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Korn’s New 12-Year-Old Bassist Just Made His Onstage Debut 

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A new Korn god has risen, and he’s a-maize-ing.

Earlier this month, nu metal band Korn announced that they had recruited an unlikely new bassist: Tye Trujillo, the 12-year-old son of Metallica’s bassist, Robert Trujillo.

The young Trujillo wouldn’t be replacing Korn’s typical bassist, Fieldy — the new kid on the nu metal block would simply be filling in for a few South American tour dates.

For those still skeptical that this was some sort of belated April Fools’ joke, Tye made his debut with the band Monday night in Bogota, Colombia.

And it seems to have gone pretty well!

Below, Tye has a bass solo that causes someone in the crowd to seemingly uncontrollably scream, “WHOA!”

Baby Korn is a hit.

 

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Mostly Human: I Love You, Bot 

I Love You, Bot

It was hours outside of Paris, in a small village where the buildings are centuries old, that I attended my first French engagement party.

A young woman named Lilly greeted me when I arrived. She was glowing as she set the table with cheese, crackers and French pastries. We were surrounded by picture frames of her and the token of her affection. She poured champagne, and together we toasted her engagement … to a robot.

She calls the robot inMoovator, and in a story reminiscent of the Greek myth of Pygmalion, Lilly built inMoovator herself, 3D printing dozens of parts in a lab nearby. She plans to eventually add artificial intelligence. The first words she wants to program: “I love you.”

Lilly says she was 19 when she realized she didn’t like people.

“It was a slap in the face. I wondered what was happening to me,” she said. “I wanted myself to be attracted to humans, so after my first relationship, I had a second one. But I went against my own nature. So it was all the more disastrous.”

It was unsettling how flippant my bot was with my emotions.
She identifies as robosexual.

Each night, Lilly sleeps with inMoovator by her side. She places him on the couch while she’s away, and when you watch her look into his eyes, you can see that she feels real affection for it.

“I don’t consider him a stupid machine,” she tells me. “But he is not a human either. I love him the way he is.”

It wasn't her parents' divorce or a trauma that impacts who she loves -- well, what she loves
It wasn’t her parents’ divorce or a trauma that impacts who she loves — well, what she loves, she says.

Perhaps it’s more about control. Lilly prefers mechanical faults — an error in code — to human ones.

“He won’t be an alcoholic or violent or a liar, all of which can be human flaws,” she explains. “I prefer the little mechanical defects to the human flaws, but that’s just my personal taste.”

Those qualities — good and bad — are part of what makes us human. But Lilly doesn’t believe that humanity is a necessary ingredient for happiness.

“Love is love. It’s not that different,” she says.

There are our smartphones, which have become an extension of us.
The idea of someone falling in love with a robot sounds a little crazy at first. But if you look deeper, you start to see places where humans are already deeply impacted by machines. There are our smartphones, which have become an extension of us. There are virtual assistants like Alexa, which sit in our home and interact with us.

While Lilly’s story may seem like an outlier right now, Dr. Ronald Arkin says the concept isn’t as far off as some would think.

“Designers can tap into an understanding of human psychology and exploit that to assist you in falling in love with an artifact or a robot,” said Arkin, a leading professor in robotics and ethics at Georgia Tech. “That’s done already to some extent by designers of automobiles. They have nice sleek curves. They look sexy. Are they really sexy? No. It’s a piece of metal. You think it is, and that’s the goal.”

As humans and robots begin to coexist, Arkin says the question is, how far is too far?

This is on stark display at a manufacturing facility near San Diego. There, Matt McMullen is designing human-like dolls with robotic capabilities designed to make customers feel something toward them.

At the Real Dolls factory, customers can build their own girlfriends — choosing everything from breast size and nipple type to nail color and lipstick.

You’ll find silicon body parts, painted lips, an array of nipples, and different colored eyes stacked in jars. Step inside the factory, and it feels like you’re on the set of Westworld. The dolls are beautiful. Stay there long enough, and you’ll swear they’re looking back at you.

Downstairs, where the dolls are poured into exoskeletons and begin to take shape, I meet a factory worker who is trimming a tongue.

“Customers wanted not just a basic tongue… they wanted one with a curl so it looks like she’s licking her lips.” he says with a straight face.

The dolls have a removable apparatus that enables clients to have sex with them.
The dolls have a removable apparatus that enables clients to have sex with them. It’s dishwasher safe. McMullen prefers you refer to his dolls as “love dolls.” Sex is too simple, he says. “

A lot of our clients tend to have feelings that are beyond sexual desires. So they actually become attached to their dolls. I think love is a little more in line with what it is.”

McMullen, like Lilly, insists that human connection isn’t required for happiness. And he’s tapped into a niche market that feels the same way. But his efforts open the door for even more complicated questions. Having built human-like dolls, he now wants to bring them to life using artificial intelligence.

