Discussion in 'New Science' started by Anonymous, Apr 22, 2002.
Boston Dynamics teaser for SpotMini.
That looks pretty slick.
I thought the same. It's very neat technology.
It didn't cock its leg up the wall though...
More drone developments
Some will be classed as 'UFOs'.
Boston Dynamics showing off what Atlas can now do ..
Definite signs of improvement.
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.
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.
Vid at link.
The Ketchupbot 2000 .. magnificent
I don't think I'll be buying one.
CES 2018: LG robot Cloi repeatedly fails on stage at unveil
This is how it will all start Nemo ..
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).
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
A sexual consent app is soon to be released in an attempt to curb false allegations. It won't work of course: what if a person changes their mind after they've pressed the consent button or claims that they were bullied into pressing the consent button? .. are they the then legally obliged to have sex?
I don't think anyone's ever been legally obliged to have sex, have they? Not in the UK, anyway.
Strictly speaking - perhaps not ...
But then again ...
I doubt their ilk ever bothered with lawyers...
Robot sex is getting all the speculation, but bot burlesque is here today!
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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)
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.
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.
I'd second that!
It's a spy in your house.
I wonder if the 3 Laws of Robotics could used against these spies?
The Peperami Sausage Robot
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