Computable Minds

Blog of popular science about the more exiting branches of computer science.

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Posted on: May, 15th 2011
Robot in the uncanny valley
The uncanny valley, is a theory of the japanes expert in robotics Masahiro Mori that says that the emotional response of a human to a humanoid robot, will be empathic and positive as much more it's the resemblance to a human, but will arrive a point before that the similarity and the movements of the robot be totally human, in that the response will be of aversion. Overcomed this valley, when the robot is indistinguishable from a human, the response becomes so empathic as to any other human. Read all about of "Explanations of the uncanny valley"

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Posted on: May, 5th 2011
Radio-telescope
The distributed computing consist in the use of several personal computers to resolve, in less time, a problem for that we needed several years of computation with only one computer. This kind of computation usually use the processors of the users that voluntarily give their CPU cicles and GPU when they aren't using their computer, constituting a economic way of do an investigation when a supercomputer is not available. Learn more about "Distributed computing projects"

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Posted on: Apr, 27th 2011
typewriter
Because of the close of the last factory of typewriter (Godrej and Boyce), I'm going to talk about the distribution of the keys on a computer keyboard, because they have inhereted the distribution of its keys. This is a fateful contribution to the computer world, do you want to know why? Read the rest of "Why that position of the keys?"

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Posted on: Apr, 21st 2011
Computer easter egg
Often the programmers hide surprises in its programs, hided by key combinations or strange actions. These surprises usually consist in unusual functionalities, credit titles or any other rare thing. The name that recieve these surprises is "easter eggs". Continue discovering "The best easter eggs"

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Posted on: Apr, 13th 2011
Signal warning of radiactivity
The processors aren't inmune to the radiactivity. This it produces soft errors, that are errors in the signals of its circuits, produced by the noise that generates the radiation on it. The consequences of the radiation over the machines aren't so devastating as over the human, because in the worst case we can reboot the machine, but the things that could do the machines affected by radiation to the humans, it could be dangerous. Read all about of "The machines neither are inmune to the radiactivity"

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Posted on: Apr, 6th 2011
iRobot 710 Warrior
Although Japan is the country more advanced in robotics, they are not sending a lot of robots to work in the nuclear plant of Fukushima. We don't know if this is because they spend more money in the robots than in the humans or because only have thought in build robots that do domestic task. However, at least they have sent one robot. Continue reading "Robots to repair nuclear plants"
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