Is Walter Roberson a real person, or is he some kind of Matlab AI robot?

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 15 Aug 2020
Sounds reasonable Adam. Perhaps you could join the covid-19 modeling groups, thereby raising their mean IQ substantially and improving forecasts.

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Stephen23 on 29 May 2019
Edited: Stephen23 on 12 Aug 2020
Walter <-> Watson Levenshtein distance = 4.
Roberson <-> Robot Levenshtein distance = 4.
nnz(mod(+'Walter',4)) = 4
sum('Roberson') = 842 (note 8/2 = 4)
numel('Roberson') = 8 = 4+4
MATLAB Central user number: 434782 (note 7-3 = 4 and 8/2 = 4)
Active since 2011 (note 2019-2011 = 8 = 4+4)
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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 4 Aug 2019
Yes, Walter is a real person. In fact at the Annual Meetings in June of this year, he received a highly prestigious MATLABBY Award. There was also another ceremony to celebrate his "Star" in the "Mathworks Walk of Fame". I'm including photos from the event below.
By the way, I'm also attaching the Photoshop files in case you'd like to make your own.
MATLABBY Award.png
MathWorks Walk of Fame Star.png
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 21 Aug 2020
And there is a new award for people who attain 100,000 reputation points: The Roberson Cup.

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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 28 May 2019
Edited: Adam Danz on 28 May 2019
There are small windows of silence from WR that follow a circadian cycle suggesting periods of sleep which would be evidence that he's human. But this could easily be built in to the AI robot as well.
WR, are you up for a Turing test?

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 28 May 2019
Of course it helps that he's on MATLAB's advisory board and gets some special things like the "Mind Reading Toolbox" and the "Crystal Ball Toolbox" that even we (other MVPs) don't have access to.

M.S. Khan
M.S. Khan on 4 Aug 2019
Mathworks community is outstanding plateform of science and all are performing like a team but some are Leaders like Mr. Walter Roberson. He has dedicated his most of the time to serve and help the research of the whole world.
Winning teams always have talented leaders or captans. All community members of Mathworks are just like stars and have equal contributions in promoting knwoledge and humanity all around the Globe.
Salute to all of them.

Fangjun Jiang
Fangjun Jiang on 28 May 2019
Ha Ha Ha, a good question! I would say a robot, but I bet Walter Roberson would say otherwise.

James Tursa
James Tursa on 28 May 2019
Blade Runner 2019 ...

Bjorn Gustavsson
Bjorn Gustavsson on 29 May 2019
Well, I've seen signs that would be surprising in an AI robot - so my guess is actual human.


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