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A robot sheepdog? ‘No one wants this,’ says one shepherd

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It’s certainly an arresting image: a four-legged robot trots across a grassy hillside, steering a herd of sheep without a human in sight. The apparently seamless fusion of the futuristic and the agrarian feels refreshing — even hopeful — at a time when so much progress relies upon the destruction of the natural world.

But is it realistic? Could a robot actually take on the job of a sheepdog?

The footage comes from New Zealand firm Rocos, which announced a partnership this week with Boston Dynamics, maker of the four-legged Spot robot that stars in the video (and many others). Rocos makes software to control robots remotely, and the video demonstrates one potential use-case: agriculture.

“Equipped with payloads like heat, LIDAR, gas and high resolution camera sensors, Spot navigates rugged environments to capture data in real time,” says the company in a blog post. “In agriculture, farmers can access information such as more accurate and up-to-date yield estimates. This provides access to a new category of automation, and a safer, more efficient business.”

Now, it’s clear that the video is mostly a fun teaser rather than a serious claim by Rocos (or Boston Dynamics) that robots will soon be replacing sheepdogs. But it does invite a tantalizing question: if that did happen, how well would the robots fare? It’s not like the danger of biting off more than you can chew has deterred tech companies in the past.

Terrible, is the answer of a man who should know: sheep farmer and author James Rebanks, whose 2015 autobiographical book describes life as a shepherd in England’s Lake District.

“The robot might be an amazing tool for lots of things but it is worthless and unwanted as a sheepdog,” Rebanks told The Verge. “No one who works with sheep needs or wants this — it is a fantasy.”

Rebanks says robots simply don’t have the motor skills or the intelligence needed for such demanding work, and they likely won’t for a long time to come.

“Moving sheep isn’t just being behind them, it is about doing whatever the controller asks, and sometimes what needs doing based on [the dog’s] own intelligence beyond the handlers control,” he says. “A shift to the left or right of a few inches can turn the sheep, and a great dog can judge their characters and how much to do or not do.”

This relationship between sheep and dog — the dynamic of two intelligent beings — is vital, says Rebanks, and it’s rooted in the evolutionary history of predator and prey.

“Sheep obey based on carefully judged finely tuned movements, and because of the eye of the dog that intimidates them, and because the dog can ultimately enforce discipline with its teeth,” he says, adding that this “isn’t a good thing or needed often” but a valid threat. “The sheep respond as they do because they evolved with wolves and being hunted.”

He adds that, in the Rocos video, it’s clear that the sheep aren’t really obeying the robot at all. “If you watch carefully the sheep are breaking and taking the piss out of it — within a week they would be laughing at it,” he says. “Sheep have intelligence and will quickly work it out and completely disrespect it.”

Of course, criticizing the video might seem a little unsporting, given neither Rocos nor Boston Dynamics is selling its wares as sheepdog replacements. But the video represents a specific vision of the agricultural future that is incredibly popular right now. Farm automation is a fast-growing business, and companies are developing a range of technologies for it, from robot cricket farms to automated hydroponics.

Robots are becoming increasingly common in agriculture, as with this machine made by Dutch firm Lely, which pushes cattle feed back toward their pens.
Photo: Lely

But how far should we be mechanizing our food, especially if that food is an intelligent being in its own right?

Rebanks is skeptical to the extreme. Farming by robots and drones won’t make food production more sustainable or eco-friendly, he says, but it will instead exacerbate current problems with our food supply system.

“The most productive and sustainable [agriculture] on earth is labour intensive — more people, more contact,” he says. But the push for robots is “part of a relentless drive to de-skill, mechanize and simplify farm work to take people out of the fields — the exact opposite of what our society needs.”

To illustrate the problems, he points to a recent essay in The New York Review of Books, which describes how COVID-19 has exposed the flaws of America’s highly efficient but incredibly fragile meat industry. “The rush to embrace efficiency generating technologies has trashed the Midwest,” he says. “A battery operated sheepdog is the least of our worries.”

At the end of the day, says Rebanks, the sheepdog is a proven solution to an unusual problem, the “ultimate technology for this job,” he says. They’re bred, trained, and sold by people who respect their work; they don’t need fossil fuels to run; and, importantly, they are “a friend and companion to their shepherds.” Who could ask for more?

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Shopping Of Tiktok for Twitter will not be easy : Microsoft is Not Alone in The Race !!

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Shopping Of Tiktok for Twitter will not be easy

Twitter has engaged in a conversation with Tiktok, showing interest in Tiktok’s US operations.

Tiktok app purchases have started gaining momentum now. Till now, the Microsoft company was seen standing alone in the purchase deal of Tiktok’s American operations.

But now Twitter’s name has also been added to the shopping list. Micro-blogging website Twitter has also joined the Chinese short video making app Tiktok in the shopping spree.

Trump banned TikTok app

Let us tell you that US President Trump has recently passed an executive ordinance due to national security, instructing Tiktok to withdraw from America in 45 days. In this case, Tiktok’s parent company ByteDance will have to sign the deal within 45 days, because after 45 days, Tiktok’s parent company will be completely banned from financial transactions in the US.

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The path to Twitter is not easy

According to the experts of the case, shopping for Tiktok for Twitter will not be easy.

Actually the financial condition of the Twitter company is unfit compared to Microsoft. Twitter’s market capitalization is around $ 30 billion. In such a situation, it will have to take other companies to buy Tiktok, while Microsoft will not face any such challenge. Because of this, the Microsoft company seems to be at the forefront of the competition for Tiktok app purchases.

Tiktok banned in India before America

Let us tell that before the US, India first banned 59 Chinese apps including Tiktok. This decision was also taken by India due to its security concerns. Whether or not Tiktok’s Indian operations will be included in Twitter and Microsoft’s purchase deal. No information has been revealed about this at the moment.

