Honey Bees Have Arrived

Harrods is a retailer in London that caters to international royalty and is owned by the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar. You can buy a 12.5 Kg gold bar ‘off the shelf’.  They are so exclusive that their new owner burned his royal warrants and banned the Duke of Edinburgh from the store. So . . . → Read More: Honey Bees Have Arrived

Dr. Shroomlove: How I stopped worrying and learned to love the rain

Atlanta is hot but, at around 1000 feet above sea level, it is not usually as humid as Houston or Seattle. This year, however, it has been wet and humid. In the first half of 2013, Georgia has received the same rainfall as all of 2012!  I was becoming depressed by all the rain . . . → Read More: Dr. Shroomlove: How I stopped worrying and learned to love the rain

Harvard’s RoboBee Project

Robobee

Robobee

You may remember about one year ago, I posted a video of robotic flying  multicopters building a structure. I was so intrigued that I have built my own robotic quadcopter based on the Arducopter design with the intent of engineering a true autonomous swarm.  But more on that at a future date.  Here is RoboBees (click here) – a research project at Harvard seeking to develop mechanical structures that fly – inspired by bees and enabled by microelectronic fabrication technology. The mechanical device shown is the size of a penny but the MEMS technology could be used to build something  much smaller. The video below shows the result of the manufacturing process but they also have videos of this thing flying and are working on an optical sensor and swarm behaviors.

Video after the jump… Continue reading Harvard’s RoboBee Project

Hacker Julian Assange: White Hat or Black Hat?

Julian Assange

There is no doubt that Julian Assange, creator and Editor-In-Chief of WikiLeaks, is a hacker. That he hacked into Department of Defense computers in his twenties is not up for debate. But the question I ask is in regard to his actions in the last 15 years: is Wikileaks a force for good or bad? As the primary force behind WikiLeaks, is Julian Assange acting today as a good hacker or a bad hacker? And if his actions are damaging, who has the most to lose? Continue reading Hacker Julian Assange: White Hat or Black Hat?

Understanding The Human Mind Through Bees

PET Brain Scan

A transaxial slice of the brain of a 56 year old patient (male) taken with positron emission tomography (PET)

A Review of Thomas Seeley’s New Book, Honeybee Democracy

What is the human mind and how does it work? A lot of work has gone into attempts to answer this big question. Most approaches are reductionist in nature – begin with the brain and identify increasingly detailed cognitive functions and structures or begin with neurons and assemble larger structures. So we have top-down approaches like PET and fMRI scans of the brain which attempt to correlate localized increases in brain metabolism with different cognitive processes. This is a little like understanding Martians by studying the canals of Mars through a telescope. Connectionists take a bottom-up approach by simulating neural networks on computers and then train them to recognize simple patterns. So far, neural nets have failed to evolve much beyond that. Continue reading Understanding The Human Mind Through Bees

Old male academic but mostly happy

I entered beehacker.com into urlAi.com (as in URL Artificial Intelligence), a text analysis site. According to it’s non-human analysis:

beehacker.com is probably written by a male somewhere between 66-100 years old. The writing style is academic and happy most of the time.

There you have it. I am male. One out of . . . → Read More: Old male academic but mostly happy