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>> a vil of secrecy remains over parts of the 9/11 report nine years after it was published. two dozen pages were classified and raise questions over whether the
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19 hijackers received state-sponsored report. many were from saudi arabia. should the saudi arabia be concerned at a push to have the information released. google purchased boston dynamics after buying more than half a doze in others. what is the search engine giant up to. "anchorman 2" premiered, but based on the marketing blitz you may think it's been out for a while. will the over-the-top campaign numbers. >> i'm antonio moro, welcome to "consider this". >> we begin with edward snowden. a federal judge ruled the government's secret collection of phone records revealed by the n.s.a. contractor is likely unconstitutional. it's the first set back for the program. is the ruling an anomaly. edward snowden may have had brief hopes of returning to the u.s. after the official who runs the task force proposed amnesty
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for the leaker if he returned the data he took. that was squashed by the white house. the trove of documents enemies. >> it is the keys to the kingdom. >> we are joined by pfizer patel, the codirector of the liberty security program at the brennan center and jim walsh, a security expert at nyt, and a jazeera. from watertown massachusetts. great to have other judges have sided with the n.s.a. in the past. how likely is the ruling or rule going forward, or is this just an outlier. >> i think the whole fourth
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amendment jurize prudence around collecting metadata is in flux. we have a court ruling from the secret fiva court which approved the surveillance and they found this to be constitutional. they relied on a 1970s case from the supreme court called smith versus mary land finding a single pen register found phone numbers called from a single telephone was constitutional. what the judge found was the ruling doesn't apply when you are looking at a program that runs over years, and years and years and is not picking up one person's information. it's picking up millions, hundreds of millions. >> despite being authorised by the pfizer court. >> the ruling was not in front of the court, but it was able to do an independent constitutional analysis on whether or not the
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section 215 program, the metadata was constitutional. in the ruling the judge said: >> now, jim, part of me has to ask how intrusive is it really. the information is out there. telephone companies have it, the irs has more information than the phone records will give anyone. you are right to say there are all sorts of entities. certainly in the private corporate world. much is given voluntarily. we need to be clear, from a public poll city stand point it's a question of abuse. when governments know who you are talking to, or the phone
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numbers that you are calling. that creates the potential for abuse, a potential for blackmail. folks say that would never happen, yet we know, i have two words for those people, richard nixon, who used private information to blackmail political opponents. it's troubling. i know other folks collect data, not to the extent that n.s.a. does. it's an issue of scope without regulations, and finally transparency that we didn't know was happening year after year after year until the edward snowden revelations. >> the judge concluded that the searchers, in getting the metadata was unconstitutional because in part there was no proof that it prevented aterrorism. why would esso case of a policy have anything to do with whether it was
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constitutional or not. >> the fourth amendment protects us against unreasonable search or seizures. how do you know? you have to look at the interests involved. the national security interest is very strong, weighing heavily in that calculation. >> for the judge to look at the government's national security claims and subject them to rob unfortunate review. they found me didn't hold up to scrutiny, that the three cases that the government cited in tore of its claim that the program apart. >> we know about the program thanks to edward snowden. he weighed in and said that the judge vindicated him. this summer glenn greenwald talked about the fact that edward snowden has more
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information to damage u.s. but edward snowden won't. what he wanted to do was warn people about the private information that the n.s.a. gathered. jim, most security officials, i believe, including you, have talked about the fact that he already has caused serious damage. how much else could he have, and how much damage could he cause. >> there has been damage caused. some of that language is exaggerated when there were folks who leaked nuclear weapons to the soviet union. that was more substantially threatening. there has been damage done. it goes back to the last question you asked. weighing costs and benefits. clearly there are - i think we are all in agreement that we are hope now that we know this is a problem. why do i say that. >> we have a the chair woman of the senate intelligence community saying there are problems.
