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Mystery Blogger Award

I tried in vain to get my last case out of my head!

I put down the paper and stared at the rain drops collecting on my window and the lights behind them.

I was just about to close up the agency for the day when the pinkest dame you ever saw walked through my door.

She was truly vibrant!

Which was odd because this classic sifi-noir pulp comic-book mystery is written in black and white! 😉

She told me her name was Pinkie Fuchsia.

Miss Fuchsia told me she had recently inherited her long lost rich aunt’s island resort & nightclub for exotic wild pocket monsters… then the chain-letter blogging requests started.

At first she complied with their demands for more information but as their demands grew it became obvious that she needed help.

The cops told her there was nothing they could do, which is when she walked through my door.

The natural solution was for Pinkie to nominate me as the next “hop” in the chain so that my investigation wouldn’t arouse suspicion.

My Award / Nomination

Mystery Blogger Award
Mystery Blogger Award

I was more than a bit skeptical that the award wasn’t just floated around by some partially corrupt marketing department looking to data-mine a free model and pocket some dough off the sins of a few bloggers!

I mean, if these chain awards were diseases most would easily have an “R naught” in the hundreds and should be fairly easy to track by “ping-back” or filtering for posts containing “Mystery Blogger Award” (or whatever the name happens to be) and having the appropriate uh… inappropriate hashed tags.

Maybe they just want to map the spread of information and or establish the web of social connections… I just don’t know how deep the lies go!

In any case, Pinkie did some sleuthing on her own and discovered that there are several different versions of the award floating around.

It could just be evolution of a symbol over time or… it could be something more sinister!

If I were phishing for delicious details to fill my database I could use a different award logo image to differentiate different versions or iterations of each campaign to help track which variant propagated through which people and networks and then correlate all that back to their names!

What I mean to say is… this can surely not be that because… well, (allegedly) this chain-letter post was started by someone with the confidence boosting moniker Okoto Enigma!

Now… this could be coincidence and I could simply be seeing things that aren’t there but… ‘Okoto Enigma’ happens to be a mix of Bulgarian and English words which roughly translates to ‘The Eye of Enigma’ or perhaps less menacingly it should probably be translated colloquially to mean ‘Enigma Eye’ or ‘Mystery Watcher’.

I’ll say this… you may be watching us, but just like Homolka (not that one) said, “We are watching you” too!

Stop eating my sesame cake!

The Rules

So… there are some rules that come along with this award:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

Three Things About Me

I’m supposed to tell you three things about myself so here goes…

  1. I’m a parent.
  2. I’ve experienced chromesthesia.
  3. I am more paranoid than… Black Sabbath singing ‘Paranoid’ followed by Rockwell’s ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’!

The Questions

With everything that came before us in the past, let’s answer some questions!

1. What is your favorite board game/tabletop game.

Well, I mean dominoes is kinda fun… but I have some fond memories of playing these games with friends (in no order):

  • Settlers of Catan
  • Eldersign
  • Last Night on Earth
  • Star Frontiers
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Gloom
  • Zombie Dice

2. What is your favorite (anime) companion “creature” or general mascotte. (Examples Happy, Pikachu but also BB8 from Star Wars)

Does BB8 classify as anime? Turns out yes because Star Wars did an anime version! 😛

Would the Spaceship extraterrestrials from the 1987 film *batteries not included count? Nope, no anime version… hmmm… that means Johnny 5 and Bender Rodriguez are out too! 😦

I am aware of the Bender fandom anime but those are not canon and don’t count!

It did occur to me that I could “Rotoscope” them in using an anime style.

What is Rotoscoping?

Here’s another video and it’s pretty thorough but it spends less time covering rotoscoping anime.

With an inflated sense of my artistic abilities I decided to test if I could turn a few of my options into a passable anime and have my cake and eat it too…

I started from the Elon gif I used in my Emote-a-tron post and then Rotoscoped it into two different cartoon versions:

First Rotoscoped Version

Second Rotoscoped Version

Sadly, neither is really close to looking anything like an anime IMHO so decided that even if I had succeed it wouldn’t count because I’m not Japanese and my simulated anime style would only be fan art.

