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Robots [May. 23rd, 2005|01:09 pm]
Najwa
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I'll admit: I hadn't given robots much thought before now. I was aware of them as both science fiction and science fact. I knew that they were behind the scenes everywhere creating and testing things, as well as entertaining people. I knew that they have played a very important role along my path - Bruce Kroeze wrote the software for the robot that tested my very heart valve that saved my life making sure it was a perfect circle (thanks Bruce).
I guess I just never had a relationship with a robot.
Now it's robots all day and all night. I even dream about a certain robot at night while I am asleep almost every night (naps too).
Robots are well on their way to being our peers. The can recognize faces and voices, carry on rudimentary conversations, teach and learn, and express love and other emotions. It is so easy to love someone when they love you. People fall in love with all kinds of weird stuff, why not a robot?
While I watch David carefully connecting a perfect human-like face to the skull of his not yet animated robotic offspring, I get excited about the day that he will look back into my eyes and smile and know who I am. I can't wait to meet this guy. I will tell him about my dreams of him.
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[User Picture]From: isomeme
2005-05-23 06:59 pm (UTC)
Memorable quote from AI researcher Roger Schank: "I don't want to create software that I'm proud of. I want to create software that's proud of me."
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2005-05-23 07:07 pm (UTC)
thank you, that's awesome.
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2005-05-23 07:49 pm (UTC)
BTW - I love the Klein's Bottle. :)
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[User Picture]From: isomeme
2005-05-23 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's a photo of my real one (well, mine is only three dimensions, but the four-dimensional ones cost a lot more). laurellady, the goddess of perfect geek gifts, bought it for my birthday a couple of years ago. This tied for first place in the geek-gift category with the hexadecimal abacus she bought me several years earlier.
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[User Picture]From: 00goddess
2005-05-23 07:14 pm (UTC)
An important book for me is "The Silver Metal Lover." It's an initiatory tale wherein a girlfalls in love with a robot.
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[User Picture]From: copia
2005-05-23 08:58 pm (UTC)

Special bulletin

I'm not sure if you know this already or not, but the robot is pictured in the new WIRED.
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2005-05-23 09:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Special bulletin

yaaaaay!
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[User Picture]From: enheduanna
2005-05-23 10:49 pm (UTC)
I miss you. You rawk.
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2005-05-24 04:06 am (UTC)
i miss you too sweetie-pie. when can i see you again???
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[User Picture]From: enheduanna
2005-05-28 04:23 am (UTC)
I've afraid I'll have to get back to you on that. I'm taking an online Maymester (2 week) Comp course that's taking all of my time and royally kicking my butt! As long as your contact numbers haven't changed, I'll try to give you a ring as soon as I can. *smooches*
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From: lapig93
2005-05-24 02:31 am (UTC)
Was that the robot you told me about the other day on the fone? I have to see a picture! I don't get Wired! :(


M
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2005-05-24 04:08 am (UTC)
yeah that's him. go to Chicago at the end of June and you can meet him in person. :)
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From: lapig93
2005-05-24 05:08 am (UTC)
Ah wish I could! Have to be at DC for Notocon in august after a few trips to Mexico in the next few months...im sure we can find a pic by then :)


Love,

M
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From: alethea93
2005-05-24 04:02 pm (UTC)
hi lady, it's sandy :)

hugs from afar
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[User Picture]From: najwa_maryam
2005-05-24 04:07 pm (UTC)
hello my beautiful and very missed sister. where are you?
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From: alethea93
2005-05-25 04:07 pm (UTC)
in Austin...leaving for SF at the end of july
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