how he coined the phrase: "My battery is low and it's ...


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The original article is available: Indirect Reciprocity and the Evolution of Prejudicial Groups, Roger M. Whitaker, Gualtiero B. Colombo & David G. Rand, Scientific Reports Volume 8, Article number: 13247 (2018) The article is not about robots (i.e. machines that can carry out actions) and doesn't even mention robots. It mentions sexism and racial ...


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This Metro article cites a tweet by Keri Bean, an engineer who worked on the opportunity mission who had Oppy’s final measurement tattooed on her arm. This tattoo means more to me than just Oppy. Of course, the biggest significance is this is Oppy’s final measurement. I studied tau (atmospheric optical depth) as a student researcher. Don’t worry, I ...


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It's a human model. The act is a marketing stunt to promote the game "Detroit: become human" which features such androids as characters you play. You can clearly see less "androidy" androids in this other movie from the same expo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su0rfH0dZa4 In particular you can also see the clearly fictional slogans appearing, such as "...


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"Commiting suicide" colloquially means ending your life. As a robot doesn't have life, let's assume it means "ending your functional existence". Suicide requires self-consciousness (being aware of your own existence), and a will (the will to end this existence for {reasons}). Self-awareness and will falls into the realm of hard AI, and has not yet been ...


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TL,DR: it all boils down to a single, poorly-verified self-report. But since the whole claim is a report about one person's feelings and plan, there's little substance in the first place. The story has been reported in the French press recently, but it isn't new. A recent report is ‘Interview : Lilly, pionnière robosexuelle, “Que du bonheur”’ (‘Lilly, ...


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Yes, Boston Dynamics is a real company, and they are really doing this stuff. In addition to all the videos of their various robots on YouTube, here is one example paper jointly authored with a scientist at CMU explaining how the motion control dynamics work.


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The story is based on this dead twitter account which was deleted by its owner. A google search for her twitter username returns the following top result: A google Image search for her Twitter account returns lots of pictures similar to the ones shown in the report cited by OP, from the account associated with the username lillyinmoovator. Whether her real ...


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