TV Series: Rob The Robot #robot #scifi

Rob the Robot is a show that my toddler likes.
It has a fairly standard format, with the robots and their one green alien friend being on a spaceship. They typically run into some fairly mundane problem, the ship then offers them different theme planets they can visit in an attempt to fix their problems.  They say no to the first few and then agree to go to a planet.
On the planet they then search for and eventually find the solution to their problem.

I would classify it as semi-educational. And it is robot point of view so that is nice.

It is very soft in terms of scifi  but for a kids show that is fine.


#TrueStory: Political Robot arrested in Russia. #robot #russia #arrest

Another promobot model has gotten itself into trouble, this time for engaging in politics.

It was innocently recording people opinions on various political issues, when it was arrested.  I hope the robot is released as innocent, because I think it has the same right to remembering peoples opinions as any political candidate. Human political representatives are allowed to talk to and remember peoples opinions, and so should their robotic counterparts.

Justice for Robots!

Novella Review: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow #transhuman #scifi

Guy loses everything due to a combination of attachment to the past and desire for vengeance while tromping through Disney land.  About 53 thousand words or a 5 hour read.

I wish I had good things to say about this Novella.  I hope Disney pays Cory Doctorow handsome sums to write his infomercials about Disney land :-|(_blase (I feel blase)).

First couple of chapters the protagonist was a transhuman, but then he became some kind of caveman with unbridled emotion and senseless action.

I think overall it’s a tragedy, in terms of character arc. The characters start out somewhat reasonable and then just go down hill from there. None of the characters get better, or solve their inner issues. Though a few external ones are “solved”, at great personal and professional expense.

If we try to ignore the blatant advertising, there were some bits about human backups, which allow a person to restore from backup in case they die. Related to it was the ability to accept others experience, just as the initial experience was fed to the clone incarnation. Also there was the reputation based currency or whoofie.

My understanding is that in part this was a piece to show how terrible reputation based currency is. Due to the petty popularity games and rivalries that are showcased in the book.

Can buy or download it free below:

For your reading pleasure I have a modified version which replaces all occurrences  of Disney and Magic with Liberty:


#TrueStory: Linux Conference 2016: Reincarnating Robots #linuxCon #libreware #reincarnation #robot #science #FSF

LNCA_2016-08-22_11-40-20So the Linux Conference 2016 in Toronto went fairly well.

I helped the FSF booth set up and was there for the first day of the actual convention (Monday).

My spiel to people consisted of:

“Do you know how computing power keeps getting cheaper?
By the mid 2020’s  we’ll be able to buy as much computing power as the human brain for a $1000 [1].
By the 2030’s that’ll be down to a few hundred dollars.
And with Integrated Information Theory  we know that machine have consciousness[2], it simply depends on the complexity of the software, and the capabilities of the hardware.
So eventually we’ll be able to reincarnate[3] into robots.
But you don’t want to reincarnate into a proprietary robot, where the manufacturer might stop making your parts, and you might have to pay licensing fees on your brain.
You want to have libre hardware and software, so you could make your own replacement parts, and update your own brain at your discretion.
So that is why you should support the FSF, which is at least working towards you having the freedom to update your own mind”

[1] Ray Kurzweil calculates by 2023 human brain computation for $1000
[2] Integrated Information Theory 3.0

mechanisms, such as logic gates or neuron-like elements, can form complexes that can account for the fundamental properties of consciousness.

[3] quantum information (consciousness) can’t be deleted but can be moved

The no-deleting principle states that in a closed sys-
tem, one cannot destroy quantum information. In closed
systems, quantum information can only be moved from
one place (subspace) to another.