Fast-Food Workers Could Face Robot Armageddon. For three decades now, the idea that robots will replace fast-food workers has been more of a pipe dream of tightwad business owners than a reality. But a group of engineers claims to have finally found a way to get rid of pesky humans once and for all. Momentum Machines of San Francisco has invented a fully-automated contraption that can grind meat, slice tomatoes, grill patties, wrap fully cooked burgers and do pretty much anything else human fast-food workers can do. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.
Why we REALLY Need Protected Bike Lanes in the Countryside. Having previously lived in the North Carolina countryside for several years, and watched (mostly poor) people traverse dangerous grass verges on the side of a busy road, it seems to me that many rural American communities could benefit from similar bike infrastructure. Here are just a few of the reasons why bike lanes/footpaths are at least as important in the countryside as they are in the city. Read more at treehugger.com.
Print Is Down, and Now Out. Jeff Bezos, an avatar of digital innovation as the founder of Amazon, came out of nowhere and plunked down $250 million for The Washington Post. His vote of confidence in the future of print and serious news was seen by some as a sign that an era of “optimism or potential” for the industry was getting underway. Turns out, not so much — quite the opposite, really. Read more at nytimes.com.