Lost robot asks for directions to find its way.

A team from the Technical University of Munich programmed their robot to ask people for directions then set it loose it in the real world. This was no carefully constructed laboratory maze, but real streets with real people, and real obstacles. They told it to get to a destination 1.5 km away. The robot had no pre-made map or GPS. It had to ask for help, look at the direction that people pointed, say “thank you” and try to use their input to get to its goal without running into anything. This experiment really shows the progress that is being made in taking robots into normal environments.More info here at New Scientist magazine.





December 2, 2016

Upside Down Christmas Tree Hangs in the Halls of Tate Britain

  Every December, the Tate Britain debuts its much-anticipated Christmas tree. Designed by a different contemporary artist each year, the famed museum’s trees are both yuletide decorations and works of modern art. This year, Iranian installation artist Shirazeh Houshiary has quite literally turned the tradition on its head with her upside-down evergreen. Suspended by its trunk, the tree hovers above the main entrance’s stunning spiral staircase.

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December 2, 2016

Photographer Searches for Mystery Wedding Couple After Discovering Film in 50-Year-Old Camera

You never know what you’ll find when you buy something that’s vintage. When photographer Alex Galmeanu bought a rare 50-year-old camera off eBay, he never expected to find an exposed (but undeveloped) roll of film inside. “Of course I had it developed right away,” he wrote, “and, as a surprise again, I was able to recover 10 quite usable images, especially when considering their age.

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