Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2017

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98 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 3 5 'Robby the Robot' Rebooted The first robot Baby Boomers were introduced to was either Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), or Robby the Robot in the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet. Gort was foreboding and lethal, but Robby was "nice" and even had a sense of humor. Kids loved him. Fast forward to today and Steve and Rosie, two so called autonomous data machines (ADMs) from the California tech startup company Knightscope ( www. knightscope.com ) that function as security robots. According to Knightscope, the company was founded in response to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, and the 2013 deadly bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The company's security robots patrol and gather data from their beat and feed it to the company's security operations center. The security robots come in two sizes, the taller 5' robots used for outdoor security, and the smaller K3 robots used for inside patrolling. Five-foot tall security robots are patrolling in New York City (pictured) and such locals as the Washington Harbour retail-residential center in the Georgetown district of Washington, D.C. The robots have the computational intelligence of an autonomous car and come equipped with a 360-degree camera, thermal imaging, automatic license plate recognition, directional microphones, proximity sensors and other technology. Security robots are presently deployed in 19 cities. IMAGE: WWW.KNIGHTSCOPE.COM Women Have More Active Brains Than Men Scientists have just published 1 the results of a survey of 46,034 brain imaging studies meant to understand gender-based risk for brain disorders. The large sample allowed researchers to identify gender differences in brain activity. The research paper states: "The brains of women in the study were significantly more active in many more areas of the brain than men, especially in the prefrontal cortex, involved with focus and impulse control, and the limbic or emotional areas of the brain, involved with mood and anxiety. The visual and coordination centers of the brain were more active in men." 1. Gender Based Cerebral Perfusion Differences in 46,034 Functional Neuroimaging Scans. Daniel A, et al. Published online prior to Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Vol. 60, Issue 2 (Sept. 2017), IOS Press. https://tinyurl.com/yb4gfl2a

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