Let's Make Robots!

TARS from "Interstellar"

If you haven't seen it yet, the new Christopher Nolan film "Interstellar" features three robots that look like a cross between HAL and a ninja throwing star. _1412189530.jpg They're pretty clumsy puppets. If you've seen the movie (3 1/2 stars for me) what do you make of the realism of their motion? I don't see how they could work the way they do.
Tells me when someone is standing in my doorway
One of the drawbacks of working in a University Institute is the noise.  Student researchers have to talk with Primary Investigators and Co-PI's, printers hum and … Read more

I found the perfect Hallowe'en costume for BDK!

Okay, this version is the wrong gender, but ya'll know how Mr. Cooke LOVES

Arduino, right?

(Happy Halloween, Sarge! ;-)

Clever f*ckers...

I've never been a fan of the "Turing Test" as a measure of machine intelligence-rather I think it exposes stupidity in humans.  The recent victory of Eugene Goostman over the actor who played "Kryten" in Red Dwarf and Lord Sharkey says more about the people that the Royal Society thinks are qualified for this kind of science than it does about the programming of intelligent machines.

Another take on Jibo

Warning-contains drinking, several self-deprecating Asian jokes and scary references to NSA agents masturbating to underage girls.

(Link  to youtube if video embed doesn't work.)

Trash of the Titans

Catching up on old TV I realized what my attitude towards technology, building and all of my hobbies has been lately:

(Except for sleep. Does sleep count as a hobby?  Can it be a vocation?  Next to my wife and dogs I think sleep is the thing I love most these days.)

LMR morès and web etiquette

tl:dr-If you violate our sense of order with (commercial) rudeness, you earn our rudeness in return.  Not saying it's right or wrong-just what to expect.

Gee Thanks, Google...

I went to Google looking for an image of a particular kind of diagram to use as an example for the flow of a process I was working on today.  It took me a few minutes to figure out what was going on:

Not what I had in mind.

(this was NOT the kind of "State Table" I had in mind, but now I have to make one of Iowa to keep in my cubicle.)