Robot Apocalypse Watch, Volume 9

From an article last year about the future of artificial intelligence:

Although Hollywood often likes to present us with a world full of self-aware and destructive robots in the style of I Robot, this is not the way the science of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is headed, says British Computer Society President and ECS Professor of Artificial Intelligence Nigel Shadbolt.


But, concludes Professor Shadbolt: ‘You don’t need to worry about the robot next door deciding to make a bid for world domination!’

LIKELY story, “Professor” Shadbolt.  Funny, there are some facts missing from your little report:

  • When was your last physical?
  • How come there is no record, in any online database, of you ever bleeding?
  • Why so interested in defending the robots, if they’re not self-aware and thus don’t need defending?

I’m watching you, “Professor”. 

P.S. Shadbolt? It’s like you’re not even trying to invent a real-sounding name.

New Baby, New Job

I got a new job last week — tomorrow’s my first day. I’m very excited.

We also got a new baby — about 1 month ago.  I’m very tired.

I’ll post photos soon. (Of the baby.) (Oh, and of the welcome basket my new job sent me.)

Piñata Development

A new term I’ve just invented: Piñata Development.

Pi̱ata Development Рn. any work that involves blindly trying to hit a target; generally due to insufficient documentation.

I’m trying to make this… thing… oh, nevermind. It’s boring. But suffice it to say, a company I’m working with has created a fantastic set of tools, but discontinued the right kind of power supplies for some of them.  Ever run 220V through a 110V appliance? You end up with a smoking hunk of plastic.

Time to start swinging again. Maybe I can find a way to peak under the mask.