A recent comment about erecting a Lego statue reminded me of something I saw a while ago, but forgot to pass on to WU.
Nathan Sawaya won a competition for the Lego Master Model Builder title in 2004, and went on to work for Lego itself. Later he decided to open his own art studio, one where all the sculptures and pictures are made out of the ubiquitous little plastic bricks. Many of his creations, such as Blue pictured below with Sawaya himself, can be seen on his studio's web-site, The Art of the Brick.
If you're one of those people that don't like leaving your computer to make some toast then you'll want this. It's a toaster that's been made to fit into your computer. You can buy one here if you want to try it out.
If you're ever in New England and wish to dispose of an unwanted rugrat, consider visiting the Biomes marine education facility here in Rhode Island, and participating in one of their "shark petting" programs.
Fans of Transformers will like this one. It's a computer mouse that can transform into a Trypticon (some kind of robotic dinosaur). It's not wireless though so you would have to try and transform this thing while it's connected to the computer or you will have to unplug the mouse. You can buy one here if you want to try it out.
Maybe we're already in the Matrix. How would we know? While you ponder that, scientists at the University of Florida are developing a neural implant that can think independently. This is not just an implant that deciphers brain signals, but one that can learn, adapt to various scenarios and help the host achieve certain goals. The initial technology is being developed for therapeutic applications, such as allowing paraplegics the ability to control their own limbs again. You can read more about the Neural Implants here. Of course, giving such a "machine" partial control of your brain could lead to any number of problems; questions about who is really in charge. Which version of the future would you prefer to live in: I, Robot, 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Matrix?
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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