“Hey, it’s my rock star devs! How’s it going, guys?” “It sucks. We busted our ass for months building this thing, and we can’t make enough money to pay rent. We’re all living in the same house.” “That sucks, but look: you’ll make your money on the next app. That’s how it works. Aren’t the […]
“Hi! You’re a venture capitalist. We’re a tech startup. We have a web app we want to sell to people.” “Great! So here’s how this works: we’re going to give you a chunk of money. You’re going to use this to build your web app. It’s called an ‘advance’. We’re also going to give you […]
You’ll have to excuse me — I’ve got the flu today, and I might not be entirely coherent. But here’s a concrete example of my BAP robotic framework. This is a simple robot with two motors (one on each side) and a GPS unit. The first thing we notice is that each of the motors […]
I’ve been thinking about my little scheme, and I’ve talked to a couple of people who know far more about electronics than I do. I’m a software person, essentially, and so I think in those terms. Basically, one of the problems people have had with my idea is that every actuator requires different circuitry, because […]
As I mentioned in my last post, my model for cybernetic systems bears a lot of resemblance to David Marr’s tri-level hypothesis, which he defines as computational, algorithmic and implementational. I’ll quote from the site linked above: The computational level is a description of what information processing problem is being solved by the system. The algorithmic level is […]
[Update: since I started writing this, a Twitter friend helpfully pointed me at Marr’s levels of analysis, which upon quick study appears to be pretty much identical to this idea, so I’ll be framing this in his terminology at some point.] This rides on the tail of the previous post. I’m just trying to get […]
This afternoon, I attended an excellent talk by Ken Goldberg about “cloud robotics” — the idea of building robots that are essentially taught and controlled by the Internet “cloud”. As Ken was talking, I had a moment of pure epiphany about cloud robotics and the “Internet of things“. I realized that the underlying assumptions about […]
This week, Acer and ASUS announced they’d be halting production of their netbook lines…which means, because they were the last major producers of netbooks, that the form factor is all but dead. Ironically, I expensed a cheap netbook the day before yesterday — a Gateway, which actually means an Acer, because Acer owns Gateway now. […]
I was on KNPR, the local public radio station, yesterday, talking about New Year’s resolutions, along with pastor Robert Fowler and UNLV anthropology professor Alyssa Crittenden. Check it out!
…humans are the only ones with the capacity to lie; or rather, to invent things which are not true. This is a fundamental property of consciousness.