Monday, May 18, 2015

Unbelievabots and other projects that have yet to pay off

The plot of the current cinematic blockbuster "Avengers: Age of Ultron" has something to do with some form of Artificial Intelligence (also known as Fake Smarts or FS) that becomes sentient and uncontrollable. Interesting to me, in that I have been working on advanced robotics for a number of years with little to no success. This in spite of my solid scientific method:

  • Build something out of metal that looks like a human: legs, arms, torso, head with face including mouth and eyes (nose optional).
  • Toss a motor of some sort inside. I prefer a classic Briggs and Stratton; if it's good enough for lawnmowers and go-carts, it should be good enough for a robot.
  • Leave outside to be struck by lightning.
You'd think this place would be crawling with sentient robots by now, hanging out everywhere and contemplating mortality and other existential concepts, but so far, nothing.

Failure and surrender are two words that aren't really part of The Unbelievables vocabulary so I plan on sticking with it. Jeff and Michael have their own pet projects that have yet to yield completely satisfactory results. I'll let them tell you all about it later this week. 

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