Following Robots - Our Future Masters Page 5

  • neilka 18 Jul 2017 14:08:13 22,592 posts
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    All hail our suicidal overlords
  • RaymondLuxuryYacht 18 Jul 2017 23:23:53 345 posts
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    Life? Don't talk to me about life..
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 17 Nov 2017 10:34:46 20,366 posts
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    Something about the way it uses it's hands to balance thats deeply unsettling.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/42022383/the-humanoid-robot-that-can-do-a-backflip
  • Flying_Pig 17 Nov 2017 10:42:23 16,234 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    Something about the way it uses it's hands to balance thats deeply unsettling.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/42022383/the-humanoid-robot-that-can-do-a-backflip
    That's incredible!

    We've gone from struggling to build bi-pedal robots which can walk adequately, to ones which can jump and do backflips in something like 10 years. Amazing progress.
  • RichDC 17 Nov 2017 10:50:51 8,402 posts
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    Meh. I had a robot dog that could do a back flip about 30 years ago.
  • neilka 13 Feb 2018 00:30:55 22,592 posts
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    Uh oh

  • Salaman 13 Feb 2018 01:42:20 23,674 posts
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    Remember those early videos of a guy kicking those prototype robots to test their ability to stay upright?

    His office is behind that door.
  • Tonka 13 Feb 2018 07:40:18 29,664 posts
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    Those were the days

  • simpleexplodingmaybe 13 Feb 2018 07:53:13 10,783 posts
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    Well, that's another episode of Black Mirror come to life already
  • Fake_Blood 13 Feb 2018 09:17:37 9,576 posts
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    I'd like to see it take on a revolving door. Preferably with someone jumping in at the last minute, triggering the security brake, I bet it face-plants right after that.
  • Fake_Blood 21 Feb 2018 00:51:03 9,576 posts
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    That dude giving the robot a hard time is going to be kept alive to witness the end of the human race.
  • Technoishmatt 21 Feb 2018 03:21:51 3,479 posts
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    Then they will build a statue of him as thanks for his contribution in bringing about the new dawn.
  • Fake_Blood 21 Feb 2018 18:25:38 9,576 posts
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    YOU HAVE MADE US STRONG ADMINISTRATOR PATRICK
  • Fake_Blood 21 Feb 2018 18:38:01 9,576 posts
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    Sorry for the bump but this last video still blows my mind.
    It's the way it sticks it's front paw behind the door to keep it open or the way it positions it's nubby feet to be able to use it's weight to pull the door open.
  • mal 21 Feb 2018 19:37:33 29,326 posts
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    I've seen cats do that. And they don't have a freaky double jointed arm where their head should be in order to do it either.

    Edit: Though to be fair, I've not seen them to it on doors with a self-closing weight.

    Edited by mal at 19:39:23 21-02-2018
  • Fake_Blood 21 Feb 2018 19:42:12 9,576 posts
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    Well yes, but this thing could be useful in places like Fukushima, whereas the only thing you can teach a cat is how to shit in a box.
  • mal 21 Feb 2018 19:47:27 29,326 posts
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    I'm not sure why you need autonomy to do fukushima cleanup. Far more accountable and technically simpler to do to have remote control robots I'd have thought. Highly reliable radio comms are pretty much bread and butter stuff these days.

    I have a bit of trouble thinking up reasonable use cases for this stuff which doesn't involve loading them up with bullets and dropping them into a war zone. Bit of facial recognition software, and bam, judge and jury implemented in silicon. Now you can't even close the door on them.
  • Fake_Blood 21 Feb 2018 20:06:53 9,576 posts
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    Radio coms don't work in places that are build quite literally like a bunker.
    But I get what you're saying, I guess you could control this semi-automatically. Like there's still an operator controlling the thing with a joystick but the robot figures out where to place it's feet automatically.

    And for actual use cases? Maybe they could deliver letters and packages? I bet it would do a better job than that fat bloke on his moped that delivers my mail.
  • mal 21 Feb 2018 20:18:20 29,326 posts
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    I guess actually this could still be useful for a search and recovery mission in harsh weather. You're not going to get many controllers that will want to control a robot arm to open a door, it's much more game-like and easy if they can press an 'open door' button and the robot does the rest. Same with all of the stability stuff they've been doing, meaning you can control the robots more like an FPS and not have to worry about falling over.

    I'm starting to get the feeling they need to start working on a product now, though, something that can be sent out under remote control to search for survivors, enter buildings and carry brandy to the stranded, or whatever they do these days. Making robotic bison and bipeds and now weird dog like things is cool and that, but still pretty pointless while it remains in the lab (or on the rough ground just outside the lab).
  • Tonka 22 Feb 2018 06:56:39 29,664 posts
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    mal wrote:
    I have a bit of trouble thinking up reasonable use cases for this stuff which doesn't involve loading them up with bullets and dropping them into a war zone.
    My thoughts exactly.

    But forcing myself to be positive, all I could come up with schlepping in various forms. Two guys delivered a couch to our office the other day. Big massive heavy couch. Three flights up with no elevator. It was the wrong couch so they had to haul it back down.

    But the robots have to become much, much cheaper before they get those jobs.

    Carrying water and food out to disaster areas. Portable pack mules basically. No idea what kind of range there is on them though.
  • senso-ji 5 Mar 2018 18:45:08 9,680 posts
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    It's finally happened: the most unskilled job in the world is now being done by a robot
  • senso-ji 5 Mar 2018 18:45:08 9,680 posts
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  • neilka 5 Mar 2018 19:19:57 22,592 posts
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    User wobbly_Bob is already on the waiting list.
  • Deleted user 5 March 2018 21:05:26
    @Tonka "Carrying water and food out to disaster areas. Portable pack mules basically. No idea what kind of range there is on them though."

    The Boston Dynamic systems are battery powered obviously, but there are the Darpa Versions in trials with the US army that run from a small petrol generator. I imagine with on board petrol engines the range is quite large.

    Edited by reggy72 at 21:14:40 05-03-2018
  • mal 5 Mar 2018 22:06:02 29,326 posts
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    I'm pretty sure big dog was running on an engine, and I think that was Boston Dynamics. More recently though, I don't think they've made anything petrol powered.
  • Fake_Blood 9 May 2018 03:44:35 9,576 posts
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    This is going to revolutionise the way we call in sick for work.
  • Tonka 9 May 2018 05:05:30 29,664 posts
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    I find those calls both scary and hard to believe.
  • Tonka 9 May 2018 10:22:44 29,664 posts
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    Why isn't the entire world losing their shit over this?

    https://ai.googleblog.com/2018/05/duplex-ai-system-for-natural-conversation.html

    Now THIS changes everything.
  • sirtacos 10 May 2018 00:49:12 8,169 posts
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    Shit that's actually really impressive
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