After a late night, I woke up feeling rough and extremely tired. I was helping Steve install Windows XP on his iMac via Bootcamp, I have done this previously on my own machine. Anyhow, after a long couple of hours, I had to give up and go to bed.
So, the morning was finally here and I needed to get my backside moving because I needed to ring a mobile network to do a SIM swap from an iPhone micro SIM to Standard SIM, this isn’t a hard job, but it needs to be done because the iPhone 4S was being sold on Monday and I have to start using the new HTC phone I brought yesterday.
Before I had to ring the mobile network, I needed to have some food because I was starving. So, with that said, I made myself some noodles, I will admit that I annoyed myself during the process because I normally have to use the microwave, but I couldn’t use it this time because mum was cleaning it. This was okay, I had some noodles that only required boiling water, but it was the only choice I had, and after all it was the only choice I had.
After I had my noodles, I was very unimpressed by these other noodles because they tasted rubbish, I won’t be buying them again from Farm Foods, I will stick to Tesco value or Super noodles because they taste better.
Anyway, I want to briefly talk about some old blog posts I found last night while I was sorting through my files. I am going to attach them below, as you will see most of them were about robotics. The posts have been corrected because they contained many errors, well saying that I could have made them sound worse, oh well, what does it matter?
Blog Post: How can Robotics aid the future?
Let’s take both aspects stated, on one hand robots have aided us for centuries and never caused anyone cause for concern, but on the other hand are becoming more intelligent and having the ability to learn tasks very easily. With this said is there a happy medium for robotics in the future? I believe there is! My theory is simple, if the software is written correctly with no hidden Easter eggs (surprises) then I don’t why robots could not be used for every day tasks.
Many prototype robots have proven they have the possibilities to aid humans and make their lives easier.
In conclusion robots do show future potential, but I can’t stress enough the dangers if the platform is not watertight then it could pose risks to the public and be a breeding ground for hackers especially if the robot is equipped with a direct up-link.
Blog Post: Robotics in the future
For many years we have used robots to aid us with multiple tasks, but what can robots bring us in the future to aid us further?
Previously I blogged about the dangers of robotics and I stated if robots were not under control by a strict platform it could pose a danger to humanity and cause irrational panic.
As artificial life gets better over the years so does the urge to use this as an advantage for all human beings. For many years we have used robots to do many tasks from factory work to health care operations, but could a robot do a lot more?
Scientists predict between 2030 to 2034 robots will be able to perform human level tasks, this will also include home automation systems that will allow a home to be completely automated of its daily tasks.
One of most advanced robots to date is ASIMO which, is ran and made by Honda. ASIMO’s current build stands at 4ft 3inches tall, 114 pounds and can go up to speeds of 4.3MPH.
ASIMO has several features they include:
Moving objects using visually captured images from a camera mounted in his head
Postures and gestures ASIMO is able to interpret positioning and movements of a hand, recognizing postures and gestures.
Environment ASIMO recognizes the objects and terrain of its environment and act in a way that is safe for both itself and nearby humans.
Sound ASIMO’s ability to identify the source of sounds has been improved, and it can distinguish between voices and other sounds. It responds to its name, faces people when spoken to, and recognizes sudden, unusual sounds such as that of a falling object or a collision, and faces in that direction. It can respond to questions, either by a brief nod, a shake of the head or a verbal answer.
Facial recognition ASIMO can recognize faces, even when ASIMO or the human being is moving. It can individually recognize approximately 10 different faces. Once they are registered it can address them by name.
Internet connectivity by accessing information via the Internet, ASIMO can, for example, become a provider of news and weather updates.
There are a few good points of introducing robots into the public domain, the good points include: assisting around the household, doing manual lifting and other normal assistance work.
Unfortunately as this type of technology evolves, so does the risk of a new evolution become more apparent. Without proper use of “Robot Laws” or “The Three Laws” it could become more of a danger to the public.
With this in mind will Robots bring unfounded paradoxes that will change our entire existence or will they become the great tooling of the future that will make our lives easier?
Blog Post: The Three Laws of Robotics
The Three Laws of Robotics or, “The Three Laws” were written by a science fiction author called Isaac Asimov. The laws were first introduced in his short story Runaround in 1942.
The Three Laws of Robotics are as follows:
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being come to harm.
2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders conflict with the first law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law.
The Three Laws are a set of principles found in Asimov’s Fiction, appearing in his Robot series, the other stories linked to it and his Lucky Star series of young-adult fiction. Other authors working in Asimov’s fictional universe have adopted them and references, they appear throughout science fiction as well as in other genres.
Applying Asimov’s Three Laws to Future Technology
Those working in artificial intelligence debate the Three Laws as future advances in artificial intelligence would be needed for robots to understand the Three Laws however, as the complexity of robots has increased, so has the interest in developing guidelines and safeguard for their operation.
The first law is fundamentally flawed in that it states that a robot cannot ‘through inaction’, allow a human to come to harm which could lead robots attempting to control humanity to prevent human beings harming themselves.
