Robot Orders Scone and other Thursday Links

Via Mental Floss, what do you do when a robot rolls up to the counter and orders a scone? If you live in Mountain View, California, you take the order.

Other links for a Thursday:

Via Putting People First: the urge to tinker is challenging a deeply held tenet of classic economics. "Innovation Far Removed From the Lab:"

Since the Austrian economist Joseph A. Schumpeter published “The Theory of Economic Development” in 1934, economists and governments have assumed that the industrial and business sectors are where ideas for products originate. A complex net of laws and policies, from intellectual property rights to producer subsidies and tax benefits, have flowed from this basic assumption.

No  more. Consumers are the innovators, putting more money into product development than whole industrial sectors. Beginning with the sharing and collaboration on software code to the flourishing maker movement to 3-D printing, or turning "bits into its," industry no longer has a monopoly on innovation - if it ever did.

No Harry Potter-style invisibility cloak just yet, but new advances using Calcite, or crystals, have led to success in hiding objects as big as paper clips.

Check out the pictures in this story linked by Mental Floss about the emergence of bioluminescence following wildfires four years ago near an Australian lake.

Using the favorable opinion of many philosophers of the time toward the onset of World War I, Eric Schwitzgebel asks to what extent can - or should - intelligent people rise above their cultural circumstances?

"I Love Lucy" is 60 light years from us now. Could someone, somewhere be watching it?

Wayne