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Its after Christmas, presents are unwrapped, everyone has seen and enjoyed their holiday loot…and the novelty of some of the new stuff has started to wear off. The truly cool stuff…though…keeps people coming back for more.

What does this have to do with Science Fiction? Easy. I’m going to talk about Lego Mindstorms. The EV3 to be specific. It is one of those things that you just can not put down.

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NOVA: Making Stuff Wilder

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I've caught a few of these episodes of the NOVA series "Making Stuff," hosted by the pleasantly goofy Michael Pogue (not as personable as Alan Alda, nor as wacky as Bill Nye--kinda like their little brother) and mostly the show's been quite interesting. But I have to recommend this episode in particular, if only because it has several segments on robotics.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/making-more-stuff.html#making-stuff-wi...

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One Singularity Sensation: Humanoid Robots

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Creating robots that are as close to being human as possible is the current holy grail of robotics engineers.

Fantasies of sexbots aside, I'm not exactly sure why androids are so hot--I mean, most of the prototypes I've seen not only cross into the Uncanny Valley, but clear land and build a development.

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REAL SCIENCE: Robots In The News

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If you've ever seen the British sci fi series "Red Dwarf," you'll be struck by how much of a resemblance Zoe, the interactive talking head developed by Toshiba's Cambridge Research Lab and the University of Cambridge's Department of Engineering, bears to Holly, the computer interface.

 

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