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we have the president's panel who reviewed this saying there were problems, and the president himself, while becrying edward snowden welcomes a national conversation. we don't have a national conversation unless there's a leak. has it done damage, yes, it has. is there future damage. yes, there may be. absent any of this we wouldn't have known about it and the american public and congress spoke to say this is a problem. >> when you are not clear ma he has, there's no question that the n.s.a. would like to know what it has, and rick, who is running the task force on edward snowden talked on '60 minutes" how he would offer amnesty. >> my personal view, it's worth having a conversation. i would need assurances that the
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reminder of the data could be assured. high. >> if he's saying that, don't you think the white house and bosses should listen. >> i don't think he's saying it without having the approval of his bosses. maybe it's a trial balloon they are floating to see how people react to it. it gives him a bit of an opening to come back. it's hard to know exactly what is going on. it's a disciplined white house. it's a disciplined agency. they don't talk to reporters. i am sure he was prepared for the interview and that question. that has to be something more than one guy speaking. >> this is a story bringing up all sorts of issues. appreciate you coming in. >> the n.s.a.'s terror
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surveillance program was implemented the american public was told that al qaeda carried out the attacks with no state sponsors much questions were unanswered because 28 pages of the report remain classified. did saudi agents assist the 9/11 high jackers. joining us is jimmy reno, a correspondent at the international business time. he's been covering the story for years and interviewed two congress men to get the classified election of the report. here in the studio is haven'ty fair craig unger, covering the saudi arabia government connection, and that article was the basis for his book "house of bush, house of sword" - the vet relationship between the world's powerful dine afties" grot to have you both with us. why is this coming up now.
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this talks about a specific sources of foreign support for the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were saudi arabias. it came up before. we wanted it classified. what do you know what is in the pages of reporting. >> i don't know exactly what is in it. i can tell you from a number of congressional sources that i talked to over the years. basically it illuminates the financial connections between the 9/11 hijackers, the saudi government, and the mysterious sortees that lived in sand and other places. to the hijackers or saudi government. it puts a sharper focus on the financial support that members gave to the hijackers and the mysterious saudi arabias, and in
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florida and a few other cities. >> given all the reporting you have done, going back 12 years, does any of this surprise you? >> not at all. this has been a cover up going back more than 10 years. when i started on it there was massive circumstantial evidence that the saudis were behind it. it was not revealed in the 9/11 report. i tried to get the 28 pages. they have been classified since. now there's more circumstantial evidence and it's good to see the issue is alive. the question is why is there a cover up, will it come out now. >> given the importance of this, of course, it's classified. it's tough to get someone that read it and for someone to say what is in there. former senator and chairman of the senate slelent intelligence committee bob gram was candid on what was in the pages. >> the 28 pages are essentially
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about who financed 9/11. saudi arabia represented 15 of the 19 hijackers in terms of their country of nationality. so it would not be a stretch to suggest that some portion of their financial support for the extended period of time and very expensive activity of taking flight lessons came from sources that had saudi arabia origin. >> he's being clear. you spoke with graham and he told you that he was convinced that the saudi arabia government was involved. he said the saudi arabia government without question was supporting the hijackers who live the in san diego. he basically is saying the saudi arabias financed the hijackers. this?
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>> it's confounding. i've been the san diego correspondent for news week and it's an unanswered mystery. it's good that they are coming back to this now. this new bipartisan effort to get the 28 pages unclassified, declassified so the american public can find out. it doesn't answer all the questions, the 28 pages, but it clearly tells us a little more that americans deserve to know. >> lee hamiltonsaid that they went to saudi arabia, they did not find hard evidence that linked the hijackers to the saw -- saudi arabia. the bush family was close personally and politically to the royal saudi family. prince bandar was close personal friends with the george ace w
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bush senior. he was known as bandar bush. the business deals, and the carlisle group, and saudi arabia was an ally. we relied on them for oil. they revealed the saudi connection at that point would have been explosive and damaging administration. >> he was a popular guy, speaking english, and there are reports that some money he may have sent to people that may have supported the hijackers. a decade ago. 46 senator led by chuck schumer in new york demanded that he be classified at 28 pages. >> do you think that the issue is that it's circumstantial evidence that is not enough to really pin a sponsor of terrorism on the saudi state? >> you know, i have to believe if saudi arabia were not an
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ally, we would have found more than to suggest it was a state-sponsored terrorist attack. i think there is plenty of evidence. some of it may be circumstantial, but it adds up to the least, members of the saudi government were supporting hijackers and/or supporting the men i told you about from saudi arabia, were living in the united states. there's a connection. whether it was a state-sponsored, you know terrorism act. we may never know that, but we do know that there were direct connections and financial links and that alone - that sort of begs the question of why have we not gotten to the bottom of this. there are so many unanswered questions. i have been trying to find out the answers. it's - we are finally seeing
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congressional turn around. bipartisan support for looking into this. senator bob grand wants to reopen the 9/11 investigation. that would be a good idea. whatever happened, it's unlikely. >> you and your book focused on the saudi air lift. all sorts of saudis. they were taken out of the united states within days of 9/11. do you think there was anything involved there that any of those people might have been involved in supporting. >> even if they weren't involved, what doesn't make sense is in the most ordinary murder, you investigate a lot of people who are not guilty. you entergait the relatives of suspects and so forth, and here you have dozens of relatives of the bin laden family, and it's amazing they were not detained and intergated. one thing you find in all this is it's a slippery slope.
