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Monthly Archives: June, 2017

PAPER CHASE!

DESPITE OUR “paperless society,” my computer printer still inexplicably keeps asking for the stuff. And I learned a lot more about it in the London Review of Books, June 15, … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

WHAT AN ODD LANGUAGE ENGLISH IS

AEON IS a not-for-profit digital magazine “committed to big ideas, serious enquiry and a humane worldview.” Founded in London in 2012, it publishes thoughtful essays, ideas and videos on all … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

WHAT IF ROBOTS UNIONIZE? PART 2

YESTERDAY, I shared robotic tidbits from Isaac Asimov and an Automotive News story about mirror specialist Gentex’s closure of its Mexico facility. Today, we pick up with Gentex’s business in … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

WHAT IF ROBOTS UNIONIZE? PART 1

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE is making robotic devices smarter every day. The societal implications of this are profound in the near, as well as long, term. Here are two days of my … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

TWO WINSTONS—AND A FAMILY PORTRAIT

A TWO-PERSON biography described in The New York Times Book Review, June 11, 2017, reminded me of a family portrait in one of our bookcases. The common theme is the … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

ROBERTS 6X AEROPLANE ENGINE

THE ROBERTS Motor Company of Sandusky, Ohio, manufactured advanced aircraft engines in the early part of the last century. Indeed, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, more … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

WHAT AN IDIOT! WELL, IF THE POLL FITS…

I LOVE learning word origins. The New York Times, June 12, 2017, carried “Trump and the True Meaning of ‘Idiot,’ ” an interesting etymological piece by Eric Anthamatten. What brought … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 4 Comments