Why do all these robots have cartoon eyes?

Why do all these robots have cartoon eyes?

There’s just something about craft store cuteness that doesn’t suggest the coming war against AI. If you were asked to draw an eyeball in 10 seconds or less, you would probably draw something that looks like it could be glued onto an elementary school craft project. Maybe, if you are gifted, your eyeball would look like it belonged on the face of a Pixar character. Either way, you would most likely draw an eye that…

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Robots will deliver food and drinks to George Mason University students

Robots will deliver food and drinks to George Mason University students

European startup Starship Technologies is bringing its six-wheeled delivery robots to a college campus in Virginia. The company announced Monday that George Mason University will allow students to use their meal plans to have select food and drink orders delivered by the robots. Starship says it’s providing George Mason with at least 25 robots, and orders from Blaze Pizza, Starbucks, and Dunkin’ will be available at the start. More will be added in the “coming…

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‘Flexgate’ might be Apple’s next MacBook Pro problem

‘Flexgate’ might be Apple’s next MacBook Pro problem

Apple might be in for another MacBook Pro hardware controversy. A report from iFixit highlights an issue with the laptop’s backlights failing, causing the lighting at the bottom of the screen to appear spotted and uneven. An enterprising user has already dubbed the problem “flexgate.” Flexgate is here The issue seems to arise because of a cable that is used to connect the MacBook’s display to a control board in the base of the computer,…

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Jan Morris carried marmalade up Everest and came out as trans in the ’70s. Her diary is a joy.

Jan Morris carried marmalade up Everest and came out as trans in the ’70s. Her diary is a joy.

The 91-year-old journalist who covered the first ascent to Everest talks Brexit and also sheep. The most purely charming thing I have read so far in 2019 is Jan Morris’s In My Mind’s Eye. Composed of daily entries in Morris’s diary over the span of 188 days, it’s a book with no particular plot and no particular structure. It’s just rambling notes on the state of such things as politics (dismal), zoos (morally abhorrent), and…

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It isn’t just the Covington Catholic students — MAGA hats are a teen trend

It isn’t just the Covington Catholic students — MAGA hats are a teen trend

The red baseball caps are a provocative way to signify you’re on a “winning” team. One image was inescapable on social media over MLK Day weekend: the smirking face of a teenage boy in a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, staring down a Native American elder. The boy was Nick Sandmann, a student at Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, who along with the dozens of classmates shouting and seeming to mock…

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Twitter is rolling out a new web interface, including an emoji button

Twitter is rolling out a new web interface, including an emoji button

Twitter has started to roll out a new interface for its web users that includes several key features, like a newly designed emoji button. The most important changes are tiny shortcuts to make tweeting easier. A large, dedicated button in the tweet box makes it easier to add an emoji, an updated trending section appears on the right-hand side of the page, and little aesthetic updates make it easier to see who’s involved in a…

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Sylvia Plath wrote this short story in 1952. It’s now out in print for the first time.

Sylvia Plath wrote this short story in 1952. It’s now out in print for the first time.

Plath wrote Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom when she was 20, and it’s been languishing in her archives ever since. In 1952, Sylvia Plath was 20 years old. She had yet to meet Ted Hughes. She had yet to complete the guest editorship at Mademoiselle that would become the basis for her seminal 1963 novel The Bell Jar. She was bare months away from her first suicide attempt and years away from her death…

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NASA is replacing one of the astronauts on Boeing’s first crewed flight to the space station

NASA is replacing one of the astronauts on Boeing’s first crewed flight to the space station

NASA is replacing one of the astronauts assigned to fly on the first crewed test launch of the CST-100 Starliner, a capsule being developed by Boeing to take passengers to the International Space Station. NASA announced today that astronaut Eric Boe will no longer be flying on the mission due to unspecified “medical reasons.” Instead, NASA astronaut E. Michael “Mike” Fincke will take Boe’s place. Boe was assigned to this flight in August of 2018,…

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Acer announces two new educational 12-inch Chromebooks

Acer announces two new educational 12-inch Chromebooks

Acer announced two 12-inch Chromebook devices today at the annual Bett conference for educators: the Chromebook 512 and the Chromebook Spin 512. Both feature 1366 x 912 resolution on 3:2 aspect ratio screens — a ratio which, according to Acer, falls between that of books and mobile media. Compared to the Chromebook 512 — which starts at $329.99 and is equipped with a dual-core Celeron N4000 chip — the Chromebook Spin 512, which starts at…

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The original Google Hangouts will start to disappear this October

The original Google Hangouts will start to disappear this October

In case you hadn’t heard, Google Hangouts is going away — and if you’ve been dreading the day you’ll have to replace it with the perhaps much nicer-looking Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, we’ve got some brand-new guidance from Google on when the switch will be happening. Namely, October to start. That’s when Google will start retiring the classic Hangouts app for its G Suite customers — aka companies that pay to use Google Apps…

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