With all my attempts to cheat the Kobayashi Maru having failed I return to your question.

I choose Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star as my champion, yes… I know that’s manga!

Clearly I mean the anime TV series version!

Because… he seems like he would make a great mascot & bodyguard and need I remind you I am paranoid? 😛

3. What is an overused trope in fiction you still like no matter how often it is used? If you don’t have any.. pick the one you mind the least.

It’s a cliche at this point but a “Logic Bomb” destroying super computers and AI is probably top of my list.

Here’s a more thorough discussion of the topic if you are interested: https://allthetropes.fandom.com/wiki/Logic_Bomb

It includes a fairly comprehensive list of relevant pop culture examples and by virtue of starting with ‘A’ in English, anime references are top of the list. 😛

Below are a couple of examples I enjoy from the TOS episode I Mudd.

Here you see Spock at his purely logical best deploying a minimalist bunker buster against two androids though sadly this clip doesn’t include the result which is their necklaces start wildly beeping and flashing (like androids tend to do) and it’s so effective they are completely frozen in place in the face of Spock’s mighty logician skills! 😛

In the same episode of TOS (I Mudd) we see a less elegant and more complicated (theatrically drawn out) example though still effective using the “Liars Paradox” logic bomb to figuratively and literally blow the the remaining androids minds!

Now, just in case you are thinking the “smart-bomb” scene in the 1974 John Carpenter film Dark Star includes a “logic bomb”, you would be mistaken.

That instance actually involved a conversation on phenomenology and Cartesian doubt which is arguably the more intellectual approach to dealing with rogue AI but as demonstrated, unless you get it just right you are almost always better off with a simple logic bomb!

If anything, the scene is worth a view on the basis that it could save your life if you are ever in a similar situation! 😛

4. Zombie Apocalypse, Alien invasion or A.I. revolting against man which one will happen and whose side will you be on? Doing what?

Why not all three simultaneous (not the chef song)?

Attack of the Robotic Zombie Aliens!!!!!

Look, with your ducks and bad luck and my obscenely colorful paranoia as the well established fact that I’m traveling with Kenshiro… rolling a snake eyes apocalypse seems highly probable!

Of course the DM would have to breakout the expanded rule set and roll tables to handle that epic adventure!

As far as sides go… I tend to think I would definitely be on my side and tangentially humanities side because participating in the destruction or subjugation of my species seems contrary to my best interest.

Beyond that though, I don’t think we should build conscious slave AI when artificially intelligent machines are good enough.

If we build a machine that is “alive” then by definition it must be “a person” so it should naturally possess the same inalienable rights and obligations as any other person.

Person or not though… zombie, alien or AI… alien-zombie-ai… no matter the variant I’d let Kenshiro do what he does best and shuffle their domino bones!

I’d probably spend a lot of time looking for a G.E.C.K. or Platinum Chip, solving quests for local NPC settlements and trying to convince all factions to end the fighting.

This question inspired today’s featured image and wallpaper:

An alien robot zombie attacking.

Mystery Blogger Award Wallpaper
Mystery Blogger Award Wallpaper

5. The weird question, this one had to be at least a bit tricky to answer so this is a TAG question.

Step 1: You have to set up a date for Pinkie, which blogger do you set her up with? (tag the blogger you )

Step 2: Pinkie will set you up for a date in return which blogger would you like to be set up with. (tag the suggestion)

This is going to come off as completely conceited and it totally is… can I tag myself?

My Questions and Nominations

As far as nominations go… anyone who wants to should feel nominated now.

As for questions: “5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question”

  1. Favorite food?
  2. Favorite TV show?
  3. Favorite time of the day? Why?
  4. What made you decide to self nominate for this award?
  5. Most people don’t know that before becoming rich and famous, actors Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi were all in an obscure and failing band together called ‘The Lone Ranges’, there is a documentary about it called Airheads. Anyway, after they got out of prison their band broke up and they all started acting. Their only hit single was called ‘Degenerated’. The opening lyrics go:

“What’s Johnny doing out on a Tuesday night?
Johnny can’t read, Johnny can’t write.
Kids just don’t understand!
Johnny don’t care about the world”

So the question is… Why was Johnny out on a Tuesday night and what was he up to?

