Computer control

Its funny how the mind wanders in strange ways while you’re waiting for things to happen. And yes, while waiting for various things to happen, my mind took to wandering today. Not helped possibly by the fact I’m going back to New England this autumn, the home of MIT.

Yes, robots rear their head here lol!

In recent times, with the use of electrode caps, its been possible for people to use computers by thought, enabling them to use computers, when for reasons before they wouldnt have been able to. Its a marvellous achievement, though I have no idea how well it works. And yes, people have been trying to create robots who can move within their own AI capability, albeit with programming thrown in for good measure. Not great success so far, but I’m sure it will happen. As far as I know though, no one has yet got to a point where they try to operate a robot through the control of a human mind.

Maybe its a signal thing? I guess that you cant just send brainwaves to a robot, the signal would have to be digitised into programming first, and maybe thats just too tricky, or too expensive?  But feasible, who knows? I guess its fair to say, that just because we havent heard about it, doesnt mean it hasnt happened, I suppose?

And no, I’m not going to suggest a possible backload, where the robot takes control of the human mind lol! I think its safe to say at present that robots arent that clever, but give them 20 years or so…

Yes, of course I’d love to help out in such an experiment, would be quite interesting having my mind linked into controlling a robot, even if nothing else was going to happen. But…

Thirty years ago, at a time when genetic engineering was a new thing, and highly touted, OMD came up with this song. Lets just say I dont think they were totally in favour of the future back then, though its interesting how little this subject matter has moved on since then. No, not the official video, something including a look into the future, a long time ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyLtlNie3y0&feature=g-vrec

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Is it an age thing, or just the long distance travelling?

Its funny, I never used to get bothered by the time and distance involved in travelling to the west coast of the US, but I’m beginning to notice just how much tougher this long distance travel is getting of late. It might be an age thing, certainly the old body doesnt seem to enjoy being confined to a plane seat for long periods now, and I’ve noticed that on 2 trips to the east coast this year, Toronto and Boston! I suspect the monotony of the flight plays a part as well, but I know my legs have been complaining this time around, even with decent legroom.

So I’ve pretty much decided that its time this middle aged lady eased off a bit, and I’ve decided I’m going to cut out the west coast trips…after the next one that is! Chicago/Minneapolis, and a sort of line there on will then be the limit, at least until the body disintegrates some more, or I get an upgrade lol! So where is the one place left to go to, before I retreat, why Seattle of course!

Its funny, I’d never even seen Seattle until 2003 (I nearly said my age, but thats something a lady shouldnt do, lol!) but instantly fell in love with the place. Maybe it was the climate, maybe it was the people, most likely a combination of both. I was fortunate enough to spend a good period of time out there then, and loved every minute of it, even if the budget was a bit tight at times! I was also lucky enough to go back a few years later for a week, when the budget wasnt as much of a concern! And yes, I still loved the place.

So unsurprisingly, I want to go back one more time before the old body screams enough, and see the city again. It will be funny knowing its probably for the last time (both times previously I knew I would be back), but I’m fast approaching my mid fifties, and the body is beginning to wear out a bit, and travelling that far is becoming a struggle. And alright, I want to see the Mariners play at some point too!

Next autumn will be east coast, thats for sure, I’m hoping I can get at least a few more years of coping with that length of journey at least, but a lot will depend on how the body (especially the knees) hold up, I guess. Well unless MIT, or the Cybermen can upgrade me anyway lol!

Musically, I could have picked Nirvana or something, but they were never my scene, so I’m not! So finding Seattle area artists came down to 2 that are more my era, or before. One was Judy Collins, the other, even older, and the one I chose, The Fleetwoods! I doubt a jet plane comes softly anywhere, but…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7yh6HFKAMs

A robotunit in Boston, Part 2

Well today is the first day I get to ‘wreck’ Boston single handed lol! I’ll be fine, have done this in plenty of other cities, so stop worrying Kate!

No prizes for working out that I might be heading to MIT Museum, hoping they will transform me into one of their latest robot exhibits, but wont hold my breath on that lol! Then just planning to head back downtown for some lunch, and see where the mood takes me from there.

So what do I need to catch avid readers up on? Sunday was fun, we went out for lunch, and as Garden readers at least might know, the temptation to run down walkers who insisted on walking in the street, despite pavements (sidewalks as they seem to be called over here) existed, but anyway…I got to see New England play, and win, also got to see bits of Buffalo playing and winning once the Jets were home and dry. Well, almost saw Buffalo win, the TV station in their ‘wisdom’ left the game with 27 seconds to go, and the Bills parked on the 6 yard line, needing to score to win. Alright, we all know they did, but waiting for that news to filter through…even  more so when the last play news only reached my ears 2 hours later.

Yesterday was Fenway,  an amazing place. I was pampered by a very dear person, and went in the Pavillion suite, a real experience for someone like me. We had a couple of photos taken before going in, and I’m only pleasantly surprised just how good I look in them. Kate looks wonderful anyway, but no, no link to the photos will be provided lol. They are expensive to buy, but I’m tempted all the same, I dont often get good pictures of me to be honest.

Yes, next special event is Thursday, when I get to meet this wonderful gentleman I’ve known over the internet for a while. Hopefully he’s blushing as he reads this, looking forward to meeting you greatly.

Thats pretty much all the news, hope MIT have got the robotising gear ready for me, lol! Holding breath for that to happen, nope lol!

A Robotunit in Boston, part 1

Still waiting for MIT to come and take me off for robotisation, but anyway…lol!

Yes, its happened, I’ve met a fellow Garden person now for definite, and what a wonderful person she is too! Doesnt look at all like her avvie, but otherwise…I suspect I’ll be saying that same about an equally wonderful person after Thursday as well!

Its a funny thing, you can never be sure how things will work out in such matters, but with Kate and I, its worked a treat. We had a wonderful time talking over dinner last night, and indeed before then, and had a great time.  Yes, a lot of it did concern sport, as well as other matters, but neither of us were complaining about that. Heading out later with her for more fun and mayhem, and hopefully to catch at least part of some games this afternoon, the only thing lacking in my lovely suite here, being a TV! Its more fun getting out and about anyway.

Yes, its fair to say that I was a bit nervous about meeting someone else from the Forum’s before it happened, but now I’m not worried in the slightest about it. As long as no one actually expects me to be silver, and talk in a monotone voice, all is fine! I always was looking forward to my next meeting with someone from the Garden anyway, even more so now, it will be a wonderful event, and one I’m really looking forward to. Of course, it does take two to tango as they say, so there will be many I never meet, some I’d love to, some maybe less so. Of  course Kate may not have been the first, Nab might have been, though we would never have known it.

Now supposedly, in Buffalo next September,….well you never know! 😉