What have the robots ever done for us?

They’ve taken everything we had, not just from us, from our fathers and from our fathers’ fathers. And what have they ever given us in return?

Sanitation

Robotics within food-packing factories, robots to disinfect hospitals and spare a thought for ‘sewer bots’, which are exactly what you think they are, and locate problems in the poop pipes way before their human overlords.

All right, I’ll grant you that sanitation is one thing that the robots have done…

And the roads…

President Obama famously said that …

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Eight 2014 predictions you can bet the house on

Fortune telling

If 2013 is anything to go by, the speed at which 2014 hits us is directly proportional to the amount of time left, multiplied by the level of work to get through, divided by the length of your holiday. In short, it’s probably already 2014 and none of us have caught up to the idea yet. Tamsin Oxford tells us what can we expect from this even-numbered year…

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The (Back to the) Future is now

Back To The Future 2

Hold the video phone, Needles, Back to the Future II was set in 2015?! With just over a year left on the Delorean’s clock, we look at all the inventions first showcased by Marty McFly and now readily available for your family.

Wireless gaming

The rugrats of 2015 were horrified by 1980s arcade gaming. According to BTTF2, the future of gaming was wireless and saw you using your own body, to play. What, like the Xbox Kinect?

 

Look at Sesame Street TV …

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Kids put their records on

headphones and notebook over a bed

So whilst we’ve been busy fretting about whether a record collection can be passed onto future generations if they’re digital, let alone whether they’ll even listen to music like that, it turns out those wily youths have been out buying vinyl anyway. Who knew?

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The analogue spellchecker

Are spellcheckers making our kids worse at noticing their own mistakes? Does autocorrect help or hinder development of literacy? The amount of typing kids do compared to physical writing must be having some sort of effect, for better or for worse; and if it’s the latter, might a digital pen be the answer?

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The Intel children are our future

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair isn’t the snappiest name, but the event itself is rather brilliant: every year, high school students from around the globe compete by showing off the tech innovations they came up with. This year was a doozy.

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