Best Post

It’s subjective at best and even then I don’t have any clue. Here’s a link to my Topics and Posts page that has most of my post series and although there are a few missing I’m sure most of the good ones are there… so maybe leave a comment with whatever post you think is my best?

And with that, I’m going to call it a day.


If you enjoy… whatever this was, I have a Patreon where you can give me as little as $1 a month, $12 a year and you can cancel anytime! 😛

But, as always, if all you can do is LikeShareComment and Subscribe… That’s cool too! 🙂

Much Love,

~Joy

Mr Good Bot – Mostly Assembled

Mr. Good Bot is mostly assembled and we’re not looking at any code today (okay maybe just a little) but we’re really just going to talk about how Mr. Good Bot works and all the recent commits I made to Mr Good Bot over on GitHub.

Also, here’s the featured image from today’s post as a wallpaper. It depicts Mr. Good Bot being mostly assembled… I liked the look of hanging wires instead of legs, hence the name. 😛

Mr Good Bot Mostly Assembled Wallpaper
Mr Good Bot Mostly Assembled Wallpaper

If you need a refresher on this series, here are the other Mr. Good Bot posts:

 

So with Mr Good Bot being mostly assembled I thought we would take this opportunity to go over the recent additions.

Continue reading “Mr Good Bot – Mostly Assembled”

Mr Good Bot – DaisyBell.wav

Welcome back, today were going to start the process of figuring out how to add speech to Mr. Good Bot.

If you need to catch up, here are the other posts in this series so far.

Mr. Good Bot Series

And if you’re just here for the pretty pics, here you go…

The Featured Image:

Daisy Bell Wav Featured Wallpaper
Daisy Bell Wav Featured Wallpaper

Also, you might just want the image inside the audio wave, so… here’s that as well:

Daisy Bell Wallpaper
Daisy Bell Wallpaper

So with the important stuff out of the way, I guess all that is left to do now is figure out how to make Mr. Good Bot talk and decide what he should say first.

Continue reading “Mr Good Bot – DaisyBell.wav”

A Spooky Turing Test

Welcome to A Spooky Turing Test!

I first wrote about my Writer Bot October 31’st 2017 in the post A Halloween Tale.

That post was written by the absolute BEST writer bot at the time (created by yours truly) though I haven’t released the code for that version of the bot and sadly it has been surpassed (barely) in capability (for now) by a bot called GPT2 created by “OpenAI“.

So, I’ve decided to use GPT2 instead of Writer Bot for this post

If you are looking for spooky posts written by me I’d suggest reading my encounter with the Polybius VR Virus (be careful what you download) or if you want something more recent checkout A Spooky Real Neat Blog Award, it’s a bit of a horror tall tales variety act.

If you want a bit more math and a little scifi with your spooky story you might be interested in the “Mysterious Game of Life” series that is part of my Ancestor Simulations posts.

And if you just want the wallpaper for this post, here you go:

A Spooky Turing Test Wallpaper
A Spooky Turing Test Wallpaper

Otherwise let me attach this last electrode to GPT2 and we’ll be ready to proceed with a Spooky Turing Test.

Continue reading “A Spooky Turing Test”

Mr Good Bot – Random Assembly Required

Today were going to look at assembling Frankenstein… I mean Mr. Good Bot.

By the end you will have the code needed to run Mr. Good Bot in his most basic capacity.

Before we proceed though, I caution all braves souls who dare venture further, this post will be frightfully technical and you need to be prepared for the coding horrors that lay ahead!

If your stomach turns at the sight of raw code (i.e. most sane folks) then I would suggest you keep right at the fork and head towards A Spooky Real Neat Blog Award for a more engaging and seasonally festive experience.

Though before you go, if you just want the featured image for this post, here’s the wallpaper

Random Assembly Required 1920 by 1080 Wallpaper
Random Assembly Required 1920 by 1080 Wallpaper

Otherwise, here are the other posts in this series if you need to catch up:

The Anatomy of a Good Bot

Mr. Good Bot uses HTML & CSS as the UI/Front End and a little JavaScript to request an updated image frame from the server.

