booting up … robots through the years

In the 2012 movie, “Robot & Frank,” an aging man living alone ultimately befriends a domestic robot his son provides him as a companion. In a more recent flick, “Ex Machina,” the main character has the tables disastrously turned on him when a female robot he created seeks freedom. Author Martin Ford, an international expert on technology, expects the new economy to evolve in an even more complex way as explained in his 2015 book, “Rise of the Robots.”

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history of the hair dryer

We’ve come a long way from the 1600s when ladies of privilege sat for hours while personal maids adorned elaborate, tower-like hairstyles with flowers and jewels. Thankfully, French hairdresser and inventor Alexandre Ferdinand Godefroy simplified the primping process when he patented the first hair dryer in 1888.

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Vending Machines

What would life be like without vending machines — one of life’s more underrated staples? For change or a few dollars you can get a bag of Cheetos, a Snickers bar or a can of Coca Cola almost anywhere: in a school, hospital, office, university, convention center, store or even on the street. In fact, it’s safe to say that most of us have walked past one of these ingenious concepts in the last day or two.

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