February Wrapup and Lookout for March

My very first monthly wrapup went fine, and you seemed to have liked it. Here we go with the second one:


That research project takes most of my work:
Which innovations and usages are to be expected in the area of devices with embodied A.I.?
That is really fun. It includes lots of reading. See below for some non-fiction book reads, like the future of food production, or getting the superintelligence right.
There was some more crazy stuff like Asteroid mining and the Space Elevator. When you think it gets too crazy, then there are always engineers who are exactly working on this, right?

While those reads where fun and fancy, I digged deeper into embodied AI for elderly care / “Ambient Assisted Living” – mostly Service Robots. This area hasn’t seen many productive solutions and I wondered why. As it turns out, this is one of most complex ares of robotics:
1. no separation from humans but needing to work with them, e.g. for lifting or laying down.
2. An unresolved problem is also universal gripping, e.g. when the robot would have to wash the person.
3. Those robots need to be very bulky, because lifting a person causes lots of force (as every nurse can tell you), and homes are often not large enough for all that metal.
4. And most importantly: previous projects most oftenly were technic oriented, instead of really taking care of the stakeholder (patients, nurses,…) needs.

Everyone tells me that they are far advanced in Japan, and I need to look into that further.

As for reading novels, things have been slower this month. I won’t list the numerous short story reviews, but here are novels, novellas, and chit-chat posts:

Read in February

I felt heavily pressed, having an obligation to read through far too many Netgalley ARCs. I pledged to stop pressing the request button during Lente, and I have been successful so far. The effect will be seen in one or two months, but at least the obligation doesn’t get denser in March. What I really want to achieve is to open up time for my tbr books.

I haven’t posted exactly as regularly as the months before, but on average there was one post per day. Nothing wrong with that, because work picked up, and I also viewed a little bit more on TV.


This was a really bad month for novels. The only real exception was my finished re-hearing of Sanderson’s Words of Radiance which took around 4 months (every now and then an hour).

Unfinished, but with progress is Rereading the Wheel of Time – Progress Report 2

Non-Fiction books

First time for this category.

Novellas and collections

Meta (Tags, Awards, Lists)


The most often read posts were the same as the month before. This has a good chance of getting repetitive.

From this month’s posts, most often viewed were:

Reading Plans for March

The Wheel of Time ReRead will be continued.
Today, I started re-hearing Sanderson’s Oathbringer.
Then, there are lots of work reads (see above) and the following ARCs.


Five ARCs are planned in March:

  • One Day All This will be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky – already read, but not reviewed
  • The Conductors by Nicole Glover
  • William Gibson and the Future of Contemporary Culture – a non-fiction book
  • The Two-Faced Queen by Nick Martell
  • Robot Artists and Black Swans a collection by Bruce Sterling

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16 Responses to February Wrapup and Lookout for March

  1. Will says:

    Space elevators are only a crazy idea when they’re not in Darwin. Can’t wait to see how you liked the Tchaikovsky!

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  2. Nice job on resisting the call of NetGalley! I have pretty much held strong against the temptation, but made up for it by requesting more audiobooks…oops! And looks like we’ll both be reading The Two-Faced Queen in March!

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    • Andreas says:

      I can’t access the audiobooks, because there is no player in Germany available. I’m very glad for that.
      Looking forward to the Martell book, I really liked the first book!


  3. Ola G says:

    Oh, wow, this research project sounds fab! Are you planning to make some readers’ digest for us on that topic? 😀

    As for NG, I’m learning the hard way, sigh – most of my recent reads were abysmal…

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    • Andreas says:

      I haven’t planned anything additional to review’s like the two I already posted (cf the non-fiction part for links).
      For work, I‘m filling countless notes on OneNote. Whitepapers and reports will all be in German, as it’s for the Federal German Ministry BMBF. It’s highly unusual that I don’t write in English for the job, and I have hard times figuring out the technical German terms 😁

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  4. piotrek says:

    The work part of the post seems as interesting as the part devoted to your reading, and that’s a rare thing 🙂

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    • Andreas says:

      Anything special in the work part that interests you the most?

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      • piotrek says:

        Intelligent exoskeletons, of course!

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        • Andreas says:

          Beyond military use, research goes into AAL (Ambient assisted living). I haven’t touched that area too much, yet.

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          • piotrek says:

            Give us something, when you’re done with research, the post you did on the coming food industry revolution really made me think, and I had some interesting discussions with people I shared that report with.
            I did not know the term “AAL” before, but we need some progress on that front, much more than we need killer robots… I remember how limited by their illnesses my grandparents became towards the end, perhaps our generation will have it better.

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