[MIRRORING VIA AKIHABARANEWS.COM BECAUSE WE CAN]
From AkihabaraNews.com: Contributor Sean P. Bullock is a materials manufacturing professional, robotics nerd-enthusiast, citizen scholar, and manager of the unofficial DARPA Robotics Challenge Facebook page.
From Anthrobotic.com: Sean can’t write for shit, but he bribed us.
NO! Actually factually, many moons ago he somehow perchanced across some Anthrobotic Technosnark©®™, decided it wasn’t entirely baseless smartassery, and began clicking the Like and Share buttons. When Anthrobotic’s Chief of Hamfistery was Stockholm Syndromed by AkihabaraNews, Sean’s support was directly acknowledged.
Then, one day in December, whilst waxing dorky at considerable length on DARPA robots & such, it was suggested that he write up 500 words for possible publication. He was all like “About what?” …to which was replied “Dude. Are you even in this conversation right now?”
Sean’s robotics article, which is quite good and closer to about 800 words, was published at AkihabaraNews in both English and French. It’s been read nearly 3000 times. Nice, nice. You may enjoy it here as well:
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Robots in 2014: Will They Finally Bring Me a Beer?!
A number of people have asked what I am most looking forward to and excited about regarding the robotics industry in 2014. And of course, there are the most two most obvious golden nuggets: the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals later this year, and Google’s purchase of a diverse range of high-profile robotics companies (including the Japan-based DRC Trials winners, SCHAFT Robotics, and American firm Boston Dynamics); it seems to hold the promise of…what, nobody really knows yet. But something really cool, I’m sure. There’s also the fact that the super-secret Google X Robotics lab will be headed by Android wonder boy, Andy Ruben. These things excite me very much… VERY much.
However, in addition to the most visible and flashy robotics projects, there is a burgeoning world of robotics development out there set to spark the imaginations of another generation of nerd and engineering culture and beyond. This year, we will see some truly amazing things – things the media have barely touched on, and not all of it revolves around Google. Continue reading »