This Week in the Future, August 15-19, 2011

This week’s Baarbarian illustration shows a three-way race (…to the future!). A robot named Mabel races to prove her sporting abilities. An electric car races to prove its endurance. And an alligator races because everyone else is trying to harvest its fat.

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