A simulated Japanese Professor

According to Pink Tentacle a Japanese professor has built a “remote-control doppelganger droid” of himself. His reasons for this are interesting. The robot itself is fairly realistic – see the videos – and was produced by Professor Ishiguro of the Intelligent Robotic Laboratory. Pink Tentacle quotes him as saying: “One of the purposes for creating…

Sub-optimal correlation

Thanks again to Developing Intelligence for a link to a paper about the way our brains process information, which argues that it may not be optimal to calculate all possible correlations between many input signals, so that the brain may make assumptions. Is this also a constraint on the use we can make of massive…

The lost art of drawing.

An article in the New York Times speculates about the era before digital and recorded media, when people drew, played sport, played music, for themselves, rather than watching others do it, or finding instant substitutes like photography, recorded music or TV. The article concludes “television and sports journalism have taught us all about the skills…

What you see is not what you get.

Excellent posting on Developing Intelligence argues that our brains constantly re-interpret information from our senses in order to present a coherent picture of an event. This reinterpretation can be identified and re-trained. Using the example of timing, Chris Chatham points out that different signals arrive at different times. For instance, messages about touch take longer…

Virtual Tourism

Presences has a special issue devoted to Virtual Heritage- which gives me an excuse to take up the virtual tourism issue again. One article describes the University of New York at Buffalos Virtual Site Museum: “an interactive virtual reality interface for… archaeological research, education, and public demonstration…. precise, authoritative, and integrated archaeological and historical files……

Simulation as black box

Example from a local US paper of the use of a simulation to sell a concept. “To ensure an understanding of the problems facing Green Pond, R. Charles Martinsen lll, Falmouth shellfish warden and assistant director of the department of natural resources, gave a presentation last month to about 80 members of the Green Pond…

More on simulated odours.

Thanks to ISHUSH for spotting a link to a story about an odour generator developed by the Tokyo Institute of Technology. See my earlier posts about simulated odours. I cant find any details on the TIT website, but this seems to work in the same way as the ill-fated ISmell: spray out different combinations of…