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Rundle: we, robot, the industrial revolution’s ultimate design

Robots are becoming very good at aping human behaviour — perhaps because they have become proxies for the uniform worker drone in factories. Robots are familiar to us because we have become mechanised.

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Rundle’s Review: YA novels a window into our own dystopian present

Don’t dismiss young-adult novels as kid’s stuff — the most successful franchises have very dark themes.

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Media briefs: Janet v 18c … racing v mining … March madness …

Rundle: the 18c wars, latest dispatch … Wrong place for a mine (better for horses) … Front page(s) of the day …

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Peaches Geldof, celebocrat, a sign of the failed Glorious Revolution

Celebrities fill a hole left in British society by the aristocracy. Peaches Geldof was a celebocrat — the outpouring of coverage following her death was inevitable, because we needed it to be.

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Media briefs: Ten on Schapelle … Oz polling … Gillard on GoT …

Julia Gillard has turned her hand to film reviewing… and other media tidbits of the day.

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Why the union movement should divorce the ALP

The two organisations have had a long history, but the past few years of politics shows their union is no longer viable.

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The incredible shrinking building material that makes the future possible

Crikey’s writer-at-large is on the road in the United States and learning about graphene. You may not know what graphene is now, but it could save your life someday.

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Knights and daze

Crikey readers talk Abbott’s new titles, the Racial Discrimination Act and Crimea, and they want to give Guy Rundle a knighthood (we do too).

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Rundle: the robots are coming, for good or ill

Spectacular advances in robotic technology are a far cry from Rosie the maid — they can self-replicate, replace millions of workers and, most sinister of all, hunt and kill. Crikey examines the dark side of our bright future.

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Robotic tech in Massachusetts the whir heard round the world

A new breed of tech entrepreneurs is not just changing the way technology works — they are changing our politics, economics and the entire shape of things to come.

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A revolution in the making — printed out in 3D

Additive manufacturing, robotics, nanotubes … the new industrial revolution is here. But will it all really transform lives? In a new Crikey series, we begin in the world of 3D printing.

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We write about Assange’s lasagne because we can’t stomach ourselves

The latest “expose” of Julian Assange — and the errors contained within it — mark the final break by the UK Left-liberal establishment with the WikiLeaks founder — amid crisis for the brand.

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Why should we reward queue jumpers?

Crikey readers have their say on refugees in Papua New Guinea and the importance of native languages.

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The inconvenient truth about our PNG ‘solution’

The so-called “PNG solution” will never work, says Crikey’s writer-at-large. Papua New Guinea is a troubled and violent state, and it will never truly accept refugees.

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How about the People’s Lounge?

Crikey readers talk asylum seekers, going after the real criminals, and why we should all get to use Qantas’ Chairman’s Lounge.

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We read the Oz so you don’t have to

Crikey readers talk subsidies for mining companies and News Corp, who’s telling porkies about the carbon tax, and the rubbish that’s in the Oz.

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Media briefs: Rundle v Cater … Media Watch watch … Medicare report …

Cater smokes it on Furnival … Maiden’s dismissal of Medicare Locals … Insert title here …

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Tips and rumours

Talk around Melbourne media merger … Journos break news, duck government … “Rainmaker” Abbott ends the drought …

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Rundle: Planet Janet, a Wolf, the Lone Survivor and other illiberalism

Janet Albrechtsen writes on a spurious “cultural divide” in Hollywood and at home. Her fact-free propaganda exemplifies the illiberal spirit of the Right. Our writer-at-large goes to the movies.

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Media briefs: sex teacher apology … Cater v Assange … Hurricane Abbott …

The Sydney Morning Herald incorrectly identified a teacher accused of having sex with students. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Death in Perugia: Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox and the new global class war

Seven years ago, Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia. Last month, an Italian court reconfirmed the conviction for her murder against Amanda Knox and her then-boyfriend. The evidence is overwhelming, so why is the world convinced of Knox’s innocence? The Kercher murder is a story of new global class divisions and who benefits from them, says Crikey’s writer-at-large.

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Media briefs: TT axed … Kohler paywall … Hendo v Guardian

Today Tonight has been axed. And The Daily Telegraph tried to make Ian Thorpe go to rehab, but he said no, no, no. Plus other media tidbits.

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A comedy of errors

Crikey readers talk asylum seekers, and Guy Rundle weighs in on Nauru.

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The importance of The Daily Mail

Crikey readers talk the demise of Fleet Street, comparing drugs to gay sex, and what the hell is wrong with Australia Post.

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British bites, from Nigella to snooker

Crikey’s writer-at-large returns to London, where he finds plenty of courtroom drama — and a snooker tournament for the ages.

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