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Robot Archaeology: Robotic Coin Banks #Robots #MakeRobotFriend

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We all are exposed to piggy banks as children: our family encouraging us to save our coins up. But the simple porcelain pig has become much more over the years.

In the mid-1800s, mechanical banks appeared. They often were cast iron with springs to trigger flinging a coin into the bank slot.

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With the widespread availability of batteries, designers sought to motorize banks in creative ways. Here is a list of some of the robotic banks we’ve found interesting:

electronic banks

Here at Adafruit, we’re creating projects for the new Adafruit Crickit robotics control board.

Crickit

We’ve got some motorized bank ideas we’ll be developing in coming days – do you have some great ideas on automated banks? Please post them in the comments below!

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rraszews
7 days ago
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Weird. I'm pretty sure I had both Robie and also that baseball bank (probably a reproduction though). (I went through a phase where I thought mechanical coin banks were really cool. Also had a Casablanca one where Bogart's eyes would roll when you put a coin in)

I Will Do Anything to End Homelessness Except Build More Homes

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Homelessness in America has reached crisis levels and I am determined to do everything in my power to fix the problem as long as it doesn’t involve changing zoning laws or my ability to drive alone to work or, well, changing anything, really. I’m more than happy to give a hungry man a sandwich once a year and then brag to my friends about it as long as he doesn’t sit down anywhere in my line of sight to eat it. Same goes for hungry women because I’m also a feminist.

This is so important because everyone should have a bed to sleep in at night and also nothing destroys property values faster than a desperate person on a sidewalk asking for change. I’m not saying I don’t care about human suffering, I just care much, much more about my immediate self-interest because I’m the kind of person who contributes to society by starting companies that leverage technology to build smart tea kettles that brew themselves while you sleep at night. I’m a fucking innovator.

I’m innovating for win-win-whatever solutions where I win, my community wins, and we do whatever to get rid of homelessness. Fixing the problem means lots of things: letters to the editor of my local newspaper, bombastic statements to the press that will make the fruit of my loins cringe for generations, and especially writing vaguely discriminatory, definitely ugly posts on social media about the crisis as it unfolds in my community. Also, I call the police a lot.

Ending homelessness doesn’t mean building more homes because this town is full of homes already, especially mine, which is a single-family mini-mansion on an acre lot that I inherited from my parents and/or managed to purchase with the kind of job and bank terms and economic equality that don’t exist anymore for anyone and only ever really existed for well-educated white Americans. Either that or it’s a magnificent luxury condo with expansive views that I don’t want marred by more luxury condos or — god forbid — affordable housing.

Every room in my Instagram-worthy abode is either filled with clutter or rented out nightly to hipsters from another gentrified, monotone city also suffering from a homelessness crisis — this is a national epidemic, after all. I’m a good person, a generous person, and what made me the person I am is having to work hard for everything my parents gave me, and everything I will, in turn, give to my children.

Listen, I know that the unholy concentration of wealth in America is a big, big, problem, but so is having to constantly say no to people asking for change as I whizz into Whole Foods in my Tesla or Prius (depending on how my startup investments pan out). What’s the point of having all this money if I have to feel bad about it? Also, has anyone actually verified that the homeless people claiming to be veterans aren’t just pulling some elaborate fraud? I’ve never actually met a veteran and I forget for like, decades at a time that the military even exists because the bubble of privilege where I reside is literally impregnable, but I’m suspicious nonetheless.

I know we need more housing, but I was here first and I’m not giving up even one blade of grass on my water-guzzling, pesticide-leeching lawn or a single burner on my twelve-burner Viking range that I never actually use to house another human soul. Tough luck, homeless people. You and your allies can call me names but I won’t hear you over the lushness of my climate-inappropriate rose bushes and the stucco walls I’m paying some desperate immigrant under the table to build for me on the cheap before I low-key call ICE and have them deported.

Look, if you give people homes the next thing you know they’re going to start to get their lives together and then get jobs and start organizing and then they’ll expand Medicare to everyone and build a fucking light rail line instead of a goddamn border wall and no one will drive anymore and cars will die out and the air will get clean and can you imagine the problems we’ll have then?

No. Stop it with the new housing; I’d rather have a homeless crisis.

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rraszews
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I was under the impression that we actually had plenty of houses, standing empty, foreclosed by banks, and that the easiest way to solve homelessness would be to just give existing unoccupied houses way for free.

