The Sad Story of Ota Benga

Ota Benga was a pygmy who was brought from what was then the Belgian Congo to be an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (e.g. the St. Louis World Fair) in 1904.  He was later exhibited at the Bronx Zoo in 1906 as a human species.  I happened to have visited that zoo some 90 years later which I will discuss later in this post. Continue reading

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Realizing The Potential of Humanoid Robots as a Full-time Healthcare Providers

After three decades of research on virtual humans, a visiting professor in Singapore has created “Nadine”, a human-like robot that she predicted would be able to serve as companions for the elderly in the future. Continue reading

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Robot Homes: Automation That Helps Take Care of You

A startup company called Brain of Things has envisioned the home of the future–one that takes care of you. The founders have initially targeted three locations in California for the development of what they call “robot homes”. These houses will ‘adapt’ to your lifestyle by tracking your habits and preferences and then lending an assist. Continue reading

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The Difficult Discussion of White Privilege

Bring up the topic of white privilege and your going to very likely hear the room quickly go dead quite – especially if your in a room of white people.  Of if brought up and your in a certain type of crowd you may get a lot of impassioned opinions.  The passion this topic brings’s up in people can be very strong and very emotional.  There is also a real fear among certain people to even discuss it and a reluctance to even think about the idea. Continue reading

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Domino’s Testing World’s First Pizza Delivery Robot

RobotDominos Pizza is testing what they claim is the world’s first autonomous delivery vehicle in New Zealand called the Domino’s Robotic Unit (DRU).  This pizza delivery robot has four wheels, with sealed compartments that can keep up to 10 pizza’s hot by the time it reaches its destination. The DRU navigates by choosing a secure path at a safe speed from point to point and can go on both walkways and pavement. The customers are given a unique code that makes sure the only the buyer gets their pizza.. Continue reading

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Google’s New Robotic Dog

Recently, Google released a video showing off their new robot dog playing with a real dog.  Developed by Google’s Boston Dynamics, the dog was developed to be used by the U.S. Marine’s Corps.  Its purpose is to act as a scout or cargo hauler for the soldiers.  In this video below, you can see the dog, “Spot” squaring off with a real dog. Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence and Investing

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is invading our lives everyday.  Often you aren’t aware of it but its there all around us.  Computers making decisions isn’t anything new.  The basics of “if then else” logic among programming constructs allows a computer to make a decision based on inputs. Continue reading

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Being Biblically Noble

Sometime ago Pastor Josh Patterson at The Village Church shared this verse from Isaiah:

But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.
Isaiah 32:8

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Concern for America’s Future – Getting “Stuck”

I was recently challenged by some Facebook friends on a post I shared called Food Stamp Users Near Record High Despite Low Unemployment Rate which basically notes that even though there is supposedly such low unemployment (4.9% at the time of this posting) there has been no drop in food stamp users. Continue reading

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Brick Laying Robots – Revolution in Building?

Fastbrick Robotics based in Perth Australia is working to bring to market the first commercialized brick laying robot -the Hadrian.  The robot can lay brick for a full house in 2 days where as with human labor your looking at 2 to 3 weeks.

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