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Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Online from: 1972

Subject Area: Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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Archives, mathematics encyclopaedia, dancing robots, ASC


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Title:Archives, mathematics encyclopaedia, dancing robots, ASC
Author(s):Alex M. Andrew, (Reading University, Reading, UK)
Citation:Alex M. Andrew, (2008) "Archives, mathematics encyclopaedia, dancing robots, ASC", Kybernetes, Vol. 37 Iss: 9/10, pp.1466 - 1468
Keywords:Archiving, Internet, Robotics
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/03684920810907805 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The aim is to review developments on the internet, especially those of general cybernetic interest.

Design/methodology/approach – A massive archive facility is reviewed, as well as an online encyclopaedia devoted to mathematics. Developments in bipedal robot locomotion are discussed, with particular reference to dancing and running. Initiatives of the American Society for Cybernetics, involving Yahoo groups, are introduced and welcomed.

Findings – The archive facility is of astounding magnitude and comprehensiveness. The mathematics encyclopaedia is potentially useful, as are the ASC initiatives. Bipedal locomotion in robots is impressive but not perfect.

Practical implications – The archive facility must be a valuable tool for many forms of research, as well as for cultural and recreational use. The encyclopaedia and the ASC initiatives are all valuable facilities. Bipedal locomotion has been developed in response to a challenge, and to gain prestige, but may be useful in development of practical robots for rough terrain.

Originality/value – It is hoped this is a valuable periodic review.



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