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Chicago, Mars, a coal mine, and the future

October 9, 2009

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(Logan driving a Mars Rover)

We opened and closed Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday and
could have stayed longer.  This is a facility worth bragging about!  Space exploration, a coal mine, an actual WWII German submarine, scale models of Seattle and Chicago linked by active trains, and much more.  (And admission is free on certain days!)
One current exhibit, Fast Forward, really blew me away.  It highlights innovators like Ayanna Howard, who programs smarter robots, David Hanson, who gives them realistic facial expressions, and Peter Diamandis, who throws down the gauntlet of innovation in the form of the X prize.  Peter’s laws are posted beside his photo in the exhibit.  They include:

8. If it’s worth doing, it’s got to be done right now.
9. If you can’t win, change the rules.
10. If you can’t change the rules, then ignore them.

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