There are things you must know, young robot, if you are to make your way in the world
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CeeGee Studios created an awesome compueter animated short about Nazi super robots (YouTube part 1, Part 2). It got me dreaming up possible propellerpunk (that’s my name for it, which I coined for a story called Heavensent, others call it Dieselpunk) battle scene dioramas.
Take the sort of robots and sci-fi subjects available through Hobbylink Japan, kitbash them with second world war era tank and plane parts then set them against some period tanks or ships. To give an idea of the size of the robot you’d really need to do it in a scale such as 1:144, or even smaller. Revell does a 1:200 oil rig, the destruction of which would be an opening scene from the giant robot movie. Mirage does a Polish harbour diorama in 1:400 or the Clyde, circa 1940 in the same scale. In larger scales 1:144 is well supplied. Here’s Hannants’ list, and that of interesting looking Japanese garage kit company Kami de Koro Koro.
I’m going to be on the lookout for giant robot kits now.
Should we extend rights to robots, or not? In a rebuttal to a report from earlier this year, scientists have called the issue a “distraction” and say we should be considering what automatons could do for us as carers, security and sex toys.
South Korea is to draw up a Robot Ethics Charter.
ASIMOV’S LAWS OF ROBOTICS
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Songs on streaming radio that have taken my fancy today-
Nathaniel Merryweather – Stroker Ace
kmfdm – These Boots Are Made For Walking
I also tried stations other than my two default Indie ones. A journey into Ambient wasn’t very satisfying, and my cliche tolerance was used up within one and a half songs on the Country station. I wish I could tell you the name of the learning English song on the JPop channel, but they weren’t putting up artist information.
A team of researchers at massachusetts institute of technology are working on what they call SCOUTS (Surface Crafts for Oceanographic and Undersea Testing). Built into kayaks, the robotic boats are intended to become parts of autonomous teams which can be used for mine clearing, rescue and other operations. Ultimately, the technology developed will also be used by autonomous underwater vehicles, so the military are obviously interested in the research.
“In order to be effective with robots in the water, you’d best not have a plan that relies on a lot of communication,” [MIT research engineer Joseph] Curcio said. “To be effective with a fleet of vehicles and have them do something intelligent, what you really need to do is have the software be so robust that communication between the vehicles can be kept to a minimum.”
Biologically inspired by the common carp, the new designs can avoid objects and swim around a specially designed tank entirely of their own accord.
Technorati tag: Robots
A robotic treasure hunter has found the haul of the century on Robinson Crusoe Island- named for the book that was inspired by the story of a sailor stranded there.
According to legend, a fabulous treasure haul was buried on the island in 1715 by Spanish sailor Juan Esteban Ubilla-Echeverria. The bounty is said to have been discovered a few years later by British sailor Cornelius Webb, who reburied it on another part of the island.
By some estimates the haul would include 800 barrels of gold ingots, silver pieces, gems and other riches worth up to $10 billion.
The “robotic” dentist is a machine developed to automate and simplify the fitting of dental implants, which would allow high street dentists to perform what has previously been a job for specialists.
10 scientists predict ways the world might end in terms of likelihood over the next 70 years and danger to the human race.
7: Robots taking over
Hans Moravec is a research professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in Pittsburgh:
“Robot controllers double in complexity (processing power) every year or two. They are now barely at the lower range of vertebrate complexity, but should catch up with us within a half-century. By 2050 I predict that there will be robots with humanlike mental power, with the ability to abstract and generalise.
“These intelligent machines will grow from us, learn our skills, share our goals and values, and can be viewed as children of our minds. Not only will these robots look after us in the home, but they will also carry out complex tasks that currently require human input, such as diagnosing illness and recommending a therapy or cure. They will be our heirs and will offer us the best chance we’ll ever get for immortality by uploading ourselves into advanced robots.”
Chance of super-intelligent robots in the next 70 years: High
Danger score: 8
I, for one, welcome our new metal overlords.
The US Air Force has launched the XSS-11 (Experimental Spacecraft Systems 11) aboard a Minotaur rocket. The satellite will test autonomous piloting systems to navigate around six other satellites it is directed to, the first step to a free roaming space mechanic ‘bot (or, the cynics say, a satellite destroyer).
South Korea is planning to enhance its border with North Korea by rolling out robot sentries which may have weapons mounted on them and the ability to detect and fire upon movement.
2 robot mindstorm toys and a person who was bored gives birth to … Sex bots. The mating in question is actually done by a transfer of the code running the two robots, so they eventually become their own “children”. The code pool is very limited tho, but if you are bored…
Technorati tag: Sex