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jamie is right in terms of getting hard evidence that a lot of saudis give massive amounts, especially the billion airs. qaeda. >> as we found out. many of those ended up being put on the terrorist list. i know that the congress men are hoping that the pages will be declassified. it's about relationships and shouldn't stay classified. we'll stay on top of it, good to have you with us. >> start with one issue ad guests on all sides of the debate. and a host willing to ask the tough questions and you'll get... the inside story
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>> nelson mandela has been laid to rest in his childhood home village of qunu before a small gathering of world leaders, friends and family.
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the ceremony marked the end of 10 days of mourning and celebration of life of one of history's important figures. >> we are joined by al jazeera correspondent morgan radford, a guest of the nelson mandela's family at the private ceremony on sunday, a guest of his family. thank you for joining us from south africa. i know you have had tremendous personal experience over the past 10 days, including being invited by the nelson mandela family to the burial. family? >> when i graduated from harvard i came to south africa on a school ship. i lived in durban and johannesburg. i travelled with a friend of the family and reverend jesse jackson to meet nelson mandela, and jacob zuma. there i met the family members. close. >> we heard from heads of state and saw the public views. what has it been like to be
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there perfectly, that's something we hadn't heard. >> you know, this has been an incredible moment in history to be a part of, but on a personal lef it's sad. the most moving part of the ceremony, where it hit me, the gravt itty of what i was witnessing is when you saw nelson mandela's casket come around the corner, followed by the men, born to the son that died of aids, and they followed the casket and literally walked the casket draped in the south african flag, to the grave. it was heartbreaking, incredibly sad. >> the pictures were beautiful. how is the mandela family dealing with the loss? >> i think they are doing as well as anyone can do under the circumstances. i know that every family member i spoke to was looking forward
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to today because today is a day this finally the blockades are lifted around the perimeter of their homes. and they are ready to begin a private mourning process because their moment of grief was property of the state, if not the world. now is the first time they feel like, "look, now we can be a family and experience this out of the public eye." >> very much it has been a worldwide mourning and celebration. the family, i am sure, needs its own time. >> did anything strike you on the things you heard, reflecting back on nelson mandela's life. before and after the burial we share a lot of personal testimonial. every day he called me on my birthday. it was not the same day as his birthday. it wasn't difficult to remember.
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the former apartheid leader said he called me when i had prostate cancer and said i know what you are going through, i understand how you feel. and i know how you feel. his grandson that did a commercial, which is actually the home where he was when his grandfather was freed, when he came to pick him up, said, "this is where my grandfather taught me how to be a man." he was my protector, going from a severe disciplinarian to a guide. i began to hear a robust picture of the man emerge from spending time with these people who spent time with him. >> great to hear the personal stories. we have seen some controversy over the past 10 days, we saw president zuma booed at the big public ceremony at the stadium last tuesday. archbishop desmond tutu, a friend of nelson mandela, and a fighter for the
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tearing down of apartheid. there were questions as to whether he was invited to the funeral, and didn't come into the last minute. all this showing tensions within party. where does south africa go from here? are people saying that his legacy will be preserved or are people worried that these divisions may create problems? >> well this is certainly a moment of redefinition for south africa, as you can see through south africa's history, its triumph comes after the tragedy, and i think this case is no different. what we are seeing now is a lot of people who i spoke to including former south african president mbeke, george bisos, nelson mandela's lawyer. they are saying a lot of south africa's work needs to be continuing to fulfil nelson mandela's legacy. we heard president obama when he spoke at the stadium.
