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Mad Quickies: No More Maker Faire but Making Continues

A quick look back at recent maker and robotic news

The wonderful DIY and science-based art festival circuit known as Maker Faire is no more. Maker media layed off its entire staff and halted all operations, including its magazine called MAKE. It’s sad news for makers like myself, who met a lot of cool people and had some really fun and inspiring experiences at Maker Faires. I met some of my best pals there and saw some of the coolest robotics and truly inspired art and science projects I’ve ever witnessed. Hopefully, the spirit of Maker Faire will live on in some form in the future. I thought something was weird when last year the cost of getting a table to be a craft vendor jumped to $1,000. It wasn’t affordable for someone like me anymore, and so after many years of participating, I opted out. Hopefully, we can all opt in to a new maker event soon. May the DIY and inventor spirit live on in all of us.

Robot Building Art
Robot Build illustration by Amy Davis Roth. Used with permission.

In honor of Maker Faire, here are a few robot news stories that may inspire you:

The Art and Science of Robot Wrangling in the AI Era: How can you make your robots work best? Well, you can start by giving them the jobs they are best suited for. This articles has some tips to guide tech bosses in how to ingrate robots and AI in the work place.

Lina The Robot
Lina the robot illustration by Amy Davis Roth from the book, The Feel Good Bar and Grill. Used with permission.

Get an inside look at what started out as a private party for Jeff Bezos in Palm Springs, but turned into a conference on Machine learning, AI, Robotics, and Space, in Las Vegas.

Coffee making robot
Coffee Bot illustration by Amy Davis Roth from the book, The Feel Good Bar and Grill. Used with permission.

Futurist and Inventor, Paul Holman gave a talk about the history of the human inventing process that includes a warning on how not to end up as pets for intelligent robots. Can we invent ourselves into oblivion? Check it out here.

Whiskey making robot
Whiskey Bot illustration by Amy Davis Roth from the book, The Feel Good Bar and Grill. Used with permission.

This Article is your chaser. It says robots aren’t event smart enough to pack a box properly… yet. Machine learning is on the rise.

Day of the Dead robot art by Amy
Day of the Dead Bot illustration by Amy Davis Roth from the book, The Feel Good Bar and Grill. Used with permission.

Hope you enjoyed this quick roundup. All the robot illustrations are by me.

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Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia, science-loving artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and is currently in love with pottery. Daily maker of art and leader of Mad Art Lab. Support her on Patreon. Tip Jar is here.

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