Quantum Bayesian Networks

November 4, 2014

Self-Reparing Androids And Quantum Computers

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 6:33 pm

Henning Dekant (author of the WaveWatching blog) and I (and some others) are in the process of refurbishing the old Artiste company, a quantum computing software company. Henning and I decided we would keep the old website (http://www.ar-tiste.com) intact, plus start a new Artiste website (http://www.artiste-qb.net). The old website is “Artiste classic” with antiquated HTML technology and the new one is “Artiste modern” (or art deco, or futuristic).

I’ve always thought of Artiste as a company that combines Science and Art, the way Leonardo DaVinci was fond of doing. That is partly why I chose Artiste for the name of the company. Recently, I started using at the old Artiste website a logo of Leonardo DaVinci’s Vitruvian man (a nice picture of a cadaver doing jumping jacks) circumscribed by an italic letter “a“.

Henning came up with the brilliant idea of using for the modern website the same logo as the one in the classic website, but with the “Vitruvian man” replaced by a “Vitruvian robot”. Not only that. In a fit of brilliant artiste inspiration, Henning added a special effect to his Vitruvian robot that I find totally awesome. He modified some JavaScript code that he got from here and a picture of the robot “Maria” from Fritz Lang’s 1927 movie Metropolis. (Italian and German children seem to have different icons). The final result is a Vitruvian robot that when touched by the cursor, it explodes at the point of contact, but then the explosion is time reversed and the robot self-repairs and heals itself, like the Terminator robots. I find Henning’s masterpiece mesmerizing. It reminds me of alien technology, like quantum computing software. Check it out.


The animation is located at the old Artiste website rather than directly in this blog post, because one can’t put Javascript in a wordpress.com blog. Henning informs me that his animation doesn’t work on browsers that are behind the times in implementing the DOM API (this is especially true of Internet Explorer.).



  1. Really didn’t think much of it when modifying David Walsh’s code, just meant to use it for a self assembly effect 🙂

    It’s not like this couldn’t be put into WordPress, the latter is Open Source after all, but to do it cleanly would require to write a plug-in.

    Too much to do too little time …

    Comment by Henning — November 5, 2014 @ 4:21 am

  2. “That the sperm of a man be putrefied by itself in a sealed cucurbit for forty days with the highest degree of putrefaction in a horse’s womb, or at least so long that it comes to life and moves itself, and stirs, which is easily observed. After this time, it will look somewhat like a man, but transparent, without a body. If, after this, it be fed wisely with the Arcanum of human blood, and be nourished for up to forty weeks, and be kept in the even heat of the horse’s womb, a living human child grows therefrom, with all its members like another child, which is born of a woman, but much smaller.” Paracelsus, De Natura Rerum.
    [Grafton, Anthony (1999). Natural Particulars: Nature and the Disciplines in Renaissance Europe. MIT Press. pp. 328–329.]

    Comment by Elangel Exterminador — November 5, 2014 @ 1:31 pm

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