Smart Things

As a child, I remember father always being so stoic and serious about his emotions. One day when we were talking, I finally found a subject that would made him emote. He was talking about his dog Brownie. She was his best friend, and one day the neighbor’s dog ate...

Alexa, Tell Me a Joke

When reading the article by Carla Diana, the piece of technology I immediately thought of was Alexa, which has been produced by Amazon. As I was reading I kept comparing her “pet” robot Karotz to things I had heard people experience when talking about Alexa. Now here...

Nuts & Gears with Skins & Fears

  Human-robot interactions are a developing phenomenon that comes out of science fiction or fantasy. Take Disney’s Big Hero Six for example: Beymax was intended to serve in the healthcare and medical field, but Hiro saw the opportunity to turn Beymax into something...

Smart Objects

Robots can be created to elicit social responses from their human users because they are programmed to follow the rules of behavior that is expected from the human user. Robots are designed for purposes in everyday situations, in which they must operate and respond in...
Blog Post #6: Smart Things

Blog Post #6: Smart Things

When I was very young, I read the Raggedy Ann (and Andy) stories by Johnny Gruelle over and over again. My grandmother made a Raggedy Ann doll for me. The doll was exactly my size, and one Halloween, I borrowed her dress to go trick-or-treating as Raggedy Ann. I was...
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