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Robots discuss winning the lottery in this clever tv commercial by Denver agency Cactus + SPILLT.
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The suit worn by Iron Man actor Robert Downey.
Last night I watched some of the Iron Man movie for the first time. And it struck me that while Iron Man had control over many things, some others he didn't - as he tried to work out how to use his suit and fight the bad guys.
Just like the lottery. Some parts you can control - and I'll tell you exactly which bits now - and some you can't.
Why am I saying this? You don't need Motivation, Goal-Setting, Focus?
Especially when I have been talking about goals and persistence for the last few years. So what is making me tell you now that none of it is necessary?
The answer is Levels.
My Roomba 530 at work in our kitchen early this morning.
As I tap out these words in my home office, my own robot is upstairs vacuuming the lounge floor. It's an iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner, which does a far better job than our regular cleaner (me, actually).
It produces - manufactures, maybe - large piles of cat hair, dust and dirt from a seemingly clean looking room. I'm always amazed when I come to empty it out. I have 5 of them right now, including one that does our garage and deck, the Dirt Dog.
The main advantage here is that this robot cleans while I'm doing something else. I didn't have to spend any time wondering how to automatically vacuum my house...
Someone developed a quick and easy way to help me. That's the key -the secret I'm going to tell you about in detail now...
This morning on YouTube I watched a homegrown robot built like a meccano set kick a ball. Only took a couple of minutes to line it up :)
What is it about robot-builders that makes them construct replicas of ourselves, when only a tiny percent of the world's population doesn't even kick a tin can? I can't remember the last time I kicked a ball, yet kicking and running are the high skill factors they try and build in to these mechanical marvels.
Sure, I know it is really an advanced from of locomotion they are trying to show off.
But what about delivering me a freshly cooked breakfast in bed instead? I would pay big money for that. Kicking a ball around the back yard with a robot which responds every two minutes, not really.
A reader mistook me for one of these robot kicking wannabe's.
He wrote to me on my new support desk, and said - rather amusingly I thought: