Scientists Running Wild on the Streets
By seapegasus on Jun 13, 2007
Help! Somebody set free all the Czech scientists! By the end of next week, Cimrman's heirs will roam Prague in their eco-cars, and they will aim lie detectors at your spouse.
Seriously! It says so on a leaflet I picked up at the metro this morning. =-) (Well, it didn't literally say Cimrman. But it did say lie detector and spouse.)
I usually like advertisements as little as the next person, but on a boring metro ride, why not learn new vocabulary in an actual context, right? Well, the terms of public transport, the mortgage and the icteric ads just don't cut it anymore after a while. So I picked up a blue flyer from a student this morning that read "science on the streets!"
The coolest items are on display right at the Muzeum: A neural networking robot that can learn tasks, a "virtual doppelganger" that informs you of the train schedule (doesn't specify whether this involves speech tech, we will see), and (my favorite item) "Robots will separate waste in the Muzeum metro station. Come and cheer them on!" ... :-D
Other scientists will be set free on various squares and metro stations all over Prague. They will demonstrate physics and chemistry experiments, solar telescopes, models of powerstations, a sort of paint for 3-dimensional pictures (?!), motorcycle crash tests, eco-friendly sources of energy, optical illusions and brain teasers, mammoth hunters, and orthopedic footwear (... huh? I swear I never know when Czechs are serious or not.) :-)