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DARPA Announces Responder Robot Competition
2012-04-11 06:00:45

The Defense Advanced Research and Planning Agency (DARPA) issued a challenge to robot builders this week, as the move to rely on robots to do our dirty work rolls on. The agency is also asking challengers to keep their minds open, saying these robots don´t have to feature a human-like form. One roboticist, Aaron Edsinger of Meka Robotics in San Francisco, told the New York Times he was already speaking with other builders and considering different forms of inspiration....


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'