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he sounded critical saying, "the whole world is revelling in nelson mandela's legacy. but people don't want to put in a mooedy cum of the effort." number one needs to be revitalizing south africa's economy. this has one of the sharpest discrepancies between the rich and the poor. it's a time to put the economy back on track. a second thing people said is aides was a personal issue, something that south africa needs to continue doing work on. for example, decitying mattizing aid. he's many children are orphans, like me. this is something that we need to work on in terms of his legacy and the ambassador from the u.s. said the same thing. there's work to be done, and we are doing it step by step. >> a lot of challenges ahead. let's hope that nelson mandela's legacy, example and words lead
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the way. morgan radford, we appreciate you join us tonight. >> we are joined by a man with a unique perspective on the life and death of dennis mandela. dennis gold burg fought alongside him in the african national congress. he was tried with nelson mandela, sentenced the life imprison. he was released after 22 years behind bars. mr gold berg, it is a pleasure to have you with us. for our audience there's a bit of a delay. mr gold berg, you have's before that you do not believe that nelson mandela should be seen as a saint or a saviour, that is how the world sees him. as someone that knew nelson mandela, how do you think he would like to be remembered. ? >> first, thank you for inviting me. as your correspondent said, can
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we leave them alone for a bit. in the limelight must be painful, in this period. how do i see nelson mandela - inspirational. sometimes made mistakes. he says so himself. a collective leader. found new ways always. a deep thinker, intellectual, but a man of action as well. and warm-heart, man who called me boy because i was so much younger than him. fond memories, and inspirational memories for the country. i listened to the discussion about his legacy. a lot of our young people don't know of that period, just as american kids don't know about world war ii or richard nixon for that matter. this is the work that we have to do and in 20 years to solve the
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problems of 350 years of racial oppression, is asking a bit much of our country. it's going to take generations, in fact, and we have to keep going at it as our ambassador has said. >> how did you get involved with nelson mandela, and the african national congress? you were a civil engineer before you joined the a.n.c. what led you to join the fight against apartheid? >> conscious, sense of injustice, growing up during the spanish civil war, the world war ii, seeing people fight for their freedom behind the lines, finding them heroic, and we were fighting nazi racism in europe and practicing at home. it didn't fit. and i did not want to be an oppressor, i wanted to be part of a free society. that's what we all fought for.
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and so how did i get involved? i got involved in a nonracial youth organization called the modern youth sewedy. we worked with the national congress, followed their policies, argued about them and eventually took part in the campaign for the freedom charter. which ends with a statement that these freedoms which stand, which we fight for side by side all your lives until we have won our liberty. i believe that whites are not free from the effects of the racism of apart hide. we have to, as nelson mandela said, not only free the oppressed, but pressor. >> what was it like all those years ago? >> i got involved. once i was deeply involved, i'm an engineer. what was it like? it was lonely in the white community and warm in the comradeship of the african national congress. >> because you were the only
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white man convicted alongside nelson mandela. >> in that particular trial, yes. but then our lead lawyer was convicted afterwards and died in prison. there were plenty of whites involved in the struggle. not enough, enough to show that ours was a truly nonracial africa. >> how different was nelson mandela after he was released from prison compared to the man he was when you were working with him back in the early 1960s? >> i found him utterly consistent. he had worked through the ideas, his famous speech in the trial where he said he stood against white domination and black dom nation, wanted to live to see a society where we could live together in
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harmony and was prepared to die for the relief. that was didn't. in the spirit of the nation he as commander in chief said, "we will fight to show you we can take power, but we would prefer to negotiate a political settlement", it took 30 years for the apartheid government to be prepared to negotiate and the man that called the arms struggle called it off and that takes courage and depth of insight. he came out more mellow, but that comes from being in prison, where you are not burdened with daily arguments and detail and have time to reflect. years and years of time to reflect and refine the meaning of being non-racist. and he came out, you know, at a time when thousands of people were killed every day by the out of control apartheid security forces.
