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Unfortunately, Vox was Right About This

Vox Day had been musing about the inevitability of robosex. Sadly, the call has come to fruition: Robotics + artificial intelligence + the sex industry = disaster Vox has suggested that this would be bad news for feminists. That effect might be overstated. I say this for three reasons: (1) Men are still going to […]

Supercomputers Still 100 Times Slower than Cat Brain

And probably a million times slower than Recon. and I don’t give a crap what they say: Robo-kitties are right around the corner.

Astronaut Facing Attempted Murder Charge

02/06/2007: Lisa Nowak–who flew on the Space Shuttle last year–has been charged with attempted murder. Bad news: she has a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. Good news: she is not a graduate of my alma mater (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) More bad news: she is a Captain in the Navy. Even more bad news: she is […]

Another NXT Robot

01/29/2007: Drawing off the example robot design in the LEGO Mindstorms NXT kit, I decided to do a little ad hoc work of my own. In this example, I used two servomotors instead of three, and–in the rear–decided to let it slide instead of use the small wheels that were part of the LEGO example. […]

Adding Light Sensor to LEGO Mindstorms Robot Arm

01/19/2007: Well, I finally had some time on my hands, so I decided to add the light sensor to the LEGO Mindstorms robot arm. This allows the processor to distinguish between different colors. Adding the sensor was quite simple. Total time elapsed: less than 60 seconds. That sensor mounts on the servomotor right behind the […]

Completed Programming on LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robot Arm

01/15/2007: Programming the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot arm was easy. Getting the steps (and power settings) sufficient so that the clamps would grasp the ball without grasping the platform, and releasing the ball cleanly, took a bit of trial-and-error. If you activate the clamps the moment the contact sensor is pressed, the clamps will grasp […]

LEGO Mindstorms Robot Arm

01/14/2007: Well, I decided to dedicate an afternoon and build a more complicated robot with my LEGO Mindstorms NXT kit. I figured I’d construct their robot arm. Turned out the directions were quite easy to follow. Here are some pics of the finished product: I have completed some of the programming, most of which entails […]

PC Magazine Gives Technical Excellence Award to LEGO Mindstorms NXT

01/10/2007: LEGO Mindstorms NXT–a robotics kit of which I am a proud owner/addict–has won PC Magazine‘s 23rd annual Technical Excellence Award for robotics. It is one of the coolest toys–for children and adult (children) alike. The kits allow for easy construction of robot concepts. They come with three servomotors and four different sensors (light, sound, […]

Ubuntu Linux: Powerful and Free

12/04/2006: I’ve been experimenting on and off with Linux for most of this year. I have an extra hard drive, which is exclusively Linux. (My other one has Windows XP, and I use it for work-related stuff when I’m away from the office.) Thus far, my experience with Linux has been mixed. I had Fedora […]

Technology Should Complement–not Substitute–a Real Professional

David Warner of Prospect, Kentucky, raises some good points in today’s Louisville Courier-Journal: Isn’t it interesting that I can buy a $400 gizmo for my dashboard that will bark at me if I miss my turn in the dark but a pilot can’t find the right runway on a foggy morning? The answer to that […]

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