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Imagining a world where Bender the robot is made entirely out of rubber

The Harvard Gazette reports Harvard scientists have figured out how to make robots made completely out of soft materials - with even their core logic embedded in rubber, rather than microchips. They're relatively simple for now, but the researchers are looking at future applications that go beyond creating rubber octopuses that could crawl across a desert, as cool as that might be:

Soft robots can also venture where electronics struggle, such as in high-radiation fields, like those in outer space and MRI machines or produced after a nuclear malfunction. In the wake of a hurricane or flooding, a hardy soft robot could manage hazardous terrain and noxious air. “If it gets run over by a car,” Preston said, “it just keeps going, which is something we don’t have with hard robots.”

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Um, Bender was created by Matt Groening who never attended Harvard so...like...yeah...

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Bender went to Bending College. He majored in Bending.

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of racist dogwhistle U-Hub comments towards Mr. B. Bending Rodriguez, tbh

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I'm suspending your account until you can figure out how to participate without fouling up Every. Single. Discussion. Let me know (by e-mail, natch) when you have. You'll find the link at the bottom of this (and every other) page.

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Bless you, good sir.

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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ty

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ya know.

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Sounds like a fantastic lead-in to a reboot!

Also pretty sure it's how we all die.

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"Bite my bendable rubber ass, meatbag!" Nah, just doesn't have the same ring to it. FWIW Dark Horse did a Bender figure as part of its Futurama rubber figure line about a dozen years ago. Impossible to find now! -- Michael the Futurama nerd

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it should be "Bite my bendy black butt!"

Because if Bender was made out of rubber, it would definitely be black rubber. Who can imagine a red rubber Bender?

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Welcome our Gumby overlords.

However the soft-stuff electronics unaffected by radiation rationale escapes me.

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