Wandering Eye: Feds embed with BPD, hitchhiking robot destroyed in Philly, and more

Time MONEY put together a list of 10 things millennials buy far more often than anyone else, and this millennial can tell you that it feels like the most accurate of the many useless lists we've seen regarding our controversial generation. According to Time's list, millennials spend more money on hot sauce, yoga pants, tattoos and piercings, donations at the cash register, same-day delivery, craft beer, organic food—and then, somewhat ironically, gas station food and energy drinks. Also, live snakes. We're the fast, wholesome, edgy, serpentine consumer generation. (Maura Callahan)

 

A hitchhiking robot that has already been around the world was decapitated two weeks after it began hitchhiking in the United States, its makers reported. The "hitchBOT" set out in Boston in mid-July to cross the American continent, John Waters style, but got only to Philadelphia before someone "vandalized" it, taking its head and electronics, Gizmodo reports. "The goal of the hitchhiking trip was to see how humans would interact with hitchBOT. And apparently the answer was 'not well.'" More art and social experiment than AI, the hitchBOT is a test of human kindness. HitchBOT's Canadian trek in 2014 from Halifax to Victoria, British Columbia, took 26 days. It also toured Germany, remaining unscathed. It asks (or rather, asked) people to pick it up and take it to destinations on its "bucket list." It had a camera that automatically snapped a photo every 20 minutes. It also had a tablet PC and, despite its complete inability to move on its own, was shod in a pair of expensive boots. The bot's Canadian makers were scheduled to talk about what lies ahead today. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

Here comes the cavalry! Only it's federal law enforcement officers helping out the beleaguered Baltimore Police Department, according to The Sun. Ten officers from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Secret Service will embed with the homicide unit after one of the deadliest months in decades. As The Sun notes, "The violence this year is in some ways unprecedented: No previous year has had two months with more than 40 killings, and the 116 killed from May to July is a three-month high in data kept since 1970." There are already 20 ATF agents here working cases. "We're not sitting still in Baltimore. This is not something we are satisfied with happening to us as a city," says Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. "We're punching back, and we're going to continue to punch back as creatively and innovatively as we can." (Brandon Weigel)

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