The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Etiquette mavens say the book on manners must be rewritten, literally, to take into
account new technologies and social media (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

A 2012 survey by Intel found that in several countries, a majority said they were put
off by "oversharing" of pictures and personal information on the
internet and smartphones (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls
Logo No Hate Speech Movement

Bundestag passes law to fine social media companies for not deleting hate speech

Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace. (Design of doodle by Kevin Laughlin)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sanctions-hit Iran triumphs in football's RoboCup

Yahoo – AFP, Cyril Julien, 16 April 2014

A robot of Iran's Parand Azad University prepares to kick the ball during
 a match against 'Mechatronics Research Laboratory; from Iran's Azad 
University of Qazvin, during the RoboCup Iran Open 2014, in Tehran, 
on April 10 (AFP Photo/Behrouz Mehri)

A robot of Iran's Parand Azad University prepares to kick the ball during a match against 'Mechatronics Research Laboratory; from Iran's Azad University of Qazvin, during the RoboCup Iran Open 2014, in Tehran, on April 10

Tehran (AFP) - Iran may be lumbered with economic sanctions but that did not stop a local team of robotics experts from sweeping aside German and Dutch rivals in football's RoboCup.

In an event that could be considered just a fun distraction if it weren't for all the hard work involved, the annual tournament drew an international field of competitors last weekend.

Bahareh Forough of 'Mechatronics Research
 Laboratory' from Iran's Azad University of 
Qazvin adjusts a goalkeeper robot during
 the RoboCup Iran Open 2014, in Tehran, 
on April 10 (AFP Photo/Behrouz Mehri)
On a green felt carpet, five teams -- three German, one Dutch and the other Iranian -- contested RoboCup's 9th edition in Tehran, with the robots trying to prod a red ball into the back of their opponent's net over two 10-minute halves.

Standing just 60 centimetres (24 inches) tall, the key factor in the match -- unlike in everyday electronic games -- the robots are pre-programmed by their human masters ahead of kick-off.

"The robots are completely autonomous -- we don't have any control on the game and they make their own decisions," said Novin Sharhoudi, 20, a student of software and computer engineering at Qasvin Azad University, northwest of Tehran.

And unlike professional sport in which money can buy the best players, the RoboCup teams used identical machines designed by Aldebaran Robotics, a French company that also provided raw technical data for the programmers.

"We process the data to improve locomotion, perception of the infrastructure and behaviour," said Sharhoudi, referring to how and when the robots move, kick the ball and interact with team mates across a playing surface six metres (yards) long and three metres wide.

Without upgrades, components

Each robot is equipped with two cameras -- one on its head and the other on its chin -- to see the ball and communicate with team mates via wireless networking.

Local MRL (Mechatronics Research Laboratories) team came out on top, even though all aspects of life in Iran are clouded by international sanctions imposed as punishment for its disputed nuclear programme.

"We don't get all the upgrades, we can't buy robots or some components and the company was not in Tehran during the event so we can't repair the robots," said Sharhoudi.

And just as in the beautiful game itself, no plan survives the opening whistle.

Jonas Mende of team HTWK from Leipzig, Germany saw his robots bump into each other and their opponents, fall over and require "time out" on the sidelines before returning to action.

Robots from German Nao-Team HTWK of the Leipzig University of Applied
 Sciences take part in a football game against 'Dutch Nao Team' from the Van
 Amsterdam University, during the RoboCup Iran Open 2014, in Tehran, on
April 10 (AFP Photo/Behrouz Mehri)

Mende was impressed by the improvements achieved by the MRL team.

"Iranians have made good progress since last year. We are now on the same level and they are our main opponents," he said.

The MRL team's victory came after a third place finish behind world champions Bremen and Leipzig at a recent tournament in Germany.

But for professionals taking part in RoboCup, the aim is to advance their research and to improve design and movement in new software programmes.

"They develop lots of skills that can be used in other areas," said Patrick de Kok of the NAO Dutch team who took part in Tehran.

"Finding a ball is not only for soccer but can help find a specific target during rescue operations," he added, referring to searches in contaminated and dangerous places.

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