Monday, June 27, 2011

Reverse Robotics?

During some discussion of Falling Skies on Twitter ( full disclaimer, I get incentive points to talk about it, but honestly, this is just me being excited about a show and an idea), a new thought suddenly occurred to me. It was way too long for 140 char, so here we are.

In the new show Falling Skies, there are several types of alien creatures:

Skidders/Skitters/Critters are a 6 legged, insectoid slimy faced creature that are often found hunting out free humans or guard/herding "harnessed" humans

Harness: I  am including the harness that is found on alien captured humans as an alien ( although maybe just an alien construct) because it wiggled a bit when the free humans tried to remove one- it seems to be alive at some level. Amount of intelligence unknown, but it controls the human it is attached to in a puppet fashion.

Mechs: These are large mech/robotic type beings. 2 legged, gun toting typical Sci Fi mechs

Flyers: We have not seen a lot of these yet, and none with lots of detail, but we know they have heat sensors, appear when heat indicates a bunch of humans have gathered or built fires in the open and then obliterate them. The implication is that something is flying them.

Control Towers/Mother: ( ok, this is my name. No one has named the structures looming over every major city, but they are certainly implied as a central system of some sort.

In the Pilot, there is a comment made that it is thought provoking that the Skitters are 6 legged creatures, but have made 2 legged mechs. The character notes that usually creatures would make a mech to drive that matches their their mode of locomotion. I would agree this is true, if the creature is riding inside the mech.

Now here is a thought to twist your brain around.

What if this is more a case of skynet to extreme? What if the machines are intelligent and the biologicals are their creations/tools.

As Sentient Bipedal Biologicals, we build tools that augment us or reach places/have capabilities that we do not. We build mechanical things- multilegged robots, robotic harnesses and exo-suits, etc. We even take highly intelligent AIs and "enslave them" to compute for us.

What kinds of augmentation/tools would Sentient Mechanicals need? Seems like creating biological tools/robots/constructs would be the correct reverse robotics.

My brain is enjoying this line of thought... I will be anxious for next week's show to see if my theory stands up.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Gnomes Revolt: Cthuluhu

In the time of the Dark Mysts, when the Elder Gods freely roamed the lands, they created the Gnomes for their entertainment. Simple, easy going, nature-loving folks, the Gnomes lived in the gardens, peacefully tending the flowers and plants, at one with nature. Occasionally, the Elder Gods would visit the garden, play amongst the Gnomes and Snack....

 The Gnomes, being simple, peaceful garden folk would occasionally notice one of their comrades was missing, but assumed that they merely wandered off to another garden- oblivious to the carnage in the dark.

Many of the Gnomes would play or lounge in the gardens, not even noticing that Elder Gods were near.

 This co-existance continued on for many eons, until some of the other creatures in the garden grew bored and restless.
 There was a demon in another garden who was particularly bored, and plotted ways to amuse himself. When a Gnome happened to wander into his garden, he took advantage of the situation by giving the gnome a book. Once he had taught the gnome to read, trouble was sure to follow.

When the gnome settled peacefully into his garden for a good read through his library, the Demon also endeavored to teach the Gnome magick. This was easier than you might imagine, as all things created by the Elder Gods have a small piece of the Gods within them, and thus a piece of their magick as welll. It became merely a matter of teaching the Gnome how to awaken his magick....

The Magick Gnome cast a spell, removing the illusions from the eyes of the Gnomes and letting them see the Elder Gods clearly. 

Soon Gods were startling the Gnomes everywhere they went. 

Chopping down a tree would reveal Cthulhu in the brush.

Exploring the garden alcoves, once a favorite pastime of the Gnomes, became fraught with fear. 

One day, A young Gnome hit Cthulhu with his slingshot. It bounced off and the small Gnome approached to retrieve the rock. 

Gnomes playing on a rope hanging from the Old Dogwood Tree were horrified to see the small Gnome sucked into the tentacles of the Godr. 

Gnomes quickly gathered, horrified, unsure what to do to save their compatriot, (there is really nothing that can be done, once a God decides you are dinner).

Frustrated and Distraught, one of the Gnomes made the ultimate symbol of displeasure. This so enraged Cthulhu that he continued snacking on Gnomes until none were left.  

Alone in the garden, Cthulhu surveyed the land. Realizing that there were no longer any Gnomes in sight, even in nearby gardens to wander over, He knew the time had come to move on and find a new garden....

Tomorrow morning, Cthulhu will be traveling to Origins in Ohio, looking for a new  home. Will he be able to find a garden of Gnomes and other tasty creatures ( chipmunks are quite tasty as well....)  in your yard?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Innovators Connect

The Inventrek Center is starting a monthly Entrepreneur/Innovator/Business StartUp Meet Up.
This will be a great opportunity to connect with resources, get great information and connect with like minded folks. Be sure to stop by the Inventrek Center and put the monthly meetup on your calendar.

The Agenda this month is:

Wednesday, June 22 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Inventrek Auditorium, 700 East Firmin St. Kokomo, IN 46902

Discover the multitude of resources available to help you develop your product or service and/or help you start your business

Tim Martin & Jeff Bell
Lean practitioners and co-authors of the book New Horizons in Standardized Work: Techniques for Manufacturing and Business Process Improvement.

Monty Henderson
Business coach, Small Business Development Center (S.B.D.C.)

Rich Meyer
Business Growth Services Leader, Purdue University Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

Don McCreary
Director - Entrepreneurial Education, Inventrek 

Open discussion/networking opportunities immediately 

Contact Don McCreary 765-457-2000 ext 249 
for questions/details. 

Sodas and munchies provided. 
 See you there!