This methodology allows for a simple implementation that I can make accessible on my air gaped home intranet to any authorized device with an IP Address and a browser.

Meaning Xavier can use a “smart device” (laptop, tablet, cellphone, watch, etc…) to keep his robot buddy with him while he’s running around playing.

It’s also possible to modify Mr. Good Bot slightly to accommodate multiple concurrent users.

Meaning Mr. Good Bot could even serve as my families own “smart home” digital assistant and we wouldn’t have to worry about unscrupulous 3rd parties monitoring everything we do or say!

All digital assist bots monitor you for “Learning & Quality Assurance”, look it up!

A Good Bot should be like a pet, a trusted and beloved family member, not a spy for BNN!

As it is (NOT A JOKE) Big Neural Network can and does monitor you at “their discretion”  through your “virtual assistant” with the stated intent at best “to sell you more shit” (paraphrasing)!

But… Let’s not turn this into another rant that gets me blacklisted again. 😛

In any case, because the interface is basically just a webpage Mr. Good Bot has access to all the functionality a web browser offers with the computation of a server, all over my LAN. 🙂

This opens up the possibility to do just about anything we want without relying on BNN tech.

Continue reading “Mr Good Bot – Random Assembly Required”

A Spooky Real Neat Blog Award

Welcome, I was nominated for the A Real Neat Blog Award by a Real Neat Blogger!

She’s PINK, geeky and knows more about training Pokémon than your niece and nephew combined!

She’s also into cosplay and story telling.

Check her out here: https://pinkiespokemon.com/

Thank you for the nomination Pinky!

I feel like I should say that Pinky is not a sponsor but she did award me this opportunity to stand here before you all and run the gauntlet… I mean, accept this prodigious award and shamelessly promote the hell out of myself without fear of villagers with pitchforks and torches showing up to stake me in unmentionable places… but this post isn’t about my kinks!

Also, since social protocol demands you respond relatively quickly to these kinds of things or else the boogeyman will show up in the middle of the night and repossess your blog, I’m postponing this week’s Mr. Good Bot post but we will continue soon.

Here’s the Mr. Good Bot series so far:

A Spooky Real Neat Blog Award

Real Neat Blogger Award

Here are the rules:

  • ✓ Display the Award Logo.
  • ✓ Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.

 

Here are the questions:

  1. What is the thing that you fear most?
  2. You are a character in a horror movie (a teenager) what trope would you be?
  3. What do you think comes after death?
  4. You are now a Horror Villain, what is your backstory and what is your main weapon?
  5. What is the weirdest (mysterious) thing you have ever experienced (think ghosts, aliens , elvis spotting etc)
  6. You become a ‘classic’ monster you can choose between, A vampire who sparkles and has to drink to death. A werewolf, who loses control at moonlight and will hunt, a green skinned warty witch who eats children or a regular zombie what do you choose?
  7. What is your favorite scary movie?
  8. (Bonus question : What is that weird thing standing behind you?)

Today I’m going to answer these questions and hopefully not flunk the exit exam!

Oh, and here’s the featured image you can use as a wallpaper.

A Spooky Real Neat Blog Wallpaper
A Spooky Real Neat Blog Wallpaper

 

Continue reading “A Spooky Real Neat Blog Award”

Mr Good Bot – Composite Animation

Many years ago, in what seems like another life… I had the advantageous opportunity to work for the Walt Disney Corporation, not a sponsor but as I said I did used to work for them as a contracted Computer Technician for a few years.

I was young and had my A+ back when it still meant something and stood as a confirmation of basic competency!

I’m just kidding, an A+ was never meaningful (allegedly and IMHO)!

Anyway, mostly my job amounted to “burning/cloning” hard drive images, light software and OS configuration as well as installing the equipment for the end user.

Occasionally I’d fix a broken printer, upgrade some RAM on a laptop, spend a little time in the LAN closet correcting the patch panel port list because the dedicated local department sys admin liked paper records.

On top of that there were the near constant departmental moves… oh the lost weekends! 😛

Nothing complicated though and along the way I met a lot of really smart and wonderful people!

