Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Chapter

It's official, I'm no longer working in WOX now. Why? Well unfortunately, I have been affected by the global economic recession which my marine project depends on the incoming volunteers from the Western world. With so many job losses, no one is thinking of traveling to further distances to experience conservation movement. So for the past 2 months, there has been very low influx of volunteers, which leaves me no choice but to leave the office.

So what's my next move? Well first of all, I plan to relax and rest. I have been working for WOX ever since I handed in my thesis last year. Now I finally got the long break I want ever since last year. At the same time, I do plan to head to UMT to talk about my future studies in doing my Master's research. I want to focus on marine conservation, particularly to sea turtles. Other than that, I hope to get interview calls for the job vacancy I applied for in WWF as Field Biologist (Biodiversity Monitoring). What really attracts me to the job is the fact I get to deal with remote sensing, which is an awesome technology that I want to get my hands on.

As I tell myself, "Hope for the best, but expect the worst." Wish me luck folks. ;D

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Would you care to help a lost & misguided robot on the streets?

This has got to be such a cute experiment. To have a robot that somewhat lost in the big city, and you take notice of people's response toward. It doesn't matter if the response was anything positive (helping the robot overcome an obstacle, telling the correct directions) or negative (making grafitti on the robot, doing anything that may seem cruel of rude), the main purpose is to study human reaction to an object that is human-like, how we relate to the particular object, and how our actions to the object be noticed due to the effects of living in the big city?

In my opinion, we should have more of these so called "friendly robots", to remind people that we ought to respect each other and be kind. If one acts in such a rude behavior, then how can we attain fair treatment for ourselves? Enjoy the video. (",)