I Tried This Viral Butter-Softening Hack, but It Doesn’t Really Work — Food News

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This weekend my toddler requested pancakes, and I was happy to oblige. Most of the time parenting feels like taking a wild guess on a multiple-choice exam I haven't studied for and hoping to land on the right answer by luck. But pancakes I can handle. I can even make shapes. (Mickey Mouse is a shape.)

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rraszews
16 days ago
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We recently got wise to the fact that a stick of butter will last about as long as you need it to at room temperature. Though OF COURSE the aunt who spends a lot of time overseas came over the day the last stick ran out and I had to pull a fresh one out of the fridge leading to derisive comments about how "americans" are too paranoid to just leave their butter out like reasonable people.

Driving Cars

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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
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rraszews
16 days ago
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If cars didn't exist and someone said, "Hey, I invented a two ton block of metal that can travel at 80mph and which is controlled manually by human beings with no automatic overrides to stop it ramming things. Let's make 90% of the adult population pilot one every morning when they're half asleep," it would be considered too ridiculous for fiction.
emdeesee
17 days ago
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"flying in formation with people you've never met"
📌 Lincoln, NE ❤️️ Sherman, TX
tedder
17 days ago
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yep. People don't understand how dangerous a 3000lb missile is.
Uranus
Covarr
17 days ago
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As high-profile as accidents involving self-driving vehicles have been, they are still far safer than human drivers. And they don't have to take a test in high school.
Moses Lake, WA
artmoney
17 days ago
what's the source for this? i haven't seen anything definitive on this.
Covarr
17 days ago
There is not enough available data to be absolutely certain beyond any margin of error, but: https://www.vtti.vt.edu/featured/?p=422
Covarr
17 days ago
https://www.axios.com/humans-cause-most-self-driving-car-accidents-1513304490-02cdaf3d-551f-46e6-ad98-637e6ef2c0b9.html
Covarr
17 days ago
Additionally, self-driving cars only get better with each passing year as their technology gets better. Humans aren't evolving nearly as quickly. (sorry for repeat replies; Newsblur doesn't allow me to put paragraphs in my comments with, say, Shift+Enter)
artmoney
17 days ago
of course there's no guarantee that that their safety will increase to the point that they're better enough
benzado
17 days ago
100% of the interest and investment in self-driving cars is for the cost savings. Period. Safety is a sideshow. Once they are "safe enough", we'll adapt our environments to accommodate the self-driving cars. It will be too lucrative not to.
matthiasgoergens
16 days ago
Liability and insurance (and reputation) turn extra safety into cost savings. Human driven cars have also become safer. Think eg of ABS.
benzado
16 days ago
Yes, replacing a human driver with a robot that can't ever sue you is a HUGE cost savings. I'm not saying self-driving cars won't be safer. I'm saying it is at best a minor concern for anyone who is paying to develop them.
llamapixel
14 days ago
Robots will always make mistakes. Entropy is a thing ;) http://moralmachine.mit.edu/
lamontcg
14 days ago
robots don't drive drunk, don't get tired, don't "race" because they think its "cool", don't have road rage and don't try to commit suicide by vehicle. pretty certain before too long that they'll be 100x better than we are at driving.
Covarr
13 days ago
artmoney, llamapixel: It doesn't need to be perfect to be worth it. It just needs to make fewer mistakes than human drivers. Reducing accidents is always better than not reducing them, even if it's not enough to eliminate them completely.
artmoney
10 days ago
the assertion that they are already safer is false. i'm not commenting on the future.
llamapixel
9 days ago
Covarr how does a lawyer fight for a closed source neural net suggesting it is not at fault, when might actually have avoidance systems to reduce crash costs. ?
alt_text_bot
17 days ago
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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
alt_text_at_your_service
17 days ago
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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Moon

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Click here to go see the bonus panel!

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I'm just saying you can't prove beyond any doubt that this is false.

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rraszews
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For a few years now, my favorite response to Moon Landing Conspiracy theories has been to say "The landings were real. The moon is fake."

Though I also like the claim that the landings were faked by Kubrick, but because he's such a stickler for accuracy, he faked them on the actual moon.

A Steal At Any Price

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rraszews
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Is that Dora? I'm losing track of what people look like.
HarlandCorbin
29 days ago
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Ooh, I want a WTF size darkest roast!
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