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we had to find a way to stop the killings. and that's what he found. together with oliver tambo and other leaders of the a.n.c. so how did he change - didn't change his principles, those were fixed over 40 or 50 years implementing them in a way that persuaded us that it was rite. >> that led to reconciliation and forgiveness. you last visited nelson mandela in july, i believe. what was that meeting like? what did he have to say, did he express concerns about the future of south africa? >> i visited him in hospital, where he was hanging on to life, terribly weak, a physical shadow of his former rob unfortunate self.
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a nostril tube down through this voice box. he was able to speak, but he responded when i spoke to him. then within the foo minutes i was able to be with him at the request of his wife graca machel. there was no time for a political discussion. it was just a time of trying to bring warmth and support and feeling dread fully sad. i wanted to remember the strong upright, tall, inspirational leader and he clearly was fighting for his life, and i said then what a fighter he is, and he fought to the end. in the end, you know, the body is weaker than the mind, i think, and it gives in. so what was it like - i'm filled with sadness about it all. and will he be replaced.
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collectively we will find a way forward. we have brilliant people, and nelson mandela, in my view was a very rare person, and we have a lot of rare people and great leaders who were around him together with him. he might have been the greatest among the great. but we don't have to have great leaders, what those leaders with nelson mandela did was mobilise millions of people to bring our freedom. it's our people that brought the freedom with great leaders leading them. >> i'm glad you have a final visit with your friend. we express our deepest condolences for your loss and the loss of nation. we appreciate you joins us and talking about nelson mandela. >> it's time to see what is trending on al jazeera's website. let's check in about harmela aregawi. a study out of new york university found how damaging marijuana smoking can be to a brain.
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researchers studied people who used marijuana at 16 and 17 and smoked daily for three years. they found irregularities in the part of the brain dealing with working memory, the ability to process information in the moment and transferred over to the long-term memory. the younger the individual was, the more the memory was impacted. the abnormalities were found after the teens stopped smoking for two years, suggesting long-term effects of regular youth. disco jim is not buying it saying: >> this man sees it differently saying: >> you can read more at the website >> back with more of "consider the stream is uniquely interactive television. we depend on you, >> you are one of the voices of this show. >> so join the conversation and
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make it your own. >> the stream. weeknights 7:30 et / 4:30 pt on al jazeera america and join the conversation online @ajamstream. here is more. >> beneath the fluorescentsun in a former meat packing plant is the latest trim in farming. they call it "vertical farming." these fields grow on floors on at industrial park and farmer john adel and his staff agrees user. >> my shipping proceed did you say 1500, 2,000 miles to get are. >> the plant of the indoor -- as the indoor formers call it doesn't grow corn or soybeans but mustard, high end micro greens on the plates of white-napkin restaurants. these fish supply the vert
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liser that number issues the every sunday night join us for exclusive, revealing and surprising talks with the most interesting people of our time. this sunday. >> we try to be funny in serious stories which is very, very rare. >> he made radio cool with his sense of humor, insight and curiosity. he opened a new window into american life. >> before they know it we're actually able to present something new that they haven't heard about. >> talk to al jazeera with ira glass. >>y is google. . the search engine department
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just acquired a qup that designs robots. these machines have incredible balance, and jump from building to building. we are joined from stamford california by time sevens, an al jazeera tech contributor and editor at large. great to have you back. this is the eighth robotics company that google acquired over the past year. companies. >> it's on a buying spree. it seems that google thinks robotics is a good thing in the future. google is making an early bed and investment looking into the future of robotics. maybe this is the next big thing. bring them together. break down the barriers of competition and hopefully good things will come out of it. >> isn't google expanding product lines as we have seen with the driverless cars or are
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they looking at the robotic companies as something that might improve current projects? >> it's unclear what google hopes to do. if i had to guess i would expect google doesn't know what the future holds. there isn't a clear path to profitability and throe robotics, making robots and a lot of money except through the department contracts. google want to make sure they are a big player when the market comes to fruition in buying up companies doing interesting things in the area. they can make sure they define leader. >> it is a long way from being a search engine. >> definitely it's a big step. google gets a lot of revenue from advertising. it's hard to join a straight line between a robot and
