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Let’s ignore for a moment that there are very serious ethical and political concerns and all, and take a moment to be glad that we finally live in a world where Nobel Peace Prize winners campaign to stop killer robots.  Welcome to your killer-robot-filled future.  (Thanks, TED, for “How about we not make killer robots?“)

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To be filed under “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed”: robotic underground bike storage in Japan, via Boing Boing, who describe it as a somewhat neo-Lovecraftian process where “these  machines ingest RFID-tagged bicycles and whisk them into their bowels and set them lovingly into huge subterranean crypts”.  So, a) very cool, b) an interesting addition to the urban bicycle infrastructure, and c) subterranean bike robots?  Very cool.