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One of the odder things that happened to me at the tail end of last year was the below appearance in the EPSRC's Pioneer Magazine. It was bizarre chiefly because the first I knew about it was when a colleague showed me the article. The text is cut-n-paste from a piece the University Corporate Communications department wrote about me at the time of the first NASA Space Apps challenge (so approx. 5 years ago) and the pictures were lifted from my website. Still, not complaining...



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B. is currently in Japan and I've just spent a week at the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence. G, therefore has spent a few days with Valkyrie and family in Stoke-on-Trent. On my way to collect her, and stuck in a traffic jam, I did a double-take when I saw what appeared to be RTD in the rearview mirror. Closer inspection revealed it was not RTD so much as a large photo of RTD in the passenger seat of the vehicle behind. Once I'd convinced myself that, yes, indeed, there really was a life-size photo of RTD in the car behind me and given the traffic was stationary, I recorded the moment for posterity.



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There was a dimly visible figure in the back seat of the car and I persuaded myself that it was just about plausible that was the man himself (the only vaguely logical reason I could think of for transporting a life-size photo of RTD would be that you were actually RTD and were off to do some publicity of some kind). Since the traffic jam was located on the main route between Manchester and the southbound M6 it wasn't beyond possibility he might be in a car in the general vicinity.

Social Media shenanigans under the cut )
purplecat: (lego robots)
Most people on Facebook already know this but I think there are few here who aren't in t'other place. I'll probably be on the Today Programme (UK BBC Radio 4 News programme) tomorrow morning at approx 8.30am, talking about non-medical robots.

*not scared honest!*

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