Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Robotics and the meaning of life

The Open University in the UK, has found a practical use for Asimov's robot stories. They're being used as part of a robotics class, called Robotics and the Meaning of Life: a practical guide to things that think. The Laws of Robotics are considered in terms of real control architectures such as subsumption and on the practicality of using them to design safe robots. Asimov's Laws are just one part of a larger course that reviews the history and state of the art in robotics from R.U.R. and the Turing Test to Moore's law. Students get hands-on experience using a Lego Mindstorms compatible robotics simulator called OU-Robotlab. Required reading for the course includes Asimov's I, Robot, and Ruth Aylett's Robots: Bringing Intelligent Machines to Life.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

About the Songs and Poems in the Lord of the Rings

About the Songs and Poems in the Lord of the Rings

This page is a commentary on the songs and poems in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. It includes all material in English that is three lines or more in length (excluding only "Snowmane's Epitaph" in "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields," which is two lines long). The songs and poems are in order of their first appearance.

Fancy me! Posted by Hello
this is an audio post - click to play

EyeSim - Mobile Robot Simulator

EyeSim - Mobile Robot Simulator

EyeSim - EyeBot Simulator
The EyeBot simulator EyeSim is a multiple mobile robot simulator that allows experimenting with the same unchanged EyeBot programs that run on the real robots. EyeSim includes simulation of the robot's driving actuators (differential steering), as well as all robot sensors, including:
On-board vision (synthetic generated images)
Infra-red sensors

let there be light...

...and there was light. after months of fighting hard against the blogging urge... here i am. but i figured this is a neat way to keep track of my research online. i suppose that is what it will primarily be used for.

of course, inane thoughts, insane ideas, and other random rumblings of my cerebral convolutions might end up here as well.