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Creepy CEO…

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I’m sorry,  but Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos  piloting a  very tall robot which may or may not be able to actually do anything strikes me as rather creepy.   If,  as the article suggests,  this is basically a 13-foot tall puppet,  it is still quite impressive,  but it strikes me as a wildly costly way to show off.

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March 21, 2017 at 2:59 am

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Smart-ass car…

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I don’t want a vehicle which is smarter than I am, and I certainly don’t want one that believes it’s smarter than I am.   Therefore,  Cedric,  Volkwagen’s   driverless pod concept  just unveiled by VW ahead of the Geneva Motor Show,  is not for me.

I don’t particularly like so-called smart phones either, although I was forced to get one after my 14-year old flip-top kissed the floor and broke apart.   Of course,  part of the problem is that my body produces an unusual amount of electricity,  even when I’m calm and comfortable.  Vehicles are not quite so affected,  but the driverless models are more sensitive.  When I actually need a personal robot chauffeur,   I probably will be too mentally foggy to care,  but for now driving myself without assistance is both beneficial and enjoyable,  and I mean to continue the practice for as long as it’s safe.

 

 

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March 9, 2017 at 12:24 am

Atlas upgraded…

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You’ve seen Boston Dynamic’s Atlas humanoid robot before,  but they have now added a new algorithm which stabilizes it  to handle  rough terrain.

 

 

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December 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Tour Pompeii…

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I was in Italy many years ago,  but did not get to Pompeii,  a place long on my bucket list.   I don’t suppose I’ll ever actually get there,  but  this 3-D tour of one of the ruined houses is a splendid substitute for having aching feet and coping with hordes of other tourists.

Experts have been documenting the city since 1980,  and Swedish researchers have used the latest digital technology to recreate what the home of one of the richer citizens looked like before Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city.   Welcome to the new science of digital archaeology!

 

 

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October 17, 2016 at 10:07 am

Tattoo talk…

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You can now apply metallic body art which allows you to communicate with your electronic devices.    DuoSkin  temporary tattoos, which can be made at home and wash off in a day,  use the electrodes in inexpensive gold leaf to create a conductive surface on a thin layer of silicone which adheres to the body to create an “interface”.

Technology is a wonderful thing,  but I don’t want body art,  and I certainly don’t need it to talk to my smartphone or laptop.   I do know a couple of millennials who will probably have them in a few months.  Tech forward,  kids!

 

 

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August 18, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Atlas, improved…

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Boston Dynamics has a new and improved Atlas robot.   It still doesn’t know how to use its arms to keep from falling,  but it can use them to get up when knocked down.   I find  the video  impressive if a tad spooky.

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August 17, 2016 at 10:06 am

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Swimming through history…

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Have  a look  at the pictorial history of the Australian Olympics team’s swimming attire.   Focusing on the women’s side,  you can see how the gear changed from something to protect women’s modesty to high-tech designs crafted to reduce drag in the water.   When a hundredth of  a second can be the difference between gold and silver,  material and cut matter!

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August 14, 2016 at 11:57 pm