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selling abbes. presumably it needs to mow what is in your pannedry. when you run low, maybe there's an opportunity to sell an abb. it's hard to know what the future holds. too. >> it's incredible to see what they do. >> let's go over some of the robots. it developed all sorts of things, this thing that it was looking at is called a sand fleet and leaps 30 feet into the air. then you have cheetah, the fastest legged robot in the air and runs 29 miles per hour. that's faster than you sane bolt, and then there's atlas, a walking robot that can handle challenging terrain. the really incredible mash seen. at what point can these machines
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actually do a better job than humans can. >> the big problem now, as you look at this, they are all amazing at doing what they do. but they are focused on a single task. one can jump over the fences. ner runs quickly. it can't do. it's designed for one purpose. they need to bring these together. at that point we'll be able to do impressive things. ultimately there's a lot of applications in the real world taking care of the situation. the atlas project, a main driving force. ultimately a better robot. seeing what is going on in a nuclear reactor without putting human lives at historic. if you look at the market, it's getting older. they are looking at robotics as a way to help citizens, leading dignified lives.
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basically cooking and cleaning and leading better lives on their own. >> is that what google is doing, as you say, different robots going different things. by buying different robotics companies, getting the synergy technologies. >> there's a lot of great advancements in robotics, but there's discrete companies reinventing the wheel. coming up with solution, but in different ways. by bringing them together under the google banner the hope is they can work collaboratively and cooperate and do great things together, take down the barriers of competition and not have them worry about funding. obviously they'll have good bank accounts to draw upon. things. >> there's really not a commercial market. basically this was surviving and getting a lot of money from the
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department of defense. they had one contract since 2000, worth over 140 million. will google stay in that military contracting business? >> it's unclear. it certainly doesn't look that way. google will maintain a contract. it doesn't sound like they'll renew or pursue a new one. it's not confirmed. google didn't say they weren't going to go forward with a dod contract. sounds hike they are not going to move in that direction. >> you mentioned the japanese model. will we see rosey from the jetsons, how soon will we. >> we will. we are a few decades away. >> interesting to see what google is doing.
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>> today's data dive parties it up while fewer work places are. in the wake of 9/11 and the recession a few years later the number of holiday office parties plunged, estimates vary wildly, but they could have dropped. holiday parties have rebounded with the economy. many companies are looking at new strategies. yahoo finance report some are giving workers a few hundred dollars for spending sprees with the rule being they have to spend it on themselves. another company took workers on an all-expenses paid 4-day cruise to mexico. office managers are choosing activities, including painting lessons. they feel a person to person
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contact is better for team morale. holiday parties are impacted by other real-world issues. after hurricane sandy wall street firms cut back. a year later it changed. 91% of investment firms said they'd hold one this year, up 17% since 2011. one club owner claimed that instead of the usual 5-person extravaganza wall street is opting for small affairs. it's hard to imagine the rest of every sunday night join us for exclusive, reveali
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>> san francisco's bay bridge, an engineering marvel, built to
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survive the worst earthquake country has to offer. >> how close are we to one of those faultines now? >> we are very close... >> this bridge uses three inovations to fight the forces of nature. deep inside the bridge's underbelly is a hinged pipe beam built to absorb horizontal movement. at it's base, is a support structure, called a "battered pile", they stand at angles, instead of straight up and down, to better handle movements. at the top of the bridge, are shear link beems, designed to flex and deform, instead of of the bridge tower itself. >> where would you wanna be if a big quake hits? >> on the top of the tower of this bridge, will be one heck of a joyride, but it will be a safe one... >> for more information on this and other techknow stories, visit our website at don't miss techknow sundays 7:30p et / 4:30p pt on al jazeea america
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>> into there's never been a marking campaign like the one for "anchorman 2", but there's never been an anchor like rod burring undery. >> you know the old saying it's time to get out of dog. i say it's the heck into one. >> ben and jerry's ice-cream, scotchy, scotchy, scotchy, scotch placer to be precise. anchorman is everything. marketed. >> sam, great to have you here. it has been everywhere. it seems like it's been everywhere forever.
