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Making magical machines

We live in the age of robots, where machines powered by AI can drive your car, deliver you breakfast in your hotel room, or reorder you diapers on Amazon. But automata isn’t new. As craftsman François Junod points out in the video, “the oldest known automatons date back to the Egyptians.” They gained popularity as […]

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Learning to think again

Humans are thinking creatures. Otherwise, the only difference between humans and other animals is that we have bigger brains that also allow us to speak. But we use less brain power every day because we use calculators, Google, and self-driving cars. We’re not lazy, but we prefer to do the things we want so we can carry on with […]

Beware the Bots

Our worst fear is being replaced by a bunch of machines. But I’m afraid that day is already here. Desultory nods and copy-pasted emails are just the start. People think there’s a template to life that requires both obedience and automation. Life’s not that easy, unless you want it to be. There are cogs and […]

Side Projects (Part 2)

Side projects rule the world. They can essentially be defined as anything you enjoy doing in your free time with or without the intention of making money. This blog started as a side project. It’s my canvass for exploring new ideas and thoughts. Gmail and Nasty Gal also started as passion projects. Both are viable […]

The Robots Are Here

The rise of intelligent machines will spawn new ideologies along with the new economy it is creating. Think of it as a kind of digital social Darwinism, with clear winners and losers: Those with the talent and skills to work seamlessly with technology and compete in the global marketplace are increasingly rewarded, while those whose jobs […]

Robotic Creativity (Man vs. Machine)

You can’t automate creativity. Mixing and mashing is solely a human production. You can get robots to copy art but connectivity, innovation, and randomness is what makes man made art unpredictable. Art is long. Everyone and everything that can be programmed is going to have to be more complex to survive. Unfortunately, many people are […]