* Posts by Taryn East

3 posts • joined 19 Aug 2008

Hefty IT prof develops robot to check that robots are safe

Taryn East

Turing test?

Um, didn't Turing prove that it was impossible to do exactly what he's claiming to be able to do? ie to break down any algorithm into provable pieces and make sure they are correct? If I recall this just one aspect of the Turning halting problem or my memory of university is way too hazy.

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Chinese boffins crack invisible-shed window problem

Taryn East

@Jacob Lipman = a practical purpose

Actually I imagine there might be any number of practical uses - but on a much csmaller scale than sheds or tanks. and more in the line of being a "better mousetrap"

Your safe gets safer if the average crim can't see where it is (eg stuck to the ceiling then cloaked). I'm sure there are other potential uses like this.

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MoD judges clone-drone deathmatch

Taryn East

Rover...

"The "Tumbleweed" air vehicle, for instance, is a multi-rotor hovering electro-copter with a difference. The final version will have a spherical structure, enabling it to "roll along the ground and even up walls," according to its Manchester Uni designers, and "perch and stare from suitable urban structures". The tumbling ball-copter should be able to fit through doors, and have a price tag such that losing a few would be no problem."

anyone else think this sounds like the giant white ball "robot" from "The prisoner" (AKA "Rover")? all it needs is to be able to latch onto and suffocate/electroshock fleshy targets!

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