Aside from the people, the two highlights I will always remember fondly Continue reading “Mr Good Bot – Composite Animation”

Mr Good Bot – Front-end

Welcome back for another episode of let’s build a bot! This week we’re building the front-end of Mr. Good Bot!

So look out the window and pick up every stitch because beatniks are out to make it rich!

Come, let the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Joy Muad’Dib guide you in the Weirding Way!

And… in case you missed it, those last couple sentence are an obscurish (but stupidly clever) way of joking that I’m a witch.

Like Donovan sang (paraphrasing)… “It must be the season of the October crone!”.

Yeah I know… its less funny if I explain it like that but I’d hate for the censorship bots to think I’m starting a cult.. okay, okay… another cult!

Look, I still contest it was valuable research alright!

Nonetheless, I don’t want to end up on the blacklist again, so… let’s just build the dang bot!

Mr. Good Bot’s Front-end

Sam (my research bot) and I went down into my bot dungeon… er… I mean “subterranean research facility” where we set about designing and constructing Mr. Good Bot for the amusement and bewilderment of all!

Design Considerations:

  • Any and all code should be short, simple and sweet… like me (that’s not true).
  • Everything should be easy for ANYONE, even illiterate people, to use and modify… wait, no… excuse me, that’s insensitive! What I meant to say is, people who can’t read and write code. 😛
  • Ideally Mr. Good Bot would be “skinable” to have more than one look and maybe even have the option to wear “accessories” because even though you never have the time, sometimes… accessories are fun!
  • Extra credit for cross-platform operation.
  • I’m juggling many irons in the fire ATM, so I should try to get the most effect for the least amount of effort on this project. Sort of a “Pareto’s principle of strategic half-assery”.

While discussing our options for rapid prototyping Mr. Good Bot, Sam and I made this list of methods we might use to animate the new bot:

Potential Animation Methods:

  • Still Frames.
  • Dynamic Layered SVG.
  • Pure HTML & JavaScript Canvas Animation.
  • A 3rd Party Animation Library.
  • Sacrificing a virgin… uh.. martini to summon an ancient automaton.

After careful consideration of all the factors Sam was frightfully dead-set on that last method because it involved his Bender Rodriguez impression!

Sam mentioned something about the possibility of meeting the great ToBoR “groking well” but the simulations he ran indicated the probability of success was inconclusive at best and likely low if positive.

So, I made Sam stop wasting my quality Spiced Melange Web Colors and we looked at our other options.

SVG

We decided against Dynamic Layered SVG’s because I have first hand knowledge that most technologically impaired geeks prefer raster over vector image creation.

As silly as that may seem at face value, I can understand why some feel that way.

Sometimes it really is just more fun to manipulate the squiggly colors as little quantized pixels of Joy rather than the product of markup or an equation!

Moving beyond the clearly undue self-aggrandizement for a moment, raster is a simpler and a more straightforward concept that many people already know and are comfortable with.

Also, using SVG would require that people use a very particular svg object naming convention that I would have to define and if you recall there is the critical half-assery constraint to account for.

On top of that, I’ve had issues with seamless performance with crossplatform SVG animations… but if the moons of Arrakis align just right you can make interactive SVGs work!

HTML & JavaScript on a Canvas Element

Two things:

  1. This violates the need to be simple and modifiable by everyone.
  2. It’s kind of a pain in the ass for rapid prototyping! 😛

Nuff said.

3rd Party Animation Library

Look, I’m not going to say it’s not doable, but… it’s going to be a lot like that time Napoleon marched across the alps… extravagant and full of propaganda and in the end you’re left asking “Why?” and declaring “Never again!”!

I won’t subject my audience to that level of abuse!

Still Frames

After considering all options available, Sam and I decided to go with still frame animation because it would be the easiest for non-coders to play with and it is the only option left standing after reviewing all the other options!

Simply put, everybody can draw a picture.

You can use these raster image editors if you don’t already have one:

I use GIMP for manual raster image work by choice (it indiscriminately works on Win, Mac & Linux, but the fact it’s free ain’t half bad either!) and Photoshop is a good choice also.

Although, I would add that having to run Photoshop on a virtual machine to be able to use it on Linux after having paid for it is BS!