The Second law could not prevent this from happening as, if humans were to order the robots to stop, it would be deemed as an order therefore conflicting with the first law, so robots will not carry out the order.
Blog Post: UFOs, Fact or Fiction?
UFO’s or Unidentified flying objects are they real or a load nonsense?
There have been many sightings of UFO’s over the years, it has been said that the earliest ever sighting UFOs could have been around 240 BC by Chinese astronomers, but there was no conclusive evidence and could have been mistaken for comet.
From personal experience I have seen things in the sky that could not be explained at all. I once stayed at a holiday camp in Wales where I spotted at least 10 objects flying around in the sky some distance away from me. The objects were flying round in a sequence and flashing all different colours.
To this day I believe what I saw was out of this world.
My own belief is that UFO’s do exist and that with the technology they have could cause dyer consequences in the near future.
Are you a believer?
Blog Post: Walk-ins, Real or Fake?
Walk-ins is a concept of a person whose original soul leaves their body and has been replaced by a new soul either temporally or permanently.
This concept was first found in a series of books called “Seath Speaks” written by Channel Jane Roberts in 1979.
The criticism around walk-ins from many groups and especially religious deems walk-ins as ridicules and untrue.
This has also been said by health professionals and they have also stated it is a mental disorder.
What do you all think, can this happen or is this just complete rubbish?
Blog Post: Teleportation
Teleportation is the transfer of matter from one position to another, more or less instantly. Teleportation is widely known in science fiction.
The word “teleportation” was founded by American writer Charles Fort in 1931 to describe strange disappearances and appearances of anomalies. Fort first used the term in the second chapter of his 1931 book, “Mostly in this book I shall specialize upon indications that there exists a transportory force that I shall call Teleportation.” Though Fort added, “I shall be accused of having assembled lies, yarns, hoaxes, and superstitions. To some degree I think so myself. To some degree, I do not. I offer the data.” Fort suggested that teleportation might explain various allegedly paranormal phenomena, although it is difficult to say if Fort took his own “theory” seriously, or instead used it to point out what he saw as the inadequacy of mainstream science to account for strange phenomena.
One means of teleportation proposed in fiction is the transmission of data which is used to precisely reconstruct an object or organism at its destination. However, to travel from one point to another instantaneously is, as of today, believed to be impossible.
Dimensional teleportation involves the subject exiting one physical universe or plane of existence, then re-entering it at a different location. This method is rarely seriously considered by the scientific community, as the currently predominant theories about parallel universes assume that physical travel is not possible between them.
Blog Post: Social Network Reform
This year social networking sites have rapidly grown, but with growth comes more security issues. As concerned citizens we would like to believe that using these sites are secure and safe to use, but unfortunately these web sites have become a breeding ground for hackers and pedophiles.
I believe to many parents are allowing their children who are under the age of 16 to use these web sites. A recent survey shown that 1-in-10 two year old children have an online presence with social networking. I now think to myself, who is to blame for this? The simple answer is “the parents,” at that age they would hardly know what a social networking site is, let alone being able to sign themselves up to the service and knowing how to use it.
With this said, are parents putting their children at risk putting them on these social networking sites? Over the years we have all been taught the dangers of the internet and how unsafe it is. Does anyone learn from what they have been taught? I am guessing a big fat no!
How can we curb underage children and pedophiles using these social networks to protect everyone’s safety? Simple Card Validation!
This would work by making the user verify who they are by using a credit or debit card, but here is the catch all information must match both with the social network and the bank.
The Process explain below:
1. The user pre signs up to a social network, giving all details required
2. The user is then asked to verify with a valid credit or debit card
3. If information provided matches both the bank and the social network access will be granted, otherwise if verification fails you will be denied access until verification is complete.
All information that should be provided by the user are Name, Address and Date of Birth. Any amendments made to either the name or address will be subjected to verification and until the user has verified the new information all access will be denied.
With this in place it could totally reform social networking sites. All social networks need to reevaluate their user base and push card verification.
Reform of social networks is mandatory to secure a safer future for all and the only way to do this to work with card verification.
So, I hope you enjoyed those posts, I couldn’t remember writing some of them because it was so long ago, but I can assure you I did.
Anyway, on to the rest of my day. I haven’t got much to do this afternoon, everything I needed to do was done, and I had no other plans for the day. I have spent most of this afternoon writing today’s blog, and while I was doing that I watched the rain as it poured down outside.
The British weather is certainly coming back, it has been raining a lot over the last few days. I wish the weather would warm up, I don’t like this cold weather anymore.
Raindrops – British Weather
Well, it turns out I ended up watching the back of my eyelids for a few hours. I don’t know why I fell asleep, maybe it was that late night, it must have finally caught up with me.
Anyhow, the rest of my day was spent resting and watching television.
So, on that note, I think it is time for me to sign off, after all I have written over two thousand words and I think I am boring you all to death.