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'Blinky' Short Film Now Online, Not Safe For Your Sanity

I can't wait for my home to be filled with helpful robots, as long as they are absolutely nothing like Ruairi Robinson's "Blinky"

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'Blinky' Short Film Now Online, Not Safe For Your Sanity

“Soon every home will have a robot helper. Don’t worry, your kids are perfectly safe.”

You know when you see a tag line like that on a movie poster, that your kids are going to be far, far from perfectly safe. Blinky, a short film from a company called Bad Robot Productions that we've been looking forward to since 2009, doesn't disappoint.

Directed by Ruairi Robinson (who's currently working on Akira), Blinky is very well done, although it definitely messes with your head. Personally, while I'm glad I watched it, I kinda don't think I'd want to watch it again. If you're up for it, Blinky is probably rated PG-13, so use your best judgment as to what that implies. You've been warned!

Via [ io9 ]

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof
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In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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