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I am an AI researcher, robot maker, and software engineer. I have worked on production military/industrial robots for iRobot Corp., as well as several competition robots and personal robot projects. I am one of the few who bridge the domains of robotics and interaction design (and UX).

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On That Which is Called “Memory”

Information itself is a foundational concept for cognitive science theories. But the very definition of information can also cause issues, especially when the term is used to describe the brain “encoding” information from the senses without any regard for types of information and levels of abstraction. Some philosophers are concerned with information that has meaning […]

Syndicated 2014-04-20 01:32:58 from SynapticNulship

Polymorphism in Mental Development

Adaptability and uninterrupted continuous operations are important features of mental development. An organism that can’t adapt enough is too rigid and brittle—and dies. The environment will never be exactly as expected (or exactly the same as any other previous time during evolution). Sure, in broad strokes the environment has to be the same (e.g. gravity), […]

Syndicated 2014-03-10 03:55:31 from SynapticNulship

Heterarchies and Society of Mind’s Origins

Ever wonder how Society of Mind came about? Of course you do. One of the key ideas of Society of Mind [1] is that at some range of abstraction levels, the brain’s software is a bunch of asynchronous agents. Agents are simple but a properly organized society of them results in what we call “mind.” […]

Syndicated 2014-02-04 07:09:05 from SynapticNulship

Evaluating Webots

I’m trying to find a better simulator than Breve for robots and 3D physics world creation. I have been examining the Webots simulation environment. It seems pretty useful since I could write controllers in C++ and it comes with several robot models out of the box. And I like the scene graph (or “scene tree” […]

Syndicated 2014-02-04 05:46:50 from SynapticNulship

Hyping Nonsense: What Happens When Artificial Intelligence Turns On Us?

The user(s) behind the G+ account Singularity 2045 made an appropriately skeptical post today about the latest Machines-versus-Humans “prediction,” specifically an article “What Happens When Artificial Intelligence Turns On Us” about a new book by James Barrat. As S2045 says: Don’t believe the hype. It is utter nonsense to think AI or robots would ever […]

Syndicated 2014-01-24 02:45:20 from SynapticNulship

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