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Nimbus MkIII – Pareidolic Robot 

Design project by Neil Usher that identifies faces in clouds:

Robots are designed to perform precise and repetitive operations with relentless efficiency, performing the tasks we find too laborious or  dangerous. However, could these robots be deployed to improve the efficiency of our leisure time by performing tasks we enjoy? Could intelligent machines bird watch for us or look for four-leaf clovers? Could they optimise our pastimes, searching for patterns and spectacle in nature that would be imperceptible or too time-consuming for us to find for ourselves? 

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The string tied to my left ring finger is tugging rhythmically, Red must be awake. I tug back my reply.

– G’morning Red. Sleep well?

My cell is small, barely more than my arm span, and not so tall that I can stand to my full height. It is smooth and warm; a soft grey infused with light from an unknown source. The floors and walls curve to meet each other, cocooning me, seamless, save for the ten small holes which provide my only connection to a world outside.

Through each hole runs a fine, taught thread, each of which terminates at one of my fingers. Some have colours, like my friend Red. Others are patterns, like Throbber and Slow-wave. Jerk is aggressive, Faint is hard to feel, and Silent hasn’t tugged once. Ever.

– Not at all, signals Red, something’s wrong.

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The Gosper Glider Gun. Simple, beautiful, complex, poetic, mezmerising.

The Gosper glider gun is the first known gun, and indeed the first known finite pattern with unbounded growth, found by Bill Gosper in November 1970. It consists of two queen bee shuttlesstabilized by two blocks. It is the smallest known gun, and, as it can be constructed using only eight gliders, it has the smallest known glider synthesis of any gun. It can be destroyed completely by five gliders.

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I can wait for my flying car – but where’s my whale-bus?


Jean Marc Cote, 
France in 2000 year (XXI century). Whale-bus, 1899

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