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has any movie been marketed like this. if there hasn't been one, why hasn't it. >> it's a matter of convincing the stars. there hasn't been a movie this aggressively marketed. this has been going on with the months. they shot 70. 7-0. he recorded hundreds of lines of dialogue for the game where you try to throw ice cubes. he's worked hard on it, hefty. >> he may be getting seaters money as a result. if the box office is good or not. has it worked. damage says that the sales are up 40%. there's a burring undery autobiography in bookstores, there's the ice cream, the scotchy scotch, scotch. i'll try this after the show.
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scotch. >> apparently it's more like butter scotch. we have seen movies, like toy story and kids' movies with all the toys tied into them. >> again, will ferrell is the money for the movie, he and steve carrel dash when you speak to that, they want to do the movie, go home to the wife and kids and not talk about this. ferrell has not done that, he has gone far afield, to emerson, and they renamed the g school. >> let's look at where ron burgundy will give. he took over emerson college's school for the day, and called the curling in winnepeg canada, the museum in washington d.c.
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has a ron burgundy exhibit and he coanchored the 6 o'clock news in bismark north dakota. tonight? >> thank you, you too. >> well, i am. so don't get any ideas. >> we did a poll to see if people are thinking too much. let's go hehmela. >> we asked viewers if the marketing campaign. 75% said no, 25% said yes. a lot much people who said know planned on seeing it anyway. for some of the marking is a turn off. sadly, too, i loved anchor man but i'm annoyed with the pr overkill. >> some interesting results. overexposure. >> i don't. i'm not saying people are
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telling the truth. the number of people turned off by the marking blitz is small in relation to the number that the campaign reaches. awareness leads to an observing. it's been around for so long. >> let's look at the stuff out there. cnn got in on the game. >> ron burgundy, one of the most influential anchors in broadcast history. a major [ bleep ]. >> on camera he's the best. off camera he's a bit of a [ bleep ]. >> ron's chateau loomed over the show. literally. there was a cardboard cut out of him in the studio blocking a light. he had it in his contract that it could never le removed. it's a huge pain in the [ bleep ].
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>> funny. not sure what generalism professors would say. i feel like they are going for a bit of a lighter tone at cnn. maybe that helps them. >> one thing you are right about is the social media aspect. my colleague miss hiny, it's unprecedented. the blitz on tumbler and facebook and twitter has been truly amazing. i feel like it's something where if you look at the original movie, and see how it's been cut down. it's aired the sexes. it's a piecemeal movie. it was social media before social media. that's an interesting point. the movie was more popular now. it is okay. a mild success. nothing great. paramount did not want to do a
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sequel, said no three separate times, but now is there doubt given given the buzz it has gotten that it would be a major success. i don't think there's a doubt it will be an opening weekend. studios can tell if a film it tracking. generally speaking up until the weekend, if it doesn't look like it will go well, itting go to february. that's where you see the worst movies, february to march. after that, if the movie is not good people will not go. i don't think there's much doubt that it's going to do well. >> there's a huge opening. you could make it a successful movie. there's a different side to the economics of this movie. effect with the damage adds and the icecream going on. could they be making money on
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the side after the thing that it changes the economics of the movie. i would love to know the number. if you remember the man of steal. over the summer it made $173 million before it opened, completely off product placement. there's deny's, sooer's and every brand. it's distracting to me, when you watch the films, you feel like you paid for your ticket. but the movie cost $223 - maybe $22 are 5 million. >> it was profitable opened. >> yes. >> you and i are going to help them out. the show is over. we're going to have some ice cream. the conversation continues on the website." you can find us on twitter, facebook or google+
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