Shades of Sinbad! BBC In Our Time tackles automata from ancient Greece all the way through the medieval and Enlightenment periods. Takeaway: robots and self-moving devices are an old, old tradition.
Can a robot be divine? So ponders a theoretical paper, and does so unironically. Interesting philosophical questions abound.
How to Fly a Drone With Your Face – IEEE Spectrum. How to fly a drone with your face. Yes, it’s exactly as the title says. Strange? Practical? Funny? Maybe all three.
What will they think of next? What won’t they think of next?
Well, I can tell you this is the beginning of the end. Nissan has introduced self-parking slippers, footwear that will arrange themselves neatly in their designated area after you take them off. Such innocent looking inventions, lulling us into a false sense of security, then — bam! –the next thing you know we’ll be so fat and lazy and the machines will be taking over the world.
NASA is planning to send a helicopter to Titan. Faith in Golden Age science fiction restored (somewhat). But this is honestly so cool!