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Harry Harrison was born in 1925 in Stamford, Ct. He worked in sf as an illustrator before becoming an editor. He wrote short fiction under various pseudonyms; he also wrote for syndicated comic strips. He is probably best known for the Stainless Steel Rat series; his novel Make Room! Make Room! formed the basis of the sf film Soylent Green.
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Koolio: Autonomous Refrigerator Robot
Professors work hard - and they deserve refreshment. At the Machine Intelligence Lab at Benton Hall at the University of Florida, they are served by Koolio, the autonomous refrigerator Robot.
RFID-Maki: Easy Payment Sushi
In Japan, eating and automation go together like, well, like raw fish and rice.
Crime-Fighting Computer - The Game's Afoot 24x7
Computer scientists in Chicago have created the Classification System for Serial Criminal Patterns (CSSCP), a computer system that uses pattern-recognition software to sift through case records to find the link (and the perpetrator) connecting differ
i-Snake Flexible Robot Surgeon Concept
It sounds creepy, but the i-Snake idea has enough funding for a fair trial.
Teddy Bear Robotic Companions
A plush robotic teddy bear sat on display at TechFest, a two-day Microsoft event that started today. Steven Bathiche, a research and development program manager, is looking to go beyond the bears you know.
Chatty Tom Talking Bear From Tomy
Talking teddy bears? Harrison and Aldiss wrote about them in the sixties.
T-Rot Thinking Robot Tends Bar, Chats
Finally, a real live bartending robot, who will mix and hand you your drink and listen to your troubles.
HRP-3 Promet Robot Blue Collar Style
Robots need to be able to work in the real world, not just inside controlled environments.
Meet R BOT 001, Russia's New Robocop
Russian militiamen turn to missile-shaped robotic police for help.
Robot Librarians In The Stacks
I wonder what sort of capabilities this robot librarian might have when it comes to retrieving overdue books?
Smart Dressing Mirror RFID-Based mi-tu Fashion
This system could make those endless hours of shopping go a lot faster.
Robot Arm With Fluidic Muscles
Fascinating robotic arm technology is based on the human skeletal structure.
Blue Collar Bot Pumps Gas Update
Remember those friendly gas station attendants of yesteryear? They're back and... they're robots. Updated with a new sf ref and video.
Robotic Observatory Opens On Antarctic Plateau
This observatory is almost more remote than Hubble - and built with similarly automated equipment.
Humans! Tutor Computers And Robots In Your Spare Time
Harry Harrison first described this in 1956; I notice that in the real future, no one is getting paid for it.
Artificial Neural Network Predicts Death Row Executions
Slightly disturbing article about how computers can predict who will actually be executed on death row better than human observers.
reCAPTCHA Old Manuscripts Now!
Humans come to the rescue of the machines; this program takes a human priority (sensing human input) and adds value.
Bombproof Trash Can Secures Rubbish
These rubbish bins are not only protective, but informative. Coming soon to London streets.
DESIRE Trash-Tossing Robot
This prototype robot is shown in a CeBIT video distinguishing trash from non-trash. That's better than early sfnal robots could do.
Responsive Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
A special display lets users see themselves in two different sets of clothing at the same time.
DustCart Robotic Trash Can From DustBot
This idea is a half-century old, but it's still a good one. The Italians press on in the area of urban hygiene.
Unemployed Robots Should Seek Work Autonomously
For now, robots just stand idle when humans stop giving them work. SF writers have some suggestions, though.
Bloodbot Robot Takes Blood Samples
This clever robot has come along just fifty years after Harry Harrison described the basic idea for readers of Fantastic Universe.
ROPID Has Serious 'Quick', Good Hang Time
Quick little robot has good leaping ability and plenty of attitude.
Muscle-Computer Interface Video
Excellent short video illustrates muscle-computer interfaces, as seen in sf (thanks, readers!).
Robot Sorts Plastic Recyclables With Laser
This robot uses laser light to distinguish between plastics because human recyclers cannot.
Judges Who Google: The Tip Of The Iceberg?
Just how connected should judges be? And when justice delayed is justice denied, how fast are human judges anyway?
Fujitsu Teddy Bear Robot Prototype Spotted
It's lovable, it's cuddly, its - robotic.
Fujitsu Social Robot Bear Video
Soon, this little robot will be ready for grandma and grandpa - or the grand kids.
Computers Need Your Help In Image Recognition
Science fiction fans benefited from the work of Harry Harrison, who discussed the kinds of help that human beings could give to computers and robots fifty years ago.
Pi4-Workerbot Adapts Quickly
This adaptable robot is available to fill in on those shifts where no short-term human help is available. No, it's not an American robot.
DustBot Video Shows Robotic Future Of Trash
This robot is ready to help clean up the planet, one household's recyclables at a time.
Kinze Autonomy Project's Autonomous Tractors
Will farms become safer with robots?
Cocoagraph Edible Photos Like Spatial-Postal Cards
'Before Bill's startled gaze... the card was starting to swell.'
Meshworm Inches Toward You (Thanks, Harry Harrison)
'...in operation it is not unlike the common earthworm.'
The Library Of The Future
'A Filer is an amazingly intelligent robot and there aren't many being manufactured.'
American Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Robots
'Mankind treats us like machines... then melts us for scrap. There must be an end to this.'- Harry Harrison, 1959.
MYO Armband Provides Control For Your Phone, UAV
'Sensitive actuators touch the tendons in your right wrist.'- Harry Harrison, 1960.
Bartendro Robot Bartender
'He sipped the cognac that the robot bartender handed him...'- Alfred Bester, 1956.
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