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    Quote Originally Posted by Starjots View Post


    Something I didn't realize until today was that Boston Dynamics was purchased by Google in 2013. With Google's massive efforts in AI, a derivative of this 'platform' could become much more capable very quickly.

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    Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up For Sale

    Boston Dynamics, though, was never folded into Google X and was instead put up for sale. After the division’s latest robot video was posted to YouTube, in February, Google’s public-relations team expressed discomfort that Alphabet would be associated with a push into humanoid robotics. Their subsequent e-mails were also published to the internal online forum and became visible to all Google employees.

    “There’s excitement from the tech press, but we’re also starting to see some negative threads about it being terrifying, ready to take humans’ jobs,” wrote Courtney Hohne, a director of communications at Google and the spokeswoman for Google X.

    Hohne went on to ask her colleagues to “distance X from this video,” and wrote, “we don’t want to trigger a whole separate media cycle about where BD really is at Google.”

    “We’re not going to comment on this video because there’s really not a lot we can add, and we don’t want to answer most of the Qs it triggers,” she wrote.

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    An intelligent robot tries to escape and might be scrapped because of it.

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    A proto cyborg


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    This robot revolution has progressed far enough to start throwing in a few comments.

    +++ Swagbot - I wish I'd thought about this for my user name
    ++ suspension and chassis - this is cool, sort of like a spider with wheels at the end of its legs. Looks like a useful innovation.
    + intended use - at last, robots are threatening dog's jobs and not just humans
    + motors - I'm guessing small hub motors which simplify the drive train

    - power for intended application - with such a small box on top, it's hard to see how this device could run for very long, especially if it's trying to pull or move something

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    Owners Must Agree Not to Have Sex With Robot



    I don't see how, but humans are pretty creative.

    Pepper is supposed to recognize and have emotions, or a simulacrum of them anyway.

    “In addition to Pepper’s emotion recognition functions, Pepper has capabilities to generate emotions autonomously by processing information from his cameras, touch sensors, accelerometer and other sensors within his “endocrine-type multi-layer neural network,” SoftBank says in a press release on the robot.
    Other videos seem to show it's still pretty limited.

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    RoboThespian

    It's in the name, a bot made purely to entertain, sold to science museums and such to provide repeated presentations etc, they are on their fourth generation. Fully customized output via simple browser program etc. About $80,000 complete.





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    I don't know why this tickles my funny bone so much.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Starjots View Post
    +++ Swagbot - I wish I'd thought about this for my user name
    ++ suspension and chassis - this is cool, sort of like a spider with wheels at the end of its legs. Looks like a useful innovation.
    + intended use - at last, robots are threatening dog's jobs and not just humans
    + motors - I'm guessing small hub motors which simplify the drive train

    - power for intended application - with such a small box on top, it's hard to see how this device could run for very long, especially if it's trying to pull or move something
    I wonder if it stresses out the animals to be herded by a robot, if there's an added frission of "WTF is that?!"
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