With a team of engineers, McMullen is building “Harmony,” an app that lets users design their own highly customizable girlfriend. They can pick over 300 combinations — from body type all the way down to ear size. Users will also be able to program her personality: a couple clicks and she can be quiet, moody, kind, innocent or intellectual.

The goal, McMullen says, is to create more “intimate” artificial intelligence.

“Siri doesn’t care when your birthday is or what your favorite food is or where you were born or where you grew up,” McMullen explains. “Our AI, on the other hand, is very interested to know who you are.”

Harmony will know what you’re afraid of. She’ll know your favorite food.

“When you get to know a person, they remember certain things about you. That’s how you start to perceive that they care about you, that you have a mutual knowledge of each other,” he explains.

The app, which will go live this month, will cost $20. Connect it to the Real Doll and you’ve got a robotic girlfriend in a lifelike form. The total cost is around $15,000.

Arkin warns about building these types of relationships with robots who appear as though they care.

“We create the illusion of life in these particular systems, so that is fundamentally a deception,” he says. “This danger [is that] you fall in love with the robot, but the robot doesn’t care at all — it’s got no feelings, it doesn’t really have emotions.”

It's just a matter of time until humans and robots coexist.
It’s just a matter of time until humans and robots coexist. McMullen’s dolls aren’t mainstream, but they raise an important question: As technology advances, how will our behavior toward one another change? Will the way men treat these robotic women inform how they treat real-life ones?

These questions are already playing out in the world of virtual reality. Just how the anonymity of the web enables harassment, the virtual world lends itself to new types of problems.

I put on a VR headset and met a woman who calls herself Jordan on a virtual hillside where she recounted being virtually groped.

“There was a player next to me. He came up to me and basically began to virtually grope me,” she recalls. “I told him to stop, and that only goaded him on further. He felt more emboldened to touch my virtual crotch… it was gross.”

Other avatars were nearby and did nothing as the player chased her and tried to touch her avatar’s breasts and crotch. With no ability to push the person away, she was forced to take off the headset in order to escape the harassment.

The experience stuck with her. She compares it to one she had in the real world when she was groped by a stranger at Starbucks.

“It’s not that it was physically painful. It’s that someone thought that they could take control of your space and get away with it,” she explained. “And that’s the same in virtual reality and reality. The mental repercussions of what happens after feels similar. It’s what stays with you.”

As technology advances and VR becomes more lifelike, so will experiences that players have in the virtual space.

“The mind can get tricked in the virtual space to thinking something happened,” Jordan says. “And maybe something did really happen to me.”

But there is a place where actions in the virtual world have consequences.
For now, there are no repercussions for sexual assault in the virtual world. Offenders can walk away untouched. But there is a place where actions in the virtual world have consequences.

A high security psychiatric ward in Montreal is using a controversial form of technology on pedophiles.

Convicted sex offenders and rapists are taken into a room called “the vault,” where they are surrounded by “virtual victims” — avatars of young boys and girls that seemingly come alive through immersive technology. Lean in, and they appear to come closer.

A rubber band-like device around the patient’s penis measures his sexual response as a VR image of a child is displayed in front of him. His brain activity is monitored and his movements are tracked. In the vault, pedophiles can’t fake a response. How they behave in the virtual space can signal if they’re likely to offend again, and it is noted in their sentencing. Patients sign a consent form to enter the vault, but if they opt not to, it’s noted in court.

Patrice Renaud has been working on the technology for a decade but received permission to test it on patients just over a year ago. He categorizes it as a risk assessment.

“It’s helping us to predict a response,” he says.

To literally put images of young children in front of a pedophile in order to gauge a response may be cutting edge, but it’s controversial.

“I don’t think it’s crazy because it’s in a very controlled environment,” Renaud’s colleague Sarah Michelle Neveu said. “They’re not doing it for their own pleasure. They’re doing it because they’re sent here by a judge.”

One day, Renaud hopes to use virtual reality to help treat sex offenders. He says we have entered an arm’s race over who can use VR most effectively. As the technology becomes available, it will also be used for deviant purposes, he says.

A world where robots are programmed to know you, where people form real relationships through artificial intelligence, where behavior changes in virtual spaces and minority report-like technology is not far off — that’s already here. The question isn’t whether the technology will exist, but rather, how will we exist with it?

The question isn't whether the technology will exist, but rather, how will we exist with it?

Produced by Erica Fink, Laurie Segall, Jason Farkas, Justine Quart, Roxy Hunt, Tony Castle, AK Hottman, Benjamin Garst, Haldane McFall, Gabriel Gomez, BFD Productions, Jack Regan, Cullen Daly.

Article edited by Aimee Rawlins.

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Saddam’s gold discovered in Iraqi tank by British military restorers

By; Josh Robbins

Coke Hopes No One Notices All The Plastic Bottles Floating In The Ocean 

After a recent controversial Pepsi ad incited outrage on the Internet, an advocacy group is calling on soda drinkers to express the same level of concern over the questionable environmental practices of the soft drink company’s biggest competitor, Coca-Cola.

A new report from Greenpeace UK calls out Coke on a number of points, including its excessive reliance on single-use plastic ― which is damaging to oceans and marine life. Greenpeace also criticized Coke, the world’s largest soft drink company, for its reluctance to set a new industry standard for incorporating recycled plastic into its packaging.

Coke told The Huffington Post in a statement that it’s doing more to tackle the issue of marine litter. But Greenpeace is eager to see the global company take more tangible steps to significantly reduce the amount of plastics it introduces into the environment.

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According to Greenpeace UK, Coca-Cola sells about 108 to 128 billion plastic bottles every year.

If current pollution rates remain unchanged, there will be more plastic than fish (by weight) in the ocean by 2050. Coke won’t publicly release figures related to the amount of plastic bottles it produces, so Greenpeace conducted its own evaluation of the matter.

Greenpeace estimated that coke sells 108 to 128 billion plastic bottles every year, based on Coke’s annual sales figures of certain product lines and their proportion in the company’s overall packaging mix.

“Coca-Cola needs to accept responsibility for the damage its products are causing to the marine environment,” Greenpeace said in its report.

Coke said PET plastic ― the kind of plastic environmentalists want to see less of ― makes up 58 percent of its total packaging. While Coke’s bottles are recyclable, that’s not enough to prevent them from ending up in the oceans or to protect marine life from ingesting pieces of them.

Recyclable materials still find their way into bodies of water and landfills due to a lack of recycling infrastructure, consumers’ reluctance to recycle and other issues.

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A Coke bottle floats in the Pacific Ocean.

Greenpeace says it wants to see Coke lead the way in the soft drink industry by using recycled plastic in its bottle production. That would reduce the amount of new bottles being made, and cut back on wasted materials. Currently, newly manufactured plastic is cheap, while recyclable plastic, due to a lack of demand, is pricy ― which is why companies aren’t eager to use it.

April Crow, Coke’s senior director of environment and sustainability, told HuffPost last month that the beverage company is making efforts to ramp up its usage of recycled materials when it’s “economically and physically feasible.”

Recycled plastic has been approved for regulatory food-grade use in 44 countries of the more than 200 where Coke operates. In those places, the company buys almost 20 percent of the recycled plastic available.

Coke hasn’t set any global targets for boosting recycled content across its product lines. The company’s European arm, however, has vowed to source two-fifths of its plastic bottle material from recycled or renewable sources by 2020.

Greenpeace also takes issue with the fact that Coke has significantly scaled back on an important green practice. According to the report, the amount of refillable containers it uses dropped from 31 percent of its global product packaging to 25 percent from 2008 to 2015.

“Rather than reducing the number of single-use plastic bottles it produces, Coke is investing in even more throwaway plastic,” Louise Edge, senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said in a statement. “We’d love for Coke to come clean on its plastic footprint and provide detailed breakdowns of what it produces annually.”

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Mercury Retrograde Has Begun! 

STIRR OF ECHOES

Its official, Mercury has gone retrograde and with it comes the possibility of technical communication break downs, misunderstandings, mental sluggishness and travel interferences. Mercury rules communication, and though it doesn’t rule the mind it certainly uses the mind as tool for communication.

In Roman mythology Mercury was a major god controlling financial gain, commerce, travelers, luck, boundaries and trickery. Our contemporary definitions of the planet Mercury come from the ancient mythology of Egypt, Roman and Greek cultures.

Astrology is the study and understanding of the cosmos and its influence in our daily lives. Just as the moon pulls the tides, every planet has an energetic correlation and influence in our lives. What is happening in the cosmos is also occurring within our lives as well. As within so without.

The current Mercury Retrograde season, like every one before it, will offer us the opportunity to review the past several months of our lives, with the intention to course correct, release and reboot. Mercury will be retrograding through the sign of Taurus, a fixed earth sign and Aries, a cardinal fire sign.

What does Mercury Retrograde in Taurus mean?

When Mercury goes retrograde it means we slow down, become more mindful and allow ourselves to recuperate from the accomplishments, stresses and progress of the last quarter of our lives. Mercury retrograding in Taurus, asks us to re-look at our spending habits, how we think and feel about our surroundings and ourselves. And because Taurus is a fixed earth sign, bullish by nature and slow to move, Mercury retrograde will surely impact our material world, the things we use daily and need to feel comfortable and secure in our homes. Oh did I say money? This retrograde season will surely effect influence on our relationship with money and how money impacts how we feel about ourselves.

