By now I am sure that you have read about the untimely demise of the Canadian research project known as HitchBot. Brendan Spaar was following the robot’s journey across the United States of America and was sad to learn of its fate in Philadelphia earlier this month.
In case you were wondering if the City of Brotherly Love had something against robots, radio station 93.3 WMMR is here to set the record straight. The radio station has created a robot pope named PopeBot in an effort to spread the gospel of robots to humans that may not understand them. Residents of Philadelphia will be graced with its presence this week and should be able to have all of their non-working electronics healed by “His binaryness.”
While PopeBot looks a little like HitchBot had a baby with a laundry basket and pool noodle, this effort is picking up where the previous robot left off. You can follow PopeBot’s journey on Twitter and can catch him at landmarks like Charley’s Philly Cheese Steaks restaurant and local bars.
Anyone that’s used a computer regularly has probably experienced a frustrating “oh no” moment when the computer decides to slow down, lose your data or just generally make life a lot more stressful than you’d like. While we’d all love to do something destructive to it so we’d feel better, few of us ever do. The exception to this is a man from Colorado Springs, CO named Lucas Hinch. He decided to put the computer and himself out of it’s misery.
It seems that for months Lucas Hinch had been fighting with issues with his computer. After taking it for as long as he could, Hinch took the computer into an alley and fired 8 shots from his handgun into the computer. While he might have felt better after doing this, he has now been cited by police for discharging a firearm within city limits.
It seems like it could be considered premeditated. Definitely sounds like a crime of passion. Brendan Spaar has gotten frustrated with computers in the past but never to that extent. Maybe Hinch thought he was dealing with “Hal” from 2001 Space Odyssey. Whatever the reason, Hinch will face a judge to explain his actions. Let’s hope the judge has experienced similar computer issues and will be sympathetic.
Back in the 60s, Coke had a saying, “Things Go Better With Coke”. Guess that’s still true today because people in rural South Africa can now get free Wi-Fi from Coke vending machines.
BT Global is teaming with Coke to make it available to people that can afford it the least. Coca-Cola South Africa chief information officer David Visser said that providing access to free Wi-Fi will allow students and schoolchildren to “increase their knowledge through research while also giving entrepreneurs and small business owners in the community the opportunity to manage some of their business aspects online”.
There are 2 planned locations for the Wi-Fi “coolers”.Both locations are in areas near schools and shopping so people will have easy access to them. Internet access is free via Wi-Fi without any purchase requirement of any kind and is accessible for the duration of the time spent at the locations.
How do they plan to avoid a slow down on the Information Superhighway as well as avoid crowds around the Coke sites? Imagine just wanting to grab a quick refreshing Coke and having to battle your way through people trying to send emails or Google the latest news.
Brendan Spaar wishes Coke would offer free Wi-Fi here in the U.S. More and more places are offering it free to their customers but they probably wouldn’t be happy if you used it without making a purchase. Maybe one day we might be able to enjoy a Coke while surfing the web for free.