XBox Natal Milo: I, Virtual Robot

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Microsoft has come up with a fantastic concept codenamed Natal and is planning a world where your face, voice and body is the controller.

Actually, Milo has been written about in fiction decades before. Milo is a virtual robot. He has all the attributes of the robots of Isaac Asimov.  The dork in the video hasn’t read much.

I foresee a world where our children abandon tools, text and numbers for interactive four dimensional visual models and speech recognition.

Satire: The Small and the Great

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I have taken a break from fact and enjoying some fiction. I decided to read the sixteenth century Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. I have not completed the work, but I have read the first two tales: “A Voyage to Lilluput”, a land of the small, and “A Voyage to Brobdingnag”, a land of the giant. The key premise of these stories appears to be the conduct of the little versus the conduct of the large. Among the small, complexity and corruption flourishes, while among the great, simplicity and honesty prevails. The small battle over legalism, while the great battle over governance. Gulliver is a witness to both.

Although our children read this work, it was not meant for children. It is a satire that adults can take full pleasure in.