A blog on computers, engineering, and automation, free of jargon.
This might be the most significant milestone in self-driving cars for decades
My Old Phone
Why AT&T is sending me a free mobile phone.
File Not Found
What is a file? What is a folder? And should you care?
Blame And Shame
That's not how web pages work, Governor.
Trouble On the Mountain
Why Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram went dark yesterday.
Bread and Butter
Automation proceeds not in flashy leaps, but step by step
Musk's Humanoid Robot is Another Robotaxi
Why Elon Musk still doesn't know what he's talking about
Does your espresso machine need a PID controller?
Why Buildings Don't Fall
Structural designers have to think through every scenario, and they do.
Secure By Design
Why we shouldn't focus on cyberattacks
Do Not Buy
Why you should not buy an NFT
How do you send a software update to a robot--- on Mars?
Tide Us Over
We almost couldn't dislodge the Ever Given from the Suez Canal, until we got some help from the moon.
Why Ishiguro's Robot Is a Pipe Dream
How Klara could be improved. Part 2 on Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro's latest book.
Klara and the Sun
How should novelists write about robots? Part 1 on the character Klara in Kazuo Ishiguro's latest book.
When Ingenuity leaves its nest, let us hope it perseveres and thrives.
Sharing Your Messages
The medium dictates that anyone can see the message.
A Question of Trust
We all need to take security seriously. It is mostly a question of trust.
Fixing the Languages
Communicating clearly via computers is hard work, much of it in clarifying our languages.
Do You Love Me?
Whether delightful or horrifying, these robot dances aren't really adding anything to the conversation.
In Real Time
Some things in the real world can't wait for a computer to make up its mind.
The Robotic Gaze
You call an agent intelligent if it's aware of its surroundings. But how can you tell?
Apple will use Arm's architecture for its new line of Macs. Software vendors will need to do their part.
When AI Was Old-Fashioned
Neural networks are hot, but AI programmers have other tools in their arsenal.
In An Ideal World
The way computer programs solve problems might not be good enough for the real world.
Many Hands Make Light Work
Some tasks are so big that a computer cannot do them fast enough. This is why Google needs so many computers.
The People's Librarian
Similar to a librarian, Google can find documents containing the words you're thinking about.
What To Do After You Detect A Face
How a quick makeover strings together computer vision, geometric modeling, and computer graphics.
How the ideas behind the graphical user interface also created whole new visual media.
Can You Hear Me Now?
The excitement over 5G cellular networks is about latency, and it will help robots improve our lives.
The Proof Of The Pudding
The surprising Nobel connection between black holes and robot programming.
Content Is King, Or Maybe Not
A history lesson: while Machine Learning can find content for you, the content itself can get left behind.
How Netflix learns what you like.
Being Intelligent About AI
What the term "artificial intelligence" really means, how it is used, and whether you should be worried.
The Little Engine That Could
How microcontrollers are ideally adapted to their niche.
Why the Linux kernel is now running the world.
A Brain In a Jar
How can a computer program make something happen in the real world?
Your Cool Uncle Sam
How we take for granted the best thing to come out of the Cold War
Telepresence Versus Model Worlds
When was the last time you checked out a painting in real life?
When you're extremely isolated, sometimes you go nuclear.
Big robots are safest in cages, but they want to be free.
How does an astronomy app work? Using the magic of sensors.
Segway Closes Its Doors
How a Segway is similar to a walking robot.
The Intelligence In the Warehouse
Robots are the face of automation. But the intelligence lies in the software.
How Amazon Robots Work
How do Amazon's robots work? Kiva Systems improved the workflow in warehouses with a trick.
Spot for Sale
With the robot dog "Spot," Boston Dynamics has achieved something remarkable. But their real test is still ahead.
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