Posts Tagged: robots
A new website called Poetry for Robots seeks to find out whether robots can learn human poetic language. It was inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’s theory that despite humanity’s near-infinite capacity for creating distinct metaphors, we still use the same ones over and over again in literature, like comparing eyes to the stars....more
Is it conceivable for robots to compete with the “flesh-and-blood novelist?” Over at the BBC, Hephzibah Anderson explores the possibility and the ethical ramifications of algorithms writing the next Anna Karenina. So far, however, Anderson suggests that developers of such technologies have hit a snag:
Even if a string of zeroes and ones evolves to understand what it means to taste a childhood food in later life, or to feel the first splash of spring sunshine as a long winter loosens its grip, that algorithm won’t truly be able to know such experiences.
At Melville House, Liam O’Brien delves into the fictional and factual history of book-writing computers, from Roald Dahl’s “The Great Automatic Grammatizator” to the Russian computer that rewrote Anna Karenina in the style of Murakami. With some media outlets already using bots to pen articles, he wonders if the robots will be coming for literature next....more
In the first step of what will undoubtedly be the robot uprising, two robots will be joining the staff of the Westport, Connecticut library. The robots will primarily assist in teaching coding, but they’re also programmed to recognize faces, practice tai chi, and kick soccer balls....more
The most powerful imaginings of science fiction aren’t the technological devices.
Insert Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind reference here.
Despite the Internet, Millenials are out-reading you. You should feel ashamed....more
How should we handle digital memories? Do we keep them or erase them from our hard drives?
Facebook is emotionally manipulating you more than your mother.
You aren’t the only one concerned with Frozen’s limitless power over today’s youth....more
Propeller Mag has been collecting the various terrible covers for Karel Capek‘s super great War With the Newts.
An affront to human decency: proper nouns to be allowed in Scrabble.
Fascinating lost turn of the century female sex study....more
The Context Project is seeking to blur the line between industrial design and fine art. It is also totally rad.
Yesterday marked the 31st anniversary of the first robot homicide and the 50th of bubble wrap. So watch out I guess....more
Architecture porn of the week: totally sick Singapore garden design.
Cakehead brings you a gallery of awesome and bizarre vintage inventions.
My new hero: Liu Bolin, extreme camouflage expert.
We are living in the future when articles start showing upo about how to regulate autonomous war robots....more
They talk about why flying cars are a bad idea, what kitchens tell us about ourselves, and how “future shock” leads to fundamentalism....more
This week, the book blogs have went and gone political! Maybe it’s that it’s the off year in the election cycle and they miss the rabid infighting and corruption, or maybe it’s the news that the Kindle has already become the next thought police and will soon start force-feeding you Soma, but for some reason, politics are everywhere....more
Let’s say you were the kind of person who thinks the Bible could use a little livening up, a little updating–you’d probably find Overthinking It’s post on fusing the KJV with the Nintendo Universe right up your alley.
If you’re the kind of person who is ready to welcome our future robot overlords, you could check out the next-next-next generation of baseball players....more
And we’re helping them learn. Okay, that’s a bit apocalyptic, and I for one welcome our new robot overlords, when they eventually show up. The link is to the latest tweenbot story from Engadget, where a group of roboticists in Munich built a robot which navigated its way across the city by asking for directions and mapping the responses....more