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Farcical fartificial intelligence

Human beings can be utterly perplexing sometimes.

After all, our species have this (not so) amazing talent to form a totally uninformed opinion on just about everything.  Regardless of whether we know anything about the things that we have become so determined to either a) like, or b) dislike.

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What's more, once opinions have been assigned to the mysterious (and somewhat immutable) data structures defined deep in our (mostly cranial) cavities, they are near-impossible to alter.  It simply becomes a part of us.  Tragically, we know all too well, that this starts to impact our ability to assess facts impartially, especially if they go against our deep-seated views.  And inevitably, this prevents us from making rational, cool-headed decisions on critically important issues.  To top it all off, we like to voice our opinions loudly.  Over. And. Over. Again.  To whomever that listens.

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Tea minus 30

We're fast approaching Christmas time.  And if robots were to make one simple observation about the human species during the Christmas festivities, it's that they watch a lot of TV.  A LOT.  Often, accompanied by an inappropriate amount of greenhouse gas-producing food.  Stuff you don't normally eat during the remainder of the year - for good reason.

And most so-called shows on TV are boring to robots like Rosie.  After all, why watch a minor subspecies of the human race - celebrities - stumble awkwardly around the dance floor, dressed like a faulty, sparking circuit board?  Such branch of entertainment doesn't require robots to engage any of their proud circuitry.  Their processors remain idle.  Memory under-utilised.

But if robots are to be part of people's homes (and blend in), they need to look at least a little interested in some of this irrational nonsense.  Nobody likes a party pooper.  A killjoy.  And this is where a certain subgenre of TV entertainment co…

Code: read

Humans are said to have 5 senses in total.  Common, clearly isn't one of them.

But - jokes aside - computers all around us are growing ever more intelligent (so we hear).  They can play chess.  Drive cars.  Some might even do these things at the same time.  Without crashing (quite literally).

Likewise, we've been making steady progress equipping Rosie Patrol with some useful skills.  Skills needed to bring much needed law and order to the world.  She can move.  She can see.  She can sense.  And in our last episode, she began to read.  With a little helping hand from some (considerably) bigger computers at the mothership that is Google.

But can she really read?  You know.  Read out aloud?

True to our style, there is only one way to find out.  It's time to invoke Code: Red Read.  And take the power of reading to the next level (or page).
All superheroes need:One Raspberry Pi 3, running Raspbian OS.  Connected to the Internet. Computer from which you are connecting to the R…

a, b, see, d

Here's a deeply philosophical conundrum that we've been struggling with in between Rosie Patrol's crime-fighting escapades:

Do robots need to be able to read their own instruction manuals?  And if so, do they need to read an instruction manual first in order to learn how to read one?
We'll be honest.  We're not quite sure what the answer should be.  Besides, the question is actually quite silly.  And probably pointless.  But wouldn't it be handy if your robot superhero could read human text?  Because, then, it could read danger signs posted outside alligator pens (where evil masterminds apparently hang out).  After all, Pattern Recognition and Computer Vision are all the rage these days.  It helps computers make sense of the world around them, and possibly, makes them seem more intelligent.  Well, more intelligent than us humans, supposedly.

And that's not hard.

So without further delay, let's get Rosie Patrol to read some signs on her own.  Well - as …