In honor of The 4th of July, MrSolidSnake745 presents “The Star Spangled Banner” played on eight gloppy drives.
Bees and flowers have an amazingly close relationship. Flowers need bees in order to reproduce, and bees need flowers to feed their colonies. Take away one, and the other would disappear too. It begs the question: When it comes to evolution, which came first, the bees or the flowers?
A recent episode of The New York Times series Robitica–titled “The Family Dog”–profiles the life and inevitable death of AIBO, a robotic dog no longer produced by Sony. Now that Sony finally closed the last of its AIBO repair centers in March 2014, it is only a matter of time before there are no more parts to repair the critters.
They didn’t shed, chew the sofa or bite the postman, but for thousands of people Sony’s Aibo robotic dog was the closest thing to a real canine companion. So when the Japanese company stopped servicing the robots last year, eight years after it ended production, owners faced a wrenching prospect: that their aging “pets” would break down for good.