“…human life and life in general on this planet will die out in due course: it is merely a flash in the pan; it is a stage in the decay of the solar system; at a certain stage of decay you get the sort of conditions and temperature and so forth which are suitable to protoplasm, and there is life for a short time in the life of the whole solar system.”
"Why I am Not a Christian"
June 25, 2008
What is a robot?
Source: CBC News
"To me a robot is something that has some physical effect on the world, but it does it based on how it senses the world and how the world changes around it. You might say that a dishwasher is a robotic system for cleaning dishes but to me it's not really. First it doesn't have any action outside the confines of its body. Secondly, it doesn't know about the dishes inside it. It just spurts hot water around and swishes it and whether there are dishes there or not doesn't affect its behaviour, so it's not really situated in the world, it's not understanding the world around it in any sort of meaningful way."
- Rodney Brooks, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer science and artificial intelligence laboratory.