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In the previous week’s video, we talked about the possibility of robot pets, looking beyond cute toys like Sony’s AIBO line (1999 to 2006) or even the really intriguing Pleo dinosaur. I wanted to follow up on one particular question

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Although none of us would trade in our beloved dogs for a cold, unfeeling robot, we can certainly envision a future in which some people would want to purchase a robotic pet. Especially as AI, mechanics and materials science improve,

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Some of our favorite exoskeletons have been used as alien squishers and supervillain defense aids, sure. But some of the best we’ve seen are decidedly nonfictional. We detailed both categories in our podcast episode I Am Iron Man. Given that

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Since we started Fw:Thinking, we’ve seen some great comments on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter that credit our shows as being inspirational. I’m happy to hear that the topics that excite me are also exciting to lots of other people. I

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All three of your (varyingly) humble Fw:Thinking audio hosts have backgrounds in literature and creative writing, so we were like kids in a nerdy candy store during production of our recent episodes on The Future of Storytelling. We did one

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To my disappointment, I lack artistic ability. I can’t draw a convincing stick figure. My musical ability is limited to a few tunes on a ukulele (which I love to play but to call me anything other than amateur would

© Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library/Corbis How the Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope Works

I wish I had one of these things when I was a kid. The Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope looks like a little blue Easter egg that connects to your computer via USB port. The egg itself is the camera, and

© Andrew Brookes/Corbis How Bright Eyes Kit Glasses Work

You know those times when you want to look like a huge cartoon insect zapping the world with radioactive eyeballs that scroll information from the New York Stock Exchange? Check out the Bright Eyes DIY glasses kit. A pretty attractive

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