Over My Dead Body: Robot Child Nominated To Carry The Olympic Torch In 2012 Games
NOTE: No, I didn't paint the eyebrows and mouth on in Photoshop, the creepy little f***er actually looks like that.
Aberystwyth University (which, based on the name, probably teaches witchcraft) computer science professor James Law (hey -- you're not above it, bro!) has nominated iCub, the creepy robotic child, to be one of the torchbearers in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. *dousing iCub in gasoline and kicking down a hill* Per weak-ass justification:
Law has suggested that the iCub robot, which is designed to learn from the world like a human toddler, should be given a chance to take part in the event as a tribute to legendary computer scientist Alan Turing. "2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, the founder of computer science and a figurehead for the code breaking efforts of WWII," he said. "A robot torch bearer would be a fitting tribute to Alan Turing, and an inspiration to future generations of scientists and engineers."
Right, because what better way to celebrate physical human achievement than letting a robot participate? THAT MAKES ZERO F***ING SENSE. Listen -- I'm all for celebrating Alan Turing, but the Olympics ARE NOT THE PLACE. No, the Olympics are a place for betting on sporting events you only get the opportunity to once every four years. You know, traditions and shit.
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Thanks to Kane, who gets accosted in the street a lot and accused of killing Abel. No not Cain dammit -- Kane, K-A-N-E.