Friday, July 20, 2007

Bots on the ground

Yeah, I'm working on another article on robotics. And really, this is one subject that never ceases to fascinate me.

On the one extreme there is the impression that robots are merely machines that can do repetitive tasks with high-precision (like those used in an automotive assembly line), and on the other extreme there are those who always associate robots with space exploration and such exotic applications... and even beyond, there are those who continue to live in the sci-fi world of Asimov and Star Wars.

But in the midst of all these visions of what a 'robot' really is, even without us realising it, robots are actually racing towards mainstream existence -- no, not on par with humans -- but certainly as part of their lives! In homes, hospitals, war-fields.

Here is a rather interesting article you might want to check out...

Bots on The Ground - washingtonpost.com

And please do write to me, if you have any thoughts on this.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Ha ha, who is the foreigner?!

We recently went to an Indian restaurant here in Sydney, and I noticed two Australians relishing a Thali (complete Indian meal). I immediately exclaimed, "Wow, looking at those two foreigners enjoying Indian food!" Then, bit my lip, and stopped :-) For, who were the foreigners there? The Aussies were in there own land! It might have been an Indian restaurant, but weren't we the foreigners... technical speaking, at least? :-)