Redskins Brand Has Yet Another Battle

This particular battle might lose the NFL franchise the war in keeping their brand. Last week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademark registrations of the franchise. The Patent and Trademark Office says any branding that uses a derogatory term or slur for a people group constitutes sufficient grounds for rejecting a trademark registration. The claim is …

A Lab’s Disturbing Effort to Recreate Us

At least their name isn’t Skynet. Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, named after the founder, is dedicated to designing life-like robots that mimic human behavior. The Geminoid project, in particular, is aimed at constructing “life-model-decoys” (my own dorky comic book reverence) whose appearance closely resemble actual human beings. This resemblance is achieved by a 3D scanner. One end of this research project …