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October 19th, 2009

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02:21 am - More amazing robots
Robotics is becoming increasingly amazing. Today, I saw both an article and video about Panasonic's kitchen & medical robots, and a truly amazing small autonomous flying robot (video after the cut). I suspect that Panasonic's prediction of widespread sales of commercial and home robotics in 6 years will prove true. Except for AI (which I'm betting on in 15-20 years), most of the dreams and visions of robots from the 1950 & 60s are beginning to come true. We live in an amazing era.

Current Mood: impressedimpressed

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Date:October 19th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)

Another thing into my interesting project folder...

I just bought an Arduino microcontroller, that looks like something that might be possible to hack together with it. I'm not sure if that kind of mapping would be possible with it but then there are more expensive things which would have the capability for that.

(If I only had time. :)
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Date:October 19th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Wow! And it's CUTE! I could seriously see those going on sale at Torys-r-Us.

As for AI, I tend to think of it as something as a dead end, in that it's becoming more and more clear that we don't need general purpose humanlike artificial sentience, but "good enough" machine intelligence. A search and rescue or housekeeping robot doesn't need to think like we do, but just enough to do the tasks properly. In fact, avoiding going into full AI means we also avoid the trap of robots that get bored or angry with their tasks.

Oddly enough, I think it was a game, Trinity that exposed me to that idea, with the idea of "Satisfactory Intelligence". INstead of replacing people, computers in that setting expanded capabilities.

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