Category Books

Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy

A book review by David Mindell at Microsoft Research MIT2015… All autonomous systems are joint human-machine cognitive systems. There are no fully autonomous systems just as there are no fully autonomous soldiers, sailors, airmen or Marines. From drones to Mars rovers—an exploration of the most innovative use of robots today and a provocative argument […]

The Computing Universe: A Journey through a Revolution

Tony Hey presented his book ‘The Computing Universe: A Journey Through a Revolution’ at Microsoft research. Below are some quotes and notes. Very interesting stories and thoughts. The Computing Universe: A Journey through a Revolution Tony Hey – 2015 Computers now impact almost every aspect of our lives, from our social interactions to the […]

The Character of Physical Law – Richard Feynman

The following are notes I took while reading the lectures. 1 The Law of Gravitation, an example of Physical Law But people had seen in telescopes Jupiter’s satellites going around Jupiter, and it looked like a little solar system, as if the satellites were attracted to Jupiter. The moon is attracted to the earth and […]

My picks, 25

These are the articles and videos from the previous week I found most interesting. Swift Catches Mega Flares from a Mini Star Next Big Thing – Wearables that are changing lives Swimming with Snakes: Biologist Marion Pullman One of Nature’s Most Amazing Sights To create for the ages, let’s combine art and engineering Stories of […]

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

This article is a quick review of a talk by Warren Berger at Microsoft Research where he presented his book: A More Beautiful Question. The book is about unlocking your inner secrets and ridding of fears to help us innovate by asking a lot of questions. I have not read the book yet, but after […]

Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality

This short post is a reference to the book by Max Tegmark and a link to his talk at Microsoft Research. Max Tegmark leads us on an astonishing journey through past, present and future, and through the physics, astronomy and mathematics that are the foundation of his work, most particularly his hypothesis that our physical […]

Einstein and Quantum Mechanics

Watched last night book presentation “Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian” by Douglas Stone at Microsoft Research and it was a very interesting insight and a different view on personality and work of Einstein which transformed our entire civilization and allowed us to create new technology in the 20th and 21st […]

Everything Existing in the Universe is the Fruit of Chance and Necessity. – Democritus, Part II

I would like to share some of the most interesting quotes from Peter Hoffmann Life’s Ratchet book. I wrote about it previously here. I liked the first, historical part of the book, but later chapters, in my view, lacked cohesiveness and struggled to provide proofs to the quote by Democritus after which this article is […]