Monthly Archives: March 2013

Guilt Bot AlphaBots ~ Artificial Emotional Intelligence


It’s a scientific point of contention whether dogs can feel guilt.

What do you think?

I’m sure there would be similar questions raised about this AlphaBot. 

But looking guilty is another matter. That’s definitely in its programming, & I suspect dogs’ & humans’ too.

Speaking of which, I’m feeling a bit guilty for taking extra shortcuts this week (I cadged a bunch of gradients & blends– and even an eye– from CuriosityBot for this one) but I’d feel even more guilty if I missed my work deadlines, so something had to give!


FrightBot AlphaBots ~ Artificial Emotional Intelligence


This week’s AlphaBot is a bit of a Fraidy-bot. I have a hyperactive alarm system myself, so I can relate.

I was working on a bunch of projects this week so I didn’t have a whole lot of time to experiment with new AI techniques, but I did figure out that I could use the inner glow effect to make a nifty inner shadow in the eyeballs & head-bulb.


EmbarrassmentBot AlphaBots ~ Artificial Emotional Intelligence

I blush very easily & whenever I’m the least bit embarrassed, or emotionally stirred in any way really, I begin to resemble this AlphaBot, glowing ears & all. Unfortunately I can feel it happening & that just makes me more embarrassed.

I had fun doing all the radiant gradients though! I’m starting to hate gradient mesh just a tiny bit less, though it’s still weirdly unpredictable. It does allow for a lot of subtle mixing!

I also experimented with multiple strokes on a path here, to create a fake gradient for the fingers. It sorta works!