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Westworld The Series And Two Important Issues


westworld_gunslinger.jpgI first watched Westworld in 1973. It was a science fiction movie written by Michael Crichton and starting Yul Brynner. Yul Brynner’s character was an out-of-control android which killed visitors to a western-themed amusement park. I remember thinking before watching the movie that Yul Brynner was an odd choice of a malefactor: The last time I’d seen him was as the King of Siam in Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical The King and I;  I could not imagine any actor-- no matter how talented--able to make that switch. As it turned out, he was marvelously menacing, and no one in the HBO series Westworld--not even Anthony Hopkins--was his equal.

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PISA Scores Indicates The Importance of Common Core

Are you by any chance familiar with the P I S A test?  Perhaps like me you are acquainted with the test’s dismal results  where American  students are concerned, but the actual name of the test has remained a mystery--until now.

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THE EVOLUTION OF DARWIN-OP FROM THREATENING TO CUTE

I stumbled over this photo and text on the ROBOTIS support site while looking for something interesting on DARWIN-OP:

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Lava NAO and Sky NAO Find a Home At Wellesley Free Library



Here is a riddle: What connects the two newest employees of the Wellesley Free Library and the super-popular Internet game MineCraft?   The answer: a ten-year-old boy named Oliver.

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IBM Watson Helps Teachers Teach Common Core Math

The new common core math standards appear to be the answer to increasing math literacy amongst students. But at the moment the standards are under attack as the popular Internet meme below indicates:

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We choose to go to the moon challenge met by the Silent Generation


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In a recent Apple news article , well known tech consultant Tim Bajarin, President of Creative Strategies, Inc.,  discussed the importance of President John F Kennedy's “we choose to go to the moon speech.” Mr Bajarin believes that that speech given by the president on  September 12, 1962 at Rice Stadium in Houston was crucial in the development of a whole generation of engineers and mathematicians: the very people necessary to this nation's winning  the last century's great space race to the moon. It is Mr Bajarin’s opinion that “by the mid-1980s, without a similar push by either the US.government or the schools to emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM for short), we lost almost two decades of youth who chose to go into other fields of learning.”  

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Double Robot: Teaching Kids in a Remote Classroom Experience

I have been writing posts for RobotLab the better part of five years. Few things have excited me as much as the Double Robot virtual presence device. And absolutely nothing (not even the money) has done as much to make me feel like one of the RobotLab staff (I live over 1950 miles from the office!).

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Double Robot: Virtual Presence Device for Special Education


Double_Features_1-1.jpgIf you have an interest in robots there is a good chance you watch the Big Bang Theory.  In one of my favorite scenes, Sheldon, meets the “great and powerful Woz,” Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple.  Not in person, you understand: no, Sheldon is there only as a voice and face on a virtual presence device: a tall, thin, remotely controlled robot on wheels with a tablet of some sort that projects an image of Sheldon and allows him to see and speak with Mr Wozniak. I have embedded the video directly below this paragraph because I think it important to view before continuing.

 

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Pepper the sailor Robot

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Welcomed Onboard Costa Diadema, flagship of the Costa Cruises fleet, Pepper and crewmember Take A Selfie.  

Pepper robot, the world’s first emotional robot, keeps extending its employment range.  Designed at first as a sympathetic companion for the lonely, Pepper is now working in lines that require a robot with the ability to listen to and put up with multiple humans. After discovering that Pepper the robot is now working for the French railway system, it comes as no surprise to find the robot preparing to become a mariner... No, not a space probe; the ancient type of mariner: like the guy in the poem with the albatross around his neck (in the image above Pepper has a tie around his virtual neck); a sailor on board a ship.

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