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For all the table top gamers out there, these mats are awesome. The kickstarter just launched yesterday.

Tiles that stack, easy to fit in a gamers book bag, with magnetic edges. thirty bucks gets you ten mix and match tiles. Go watch the video, then shower them with money, I want some of these, so make them successful.
Modular gaming mats that fit any size or shape table, work with any marker, and are super durable.
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+Tom Ligman , you could get them for the future! :D  
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Little cooperating ants by Festo. Every time they come out with something, it blows my mind.
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I think festo just makes these to show off. And they make money by doing custom engineering for people. So I doubt we will see a line of flying helium filled festo seagulls, but a lot of companies ended up using the armature inside that bird for part of their assembly line
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Sawyer has a 30,000 price tag, so it's probably not going to be a home robot, but this robot can do more than a robot that cost 250,000 could do five years ago. Adaptive training, small footprint, degrees of freedom, precision. safety... all better.
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Both made by same company Baxter is more of a grab and move robot. Sawyer is more of a test and measure robot. They strongly complement each other
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Oh wow. getting close to april first, so I'm leery. 
 
Anyone want to discuss the ethics of putting it in the water supply?
Researchers have created a drug that makes people more sensitive to inequality, more likely to share resources and generally more compassionate - in other words, it makes them kinder. And the potential is already blowing my selfish little brain....
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Pax... One wonders...
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On my list of things I should not be allowed to operate.
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+Yuriy Fazylov  creative indeed  :-D
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Just discovered this while looking for motivation songs for a friend. I'm gonna be humming it all day
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Try their Galacticraft song. I personally find that inspiring and motivational.
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Festo made a very interesting gripper for its robotic arm, I wonder how its not the same thing as the Cornell coffee ground gripper?
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+Benjamin Haymond the polytubing is for the pneumatic actuator that draws the center of the tongue in and out. The tongue itself is fluid filled and that is what I meant by hydraulic. The tip does indeed create sort of a suction cup effect giving it the ability to attach to flat surfaces. Your description of the coffee ground gripper is correct, but this gripper is way more versatile in my opinion (and Festo's ;).
I run the rapid prototype lab at the university college where the two students that developed this gripper studied, and followed them through the entire process. I need to correct Festo though. They were (this was their Masters thesis) students at the Institute for Product Design at Oslo & Akershus University College, and NOT at the University of Oslo as Festo claim... you can say this is a matter of pride for us ;)

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Wow. Powerful read. I've known a lot of people just like Bill
 The Beachwood Apartments in West Seattle. Photo by Kyu Han Dear Landlord, Last week they took Bill’s body away. You never knew him. He’d lived
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The US is an extremely cruel world, giving all rights to businesses, and no rights to "small people". No such thing can happen like that in Europe, except possibly in UK... I hate the US for this extortionate primacy given to making money at any and all costs...
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Towards a tricorder
Consumers will test 10 prototypes in the next phase of the Tricorder XPrize
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Is cold fusion real? damned if I know. I've been lumping it in with Plotnikov gravity shields,  orgone boxes. and lysenkoism (great plot devices and RPG hooks, pseudo plausible, but probably ridiculous)

I know if respected scientists even hint they are looking at it, they get slapped hard. And I know the people who think it IS real tend to be a bit heavy on the alternative science front. 

All that being said, Airbus just filed a patent on a cold fusion power generator.  I'd say they are hedging a bet. if its real they can go all patent troll on practical applications.

If it isn't. Meh, pocket change.
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The Chief Scientist is not the same as the patent Filer.
One is German and the other french, and they are from different subsidiaries.
moreover the boss of the chief scientists is the CTO and also Chief Innovation officer, and he is aware of what is happening...
That is chess, because of the fear of bad press and the stakes for the future.

this takes sensse in perspective of many other similar move, in Boeing, Nasa, Defence contractors and agencies...
LENR is a subject today, that is all. not easy, but that is their job.
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New york times just mentioned several of the topics I've been deeply interested in, including Universal Basic Income.
We need a future where the robots benefit all of us, not just the rich.
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I honestly am too.
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We now can produce more than we can consume, and need far fewer people to do so. Thats a good thing, except jobs.
 
Andrew McAfee, the associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management has revealed “the best economic news in human history,” claiming that we’re on the brink of the possibility of rising living standards for everyone on earth.  He says that technological progress means humanity will soon solve the problem of ‘increasing scarcity’, meaning that there are, in theory, enough goods and wages for everyone in the world.  

“We’re going to solve that,” he told an audience at the WorldPost Future Of Work Conference, “The problem that we’re not facing is a problem of not enough to go around.”

McAfee said that the industrial revolution of the 19th century meant that for the first time, human productivity can keep pace with the growing population, creating the possibility of a rising standard of living for everyone.

We have nearly reached the peak of this bounty, in an “ever-growing pie that left people better off”. Technological progress is “the best economic news in human history”, he said.

He has assessed the impact of major world events – like the foundations of religions and the the rise of the Roman Empire – to see if they had any effect on people’s income, and found that “none of them substantially changed the material conditions of humanity at all” except for the industrial revolution, whose inventions like the steam train allowed humans to be far more productive.
Andrew McAfee, the associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management has revealed “the best economic news in hum
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+Jan Bruun Andersen If UBI comes at the same moment and at the same amount in all countries, then there's no need for conditions.

About Belgium, I was just saying that we cannot expect from the current hyper conservative government that they set up an UBI, as they are currently refusing any source of income to long term workless people, and as they have set up policies to forcefully send back to their countries or origin foreigners who don't have a work for more than 3 month, even if they were living and working in Belgium for more than 20 years !
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