Robot Round-Up

Discussion in 'New Science' started by Anonymous, Apr 22, 2002.

  1. Monstrosa

    Monstrosa Justified & Ancient

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    Boston Dynamics teaser for SpotMini.
     
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  2. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    That looks pretty slick.
     
  3. Coal

    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    I thought the same. It's very neat technology.
     
  4. sherbetbizarre

    sherbetbizarre Special Branch

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    It didn't cock its leg up the wall though... :(
     
  5. Swifty

    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    More drone developments

     
  6. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Clever.
    Some will be classed as 'UFOs'.
     
  7. Swifty

    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    Boston Dynamics showing off what Atlas can now do ..

     
  8. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Definite signs of improvement.
     
  9. Coal

    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    Quite.
     
  10. ramonmercado

    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Dystopian indeed. They think animals are more important than people.

    Anti-Homeless Robot Deployed in San Francisco
    December 14, 2017 at 11:44 am Written by Jake Anderson

    ANTIMEDIA) — As the homeless problem continues to surge in San Francisco, an animal advocacy and pet adoption clinic has taken the novel, if dystopian, approach of hiring an autonomous security robot unit to clear out vagrants. The SPCA (the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) deployed a K5 robot manufactured by Knightscope, a Silicon Valley-based robotics company, to help discourage homeless people from erecting tents on the sidewalks and streets near the clinic. Though it has reduced the number of encampments, the robot has drawn overwhelmingly negative reactions from city residents.

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    Resembling a Whovian Dalek, the K5 security robot moves at around three miles per hour and is equipped with four cameras and an array of lasers, thermal sensors, and GPS. It can be rented for $6 an hour as opposed to the $16/hr a security guard costs.

    http://theantimedia.org/robot-scare-homeless-people/
     
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    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Robots are on their way to passing gym class.

    The design of a new life-size bot named Kengoro closely resembles the anatomy of a teenage boy in body proportion, skeletal and muscular structure, and joint flexibility, researchers report online December 20 in Science Robotics. Compared with previous humanoid robots with more rigid, bulky bodies, Kengoro’s anatomically inspired design gives the bot a wide range of motion to perform humanlike, full-body exercises.

    Constructed by Masayuki Inaba, an engineer at the University of Tokyo, and colleagues, Kengoro has a multi-jointed spine that allows the robot to curl into a sit-up or do back extensions. The bot’s arms are limber enough to execute various stretches or swing a badminton racket. And its artificial muscles are strong enough that Kengoro can stand on tiptoe or do push-ups. Batteries in each leg power Kengoro through about 20 minutes of exercise at a time, and water seeping from inside Kengoro’s metal skeleton like sweat keeps the motors of the artificial muscles cool while the bot works out.

    Such a nimble robot that so closely imitates human movement and anatomy is “very unique,” says Luis Sentis, an engineer at the University of Texas at Austin not involved in the work. Building more humanlike robots could lead to the development of more sophisticated prosthetics or more realistic crash-test dummies that make humanlike reflexive movements during an accident.

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/boy-robot-passes-agility-tests

    Vid at link.
     
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  12. Swifty

    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    The Ketchupbot 2000 .. magnificent

     
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  13. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    I don't think I'll be buying one.
     
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    Mr_Nemo Ephemeral Spectre

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    CES 2018: LG robot Cloi repeatedly fails on stage at unveil

     
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    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Cheats!

    A number of Chinese mobile applications have been shut down after it was revealed women on their platforms were actually automated robots, it's reported.

    According to the Modern Express newspaper, police have closed down mobile apps associated with 21 companies and arrested more than 600 suspects operating across 13 provinces, after discovering that messages from some women were being automatically generated by computer programmes.

    Police in southern Guangdong province began investigating in August 2017, after suspecting one app of fraudulently charging visitors to view pornographic videos which did not exist.

    Further investigation found that technical personnel from at least one company had created fake "sexy girl" accounts. They wrote computer programmes which generated greeting messages and compliments from fake accounts, and targeted these at newly registered users.

    "They solicited gifts and posted other messages to lure the user into spending money, and thus illegally generating profit," the police report reads. It says that tens of thousands of people are believed to have been conned out of a total sum of one billion yuan ($154m; £113m).

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-42609353
     
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    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Women get the hardware!

    Up until now, it looked like women would be missing out on the exciting opportunity to make love to the cold, lifeless bodies of machines.

    But don’t despair, ladies – RealDoll (maker of those alarming plastic sexbots for men) is making one for women too. And he’s quite a hunk (as well as coming with a bionic penis which never, ever tires), the makers promise. Just look at those lifeless blue eyes – mmmm! Matt McMullen of RealDoll said that the company’s currently tweaking the sexbot’s voice and personality – and says that users will be able to choose any penis size that suits them.

    Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/08/male-...306/?ito=amp-share-twitter-bottom?ito=cbshare
     
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    Swifty The Great Glass Elevator

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  19. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    I don't think anyone's ever been legally obliged to have sex, have they? Not in the UK, anyway.
     
  20. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...

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    Strictly speaking - perhaps not ...
    But then again ...
     
  21. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    I doubt their ilk ever bothered with lawyers...
     
  22. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...

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    Robot sex is getting all the speculation, but bot burlesque is here today! :reyes:

    FULL STORY (With Link to YouTube Video): https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/0...?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=10
     
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    Ermintruder Existential pixelfixer

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    This is a very-minor matter when compared to all the ketchup bots, sex robots and driver droids referred to above, but....

    Over Christmas, I was given as an unexpected present a Google Home Mini device (as mentioned elsewhere on the forum).

    Up until now, my official tuned spoken statements, me to it: "Hey, Google!", or "Ok Google!" (which do need to be given with some degree of verve, or it doesn't respond) have resulted in dutiful preprogramed responses such as....
    • How can I help?
    • Hi how can I help?
    (or sometimes, probably timer-based)
    • Yes?
    • Yep?
    Since last night, it's started addressing me by my first name. Without any prompting or permission.

    This is as odd as a shop-assistant you've bought a daily paper from, for a month, suddenly knowing your name.

    And it's now gone a bit hip. Sometimes it'll say things like ''that's my name, don't wear it out!". And "Uhuh?"

    These grey jelly doughnut speakers (think of an Apple Mac mouse circa 1990, covered in a fabric sock) are much-more interactive than Furbies ever were.

    Who else has one? I consider it's unsolicited response to be my first-ever AI interpersonal interaction

    Yes, I know it's all just cookies/Google account bridging and a text-to-speech converter, but I'm now expecting it to be asking me out on a date by springtime, or buying me a new hat.

    Can I cripple it's learning capabilities? I'd prefer a dutiful servant that knows where the boundaries are. This damn thing is intent on replacing me, totally, by late 2019, I reckon. If my posts here get taken over by it, I'll let you know...if I'm allowed.
     
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  24. Coal

    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    I've worked in technology for most of my life, designing electronics and working on and with computers for most of that time, from VAXs to 286's (cia CPC128's) and even today's sealed off visual interfaces, and have travelled large parts of the globe to provide detailed technical support for people who sometimes din't speak any more English than I did their native tongue. Having considered your question with some care my advice is:

    Take it out back and smash it with a hammer.
     
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  25. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    I'd second that!
    Excellent advice.
    It's a spy in your house.
     
  26. Mr_Nemo

    Mr_Nemo Ephemeral Spectre

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    I wonder if the 3 Laws of Robotics could used against these spies? :tfoil:
     
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    The Peperami Sausage Robot

     

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