...with cool video and lots of pertinent illustrations! Bret Victor here articulates much of what I (and others) have felt. Worth a visit.
Robbie the Robot was all wrong. Today’s robots, loosely defined as mechanical or virtual “agents” that can perform some autonomous tasks, aren’t ungainly bubble people that issue plangent warnings.
In some cases, such as Boston Dynamics’ terrifying “Big Dogs,” they’re physically able but essentially dumb machines. In other cases, such as the virtual scientist Eureqa,they’re highly able pieces of software that can learn on their own but have almost no physical expression. As Joseph Engelberger, one of the early fathers of robotics, once cheekily said, “I can’t define a robot, but I know one when I see one.”
I have no idea if, or how well, this works. But it sounds interesting! Press release here.
Ralph Grabowski is definitely one of the good guys. Here's a blurb about his latest book:
I was waiting for Autodesk's announcement today to let you know that Tailoring AutoCAD 2011/12 is now available as a special dual-OS version for Mac OS X and Windows. Some customization on the Mac is identical to Windows, some is very different, and some doesn't exist at all. This ebook distinguishes between the changes through the use of gray-colored text, sidebars, and extra screen grabs to make it easy for you to see what is specific to the Mac version.
As you are a reader of Joel's blog, I'd like to offer you a 30% discount off the $43.20 list price. This ebook is 22 pages longer than the Windows-only version.
- For more info on this new dual-OS version, see http://www.upfrontezine.com/tam12.
- For info on the Windows-only version, see, http://www.upfrontezine.com/ta12.
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PS: Here is the table of contents for this ebook:
1. Starting AutoCAD
2. Changing AutoCAD's Environment
3. Tweaking Options
4. Customizing Linetypes
5. Making Hatch Patterns
6. Creating Shapes and Fonts
7. Writing Command Aliases
8. Coding Field Text
9. Managing CAD
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