Luxembourg’s Begging Robot
This is Luxembourg’s very own begging robot. It’s part of an exhibit called “Poor Luxembourg?” at the Luxembourg City history museum. Begging isn’t allowed anywhere in the Grand Duchy, so they asked a Dutch artist named Kaspar Koenig to build this robot. The idea is to get people to think about people living in poverty. Koenig has also put the robot out on the streets, because there are no laws preventing a robot from begging. You can read more and see some videos of the beggar ‘bot over on The World’s homepage. That’s how we kick off WTP 331, along with some new music from podcast favorite, Spunkshine. Check out Huge Humans!
We’ve got an item on North Korea’s supposed cyber-army, and another on Japan’s virtual pop star. Also be sure to check out our stories on Playmancer, the game designed to assist with physical rehab, and on a British project looking to add some noise to electric cars.
And we end this episode with a segment featuring WTP listener Thomas Witherspoon, who runs a non-profit called Ears to Our World. The group seeks to put radios in the hands of students and teachers across the globe.
Speaking of endings…it is with heavy heart that I announce that WTP 331 will be the last podcast for a while. I’m taking a break from the podcast, but will still be appearing regularly on The World radio program (available as a podcast, of course) and on my colleague Rhitu Chatterjee’s World Science Podcast. If you like the yarns I spin, technology or otherwise, I urge you to subscribe.
It’s been a pleasure and a privilege bringing you the podcast for the past six and a half years. Thanks for listening, thanks for your story ideas, and thanks for telling your friends (and enemies) about the ‘cast. Here’s hoping I’ll be back in your earbuds soon.This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 8:53 AM and is filed under Technology Podcast. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.