Wednesday, July 31, 2002

predictable robots in an unpredictable world

all sorts of interesting things came out at siggraph's emerging technologies session. in anemone of the smart people, michael stroud describes some of these new artificial intelligence, robotics and augmented reality projects. i was particularly taken by bill smart's comments on "lewis," a photographer robot they presented: "The point isn't how well the robot works, but how well it doesn't. A lot of college students think that because they can write great code, they understand all about computers. A robot is just a computer on wheels. But the real world is very unpredictable. That's what Lewis gets across."

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