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

Asked by Jim Riggs
on 28 May 2019
Latest activity Commented on by KALYAN ACHARJYA on 4 Aug 2019
Just curious!

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+1 for asking what we all wonder :D
I have been participating in this forum for about 18 months now, and I am realy impressed with all of you top contributors. You guys are fantastic!
Very knowlegeabe and you always keep it classy!
Just my way of saying thanks, I appreciate what you do for the Matlab answers forum.
May be he is a AI Robot, but his continous selfless help cetegories him as a great human being. Machine have limited programmed knowledge, but WR..oh god...
Truly a real great man with millions of helping hands.
Gratitude

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Answer by Stephen Cobeldick on 29 May 2019
Edited by Stephen Cobeldick on 29 May 2019
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Walter <-> Watson Levenshtein distance = 4.
Roberson <-> Robot Levenshtein distance = 4.
MATLAB Central user number: 434782
Active since 2011 (2019-2011 = 8 = 4+4)
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Coincidence?

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This is great!
I think you are definitely on to something.
[EDIT] I have decided to accept this answer based on creativity!
I have decided to vote this answer based on creativity!
Well, I do belong to the Watson clan...

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Answer by 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

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Unfortunately I could not attend the ceremony as I could not find an extension cord that was long enough. 😕

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Answer by Adam Danz
on 28 May 2019
Edited by 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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“Sir?” came a familiar voice Luke hadn’t heard in a while.
“What?” Luke was startled out of his examination.
“If you’ll not be needing me,” Threepio declared, “I think I’ll shut down for a bit. It will help the armature nerves to knit, and I’m due for some internal self-cleansing anyhow.”
I'm voting for a daily reboot instead of a sleep cycle as well ;)

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Answer by 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.

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Answer by 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.

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Answer by 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.

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Answer by James Tursa
on 28 May 2019

Blade Runner 2019 ...

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Answer by 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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