Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Pictures of Obama meeting with a robot giraffe

At the first White House Maker Faire, an event to showcase American entrepreneurs, inventors and their ideas, Barack Obama celebrated American innovation with dignitaries such as Will.i.am and Bill Nye. From adjustable tables to solar power and a camelopard, the president applauded the achievements of American creators


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Will.i.am begins to understand that his day will not be filled with intergalactic adventure and whiskey. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images
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Scientist Bill Nye waves to will.i.am, eager to ask him about the usage points of intra-nominal punctuation, for which the musician will simply have no time. Photograph: Drew Angerer/EPA
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Barack Obama meets Lindsay Lawlor and his creation: a 17ft-tall, 2,200lb robotic giraffe powered by a 12-horsepower hybrid fuel-engine motor. Photograph: Mike Theiler/EPA
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Delighted by its laval lamp ears and loveable, utterly alien, pulsing eyes, the president wonders whether this wonderful ungulate might not be the solution to all his problems. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
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A secret service agent stands perfectly still in a moment of panic, struggling to recall what exactly the handbook has to say about robotic giraffes. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
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Lindsay Lawlor coos to his mechanical camelopard while the president realises on this humid day that a white shirt was perhaps not a good idea. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
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Disregarding every instruction and admonition of zookeepers and roboticists since time immemorial, the president reaches out to touch it. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
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Glaring down like some vision of Disney's Animal Kingdom in a future dominated by machines who learned about African wildlife from children's colouring books, the giraffe considers Obama, who at last understands that man's hubris has no limits. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
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Sandra Richter talks about her 'soofa', a solar-powered bench charges cell phones, while the president checks his phone to see whether or not she just made up the word 'soofa'. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
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Men in identical suits peek out from behind columns to see Obama prove 'Yes We Can' by squatting before an adjustable height desk. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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