Robot Round-Up

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  1. ramonmercado

    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    (Tech Xplore)—New York-based Construction Robotics is just what its title suggests. The company is applying robotics to construction sites where technology can assist, rather than replace, human workers.

    Their product is a bricklaying robot SAM, which stands for Semi-Automated Mason. The company team believes "there can be significant improvements to the way the construction industry operates."

    Scott Peters, CEO and co-founder, last June introduced the world to his bricklaying robot SAM with a video and this year presented another video, in February, that shows an updated SAM100 OS 2.0.

    "SAM100 is faster than ever and running OS 2.0 which now allows soldier course bricks."

    Luke Dormehl in Digital Trends said it is capable of building walls six times faster than a human bricklayer.

    Dormehl went on to say, "SAM is ready and willing to lay 3,000 bricks per day, using its combination of a conveyor belt, robotic arm, and concrete pump. By comparison, a human builder will average around 500 bricks per day."

    SAM is capable of laying 3,000 bricks per day? Word travels fast. Reports said the robot will make an entry in the UK later this year. Futurism earlier this month reported that Construction Robotics "has announced its entry into the U.K. market later this year as it finalizes negotiations with various construction companies." ...

    https://techxplore.com/news/2017-04-bricklaying-robot-ergonomic-economic-impact.html
     
  2. Swifty

    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    The endless toy train robot half loop .. until the power gets cut off I suppose .. this sums up my life, mostly by choice if I'm being fair.

     
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  3. Swifty

    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    .. and that bit out of ALIENS when Bishop does that finger stab thing party trick except for real now .. :cool: (RIP Bill Paxton)



     
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    The race to build the world’s first sex robot
    The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no

    by Jenny Kleeman Thursday 27 April 2017 05.30 BST

    In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations’ factory inSan Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her shoulder blades. Her name was Harmony. She wore a white leotard, her chest was thrust forward and her French-manicured fingers were splayed across the tops of her slim thighs.

    Harmony is a prototype, a robotic version of the company’s hyper-realistic silicone sex toy, the RealDoll. The Realbotix room where she was assembled was lined with varnished pine surfaces covered with wires and circuit boards, and a 3D printer whirred in the corner, spitting out tiny, intricate parts that will be inserted beneath her PVC skull. Her hazel eyes darted between me and her creator, Matt McMullen, as he described her accomplishments.

    Harmony smiles, blinks and frowns. She can hold a conversation, tell jokes and quote Shakespeare. She’ll remember your birthday, McMullen told me, what you like to eat, and the names of your brothers and sisters. She can hold a conversation about music, movies and books. And of course, Harmony will have sex with you whenever you want. ...

    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/27/race-to-build-world-first-sex-robot
     
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    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    I'd never shag a robot .. I want one of these on my roof for when I come home from work .. until I can get a dog ..

     
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    OneWingedBird Beloved of Ra

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    Needs a death ray. :twisted:
     
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    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    A variable angle test for a soft robotic earthworms, the idea is that these could be used for medical applications



     
  8. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Could be a useful tool for cable companies replacing cable in conduits. Or even a robot for cleaning a sewer.
     
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    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    JamesWhitehead Piffle Prospector

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    The Czechs are rightly proud of Capek, who invented the term Robot. Tributes to him can be found all over Prague.

    On a fleeting visit recently, I began to appreciate* how central Czech culture was in every sense. Amazing place! :clap:

    *Book-learning is fine. So is travel. They ought to go hand-in-hand. I need a few decades more to catch up on the travel side of things. :)
     
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    hunck Justified & Ancient

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    Religious Robot

    Watch the short video to brighten your day [in German with subtitles] at link. It's hands light up & eyebrows move slightly whilst delivering the blessing.
     
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    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    Isn't this Douglas Adams' Electric Monk that does all your religious business for you?
     
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    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    Bot Lobster and other DIY robots ..

     
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    Frasier Buddolph CAUTION: May not know what he's talking about.

