• Posts Tagged ‘Robotics’

    Strange Science: Maillardet’s Automaton

    by  • September 15, 2017 • Strange Science • 0 Comments

    Maillardet's Automaton

    In the early nineteenth century, a Swiss mechanician built an automaton that could write poetry and draw pictures. Granted, the poetry and pictures it could draw were pre-programmed, but the memory involved in the machine is the equivalent of slight more than one-third of a megabyte–not bad for a 200-plus year old machine! Henri...

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    I, Angelica

    by  • August 28, 2017 • Fiction • 0 Comments

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    Notorious android murderess Angelica X shares her story, as told to Wesley O. Cohen Art by Luke Spooner This is what I tell the others: if he had made me out of bones, Dr. Fleischmann would have liked me better. He hated the metal plates of my teeth. He hated seeing steel when he...

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    The Fatalism of the Automatons

    by  • June 19, 2017 • Fiction • 0 Comments

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    An account by Captain Walter Budanov and Samuel Walter, as provided by Jon Hartless Art by Amanda Jones Captain Budanov’s diary, whaling vessel Demeter. October 4th, 1886 Three months now in these ice floes. Petersburg seems but a distant memory, one I despised when there with its drinking and dancing and shallow fun. But...

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    A Formal Apology for Recent Developments

    by  • November 14, 2016 • Fiction • 1 Comment

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    A letter by Hansel Calloway, as provided by Church Lieu Art by Justine McGreevy To Whom It May Concern: It has come to my attention that my most recent paper, as published in the Vanguard journal on applied artificial intelligence, drew incomplete conclusions from my experimental data. I would like to offer my greatest,...

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    The Assessment

    by  • January 18, 2016 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    The Assessment

    An essay by Doctor Riya Khan, as provided by Farah Ghuznavi Art by Justine McGreevy I’m not crazy, you know, even if they’ve sent me to you for an assessment! That’s the first step they take with any behavior considered deviant. But the real reason is that my husband wants me committed to a Rest-and-Reprogramming facility....

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    The Nightingale of Atlantic City

    by  • April 13, 2015 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    An essay by W. M. Higgins, as provided by Meg Merriet Art by Shannon Legler Her melodies, no matter what song was requested, haunted the dreams and nightmares of mortal men. When the Nightingale sang, the sound of silverware and polite conversation dissipated until all you could hear was her voice, her father’s piano, and...

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    A Bright Future

    by  • August 19, 2013 • Fiction • 0 Comments

    An essay by Keeper, as provided by Jamie Lackey Art by Justine McGreevy I strode through the long twilight shadows. My metal feet clanged against the cobbles as I dodged plumes of noxious steam rising from manhole covers and jumped puddles covered with filmy layers of oily sludge. Human offal lined the streets. I...

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