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Ep 320: Should robots think for themselves?



Should robots think for themselves?

We get to robot brains today, including an early neural network, made from analog circuits, instead of digital.
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Ep 318: Much to say about nothing



Much to say about nothing

The discovery of vacuum was strangely pivotal in the history of science and technology. From steam engines to electronics, we talk about the power of nothing.
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Ep 317: Pumps, plumbing, and weird water



Pumps, plumbing, and weird water

One of the earliest things humanity automated was the moving of liquids—irrigation, draining mines, and removal of waste. From five-thousand years ago to today, we take a look at pumps, plumbing, and some of the weirdness of water.
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Ep 315: Wires, springs, and mechanical marvels



Wires, springs, and mechanical marvels

Along with the beginnings of springs and wire, we take a look at some more automatons. Included is the 18th century chess playing mechanical Turk.
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Ep 314: Ancient robots



Ancient robots

Starting more than 2000 years ago, people have been creating machines that resemble animals and humans. Powered by water, compressed air, springs or falling weights, these automatons thrilled and amazed spectators.
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Ep 313: Why are we turning?



Why are we turning?

To build your bot, you’ll need some bits. Today we talk about wheels pulleys and gears—where and when they happen, and how and why to use them.
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Ep 312: That’s not a machine!



That’s not a machine!

We finish up “building brain bits for bots based on big beasties,” and move on to some things that have to do with actual robots. Searching for the beginnings of the technology, we do make a short visit to the stone age.
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Ep 311: Building brain bits for bots based on big beasties



Building brain bits for bots based on big beasties

We begin a series on robotics and automation with a look at your host’s on going project on how to build a brain for a bot. After years of research, it turns out that bigger is better.

special thanks to @EliaMagrinelli and @mattparlmer.
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