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Monday, May 24, 2004

paper magic
To all those people who will be going to see Will Smith's summer blockbuster I, Robot, and summarily get freaked out by the prospect of robots attacking and taking over the world soon, consider this:

Carnegie Mellon University grad student Devin Balkcom just built a robot that can masterfully fold paper according to the ancient art of origami, and is about to earn his doctorate on the strength of that breakthrough.

In other words, robots are just now mastering the complex task of folding paper. So, unless they're able to dominate us human beings with fleets of attack paper airplanes, I'd say we're safe for a while yet.