Monthly Archives: April 2019

Watch Out for Hurricane Sheldon

AOC teams up with the Intercept, Naomi Klein, and illustrator Molly Crabapple to imagine a happy future in which the Green New Deal helps save the planet.  Well, most of the planet.  Pity about Miami.  (See video at 6:02.)

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Brexit Stamps (via ‘Yucks’)

The Yuks mailing list sends me these new UK stamps in honor of Brexit:

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When I Do It, It’s More Metaphorical

Apparently, hobby-horse riding is a thing in Scandinavia (especially Finland): Finland’s Hobbyhorse Girls, Once a Secret Society, Now Prance in Public.

They have competitions and everything. According to the NYT and the trailer for the inevitable movie, it’s a form of girl power.

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The Robots Are Coming

Police in Washington County, Oregon, have responded to a distress call from a woman claiming her home was being burgled, only to discover a robotic vacuum trapped inside the bathroom.

Woman calls 911 over home invader. It was a Roomba.

Of course some day, someone really will figure out how to use a robot to do a burglary.  Or, more likely, subvert one via your smart home.

We’ll be talking about what robots are actually coming, what they may do, and how we should prepare for it, at We Robot 2019, which starts tomorrow. Advance registration is closed, but on-site registration will be available.

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Traffic Simulator

Check out the Traffic Simulator.

Being from Miami, first thing I did is set the slider to simulate less-polite drivers under “lane-changing behavior”. Chaos ensues.

Next up, traffic cones everywhere.  Pretty soon it will look just like local roads!

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We Robot 2019 Will Have a Livestream

If you can’t make it to Coral Gables, you can still follow the We Robot main conference, April 12-13, via our Livestream. (Apologies, but we are not streaming the Workshops.) And follow on Tiwtter with hashtag #WeRobot.

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