Baxter the Friendly Robot

September 8, 2013 • 0
Nine faces gather around a conveyor belt watching miniature plastic cups roll by. One of these faces belongs to Baxter. Baxter is a robot. He — we’ll call him “he” for now — has a swimmer’s body: two big arms, a powerful chest, and tiny legs. The other eight faces include a factory owner, several »
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The Nesting Instinct

April 7, 2013 • 6
With over 130,000 specimens, Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History is home to one of world’s largest collections of birds, eggs and nests. The collection resides deep in the heart of a brick Gothic building. The corridors leading to it are lined with fossils, a stuffed llama and dozens of photos of birds. Ornithology professor »

The Perils of Social Automation

February 10, 2013 • 4579
My first invitation to participate in an automated social life appeared in my inbox on Sept. 12, 2012. “Hey Brandon — want to grab a meal?” it began. “To making scheduling easier, you can check out my free times on Google Calendar at https://www.google.com/calendar/selfsched?sstoken=UUt0VWcybC14dktHfGRlZmF1bHR8.” I started to get a sinking feeling. “Just click on the »