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Architecting Emotional Robots

Creating a robot with emotions is a software development problem. Emotion is a matter of cognitive architecture.  It is part of the information system of the mind.  Recreating “emotions” really means recreating a type of mind that uses internal mechanisms similar to our minds.  Making an emotional machine requires the proper design and implementation and deployment. The [...]

Syndicated 2011-04-08 02:02:46 from SynapticNulship

Prototyping with the Same Tools Developers Use

As I said in the last post, I appreciate the power of GUI prototyping tools.  And I will definitely use them when appropriate. However, I still stand by my philosophy that in many cases a good choice is to make a prototype or mockup with the actual visual development environment that the developers use.  For [...]

Syndicated 2011-03-28 05:13:07 from SynapticNulship

GUI Prototyping at a BostonCHI Seminar

On Friday I attended BostonCHI’s seminar Tools of the Trade: User Experience Research and Design Skills. Since all courses were day-long, I had to choose only one.  My choice was Prototyping Tips and Tools for Effective UX Design. Here is an embedding of the instructor’s Prezi used during the course.  It’s pretty good, except for the [...]

Syndicated 2011-03-28 04:26:33 from SynapticNulship

The 5 Year Memento

This is a snowglobe featuring a sculpture of the robot Genghis.

Syndicated 2011-03-21 01:25:07 from SynapticNulship

Flashback: The Mini-Me Robot

I just rediscovered some photos of a robot I threw together in about an hour back in 2003. This was made out of an Innovation First educational robot kit which came with the official FIRST robotics kit (which also had parts made by Innovation First). That kit later evolved into the VEX robotics kit. [...]

Syndicated 2011-03-14 01:35:53 from SynapticNulship

Evolution is the Greatest Force in the Material World

“Evolution is the greatest force in the material world” is said by Jeff Bridges in this newly leaked video. “Flynn Lives: The Next Day” is a TRON:Legacy epilogue for the Blu-Ray release, but it is perhaps also a teaser for TR3N. Via Tron-Sector.

Syndicated 2011-03-13 21:29:09 from SynapticNulship

Fiber Optic Neural Interfaces: Tests to Begin Soon

Popular Science [1] has reported a tidbit of information: Marc Christensen’s team at SMU is supposed to start testing if they can stimulate a rat’s leg with optical fibers. This is the same DARPA-funded project I mentioned last September in my article “Softer, Better, Faster, Stronger” [2].  DARPA held a related “Reliable Neural Interface Technology (RE-NET)” [...]

Syndicated 2011-03-02 06:07:47 from SynapticNulship

Robot Marathon Blazes New Paths on the Linoleum

Whereas in America we’ve been wasting our robot races on autonomous cars that can drive on real roads without causing Michael Bay levels of collateral damage, Japan has taken a more subtle approach. Their “history making” bipedal robot race involves expensive toy robots stumbling through 422 laps of a 100 meter course, which is followed by [...]

Syndicated 2011-03-01 03:06:30 from SynapticNulship

Mel Hunter’s Lonely Robot

During my adventures through the mysterious evo-devo circus freakshow known as childhood, I found myself encountering a lot of science fiction stories and art from 1950s-1970s. Old issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction that I recovered from the dump were just as interesting to my larval mind as pornography. The one cover [...]

Syndicated 2011-02-28 03:14:36 from SynapticNulship

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