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    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    I've done a bit of bricklaying myself in the past, so I'll say this...there's a lot more to bricklaying than just putting cement and bricks in the right place. So I don't think this will replace high quality workmanship anytime soon. It's probably more suited to putting houses up to a time schedule, rather than a quality requirement.
     
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    Frasier Buddolph CAUTION: May not know what he's talking about.

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    Not being a wise guy, here, but please elaborate. Seems to me that if a machine can lay down straight and true walls with properly dressed joints, then that machine is a competent bricklayer. No?
     
  19. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Well... when you put a brick in place, it's not enough to just dab on some cement or plonk the brick onto cement.
    You have to move the cement and/or brick about until there's a good contact (this also depends a lot on the consistency of the cement). Then you have to use the trowel to point out the seams for a tidy join with no holes. Finally, you have to clean the surfaces of the bricks so it looks like a quality job.

    I've seen plenty of walls that looked OK, but over time they developed poor adhesion between the seam of cement and the bricks. That kind of fault can be minimised by proper application of the cement.
     
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    Thank you, Myth, for that additional detail.

    Yeah, but weren't those faulty walls laid down by a HUMAN bricklayer? ( I myself once saw a cinderblock wall that you could see daylight through.) I have to say it seems to me that it should be a pretty straightforward task to program a bricklaying robot that does a workmanlike job and is more consistent than a human bricklayer.
     
  21. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    That's true. Not all bricklayers have good skills or have the time to do a proper job.
    When they do get a robot to do it properly, yes - bricklayers are in danger of losing their jobs.
     
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    Vibration might be the way to ensure that.
     
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    The Mail's obsession with sex robots continues.

    Rise of the sex robots? Scientists claim they'll be common in a decade
    • Over the next ten years realistic sex androids will become more common
    • Machines are becoming increasingly sophisticated and will bring about a social and technological revolution in Britain, experts have predicted
    • Supporters of the use of sex robots say they could be useful for lonely people or those unable to form relationships


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4666098/Rise-sex-robots.html#ixzz4lxaChjEv
     
  24. Coal

    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    Sure, or possibly preventing people from becoming properly socialised by giving them a low risk 'out' or being normally human.

    Men are generally frightened of rejection by women (even if one fights it) as the inference, 'not suitable for procreation' is a genetic nightmare, men are in effect wired to worry about that. Plus women are much more choosy about their mates than men (we know this). That's a reasonable working system though, however scary the other sex can appear. It forces those who desire to pass on their genes, to learn and modify their behaviour. In effect you have to work for a mate. You can argue that the whole male dominance hierarchy is the result of females outsourcing the process of figuring out who the best mates are...

    All robot sex dolls will do is exacerbate the natural barriers to mating behaviours that are there for a good reason and on the whole work fairly well - leading to a whole clutch of men who never learn to form relationships with real women or even to do something with their own lives and selves to improve their suitability as a mate.

    You might even consider such men as being stuck in an adolescent sexist fantasy land. That can't be good.
     
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    OK. Its not just the Mail. There's a sex robot craze in the media.

    Sex robots promise 'revolutionary' service but also risks, says study
    Androids could offer valuable help to the elderly and disabled but may lead to the increased objectification of women

    https://www.theguardian.com/technol...ce-but-also-risks-says-study?CMP=share_btn_tw

    There should be a ban on the import of sex robots designed to look like children, the author of a new report into the phenomenon has said.

    Prof Noel Sharkey said that society as a whole needed to consider the impact of all types of sex robots.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40428976
     
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    Might it not increase to the objectification of humans?

    'Prof Noel Sharkey' is quite a name.
     
  27. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Or maybe women need to change? Stop the hypergamy. Stop it being all about money and power.
    I see such men as victims of the way things are.
     
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    Indeed!

    But you see fewer articles about male sexbots. Perhaps they are more difficult to build.

    I thought Jude Law was quite good as a gigolo android in AI.
     
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    Technically speaking, isn't a good old fashioned vibrator a 'sex robot' ?.. is so, this isn't really that new, just more sophisticated ..
     
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    I think it attaching the aforesaid vibrator to the sexbot in a safe manner is the problem.
     
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