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January 19th, 2011

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11:28 pm - Really Impressive Robots
Here's a video of several small autonomous robot helicopter fitted with manipulators working together to build objects. That's what they're doing now, in five years I'm betting we'll see both high end kid's toys where you make a structure of blocks or legos or whatever on a screen and small robots then build it for you, while advanced robots will be used in various industrial and military applications. In a decade, we're looking at robots assisting in outdoor construction and similar projects. In yet another field, I cannot remotely predict what the world will look like in 20 years, except that it's likely to be pretty darn amazing.

I'm betting that the 2010s are the decade when all our wonderful electronic technology starts moving from screens to being far more active in the world. Combine small autonomous helicopters like these with modern facial recognition software and full-time outdoor surveillance of an individual becomes frighteningly easy. Alternately, a dozen or so of these copters could do wonders for search and rescue efforts and they could also make most street crime like mugging first something that can almost always be photographed, and eventually something that can be prevented or interrupted by an autonomous robot, or preferably by an autonomous robot that turns over control to a human operator who then authorizes it to use its taser or similar non-lethal attack use against a mugger or other violent criminal.

You could also have niftyness like robot mail delivery of small packages - not just to your home, but to your present location. Order a burger and fries while out on a walk, and have a robo-copter deliver it to you. Better yet, go camping in a decade in much of the US, forget toothpaste or something similar and have a robot deliver it to you. Go camping in 20 years, and robots find the best local site for your tent and put it up for you.
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Date:January 20th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)
...that kinda kills the point of camping, though.
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Date:January 20th, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
The tent probably WILL be a robot.

But I agree with Lupabitch.
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Date:January 20th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Robots setting up my tent would be really handy for me, since I love camping but have not the slightest clue how to set up a tent.

The crime-preventing robots could easily backfire, though. A government could use crime-prevention robots to quell peaceful protests or torture anyone it deems a threat. And what if the robot malfunctions and tasers the victim instead of the mugger in a crime-prevention scenario?

The robots-and-legos scenario could have applications in the medical world, specifically in the field of organ transplants. A scientist or doctor could create a picture onscreen of the organ to be replaced. A team of robots may be able to design stem cells into a suitable transplant organ. This, of course, assumes that stem-cell technology is much farther along than it is currently.

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