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How to Convert ASPX to PDF: A Simple Guide

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ASPX to PDF

There are many situations where PDF files are the preferred file format. This guide shows how to convert files from ASPX to PDF.

ASPX stands for Active Server Page Extended. This is a special file extension that is generated from a web server for Microsoft webpages. ASPX files are sometimes hard to view and even harder to edit. One way to do either is to first convert the ASPX file to PDF. 

But how can that happen? A lot easier than it sounds! Below is a simple guide on how to convert ASPX to PDF.

How to View an ASPX File

APSX files are extensions of Active Server Pages. There are two simple ways to open and view them is by using a web browser.

Method 1

Step 1: Open your web browser. Chrome or the latest version of Internet Explorer works fine, but Chrome has more extensions that can help with file conversion later.

Step 2: Open your computer’s document viewer and find the ASPX file you want to view.

Step 3: Click and drag the ASPX file from your document viewer to your web browser’s URL address bar to open it within the browser.

Method 2

Step 1: Locate the ASPX file with your computer’s document viewer and right-click on it.

Step 2: In the drop-down menu, locate the “Open with…” option and click it. 

Step 3: Pick your web browser, preferably Chrome or Internet Explorer, from the “Open with…” drop-down menu to open the ASPX file within your browser. 

How to Convert to PDF

Any regular document file can be converted to a Portable Document Format (PDF) file through your standard word processor or any number of programs. Similarly, any ASPX file can be converted to a PDF in a few different ways.

Method 1: Using the Chrome Web Browser

Step 1: When viewing the ASPX file in your web browser, locate the Print Menu, or simply press “Ctrl + P” for the menu to pop up.

Step 2: Locate the “Print As…” or “Destination” option and set that to “Save As PDF” then click “Save”. You will now have a PDF version of the ASPX file save to your computer.

Method 2: ASPX to PDF Converter

For this method, you need to down the converter ASPX to PDF program from IronPDF. It is helpful to know a little coding or be familiar with .NET programs, but not entirely necessary for this article’s purposes. IronPDF has a great step-by-step guide to learn the coding behind the program to start manually converting ASPX files to PDF pretty easily.

Step 1: Open the converter program.

Step 2: Using the IronPDF ASPX to PDF step-by-step guide, download and install the IronPDF C# PDF Library into the ASPX to PDF Converter. This configures the conversion settings to your needs with minimal manual coding.

Step 3: Once the code library is installed, you can convert ASPX files to PDF.

Method 1 is definitely the quicker one. However, Method 2 provides the most customizable functions to not only open and convert ASPX files but also to edit them.

Ace PDF From ASPX Conversion

ASPX files are not the easiest file to use, but now that you know how to convert them into a PDF file you now have an even greater tool at your disposal.

For other guides like this one, or to find great articles about internet and business solutions, visit www.AllNetArticles.com

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How to Pre-order PS5: PS5 Price, Release Date, Pre-order News

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How to Pre-order PS5

Do you want to know how to Pre-order PS5? Fans are still in dark about PS5 price and launch date and they are eagerly waiting for the same. The PS5 release is a month away or a year away is questioning among fans.  The PS5 play event in June revealed a lot of details about the most awaited PS5 and it came out to be the most-watched gaming live stream in the history of YouTube. Today I am going to share all about PS5 price, release date, and pre-order details.

The black and white console with rounded edges is winning the hearts. Newly introduced Dualsense controller and plentiful configuration (825 GB SSD, 10.3 teraflops AMD RDNA 2 GPU, and amazing graphics). The price is yet not known and to be announced yet. The 4K games at 60 fps, up to 8K resolution, up to 120 frames per second, ray tracing, fast-loading SSD are some mind-blowing features one might expect in new generation console. Expected games are Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon II: Zero West, Gran Turismo 7, and many more.

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PS5 Price

The announcements about PS5 price is yet to be made and can make assumptions about price mystery. During the release of PS4 Sony has lowered down its price by $100 as compared to Xbox one but this time both are waiting for each other to reveal price first and thus the price news is hanging in the swing.

PS5 expected prices lies somewhere between $550 to $699. A much higher price will lower down the sales. And The price of PS4 was $399, so a new generation console would come out to be for a somewhat higher price than the previous one.

PS5 Release Date

Sony has announced that PS5 will be launched in Holidays 2020, this means at the end of December. According to us, it would hit the market in November 2020.

According to a post on Twitter, the news is out about the DualSense controller price and its release date. In the post, it is very well written that the DualSense controller will be launched on November 20, 2020, and it will cost around $60. So, reading this, the expected release date for PS5 would be in November 2020.

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How to Pre-order PS5?

Since Sony hasn’t made an announcement regarding the launch date and price, there is no option to pre-order. But this hasn’t stop online retailers from offering stopgap solutions. At Amazon, the PS5 page is live and went viral in July 2020. Similarly, at best price, target, and Gamespot, the page is live and you can sign up for notifications about PS5 availability. It’s like notifying about pre-order. So whenever pre-orders start these platforms send yo a mail informing about pre-order of the console.

Thus, for time being, you can signup for online retail platforms to get notifications.

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Will there be any PS5 bundles?

Chances are there that PS5 will come with bundles. Bundles mean maybe you will get free games along with the console on launch. This is only an expected part, not a confirmed one. So, do not be a part of rumors.

Our verdict

Most awaiting console next event is about to happen in one or two days. The expected things in that would be its release date and price. But according to our verdict and research, Sony will only reveal more about console specs. However, the date is unknown, production is going on huge. So, no delays are expected!

So, friends, this is all about how to pre-order PS5, its price, and launch date. Signup on amazon, eBay, best price, and GameSpot for notifications, Stay informed! Don’t miss any information and updates!

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