Tuesday, March 1, 2011


we have a dvr in our house but its mostly used by my roomie.  i dont record very many shows.  its pretty much the office and 60 minutes for me.  but recently i started recording this totally amazing show on PBS called NOVA ScienceNOW.  its hosted by this astrophysicist named Neil Degrasse Tyson.  did i mention how fucking amazing this show is.  oh how i love smart things and learning so much, even if i cant remember most of it, still you never know when you are going to get that one trivial pursuit question for the win.  ive won trivial pursuit once recently against some stiff competition and im telling you, its a really great feeling.  see picture below?  thats me in the middle.
anyway, the most recent episode is called "whats the next big thing?" and its all about, well, the next big thing.  like cell phones were a big thing, the television, radio, the internal combustion engine, the wheel, gravity, etc...  the first segment is all about robots, because yeah, robots are probably going to be one of the next big things, right?  i dont really agree with people fear of artificial intelligence and robots.  i dont want to get into all that right now though.  really i just wanted to express how utterly blown away i am at some of the robots i saw in this show.  this one company, hanson robotics, created a philip k. dick robot, author of "do androids dream of electric sheep" which was the book the movie bladerunner was based on, they have this synthetic skin recipe and they use about 26 tiny motors to achieve this really impressive suite of facial expressions and the end result is just totally mind blowing.  click the link below to watch the full episode FOR FREE!


also, ive posted this before, but lets have another look.

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