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The kitchen-bot revolution 1—this ain’t your mama’s kitchen

March 18, 2010 / Comments Off on The kitchen-bot revolution 1—this ain’t your mama’s kitchen
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The Jetsons with their robot housemaid

(This is the first of two posts on “Mombot.” It may not be quite the gender apocalypse that is the catwalk fembot, but the possibility of a kitchen robot raises some interesting issues about who is, and who should, be doing the cooking in our sustainability obsessed food culture. The next post will be up…

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Soviet and Jewish and stateless

March 1, 2010 / Comments Off on Soviet and Jewish and stateless

1980. I was just barely two years old, but already a stateless refugee when my family arrived in Canada that winter. Six months earlier, we’d left the Soviet Union, travelling first to Vienna and then, by train, Rome. That year, we were among the 50,000-odd Jews who’d been permitted to leave the USSR. We were…

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