Situational awareness: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a year-in-review message today declaring he is "proud of the progress we've made."
Nerekhta military robot at the Army 2018 International Military and Technical Forum in Russia. Photo: Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images
While the U.S. military builds out a robot support force and debates how much autonomy those robots should be given, China and Russia seem to be having no such reservations.
Driving the news: "At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized robots that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions," the AP's Matt O'Brien reports.
Between the lines: "The big fight over small robots opens a window into the intersection of technology and national defense and shows how fear that China could surpass the U.S. drives even small tech startups to play geopolitics to outmaneuver rivals."
What's next: "It will be a while... before any of these robots become fully autonomous."
Workers make a 20-meter-tall snowman beside the Songhua River in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. More than 50 workers used over 2,400 tons of snow to build the snowman.
It turns out that many Americans are partially on board with designer babies, a new AP/NORC poll revealed today.
The bottom line: 70% of Americans don't want it used to alter physical appearance and intelligence.