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I don’t know if I’m the last one to know about these automatic pot hole-filling trucks, but I was thoroughly wowed when I saw one in action today near downtown. The driver simply pulled up to the 2-foot-wide gouge in the street and started spitting asphalt through a long robotic arm he manipulated via joystick. He had the thing filled in under a minute before he drove off in search of other road gaps carved during winter blizzards. I haven’t been this enchanted since I saw the city landscape crews scooting down a sidewalk on one of those stand-on commercial mowers – like a Segway of the grass. And, yes, I am easily impressed. – Jared Jacang Maher