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Senseless Drawing Robot Should Probably Be Arrested

Kids, don't try what you're about to see at home, because your parents will get seriously upset. Trust me

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Senseless Drawing Robot Should Probably Be Arrested

I'm a big fan of robots that are purpose-built to do something wonderful and useless, especially when that thing is against the law. Designed by So Kanno and Takahiro Yamaguchi, the "Senseless Drawing Robot" (that's them calling it senseless, not me) combines random programming with even more random motion to spray paint randomness2 along whatever wall you park it next to. One thing's for sure: humans aren't allowed to be doing this.

For such a random mechanism, those patterns appear to have quite a bit of artistry attached to them, but I'm probably just projecting or something. While I'd be happy to unleash this little guy around the house (or the IEEE Spectrum offices, for that matter), for the moment, you'll have to travel to Tokyo (and back in time about a month) to see it in action at Utopinism.

[ Senseless Drawing Robot ] 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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