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I am an AI researcher, robot maker, and software engineer. I have worked on production military/industrial robots for iRobot Corp., as well as several competition robots and personal robot projects. I am one of the few who bridge the domains of robotics and interaction design (and UX).

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2014: Postmortem

Oh no! I forgot to post a personal postmortem 1 for the year 2014 like I did for the previous year! Oh well, here it is ten months late. What Went Right Started a new day job at a biotech company called GnuBIO, now the skunkworks division of Bio-Rad. Essentially I write robotics code for […]

Syndicated 2015-10-20 20:04:53 from SynapticNulship

The Ideal Film AI

This is prompted by Ben Bogart‘s question “What do you consider the most seminal representations of AI in cinema of all time?” I think the best is yet to come. Ideally an AI (Artificial Intelligence) in a film would have two elements: The alien aspect: It’s not a human or some other animal (although it […]

Syndicated 2015-02-19 02:13:25 from SynapticNulship

Cognitive Abstraction Manifolds

A few days ago I started thinking about abstractions whilst reading Surfaces and Essences, a recent book by Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander. I suspect efforts like Surfaces and Essences, which traverse vast and twisted terrains across cognitive science, are probably underrated as scientific contributions. But first, let me briefly introduce the idea-triggering tome. Surfaces […]

Syndicated 2014-07-20 02:14:57 from SynapticNulship

On Rehacktoring

For at a least a year now, I’ve been using the term “rehacktor,” a portmanteau of “refactor” and “hack.” Although I came up with it on my own, I was not surprised that googling it resulted in many hits. Perhaps we are witnessing the convergent evolution of an urgently needed word. My definition was at […]

Syndicated 2014-05-07 03:41:52 from SynapticNulship

On That Which is Called “Memory”

Information itself is a foundational concept for cognitive science theories. But the very definition of information can also cause issues, especially when the term is used to describe the brain “encoding” information from the senses without any regard for types of information and levels of abstraction. Some philosophers are concerned with information that has meaning […]

Syndicated 2014-04-20 01:32:58 from SynapticNulship

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