The Mind of a Teen Bot

The Mind of a Teen Bot

The illustrated Olivia Taters, the teenest bot on Twitter

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Grippy not sticky: Stanford engineers debut an incredibly adhesive material that doesn’t get stuck

Grippy not sticky: Stanford engineers debut an incredibly adhesive material that doesn't get stuck

A material inspired by the unique physics of geckos' fingertips could allow robotic hands to grip nearly any type of object without applying excessive pressure.

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Rich people will become immortal ‘god-like’ cyborgs in 200 years

Rich people will become immortal ‘god-like’ cyborgs in 200 years

Rich people living 200 years from now are likely to become “god-like” immortal cyborgs, while the poor will die out, an historian has claimed. Yuval Noah Harari, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said the merger of humans and machines would be the greatest evolution since the appearance of life. He added the greatest minds in computer engineering already believe death is a mere technological problem with a solution.

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Sunk: How Ross Ulbricht ended up in prison for life

Sunk: How Ross Ulbricht ended up in prison for life

Inside the trial that brought down a darknet pirate. On October 1, 2013, the last day that Ross Ulbricht would be free, he didn't leave his San Francisco home until nearly 3:00pm. When he did finally step outside, he walked ten minutes to the Bello Cafe on Monterey Avenue but found it full, so he went next door to the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco Public Library. There, he sat down at a table by a well-lit window in the library's small science fiction section and opened his laptop.

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Jetliner dodges possibly ‘catastrophic’ collision with drone in NYC

Jetliner dodges possibly 'catastrophic' collision with drone in NYC

A passenger plane about to land at La Guardia Airport avoided a potentially catastrophic collision with a drone over Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Friday morning, authorities said. Shuttle America Flight 2708 from Washington, DC, was about 10 miles from touchdown when the unmanned craft flew into its path at about 11 a.m., forcing the plane’s co-pilot to pull up about 200 feet to avoid a collision, they said. “The crew of the Embraer E170 reported…

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Self-folding robot walks, swims, climbs, dissolves

Self-folding robot walks, swims, climbs, dissolves

A demo sparking interest at the ICRA 2015 conference in Seattle was all about an origami robot that was worked on by researchers. More specifically, the team members are from the computer science and artificial intelligence lab at MIT and the department of informatics, Technische Universitat in Germany. "An untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims, and degrades" was the name of the paper…

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