Life After People

No Facilities

The lights are still on, but I am enjoying the view.

Remember the Discovery Channel show about how the natural processes and animals would gradually reclaim the planet from the ill-effects of humankind? Well, this post isn’t about that show (I did like it though). This is about the awkward phase we’re moving into where we will be dealing more and more with machines and robots than other human beings.

Two weeks ago, I spent a grand total of 24 hours on the ground in Chicago. I was flying to meet a good friend, who was kind enough to shepherd me around in whirlwind fashion, touring the city and some of the surrounding areas. We had agreed that the Chicago Marriott Hotel was a good place for me to stay, as it was convenient to the start of our walking tour. For the first time in my life, my stay…

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”The Future Of Human Evolution With Robots”


Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) is a relatively young discipline that has attracted a lot of attention over the past few years due to the increasing availability of complex robots and people’s exposure to such robots in their daily lives, e.g. as robotic toys or, to some extent, as household appliances (robotic vacuum cleaners or lawn movers). Also, robots are increasingly being developed for real-world application areas, such as robots in rehabilitation, eldercare, or humanoid robots used in robot-assisted therapy and other assistive or educational applications.

A humanoid robot is a robot with its body shape built to resemble the human body. The design may be for functional purposes, such as interacting with human tools and environments, for experimental purposes, such as the study of al locomotion, or for other purposes. In general, humanoid robots have a torso, a head, two arms, and two legs, though some forms of humanoid robots may…

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There was no ignoring such a noisome spectacle

e daggar art: THE MUSEUM

jack o lanterns on an iron fence

The severed heads had been put on pikes for all and sundry to see; made examples of. The unseasonably warm autumn weather made grotesques, of each one, death masques submitting to rot and gravity; to the punishments meted by the state.

Passersby turned their heads, and covered their faces with kerchiefs, but there was no ignoring such a brutal and noisome spectacle.

jack o lanterns on an iron fence

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