technology podcast #331

Luxembourg’s Begging Robot

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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.

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19 Responses to “Luxembourg’s Begging Robot”

  1. Ian

    I’ve been missing your podcast over the last several weeks as they’ve been irregularly posted.

    Now I’m REALLY bummed!

    I hope to hear you more often on “the big show.”

    You will be sorely missed.

    • Error: Unable to create directory /home/worldsci/public_html//wp-content/uploads/2014/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server? Clark Boyd

      Ian — As you may know, the hiatus is short-lived. New episodes starting in September.

  2. Alphons Evers

    Best of luck in your future endeavours.
    I will miss your show. I have always enjoyed it.

    • Error: Unable to create directory /home/worldsci/public_html//wp-content/uploads/2014/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server? Clark Boyd

      Alphons — New episodes starting in September! Stay subscribed!

  3. Laurel

    Sorry to hear this will be the last for awhile. I really really enjoy the podcast, and have been listening for a couple years. Good luck in your future endeavors. I will miss one of my favorite ‘casts with great insights, where I could learn all sorts of new, and unique, tech info.

    Cheers

    • Error: Unable to create directory /home/worldsci/public_html//wp-content/uploads/2014/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server? Clark Boyd

      Laurel — Thanks for the note. New episodes starting in September!

  4. Carlos Rebellon

    Clark,

    If I could play you the world’s best bagpipe song to celebrate such an illustrious podcast, as the one your have tirelessly hosted for the past 6.5 years, I would do it in a heart-beat. But alas, I don’t own a bag pipe nor can I play one. Hell, where does one go to buy a bag pipe? LOL

    What I can say is that you have enlightened my knowledge of the World in so many ways that I can never thank you enough. I can’t wait for you to return to the Technology side.

    Carlos

    P.S. – Don’t worry, I’ll still follow you on the Science Podcast…

    • Error: Unable to create directory /home/worldsci/public_html//wp-content/uploads/2014/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server? Clark Boyd

      Carlos — The return is near at hand. New episodes of WTP starting in September. Thanks for your kind words!

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  6. David

    Clark-

    Wow- so bummed!

    The Tech Podcast has opened introduced me to fantastically interesting global stories and issues. It was a great counterpoint to US-centric tech and gadgetry (which I also love, but it’s just a small and often shallow portion of the big picture).

    And of course, thank you for introducing us to Spunkshine!

    Best of luck in your future endeavors, and I’ll look for you on the other ‘casts.

    Go humans!

    Cheers,
    David
    San Francisco, CA

  7. George

    Clark, thank you for the excellent World Technology Podcast (WTP) for the last 6 years. You may want to check twit.tv if you wish to continue the Podcast/Netcast series at a different station (so to speak). Not sure if the WTP cancellation is due to management reprioritization of the different programs currently being broadcasted … if so, twit.tv may be interested in hosting your program. Just a thought.

    twit.tv used to be the Tech TV Screensaver show in the U.S. They have an international following and carry several different netcast programs on technology.

    • Error: Unable to create directory /home/worldsci/public_html//wp-content/uploads/2014/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server? Clark Boyd

      George — Thanks for the note. The hiatus is over. New episodes starting in September.

  8. Michael Hollinger

    Wow. Every since you made the technology of the humble urinal interesting to me (how many years ago now?) I’ve been hooked. Clark, you truly brought me “Technology that matters.” You are amazing, and your hiatus is well deserved. But here’s to hoping this end is only the beginning of something better.

    Thank you for sharing your life’s work with me all these years.
    Sincerely,
    A Fan.

    • Error: Unable to create directory /home/worldsci/public_html//wp-content/uploads/2014/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server? Clark Boyd

      Michael — Thanks for the note. The hiatus is short-lived. New episodes starting in September.

  9. Olivier

    I enjoyed every single 200ish Tech podcasts I listened from you. Thanks for your good work and the human touch you blended into tech.

    Best of luck with what is coming for you!

    Olivier
    Québec, Canada.

    • Error: Unable to create directory /home/worldsci/public_html//wp-content/uploads/2014/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server? Clark Boyd

      Olivier — Thanks for the note. The Tech Podcast hiatus is over. New episodes will start in September.

  10. Harvey

    I’ve been listening from the beginning, hope you can instill others at The World to look at their subjects the way you looked at tech. Following stories about people making the world a better place, following their passion, and truly amazing technologies… Thanks so much.

    You will be missed be me and thousands of others I’m sure. I make about 4 posts a year on the internet – you definitely affected my world for the better.

    Take care and be well,
    Harvey
    Falls Church, Virginia

    • Error: Unable to create directory /home/worldsci/public_html//wp-content/uploads/2014/04. Is its parent directory writable by the server? Clark Boyd

      Harvey — as you may or may not know, the Tech Podcast hiatus is over. We’ll have new episodes starting in September.

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