Robot Acceptance

September 14, 2010 / 0 comments

A post in the NYT photo blog asks if Japanese acceptance of robotics has origins in Shinto belief. (via Elizabeth Housley)  Surprisingly they don’t mention Masahiro Mori. Will we see humanoid robots taking more active roles in hospitals, constructions sites and other work places outside Japan?  And will robots like the Paro therapy seal showing…

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Floating Data Centers

September 8, 2008 / 0 comments

This feels at first, in a speculative fiction sort-of-way, like one more step toward turning the planet into a large neural network… Building floating synapses for the network mind, out in the sea. “In general, computing centers are located on a ship or ships, which are then anchored in a water body from which energy…

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Infinite moments in cable.

June 30, 2008 / 0 comments

I want to watch A&E’s remake of Andromeda Strain… However, the digital cable god won’t give it to me. Why is this? I keep thinking it’s somehow related to the rain. Is this the moment when technology becomes a part of our religious environment? When we suspect it is affected by numinous forces like weather…

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Apocalyptic AI

May 19, 2008 / 0 comments

Reading Apocalyptic AI: Religion and the Promise of Artificial Intelligence by Robert M. Geraci