In all science fiction movies and TV shows when there are aliens and the humans have to fight them it turns out to be close to a fair fight. Of course the humans always win in the end, but there is plenty of drama as the fight is balanced and there is room for the … Continue reading A Fair Fight?
There was a really important scientific result reported on this week in the press. The original paper, by a team at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, a person in Grenoble, France, and a person in Henan, China, is behind a paywall at the National Academy of Science. This team had previously introduced a new, … Continue reading Adding to the Alphabet of Life
This is a short piece I wrote for a workshop on what are good things to work on in robotics research. One measure of success of robots is how many of them get deployed doing real work in the real world. One way to get more robots deployed is to reduce the friction that comes up during … Continue reading Research Needed on Robot Hands
I am a big Star Trek fan. But there is one little problem… How come all the races they meet are essentially humanoid, apart from the occasional pool of tar which both speaks and absorbs well loved security officers? Why is the whole Universe, well at least the whole of Alpha Quadrant of our Galaxy, … Continue reading Humanoids of Star Trek
Many new technologies have unexpected impacts on the physical or social world in which we live. When the first IMPs for the fledgling ARPANET were being built starting in 1969 at BBN in Cambridge, MA, I think it safe to say that no one foresaw the devastating impact that the networking technology being developed would … Continue reading Unexpected Consequences of Self Driving Cars