This autonomous firefighting 'bot gets its self-preservation instinct from its (very distant) insect cousins
By Michael DumiakPosted 03.31.2008 at 3:15 pm 6 Comments
Shifting through the mossy undergrowth of Germany's Black Forest, antennae raised and leg joints quietly clicking forward, OLE (pronounced "oh-luh") is a St. Bernard–size bug on the prowl. But this mechanized insect isn't a scavenger—it's a guardian.
In our all-digital economy, only the computer knows
By Michael DumiakPosted 01.28.2008 at 6:26 pm 5 Comments
Once upon a time, when banks observed the gold standard, every dollar was backed by an equal amount of metal. Put simply, your money was in the vault. But now cash is all most people ever get to hold, and as the dollar goes digital, the only tangible vestige of your wealth will soon be the computer that keeps track of it. So where is your money today?