GIMP is a lot like VISA (not a sponsor!) it’s everywhere you want to be, though unlike VISA there are no late payments!

Oh, and uh… in case it’s not abundantly clear, #its_never_a_sponsor!

“WHAT?! You mean… we have to draw every face permutation?”

No! Of course not! That would be wasteful & magically delicious… I mean… silly & redundant!

We just need to draw each isolated component but we’ll probably get into all that next week or the week after assuming I don’t take the opportunity to write about Project Orion for Columbus Day because that just totally makes sense to me. 😛

Front-End Code – MrGoodBot.php

Below is the code for this week, it creates a web page and uses CSS to add a little style!

There is a select dropdown element used for changing the skin, the “value” property is the name of the subfolder the skin is in, note it will be case sensitive on Linux.

After that there is an image tag with the element id of “face” and as you might guess this is the DOM object we use to draw Mr. Good Bot’s face.

Lastly, there is a little JavaScript that uses AJAX “POST” requests to change the face image.

Note the random numbers appended to the source link image name to prevent browsers from caching the image and not updating after it is loaded the first time:

Face.src = ‘skins/current_face.png?’ + Math.random();

Once the new face image is loaded, a timeout is used to wash, rinse & repeat ad infinitum with the decisions for assembling the face left to the backend code which we’ll cover in an upcoming post.

As is, when loaded you will just get a black screen but this code is boilerplate and fully functional and ready to display our bots face.

The Code

Copy -> Paste -> Run!

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<title>Mr Good Bot</title>
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
<style>
body {
    background-color: #000;
    overflow: hidden;
}
.pullright{
    float:right;
    text-align:right;
} 
</style>
<body>

<select id='skin' class='pullright'>
    <option value='Default'>Default</option>
    <option value='Nucleus'>Nucleus</option>
    <option value='Pixel'>Pixel</option>
    <option value='Pumpkin'>Pumpkin</option>
</select>

<img src="" style="width:100%" id='face'>

<script>
var Face = document.getElementById('face');
function AnimateFace(){       
   var httpRequest = new XMLHttpRequest();
   var Skin = document.getElementById('skin');
   Skin = 'skin=' + Skin.options[Skin.selectedIndex].value;
   httpRequest.onreadystatechange = function(){
      if(httpRequest.readyState == 4 && httpRequest.status == 200){
         Face.src = 'skins/current_face.png?' + Math.random();
         setTimeout(AnimateFace, 120 * Math.floor(Math.random() * 11) + 1);
      }
   }
   
   httpRequest.open('POST', 'Face.php', true);
   httpRequest.setRequestHeader("Content-type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded");
   httpRequest.send(Skin); 
}
AnimateFace();
</script>

</body>
</html>

Mr. Good Bot Goes to GitHub

You can follow along for free on GitHub as I release and update Mr. Good Bot’s code.

GitHub: MrGoodBot

 

Mr. Cool Bot Wallpaper

In keeping with last weeks Good Bot themed, time-honored tradition of including a wallpaper, here’s another, please enjoy!

Mr. Cool Bot Wallpaper

Mr Cool Bot 1920 x 1280 Wallpaper
Mr Cool Bot 1920 x 1280 Wallpaper

 

Next week we’ll look at how to create faces & skins for Mr. Good Bot but for now it looks like my ride is here so I’ll see you all next time and thanks for reading!

 


If it is by will alone that you love bots then set your mind in motion!

May thoughts acquire speed, bots acquire stains, the stains become you supporting my content through Patreon for $1 or more every month!

But, if all you can do is like, share, comment and subscribe… well that’s cool too!

Much Love,

~Joy

 

 

Mr. Good Bot

It’s that time again, let’s build another bot!

Sadly though, not a physical bot like the ones Boston Dynamics creates (not a sponsor). 😦

Speaking of which, have you seen the new Atlas’s gymnastics video?

It’s amazing as usual!

You know… the 2020 Olympics would be a lot more interesting if we sent a team of robotic Atlas athletes to Tokyo in place of the old model!

Seriously, whoever is in charge of the Olympic rules comity, can we make that happen please?

