May 29, 2013 |
Move over C3PO, Cornell University computer science geeks have created a robot that can tell if you want a beer and pour it for you. Barristas also may want to wake up and smell the coffee too. This robot can guess whether students are hankering for java and pour it for them. Kodiak the robot was as handy with a lager as with a latte, could open refrigerator and microwave doors and even tidy up, say the human robotics researchers. In tests, the hard-wired humanoid correctly anticipated a student's next move between 57% and 82% of the time, depending on how far into the future it was "anticipating.
June 14, 1989
Domino's Founder Quits a Job: Tom Monaghan, 52, founder and owner of Domino's Pizza Inc., resigned as president of the fast food empire but will continue as chairman and chief executive. He said he plans to devote more time to church-related activities.
June 21, 2005
Regarding "An Outside Chance for Schoolkids" [June 7]: In 50 cities, Sierra Club Inner City Outings volunteers take youngsters hiking, camping and river rafting and engage them in conservation activities. Hooray for research that shows these activities build confidence and promote understanding of the environment. Shirley Weisman Los Angeles
September 1, 1991
News that the activities of the Russian Communist Party have been suspended is heartening. I would like to hope that, inspired by this superb example, we might suspend the activities of the Democratic and Republican parties. ROBERT B. HOLDEN, Manhattan Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1992
I understand that the school board has initiated new rules and additional charges for groups using the local school facilities. Schools should be available for constructive recreational activities. As became all too obvious recently, young people must have "good" activities to fill their time. Fees have recently been enacted that are so excessive that many groups can no longer use the school facilities for off-hour sport events and square-dancing. The school system can no longer subsidize these activities, but neither should they be used to raise school funds.
February 18, 2006
First beach volleyball, now snowboarding. How many more American recreational activities can they make into Olympic sports to pad our medal count? What's next -- Texas hold 'em? ROB OSBORNE Manhattan Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1989
How ironic! North has been sentenced to 1,200 hours of community service to help alleviate our nation's drug epidemic. This comes after coordinating illegal CIA activities to run arms to the Contras and to return with addicting drugs from Latin America. And his $150,000 fine presumably will be paid by right-wing "patriots" who place his criminal activities above the laws of the land. JIM HUCHTHAUSEN Simi Valley
March 25, 1990
Why has The Times devoted so much space to the activities of homosexuals and lesbians of late? Are the majority of readers really interested in the goings on of these unfortunate misfits? Why not publicize the activities of a legitimate college sorority rather than the lesbian sisterhood you chose for your March 14 edition? JERRY PATTERSON North Hollywood