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Three Laws of Robotics

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Three Laws of Robotics

Designed to avoid a repeat of Dr Frankenstein’s big mistake

The Three Laws of Robotics have pervaded science fiction and popular culture, and are referred to in many books, films, and other media. More recently, they have impacted thought on the ethics of artificial intelligence. But, where do these so called “Laws” come from?

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YInMn Blue

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YInMn Blue

The first new blue to be “discovered" in 200 years was a happy accident.

Blue has been an important colour in art and decoration since ancient times, and so it is somewhat of a big deal when a brand new blue gets “discovered”.

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NATO Phonetic Alphabet

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NATO Phonetic Alphabet

Alfa Bravo Charlie

We hear snippets of it all the time … but not everyone knows of its derivation. So think of this post as a community service.

The International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet, commonly known as the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, is the world’s most widely used radiotelephone alphabet.

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Luggage + Wheels

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Luggage + Wheels

Why did something so obvious take so long to come to our rescue?

It’s hard to imagine a world where luggage didn’t have wheels. However, those of us of a certain age will remember when that wasn’t universally the case.

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Dvorak Simplified Keyboard

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Dvorak Simplified Keyboard

Battle of the Keyboards: Dvorak v. QWERTY

The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard was designed to address the problems of inefficiency and fatigue which characterised the QWERTY keyboard layout. The QWERTY layout, introduced in the 1860s, was designed so that successive keystrokes would alternate between sides of the keyboard so as to avoid jamming of the mechanical arms. We know who won the battle ... but how and why?

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