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Dispatcher for a circulator bus route (The HOP) which operates without a fixed schedule.
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Technical journalism. Programming in Swift for iOS and OSX. Dynamic balancing of distribution of buses in circulator bus route.
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My radio handle while working for Transfort, which came to feel like a name, was "five-eleven", I've also used "Sam" as a radio handle, and still answer to it about as quickly as to my own name.
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They say I learned to run before I learned to walk. I can't dispute this.
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I was born in Nebraska, raised from the age of three in southern Kansas, moved to Colorado shortly before my twentieth birthday, and have lived here, mainly in Boulder, for most of my adult life. I have long-standing interests in the martial arts (what brought me to Colorado in the first place) and in robotics, having come to this by way of the potential for robotics to radically transform agricultural practice for the better. More recently I've developed an interest in musical scales built from integer ratios of frequencies (Just Intonation), enough so that it drove me to learn to program for iOS, culminating in an iPad app in 2010 (long overdue for an update), and building upon that initial skill-set consumes much of my spare time, although I am now at least as interested in applying it to other things, including robotics.
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Fairmont, Nebraska - Freeport, Kansas - Denver, Colorado - Plainfield, Vermont - Boulder, Colorado - Portland, Oregon - Fort Collins, Colorado
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To be most useful, agricultural robots need not only to be able to distinguish plants from a background of soil and decaying plant matter, but to be able to distinguish them from each other, and to quickly model their branching structures, at least approximately, if only so they can locate the main stem and the point at which it emerges from the soil.
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Robots Podcast #208 is an interview with James Underwood of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, who provides us with an excellent overview of what we can expect from agricultural robotics over the next few years. Don't miss this podcast!
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"...whether using soil or not, whether outdoors, or in polytunnels or permanent greenhouses, or in racks under light from LEDs, or even growing mushrooms in the dark, there's a place for robots, lots of robots, maybe even billions of robots."
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Allan Savory is best known as a proponent of grouping herbivores into largish herds and keeping those herds moving, without returning to the same ground before the grass has had a chance to recover. This style of management has produced dramatic recovery in circumstances where land was slipping towards effective sterility.
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It's the season for angels -- and robots! What are the busy holidays without artificial intelligence and astral travel? You can't have too much techno-spirituality with your eggnog. Our big graphic novel, THE SILVER CORD delivers an artful vision of soulful robots is perfect for holiday reading for the next three decades.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1940689015/silvercord-20
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“So how can robotics contribute to agriculture, or, more generally, to land management? Let's start with a relatively simple example, where the robot need not concern itself with differentiating between crops and weeds, and the only required manipulations are of nonliving materials.”
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we will continue to need that rural production for a long time to come, for the foreseeable future, so we'd better be thinking about how we can protect and improve the productivity of the land we depend upon. This is where both biological agriculture and robots come in.
Now you might wonder why I'm referring specifically to 'Biological' agriculture, rather than just refer to agriculture in general; allow me to explain. The loss of soil through erosion, and the loss of fertility and the capa...
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This is the first post in what I expect will become a series. As such, it makes no attempt to be comprehensive, but rather is intended to be a gentle introduction to the subject, which I have chosen to call "biological agriculture" for an audience composed of roboticists and robotics enthusiasts. This choice of names is somewhat arbitrary, but I think it will serve well enough, the idea being that methods based in biology and the manipulation of organisms should be used in preference to methods based in chemistry, even biochemistry. By this I do not mean that there is no place for chemistry, far from it, but that, in the sense/think/act paradigm common in robotics, chemistry properly belongs primarily to sensory input.
This is the first post in what I expect will become a series. As such, it makes no attempt to be comprehensive, but rather is intended to be a gentle introduction to the subject, which I have chosen to call "biological agricu...
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For the next time you're in Romania...
Steampunk aficionados and those looking to try something different can now enjoy a tipple at what's billed as the world's first kinetic steampunk bar. The Enigma Cafe is an impressively intricate work of interior design chock full of moving clocks, cogs, and whirring machinery.
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