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Boston the hot spot for bots

Global robotics executives will converge on Boston this week as the leading business development event for the robotics industry has its 10th annual conference here, solidifying the Hub’s reputation as a national leader in artificial intelligence bots.

 

Cutting-edge innovators will display robots that teach special education students, toy robots, autonomous vehicles for mining and military manufacturing, wearable robots that help people with disabilities walk, and humanoid bots complete with arms and legs.

 

“Boston has really become the focal point for leadership in the promotion of robotics on a national stage,” said RoboBusiness attendee Rich Mahoney, director of robotics at SRI International, a Silicon Valley research and development nonprofit. “More than iRobot being founded there, it’s the leadership those founders have shown.”

 

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The Fort Point Neighborhood is Displaying More Public Art Than Ever Before

On Wednesday, October 29, as the sun began setting behind Boston's cityscape, illuminating the sky with hues of pink, orange and yellow, several patrons gathered in Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood to admire New England's richest arts district. Emily O'Neil, executive director of Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC), hosted a tour to show artists, advocates, board members and one dashing reporter that the community is currently displaying more public art than it ever has before.

 

The group convened at the corner of A and Binford streets, at which point O'Neil noted that Fort Point, despite being a community deeply rooted in the arts, is experiencing a cultural renaissance of sorts. Perhaps it's the involvement and support of local organizations – four of the pieces were funded by Fund for the Arts, a public program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and one by the Friends of Fort Point Channel and the Fort Point Operations Board – or maybe it's the echoes of civic innovation sprouting up in the form of next-generation living spaces.

 

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Checking in to your hotel? An app may be all you need

Hotels don’t want guests to have to linger at the front desk — or even stop by at all.

 

New programs are helping to speed up the check-in process for busy travelers, and in at least one case, let them go straight to their rooms by using their smartphones to unlock doors.

 

The innovations are still being tweaked as hotels scramble to catch up with the airlines. Today, fliers use their phones to check in, select seats, and carry aboarding pass. Hotels envision a similar relationship, with guests ultimately ordering poolside drinks via an app.

 

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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Which 2 Boston Eateries Made this ‘Best Italian Restaurants in America’ List?

When it comes to authentic Italian food, Boston certainly has plenty of it. Not only are we home to the North End’s Italian fare but many of our restaurants have also somehow managed to make this category of food even better (if that’s possible).

 

Two of those local Italian eateries have even earned a nod in Thrillist’s list of “Best Italian Restaurants in America” for doing just that .

 

The list included Brookline restaurant, Ribelle, and South End favorite, Coppa. Thrillist claims that Ribelle pushes the traditional Italian envelope, noting that “when a restaurant’s name literally means ‘rebel’ in Italian, you know you’re not getting strictly traditional fare -- and Ribelle in Brookline delivers on that promise.”

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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Boston’s Rockefeller Center? Ice rink may come to City Hall Plaza

Winter often transforms Boston City Hall Plaza into a deserted wasteland, forcing pedestrians to slip-slide cautiously over the ice-encrusted expanse of red brick. This year, however, the city may play to the plaza’s strength.

 

Officials are contemplating a large ice skating rink to invigorate the seven-acre plaza, which has long been this city’s most maligned public space. It could become Boston’s own Rockefeller Center, with couples skating arm-in-arm in the glow of lights from City Hall.

 

Think about hockey games, and hot cocoa vendors, and a Government Center Zamboni to keep the ice smooth.

 

“The vision is to bring City Hall Plaza something that people can use during the wintertime when it’s desolate,” said Ken Brissette, Boston’s director of tourism, sports, and entertainment. “We like the idea.”

 

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