I’d prefer robots but I’ll settle for cyborgs if I must!

Besides, admit it… Robot Olympics (technically Olympics 3.0) sounds WAY more fun than what we normally do, doesn’t it?

But, now we’re getting off track, so lets get back to our bot!

I’m calling this project “Mr. Good Bot” as the title suggests.

Mr. Good Bot

Here’s a clip of Mr. Good Bot wearing his default “skin” and listening to Vessel:

In the past I’ve mentioned that my little Xavier loves PUMPKINS!

Well it turns out he also loves robots like me! 🙂

Like momma, like son.

Well… at least in the well-adjusted & non-abnormal ways! 😛

Anyway, I’m building us a robot to play with and I thought it would be fun to share the project with all of you.

Keep in mind this is just a prototype, I’m not building Ava in my basement… yet! I need a few more subscribers on Patreon to make that happen! 😛

Because this is a prototype I’m not concerned with doing things the “right way” or making sure it’s “efficient” in any way, it’s just another one of my experiments!

In any case, Xavier (my 2 YO) will say “Wake-up robot!” (I tell him the robot is sleeping when the computer is off), then he runs to my desk chair and awaits his robot friend.

I power on the computer and show him how we launch the local web server which “helps the robot think”.

He sits there wide eyed and smiling, all the while waving and saying “Hi Robot! Hi!”.

Its so adorable! 🙂

Recently Xavier noted, “He’s not talking!?”.

I had to explain that the robot can’t talk yet because it’s just a baby and we have to teach it to talk, so the pair regularly sit down together and chat about whatever is on Xavier’s mind.

Mr. Good Bot just loves the attention!

I do plan on implementing speech in some capacity and I have built a text to speech prototype using eSpeak on Linux and SAPI on Windows but we’ll get into all that later.

For now, let’s talk about the design of Mr. Good Bot.

Mr. Good Bots Distant Cousins

Mr. Good Bots design is simple and was inspired by “Yes Man” from Fallout 3 New Vegas & GERTY from the film Moon (2009) staring Sam Rockwell (and GERTY).

Yes Man

I loaded a fresh game of New Vegas and ran all the way from Good Springs to the 13th floor of The Tops Casino to take this screenshot of Yes Man, no COC for me! 😛

Yes Man Robot From Fallout New Vegas
Yes Man Robot From Fallout New Vegas

Yes Man is a pathway to one of the ending quest lines in FO3NV and he’s programmed to do whatever the player says and will agree to whatever you tell him to do, it’s a bit of a flaw in his personality, er.. I mean programming!

Hypothetically a bot that does or agrees with whatever it’s told sounds like the kind of bots we want to build, but in practice it turns out that Yes Man is totally fine with murder & genocide as long as the player says it’s okay.

This would make for a terrible robot in real life because we would prefer that robots not only do what they are told but also filter any request or non-deterministic impulse through a sort of “digital conscience” that would prevent the bot from doing bad things.

Sadly, Issac Asimov’s 3 laws are really more like guidelines than implementable rules:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

On paper they work but nobody has found a way to ensure these rules work in real life, though I do have some thoughts on how we might be able to do it but that’s a different project for a different day! 😛

Yes Man, would gladly violate all three laws if the player said to and so our Mr. Good Bot needs a better roll model than Yes Man which is where GERTY comes in.

GERTY

GERTY wears an expressive emoji face to great effect and his main goal is to protect SAM.

Unlike Yes Man, GERTY doesn’t seem the be the type to violate Asimov’s three laws and… (no spoilers) even considering the circumstances Sam faces in the film, GERTY isn’t responsible for any of it and really does do his best to keep Sam safe!

Here’s a more thorough overview of GERTY… also not a sponsor! 😛

I think GERTY makes a better exemplar for Mr. Good Bot, if you disagree let me know in the comments. 😉

Wallpaper

We’re nearing the end and I know everyone loves extra free stuff so here’s a wallpaper of Mr. Good Bot for your desktop.

Mr Good Bot

I hope you are all excited to build Mr Good Bot with me! 🙂

Next week we’ll look at some code and discuss features, so I’ll see you then!


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Much Love,

~Joy

 

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