Starting a New Business

For the past 4 year or more I’ve been working part-time as an Information Broker. Well after much thought and discussion with my wife I’ve decided to turn this into a business. I’m not sure whether I’m going to launch this new business under my own name or create a company name yet. I’m hoping to have a business website up and running in the next month or so, but we will see. I’m also looking into which professional organizations best represent the needs of an information professional. As a member of IEEE, SPIE, and IACR I have come to learn the benefits that can come from being part of an organization that reflects my interests. Two organization have come up in my search that may fit my needs the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and The Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP).

Advances In Humanoid Robots

Romeo, shown here in a computer-generated rendering, is a French humanoid robot designed to assist elderly and disabled people. Image: Aldebaran Robotics
The IEEE Spectrum magazine is running an article about the work of a Paris-based Aldebaran Robotics, and the development of a humanoid robot. There are several countries around the world that are working in this field… Japan comes to mind. NASA and General Motors have sent the upper torso of a humanoid robot into space.

I know from this are previous articles on this topic that the publicly stated goals for creating such a robot is providing assisted living help to seniors. Also, as stated in the article in regards to the choice for locomotion and bipedal movement, it was the challenge that drove the choice for a full human like robot. I think the challenge drives most of this research, it is not easy. It requires light weight motors, actuators, light weight materials, long life batteries, communications (voice recognition), and vision. All difficult hurdles to create a humanoid robot which can actually perform useful skills for the humans they will serve.

My question is, when can I get one.

Seriously, what geek would not want to have a fully functioning humanoid robot. If they don’t could they really be a true geek.