Robots Everywhere

Chatty robots, cocktail-shaking computers, pen phones wow CeBIT crowds (AFP). AFP – A chatting robot, a BMW that can make dinner reservations and a computer server that can mix a dry martini are among the gadgets drawing crowds at the start of the CeBIT, the world’s biggest high-tech trade fair.

– Source: Yahoo! News – Technology; 3/18/2004; 1:23:04 PM

Now bartenders are going to be replaced by robots? Call Marshal Brain!

One tip for spotting future trends and appreciating progress is to pay attention to the small, insignificant discoveries and inventions mentioned in media. Incrimental changes build on each other until their mass effect is apparent, even if each individual change did not seem to be a big deal at the time.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona.