Monthly Archives: October 2009

2D Goggles – Lovelace and Babbage – Women, Crowbars and Computers

via 2Dgoggles I have a new heroine. Not just Ada Lovelace but Sydney Padua who has created the most fantastic strip about Lovelace and Babbage over at 2D Goggles. I love also that I can quote women about the world’s most interesting stuff right no… Continue reading

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xkcd – More Accurate Robots – By Randall Munroe

via xkcd.com xkcd says it all. Our media representation of robots is completely missing the point. As is our 2 dimensional view of the world usually! We need 2D goggles! Continue reading

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Sherry Turkle on Robotics and Relational Artifacts

Sherry Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauz?? Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, a… Continue reading

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Henry Markram builds a brain in a supercomputer

via ted.com The 2009 TED Talk by Henry Markram describes how we now have the maths to model the neurocortical columns of the brain. He (and IBM) have built Bluebrain, a computer capable of modelling the brain. What’s most interesting to me are the… Continue reading

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The appeal of the novel — Piano Stairs – The Fun Theory

via damncoolpics.blogspot.com 66% used the stairs – at least on the first day. I wonder about three weeks after … In any case, implications for Software are many. Do you want users to do something different? Make it appealing, make it surprising… Continue reading

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Visceral organic(ish) robotics – iRobot’s Shape-Shifting Blob ‘Bot (via @GreatDismal)

via spectrum.ieee.org Weird, organic, very much alive, the wires just add to the sense of Frankenstein science. Highlight of the video is when it rolls. A new type of ‘uncanny valley’. But very cool and a neat hack. Love it. See http://spectrum.ie… Continue reading

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Consulting the ‘Oracle’ – Transcending literacy issues with the web in poor/emerging areas

Proving that the internet???s information doesn???t always have to appear on-screen, Question Box brings the web???s intelligence to offline communities. At the heart of the venture is a solar-powered intercom box that features a large green button. By … Continue reading

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