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February 2nd, 2012
What’s it like to interview a robot?
I recently got the chance to talk with Bina48, often touted as the world’s most advanced android, or human-like robot. Bina48 currently resides in Lincoln under the care of the Terasem Movement Foundation — a nonprofit dedicated to testing whether a person’s consciousness can be replicated in another biological or technological form.
Apparently there will be football played on Sunday, at least intermittently between breaks for high-concept commercials and lip-synching by a singer better known at this point for cosmetic surgery.
For those who think the previous statement is exaggerated, this quote comes from a Jan. 15, 2010, piece on wsj.com:
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Jan. 27 cited two Addison County residents they described as transients for retail theft in a high-profile Chittenden County case that dates back to late 2011.
Cited were Heather Kandzior, 30, formerly of Middlebury, and Francis Valiquette, 38, a Salisbury native, for stealing from the Williston Toys ’R Us, an act that was caught on video and broadcast late last year on local television.
Vergennes police said they were investigating on behalf of Williston police and issued the citations on behalf of that department.
Childhood obesity is a growing public health problem in the United States. More than one-third of all children and adolescents in America are estimated to be overweight or obese, and thus at greater risk for developing heart disease and diabetes later in their lives. Childhood obesity rates in Vermont, at about 25 percent, are somewhat lower than in the nation as a whole.
BRISTOL — The planned move of the Bristol Internal Medicine doctors’ offices to the Bristol Works campus this summer could pave the way for a dentist to move into Bristol. The venue would be Bristol Internal Medicine’s soon-to-be vacated space at 6 Park Place, which at one point in its history hosted a dentist.
MIDDLEBURY — After a slow start in Monday’s home game against Mount Abraham, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team wore down the shorthanded Eagles and pulled away for a 59-36 win that snapped the Tigers’ five-game losing streak.
BRISTOL — When the teenage son of a Mountain Street resident in Bristol returned home on Jan. 17, he found two broken storm windows and the back door to the house left ajar, Bristol police report. The resident then returned home to find cash, alcohol and an expensive cigar missing.
With help from a neighbor, who witnessed the suspicious activity, Bristol police were able to identify the alleged culprit using images from Facebook. Police then arrested Jamie Weening, 16, of Bristol and cited him for burglary and possession of alcohol by a minor.
When schools lose a student to the streets it’s a compounded loss that multiplies its way through society. When students drop out, they limit their potentials and fall prey to higher divorce rates, lower incomes and fewer opportunities. They often become part of the cycle of poverty, which then traps their children. The challenge is to figure out how to keep the students in school.