Strange Patents: The High Five Machine

If there’s one mystery of the universe I’ve never fully understood, it’s what to do when I feel like giving someone a high five and no one’s around. I know I’m not alone on this, because in 1993 someone filed patent US 5356330 to answer all of my high-fiving prayers.

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Inventor Creates Mechanical Web-Shooter, Does Whatever A Spider Can

In the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films starring Tobey McGuire, Peter Parker’s mutation allowed him to fire webs naturally out of his wrists. This was a change from the original comics. In those, Parker created mechanical web-shooters – his mutation only brought him things like superhuman strength, the “spider-sense,” and the ability to climb walls. And, from what …

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Google’s Ray Kurzweil: Computers Will Behave Like Real People By 2029

In 1990, futurist Ray Kurzweil predicted that a computer would win a game of chess against a human by 1998. His prediction came true on May 11, 1997, when IBM’s Deep Blue defeated the world chess champion Garry Kasparov. More recently, Kurzweil, who now works for Google, shared a new prediction: within 15 years, computers …

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Z-Machines Presents Music For Robots

The Z-Machines, a three-robot band spawned by Japanese roboticists, aren’t your typical musicians. For one, they’re robots. That’s the big one. But for another, the guitarist has 78 fingers and the drummer has 22 arms.

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