robotics

Middle school student tests robot
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Dozens of middle school students gathered in Essex, New York recently for a science, technology, engineering and math workshop.  The students were guided in building robots by instructors and cadets from the Military Academy at West Point.

Annie Jacobsen is the best-selling-author of Area 51 and Operation Paper Clip. Now drawing on years of research, exclusive interviews, and private documents Jacobs has written a history of Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) the world's most powerful and advanced military science agency and the Government's most controversial secret weapon. 

The name of the book is The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History Of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency.

  Every year, perhaps even every week, there is some new gadget, device, service, or other digital offering intended to make our lives easier, better, more fun, or more instantaneous–making it that much harder to question how anything digital can be bad for us. Digital has created some wonderful things and we can hardly imagine life without them.

But digital—the most relentless social and economic juggernaut humanity has unleashed in centuries—is also destroying much of what we’ve taken for granted.

In Digital is Destroying Everything, Andrew Edwards takes us on a tour of today’s “blasted heath”, where many things we’ve held dear have been uprooted or entirely changed by digital–and where many new and intriguing flora and fauna are sprouting.

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Next month, a dozen students from Mt. Everett Regional High School in Sheffield, Massachusetts will be competing in a robotics world championship in St. Louis. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Jim Levulis met the team members, including the battery powered ones.

In the world of science fiction, humans and robots converse freely.

Robin Read, research fellow at Plymouth University in the UK, is studying the nature by which robots communicate.

Clarkson University

Imagine this; two teams of three robots each are pitted against each other in an area to fling projectiles and climb to the top of a steel pyramid.