Tuesday, December 16, 2008
It's the product of the Missile Defense Agency and they call it the MKV-L (Multiple Kill Vehicle). The hover bot is meant to be used as a bundle of missile interceptors deployed by a larger carrier. Objectives of this particular test included having the MKV-L hover under its own power and prove its capability to recognize and track a surrogate target in a flight environment.
Terminator style hunter-killer, here we come.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
That's it, folks. We're done.
They've gone and built a biologically based robot brain.
The robot’s biological brain is made up of cultured neurons which are placed onto a multi electrode array (MEA). The MEA is a dish with approximately 60 electrodes which pick up the electrical signals generated by the cells. This is then used to drive the movement of the robot. Every time the robot nears an object, signals are directed to stimulate the brain by means of the electrodes. In response, the brain's output is used to drive the wheels of the robot, left and right, so that it moves around in an attempt to avoid hitting objects. The robot has no additional control from a human or a computer, its sole means of control is from its own brain.
We're now officially doomed.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Crime fighting robots by 2040.
"The robots themselves will not be super-intelligent and will not be motivated to take over themselves, but those who control the robots will control society."
The study that came to this conclusion was sponsored by the dvd release of The Sarah Conner Chronicles. Conflict of interest?
Saturday, August 9, 2008
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Some plucky Brits utilized the technology that makes your mobile phone vibrate to create a small army of autonomous robots.
Says a biorobotics professor: "This also poses important research questions: how can we maintain and control thousands of robots."
Yeah, let's get a handle on that now, shall we?
Friday, August 1, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
So this is the "Heart Robot" that reacts to the way you treat it. It's got a little "heart" that "beats" and a "breathing stomach" and these respond to the way you treat it. Give it a hug and it relaxes, show it some anger and it gets tense.
Let's see what it does when we "smother" it with a "pillow."
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
SENSOPAC, an ominous sounding European outfit undoubtedly working for Skynet or perhaps Ernst Stavro Blofeld, is developing a robotic hand controlled by a robotic brain and featuring sensitive robot skin (no doubt soaked in Palmolive).
"The hand they have built is closely modeled on the human hand. It can snap its fingers, pick up an egg or carry a cup of coffee. Its fingers are moved by 38 opposing motors."
How much longer until they find out whether it can pull a trigger?
Friday, July 25, 2008
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The US Army placed an order for 220 additional robots to join 1500 that are already deployed.
The robots in question are the PackBot 510, which are programmed to investigate suspicious objects, identify roadside bombs and find Sarah Conner.
Nova 5 has "humanlike abilities of perception and decision-making."
A professor involved with the project says, "This robot will be able to analyze the situation and determine where the particular threat could be coming from in terms of its sensors."
You look like a threat to me, puny human.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Just a friendly warning: today marks the anniversary of the first known incident of a robot killing a human. Robert Williams became the first victim of world robot domination when "an automated piece of machinery turned and crushed the 34-year-old worker against a safety bar. He died five days later."
You have been warned.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
If you see one of these little robocrabs scuttling around your office, just step on 'em like the bugs they are.
You know they're listening to you. Relaying information back to your manager. Or to the evil robot overlords. Or, perhaps, both.
Play it safe. Get some crab stompin' boots.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
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"The goal is to build an intelligent environment for the symbiosis of robots and humans in everyday life. The real challenge is to come up with robots that can actually communicate with people."
Robot: You Sarah Conner?
Well, you know the rest.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
"We don't yet let robots wash the car or mow the lawn, but dissect out a cancerous prostate? Sure, go ahead."
And now, it seems, these robot docs aren't quite living up to their promise. Shocking.
Friday, June 27, 2008
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A fistful of Japanese robotics firms are joining forces, Transformers(or is it more Power Rangers?)-like, to make one big giant evil venture.
Together, they hope to sell 200,000 to 300,000 robots within the next five years.
I'm thinking that the first real skirmishes in the robot wars will begin on their little island nation anytime now.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Now they want to send a robot camera into your intestines to take pictures, presumably while they simultaneously inject you with some sort of disease or explosive nanobots.
Or maybe they just want detailed maps of our intestines so the nanobot forces can better find their way when they're unleashed at a later date.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
But have these researchers never seen real monkeys? How long until they start checking each other for ticks and then start flinging poo at us? Imagine how much force they could use with that robot arm. Makes clean up time just that much more difficult.
Yes, the north pole, where tiny robots can continue implanting and tending their nefarious global warming devices while pretending to help polar bears.
Or maybe they'll head straight for the alien base lodged in the center of the earth.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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Here's a longer video. Same robots, though. Same shameful display of robots making humans obsolete as part of their nefarious plans.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
From The Press Association:
British scientists have won a £1 million grant to find out if a robot can safely be employed to stir soup in a kitchen.
The project called Co-operative Human Robot Interaction Systems and based at the Bristol Robotics Lab has been funded by the European Commission.
A lab spokeswoman said: "It will specifically look at the problems of a human and a robot working together in the same space, for example in a kitchen where the service robot is performing a task such as stirring soup, while you add cream."
Here's another article on this important subject.
I'm just not sure I have a comment on this story. Except, of course, the obligatory reference to that Outer Limits cook book, To Serve Man.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
First they outsource our conductors, then our viola players become robots and then...?
By the way, does anybody else think it's ironic that Japan sent a robot they built to conduct an orchestra in Detroit...?
This little feller will "explore the depths of the Atlantic Ocean to study the growth of underwater volcanoes."
Hmm. Volcanoes, eh?
How long until they start hollowing them out to make a secret lair where they can finally hammer out their plans to annihilate us?
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Quote: "the research is expected to lead to the introduction of powerful and flexible machines suitable for use in dynamically changing environments where conditions are unstable or unpredictable, such as war zones or disaster areas."
War zones, eh? Like the war between robots and humans...?
Saturday, May 10, 2008
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Well here's an interesting new way for them to approach world domination. Through our free market system.
Meet Marl the stock picking robot.
Quote: Once an orderly and uncongested chart pattern is recognized; proven to generate risk/reward is identified by "Marl", it will then be added to its "Watch List".
Yeah, I bet we'll all be added to its watch list sooner or later.
Image from http://olegportnoy.blogspot.com
Sunday, May 4, 2008
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John Pike (great grandfather of Christopher Pike?), head of a military think tank (ha!) sez:
"A robot does what it's told, and you'll be able to get them to advance in ways its hard to get human soldiers to do. They don't have fear, and they kill without compunction."
But more importantly, he said, "A robot means you don't have to write a condolence letter."
Yes. And the robot will not write a letter to anyone when it turns on its masters. Quite a savings on rising postage costs.