Hi, I saw this interesting documentary/drama the other day
on BBC1 (UK)about the prospect of a terrorist organisation
exploding a Dirty Bomb in metropolitan london. At the end,
the authorities cordoned off and abandoned a large section
of London for a 30 year cooldown period. As soon as I saw
that the first thing that sprung to mind mind was Wow!
what an absolutely perfect opportunity to use robots for
clearing and redeveloping a dangerous area! I should'nt
say this, but that is one niche in robotics that needs to
be exploited more.
Other thing, - I've just been reading some different books
on neuroscience and artificial intelligence. I can
recommend the books "Growing up with Lucy" by Steve Grand
and "Conciousness" written by two neurologists. The Lucy
book is basically a diary of a guy who builds a basic
android its got all sorts of stuff about neural nets and
vision, although his writng style is not so scientific.
The conciousness book fills in some of the gaps in
understanding minds. Its helped to explain to me why
everytime we write an AI program it ends up being
something somebody else already did and is never quite as
good as we thought. I think were missing a couple of
things in our software, but this is all in the