Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Bill & Alex have this whiteboard on the door so that people know where they are at all times, in case someone may have a question. And they always give me a hard time and hold it over my head that they have space on the whiteboard, and I don't. SO I leave work Sunday night writing my name and status on the board in marker as a joke, and I come into work today and Bill and Alex had made me a little name tag on the door so that they can know where i am at all times.
you have no idea how happy that made me. they're so cute.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
this morning to run some errands around town.
SO EFFING LOVELY OUTSIDE.
Then i came home, and received a demand from
Tuesday to take another ride out to Lake of the Isles.
How could i refuse?
i hope it stays like this, if so, we should soon
resume the midnight bike rides -- yes, yes we should.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
i feel awesome when i wear it. like, i have pep in my step when i wear it.
WATCHOUT for the girl in the red hoodie radiating PIZZAZZ.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Kyoto, JP -3 March 2009- Staff. Researchers at Toshiba’s Akimu Robotic Research Institute were thrilled ten months ago when they successfully programmed Kenji, a third generation humanoid robot, to convincingly emulate certain human emotions. At the time, they even claimed that Kenji was capable of the robot equivalent of love. Now, however, they fear that his programming has taken an extreme turn for the worst.
“Initially, we were thrilled to see a bit of our soul come alive in this so called ‘machine,’” said Dr. Akito Takahashi, the principal investigator on the project. “This was really the final step for us in one of the fundamentals of the singularity.”
Kenji was part of an experiment involving several robots loaded with custom software designed to let them react emotionally to external stimuli. After some limited environmental conditioning, Kenji first demonstrated love by bonding with a a stuffed doll in his enclosure, which he would embrace for hours at a time. He would then make simple, but insistent, inquiries about the doll if it were out of sight. Researchers attributed this behavior to his programmed qualities of devotion and empathy and called the experiment a success.
What they didn’t count on were the effects of several months of self-iteration within the complex machine-learning code which gave Kenji his initial tenderness. As of last week, Kenji’s love for the doll, and indeed anybody he sets his ‘eyes’ on, is so intense that Dr. Takahashi and his team now fear to show him to outsiders.
The trouble all started when a young female intern began to spend several hours each day with Kenji, testing his systems and loading new software routines. When it came time to leave one evening, however, Kenji refused to let her out of his lab enclosure and used his bulky mechanical body to block her exit and hug her repeatedly. The intern was only able to escape after she had frantically phoned two senior staff members to come and temporarily de-activate Kenji.
“Despite our initial enthusiasm, it has become clear that Kenji’s impulses and behavior are not entirely rational or genuine,” conceded Dr. Takahashi.
Ever since that incident, each time Kenji is re-activated, he instantaneously bonds with the first technician to meet his gaze and rushes to embrace them with his two 100kg hydraulic arms. It doesn’t help that Kenji uses only pre-recorded dog and cat noises to communicate and is able to vocalize his love through a 20 watt speaker in his chest.
Dr. Takahashi admits that they will more than likely have to decommission Kenji permanently, but he’s optimistic about one day succeeding where Kenji failed.
“This is only a minor setback. I have full faith that we will one day live side by side with, and eventually love and be loved by, robots,” he said.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
-patoot -- example: "Billy needs a kick, right in the patoot!"
I've decided I need to incorporate these words into my daily vocabulary.
I think patoot and whippersnapper are my fav's -- along with crotchety.
Any additions to the list?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
In other news, I would love to chuck something at my roommate right now.
Maybe like, a tiny dodgeball. Not a regulation sized dodgeball, those aren't as easy to throw, go nearly as fast, or hit nearly as hard.
I mean business. I mean a tiny dodgeball.