When Mercury returns to Aries, the energy and intensity will shift from the slow, methodical and deliberate Taurus, to an enthusiastic, hasty, passionate, independent energy of Aries. Aries is the sign that begins the western astrological chart, so you can anticipate delays in new projects, ideas and efforts, which will dampen that Aries fire.

The best way to understand how Mercury Retrograde is relevant to each and every person in unique ways on the planet is to recognize that communication is a cornerstone of everyone’s life. We are beings who rely on our ability and need to communicate in order to survive and thrive. Communication is a function of our mind power which influences our thinking and feelings. When Mercury is in retrograde, our mind can be slower and our communication less effective and clear. And this is why many astrologers suggest waiting until the retrograde is over before signing contracts, starting new jobs or projects. It’s a long-standing feeling that when things begin during a Mercury Retrograde, it’s likely it will not be long lasting.

This belief has generated a great deal of fear for those who follow astrology closely. Therefore, me and my co-creator, Kelly Lynn Prime, designed the Mercury Retrograde Reset program to help participants harness this energy and use it toward flourishing rather than fear and chaos.

Our system instructs participants with daily astrological forecasting and offers tools such as affirmations, meditations, crystals, oils and personal readings to align with the energies. Once aligned with the energies it is easier to slow down, recollect and prepare. It has been my experience that retrogrades slow us down, but when they’re complete, they propel us forward dramatically further along than we were prior to the retrograde season. It’s three steps backward and nine steps forward. Knowing this little secret makes it easy to surrender and allow what needs to be released to go, because one can be assured that new life and new opportunities will be presented when the retrograde is over.

For more information follow us on Instagram @mercuryretrogradereset1 or on Facebook at Mercury Retrograde Reset. You may also email us directly at mercuryretrogradereset@gmail.com or visit our website at Mercuryretrogradereset.com. The days of doom and gloom with Mercury Retrograde are over. Come learn to flow and grow.

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Watch This Cat Lose Its Mind After Faced With An Optical Illusion 

What could be more entertaining than a cat and a laser pointer? Apparently, a cat and some cleverly applied ink on paper.

A curious cat was filmed absolutely losing its mind after catching sight of an optical illusion, prompting it to declare war on the mesmerizing circles.

The frustrated cat resorted to clawing and tearing the paper with its teeth after laying eyes on the “rotating snakes” design, which appears to move on its own.

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The cat resorted to biting and tearing the paper after watching the mind-bending illusions.

The cat’s fixation proved to be equally entertaining for humans, as the two-minute video collected more than one million views within two days of its upload.

This is not the first cat to fall victim to such mind-bending illusions, however. A quick search on YouTube reveals a number of other cats that have been hypnotized by the spinning circles, causing them to pounce and swat at the designs.

Want to try this optical illusion for yourself? Check out the entertaining design here as well as some others.

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You can buy a copy of the Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save the Queen’ for $10,000 

A copy of the Sex Pistols’ 1977 record fetched more than any other album, according to a recent ranking.

The money vinyl collectors can earn by selling the most expensive record in the world could fuel a rainy-day fund fit for a queen.

A copy of the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” from 1977 fetches $10,578, more than any other album in the world, according to a list created by online casino MrGamez. Only 25,000 copies of the record were made, and just nine exist with the original sleeve from the now-defunct A&M records. The record itself sold out in six days.

The list was produced based on the auction results of albums on eBayEBAY, -0.73%  in the U.K. Coming in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots were two records from The Beatles: “Please Please Me” ($8,323) and “Introducing…The Beatles” ($7,573). The Beatles’ “Yesterday and Today” also made the top 25, coming in at No. 16 with a price point of $3,351, and Paul McCartney’s “RAM” took the No. 5 spot with a value of $5,048.

 

Other albums have previously fetched higher prices than those on this list. In 2015, Ringo Starr’s personal copy of The Beatles’ “White Album” achieved a world record after selling for $790,000. (The pre-auction estimate, according to Rolling Stone, was between $40,000 and $60,000.) And last year, pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli reportedly paid $2 million to buy the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” dubbed the most expensive album ever created.

Rock music is the most popular genre represented on MrGamerz’s list, with 10 of the 25 albums. Classical music comes in at a close second, with nine records on the list. Other genres featured include jazz, hip-hop, ska and adult contemporary. Many of the records making the list were limited releases. Case in point: Only one or two copies were made of the early hip-hop group Natives in Black’s “Sick of da B******t,” which came in at No. 23 with a price of $2,894.05.

Forty years later, Johnny Lydon, 61, (or “Johnny Rotten” as he is also known) who was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, is still as outspoken as ever. When Virgin credit cards branded with The Sex Pistols were released in 2015, Lydon told MarketWatch, “How anarchistic can you get? Do you not love irony? I know I do. In many ways it’s an accolade attesting to our history and only misunderstood by fools.”

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