I just took a three week vacation. Before you judge my commitment to my professional future, let me clarify a few things:
Why do I feel the need to defend myself? Maybe it is the rampant workaholism in the United States. Maybe it is my entirely unimpressive tan. BUT NO. TODAY I AM GOING TO BLAME THE MONKS.
This article reviews the origins of Western academic culture (monasteries!) and some key cultural elements that influence modern scholarship and academic culture: individual labor, singular focus, and beer. …
Heather Knight, Roboticist
This is a design prospectus.
There’s always something heart-wrenching when parents have to be far away from their children. Sometimes parents travel. Sometimes separated parents split time the kids. Maybe tele-presence robots can help.
This article explores some of the potential benefits and challenges of using tele-presence robots as a co-parenting tool. To my knowledge, there is only one research instance of this [pdf], but there are reasons why co-parenting with tele-presence robots could be a fantastic idea, and reasons that this could be terrible. Let’s start with the fantastic.
Let’s review some shortcomings of Skype, Facetime, and similar applications for communicating with younger children. …