Machinebloom Hibernates

the horse goes first

Posted by Martin Ames Harrison on Sun, Aug 13, 2017

I created an LLC in New York state as a wrapper around my own efforts to develop robotics technology. But then I didn’t do any of the things I had planned to do. Come to think of it, I have not really followed through on any of my plans in the last couple of years (“But all that’s about to change!”).

Having an LLC that’s just sitting around probably has some legal consequences, but from what the accountants have told me, I will not be in any tax trouble just for letting it lie dormant. So that is what I will be doing until I have trained myself a bit more. In the meantime, I will continue to develop this blog “on the diagonal”, so to speak. That is, I will focus on computational aspects of language comprehension, generation and translation in the field of natural language processing (NLP). That means Stanford lectures, coding and boardwork (now to go up on VIDME rather than YT). There is an infinity of work to be done here, perhaps more than in computer vision, and I already have some motivating questions I’m continuously refining and decomposing. Idioms are a big one, not just because the problem is hard but because normal people find it virtually impossible to speak without using idioms left and right.

Also, I will be working to bestow the gift of sight on Dewey, the Fayetteville Free Library’s own Pi-based robot. Those guys are lots of fun. It’s just hard to track them down sometimes.

In other news, I’m looking at runic tattoos. It is hard to create such a design not evocative of Third Reich aesthetics. My logo here is a good illustration.


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