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15-12-2005, 01:59 PM
make of this what you will...http://hansonrobotics.com/project_pkd.php

15-12-2005, 02:55 PM
"The visual data will be fused with some of the best speech recognition software, advanced natural language processing, and speech synthesis in the world."

Sure thing. I expect it will still spout sense and nonsense in equal measure ;) No doubt someone will try and get it to pass the Turing Test, too.

Nice idea tho. I'm sure it will be quite a spectacle.

To my mind, the definitive article on the subject of AI is: Babbage's Dancer by Simon Schaffer (http://www.hrc.wmin.ac.uk/theory-babbagesdancer-print.html). It's a really great read:

"'One of the reasons we tend to think a calculator can do arithmetic', Collins suggests, 'is the natural way we help it out and rectify its deficiencies without noticing. All the abilities we bring to the calculation - everything that surrounds what the calculator does itself are so widespread and familiar that they have disappeared for us'. This is the point of the tale of the Dancer and the Difference Engine. The intelligence attributed to machines hinges on the cultural invisibility of the human skills which accompany them. In Babbage's devices, the skills which surrounded automatic mechanization were systematically rendered invisible."

15-12-2005, 07:12 PM
although look here to see an example of the robot head they've built already:

its weirdly creepy and pathetic at the same time.

I like Simon Schaffer - I'll have to read that article.

05-12-2008, 05:21 PM
Could've made it look a bit cuter, i think


29-01-2009, 12:38 PM

he walks a bit like a creeping pervert... and one day he's gonna kill Kevin for patronising him so badly... "wow! well done, Asimo!"

josef k.
29-01-2009, 02:31 PM
If Asimo has been programmed with the three laws of robotics, he could only kill Kevin if he deemed this to be accordance with the good of humanity.

30-01-2009, 12:43 PM
true, true... i don't think i'd really like to comment on that.

Bang Diddley
24-03-2009, 04:03 PM
This one walks like she needs the toilet .

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Ness Rowlah
24-03-2009, 09:01 PM
how very human (the need for a loo trip that is)

10-04-2009, 07:13 PM
This one walks like she needs the toilet .


who are those other two?? they look like transformers or something

Agent Nucleus
10-04-2009, 07:35 PM

13-04-2009, 10:49 PM
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15-07-2009, 04:08 PM
Since they apparently don’t own TVs or DVD players, researchers at Robotic Technology, Inc. are developing battlefield machines that can fuel themselves with collected organic matter. The experts say such fuel “could” include human corpses, but if you picked up anything on flesh-eating robots over the years you know they’ll ignore that tasty soybean field and make a chow line right to the nearest corpse. And, if the machines can’t find enough dead people to eat, they can always make new ones.

Researchers seem to get a kick out of insuring the demise of the human species, so the project is called the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot or EATR.



15-07-2009, 04:56 PM
That's nothing -- nanobiotech FTW!

15-07-2009, 05:11 PM
Why don't you start your own thread if you think it's so great.

This one is about Corpse Eating Robots.

15-07-2009, 05:16 PM
Well, in a sense they're the same thing -- reight?


15-07-2009, 05:20 PM
Righto, well why just post on a thread saying 'that's nothing'. Yes you're right, your robots are better than mine. Well done.

Tedious, reight?


15-07-2009, 05:29 PM

Mr. Tea
15-07-2009, 05:41 PM
...sound like they should be signed to http://blrrrecords.com/

15-07-2009, 06:08 PM

Anyway, this company is apparently developing concepts for macro scale battlefield robots that could refuel themselves using organic matter.

We know about nanotechnology, but this is, you know, something else with it's own particular grotesque implications and fascination.

The power source is the interesting bit though really, it's like Mr. Fusion.




So it's a kind of steam engine. Pretty crazy that they seem to be actually getting somewhere with it, albeit with the aid of military backing.

16-07-2009, 11:49 AM
I reckon SETI hasn't found any extra-terrestrial civilisations yet because eventually they invent something like this and all get eaten or turned into "grey goo". Whoops!

07-02-2010, 09:11 PM
this thing is insane, no remote control whatsoever except for the co-ordinates it needs to get to.

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Sick Boy
07-02-2010, 11:57 PM
Holy fuck.

08-02-2010, 12:39 PM
I really want to have sex with it. That's wrong, isn't it?

08-02-2010, 01:07 PM
If you wanted sex with bigdog because of that video, this one will push you over the edge.


08-02-2010, 08:52 PM
nice thoughtful piece on robots in latest granta by steven hall, (not online obv :slanted:)
er sorry to raise the tone a little there :) i only read the 1st 1/2 & he probably gets onto robobestialism later on...

02-05-2010, 09:09 PM
more robots than porno!!

02-05-2010, 10:20 PM
My flatmate just got a job designing the control architecture for an autonomous blimp. It's about a meter long, has a camera on it and it flys around and finds things for you. Or at least it will. It's a pretty sick job.

Personally I think his number 1 priority should be recreating this:


04-05-2010, 12:45 PM
Life-sized Gundam statue in Tokyo is alive (http://www.examiner.com/x-10430-Japan-Travel-Examiner~y2009m6d12-Lifesized-Gundam-statue-in-Tokyo-is-alive)

10-12-2011, 11:10 PM

I love the fact that someone probably spent days maybe weeks programming a robot to do pressups. Still pretty :eek: