16 August, 2008

Android is Coming!


A few months back I talked about Google's mobile phone operating system, Android, and how it would be profitable. Well, we're all going to find out if i was right before Christmas, because HTC is releasing a T-Mobile phone running Android! W00T!
People have been speculating (some of them me) for some time that Android would make its debut on HTC. HTC is an OEM manufacturer of many smartphones (including mine), which sells mostly Windows Mobile phones under many brands. I sincerely hope that HTC at least partially making the conversion to Android will release some of the vice grip Microsoft has on the mobile handset market, however I doubt it.
Android is coming out on the beautiful looking (see picture to left) HTC Dream, which has a full touchscreen, directional pad, soft buttons, and a full, five-row keyboard. I am looking forward to getting my hands on one of these.
I just need to say it one more time: w00t!
okay, maybe just once more: W00000000T!!

15 August, 2008

How our brains "see"


Take a look at this picture from BoingBoing, which I intentionally cut the top off of:
Now, what our brain sees (at least my brain), is the hand, with forefinger bent, pointing at the robot (an interesting enough story as it is), with a mirror reflecting the finger. This is illustrated in the below diagram:





Of course, this is not the case. Instead, here is the actual image:





This is yet another item in a stream of evidence that we see much differently than robots. Optical Illusions are an example of this. The capability of the human brain to "infer" what isn't there, among many other things, is just incredible.
I think that in order to build fully functioning artificial intelligence, the capability of doing this and things like it will be absolutely necessary. I'd love to talk to a neurologist and see how exactly this works.