Here's yet another example of robots stealing our jobs. Over in Arkansas, officials have deployed a robotic bird watcher in order to help locate a bird that may or may not exist. (So that's where my tax dollars go.) Since 2004, there have been alleged sightings of an ivory-billed woodpecker but scientists haven't been able to confirm its existence. It's like UFO sightings, only several orders of magnitudes less exciting. So they've got this robot taking random pictures in hopes hoping of finding the elusive woodpecker, using a special algorithm to disregard all those other loser birds it's not looking for. Interest!

And here I thought robots were going to be used to help us cook breakfast and rob banks or something.


Robot watches out for woodpecker [BBC News]