Building Rodney – Part 2

I’ve discussed a bit about my plans to build “Rodney” – a robot first premiered in David L. Heiserman’s 1979 book How to Build Your Own Self-Programming Robot. I’m using this project as a learning opportunity to immerse myself in older generation circuit assembly, soldering, wire wrapping, machine intelligence, and assembly language. You might ask why I chose a 40 year old book to follow this path. Well, this was simple. I wanted a full-scale no-holds barred approach to the fundamentals of early machine intelligence. Heiserman was a visionary way ahead of his time, and his work proves this out. Plus, it was a bit of nostalgia. I remember having this book in my hands as a youngster, having found it at my local library. It was way over my head at the time, but I’m taking it on now.

Here’s a grant I like from Grant Cardone about my philosophy and approach to moving ahead with this long-standing robotics aspiration

As long as you are alive, you will either live to accomplish your own goals and dreams or be used as a resource to accomplish someone else’s

So, I’m going “all in” on this project. In fact, writing this blog provides another level of investment. I know the way is going to be challenging. But again, like Cardone says: ““Comfort makes more prisoners than all the jails combined.” This is going to be a serious project that is going to test me on many fronts but I figured if I’m going to do this, there’s no better time than the present. For now I’m working through the book at a high level. This time around I was able to find a digital copy in Open Library. But I’ve ordered a copy off of Amazon which should be here in a couple days. Stay tuned for more updates!

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