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Robotics

Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines In the Limelight On Stage and In Society 31

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-only-asimov-was-around-to-see-it dept.
aarondubrow writes: We're entering an era where we'll increasingly coexist with robots and other intelligent machines — some of which may look like us. Not only is there a growing number of industrial robots (about 1.5 million today), there are 10 million Roombas in our homes, porter-bots in our hospitals and hotels, social robots in our nursing homes and even robot spectators at baseball games in Japan, tele-operated by remote fans.

Theater is not an arena that we typically associate with robots, however, artists, musicians and producers are often early adopters and innovative users of emerging technologies. In fact, robots got their name from the 1920 play, R.U.R., by the Czech playwright, Karel Capek. An article in the Huffington Post describes a panel discussion at the National Academy of Science in June that featured the producers of three recent plays that starred robots. The plays highlight our robot anxieties, while offering new visions for human-robot interactions in the future.

Comment: Re:Maybe your logic is wrong...Like insanely wrong (Score 1) 83

by n1ywb (#47774299) Attached to: $33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

The ignorance of people is astonishing.

FIFY. I've been around the world and in my experience people from other countries know as little about the USA as people from the USA know about other countries. Also America is a pair of continents, not a country. Canada, Mexica, and Brazil are all in "America".

Comment: Re:Cyber is easy, EMP is possible (Score 1) 117

by n1ywb (#47751045) Attached to: Securing the US Electrical Grid

Because Canada is tilted more towards the sun than we are, they are more susceptible.

O_o

Canada is tilted about as far away from the sun as populated areas on earth get. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

Canada is more susceptible because they are closer to the north pole where charged solar particles are drawn in by the earth's magnetic field. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Comment: Notes on Programming in C by Rob Pike (Score 1) 352

by n1ywb (#47005797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?
Word for word this short essay served to improve my coding more than any other document, and not just in C. Most of the essay is applicable to any language. Pike elegently and concisely explains the most important principles of good code style and software architecture. The sections "Programming with data" and "Function pointers" are particularly sailent. The section "Complexity", also known as "Rob's Rules", is outstanding and ought to be burned into the brain of every software developer. It's a free online classic and I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet. http://www.lysator.liu.se/c/pi...

Comment: Re:well (Score 4, Insightful) 557

by n1ywb (#46930623) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

One last thing that just about no one knows about. All of the major news outlets proclaimed Florida to Gore before voting was finished in Florida. Florida resides in two time zones and the northwest "handle" of Florida is heavily Republican. Many voters left lines while voting was open once Florida was called for Gore. IF that hadn't have happened, the recount wouldn't have been close at all.

If that's really true, well, those folks who walked out have nobody to blame but themselves.

Supercomputing

Stanford Bioengineers Develop 'Neurocore' Chips 9,000 Times Faster Than a PC 209

Posted by Soulskill
from the i'll-order-a-dozen dept.
kelk1 sends this article from the Stanford News Service: "Stanford bioengineers have developed faster, more energy-efficient microchips based on the human brain – 9,000 times faster and using significantly less power than a typical PC (abstract). Kwabena Boahen and his team have developed Neurogrid, a circuit board consisting of 16 custom-designed 'Neurocore' chips. Together these 16 chips can simulate 1 million neurons and billions of synaptic connections. The team designed these chips with power efficiency in mind. Their strategy was to enable certain synapses to share hardware circuits. ... But much work lies ahead. Each of the current million-neuron Neurogrid circuit boards cost about $40,000. (...) Neurogrid is based on 16 Neurocores, each of which supports 65,536 neurons. Those chips were made using 15-year-old fabrication technologies. By switching to modern manufacturing processes and fabricating the chips in large volumes, he could cut a Neurocore's cost 100-fold – suggesting a million-neuron board for $400 a copy."

1 1 was a race-horse, 2 2 was 1 2. When 1 1 1 1 race, 2 2 1 1 2.

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