The power of the computer is starting to spread.
After two weeks of working on a project, you know whether it will work or not.
You must know in your heart before anyone else does what is going to be good and then follow through.
It always helps to be a good programmer. It is important to like computers and to be able to think of things people would want to do with their computers.
Robots... I think that is a hot topic.
The program should know if someone is at the keyboard or joystick or if it is just sitting there idle. It should know if someone is proficient in its use or a novice.
All of the good stuff is going to be done in the future. The stuff we are doing now is crummy compared with what will finally mature.
I really think it is amazing that people actually buy software.
You will be able to program a robot to follow a track on the ground and manipulate a hand. You can also write little programs that will give the robots goals.
To be honest, I look at my Pinball program and feel that it is old stuff. I could do much better.
Video games are engineered now, but the step I am trying to take, no one can engineer.
Everything is getting bigger. The way to go now is to program in a little more sophistication.
I think a craft becomes an art form when the space of possible solutions becomes so huge that engineering can't carry you through.
On the robot kit, I can choose very boring parts or I can choose exciting and interesting parts. That is a reflection of my personality and the kinds of things I am interested in.
I can do whatever I want. They will tell me if what I am doing is stupid or a total waste of time. I may tell them that they are wrong, and we will come to an agreement.
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