Archive for February 28th, 2007

Robots from Boston Dynamics

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Boston Dynamics makes some very advanced robots !

NASA’s robotic sub readies for dive into Earth’s deepest sinkhole

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
nasa robot

An underwater robot, shaped like a flattened orange, maneuvered untethered and autonomously within a 115-meter-deep sinkhole during tests this month in Mexico, a prelude to its mission to probe the mysterious nether reaches of the world’s deepest sinkhole.

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Let Robots Sweat the Boring Stuff

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
happy-robot

If it’s bad for humans to be reduced to robotic inauthenticity, isn’t it preferable that real robots should step in to execute our mindless tasks for us? But what happens when robots start to develop emotions of their own?

The Standard reported last week that “emotional robots” are currently being developed, sensate vacuum cleaners programmed with emotion to increase their efficiency. “If a robot feels happy after it has cleaned a dirty carpet particularly well, then it will apparently seek out more dirt in order to do the same,” the article explains. “Similarly, if the robot feels guilt or sadness at having failed at a task, it will try harder next time.”

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