Richard Stallman, High-tech Prankster
via [ Mark Szpakowski ] https://twitter.com/szpak/status/376878504547082241/photo/1. Also thx to
Is this image fake? Probably is real.
the photo is credited to Neal Menschel. A Google search turns up what seems his page, apparently a photo journalist:
2022-04-10 https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30976337 , DonHopkins [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Hopkins ] wrote:
I can't comment on Xah's web page so I'll comment here about this photo of Richard Stallman at MIT dancing:
Xah asked: is this image fake? ErgoEmacs asked: it'd be interesting to know what he's holding.
That's definitely real! It's RMS, distinctly recognizable by his prancing pose. He tends to just prance in place like that all the time, while swirling his hair with his fingers.
It looks like he's in Building NE43 (545 tech square) probably on the 9th floor in the machine room of the MIT AI Lab where he slept, holding the hand of Rodney Brooks' [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Brooks ] robot “COG” in his right hand.
MIT Robot Cog Moving Its Arms
MIT's Cog (1)
Here is RMS a few years later, with a little more beard, holding a gerbil wrapped in duct tape:
From COG's point of view, here's a photo of Henry Minsky taken from COG's video camera, with a look of trepidation about sacrificing his Dakin Bear to make s "plush" robot: