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'MacGyver' Robot Can Use Found Objects to Solve Problems
10/12/2012

Need to MacGyver your way out of a tough spot? Golem Krang, a robot designed by researchers at Georgia Tech, may soon be able to help. A Navy grant is funding work by researchers to create an algorithm that would give the robot the ability to use objects in its environment as tools to solve problems, such as the one pictured in a simulated scenario.   (Source: Georgia Tech)
Need to MacGyver your way out of a tough spot? Golem Krang, a robot designed by researchers at Georgia Tech, may soon be able to help. A Navy grant is funding work by researchers to create an algorithm that would give the robot the ability to use objects in its environment as tools to solve problems, such as the one pictured in a simulated scenario.
(Source: Georgia Tech)

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Beth Stackpole
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Robot rescue hero
Beth Stackpole   10/12/2012 8:29:45 AM
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It's certainly hard to get your mind wrapped around the idea that an algorithm could drive a robot to figure out how pull that solider out from under the debris or throw a chair through a window to coordinate an escape from fire. That said, Design News' robotics coverage certainly shows we're making progress towards that goal. Great example of yet another instance where  unleashing the creativity of the innovators is likely to result in some seriously extraordinary technology.

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mrdon   10/12/2012 10:41:26 AM
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Beth, Agree. The world provides a wealth of inspiration to design cool and innovated autonomous robots from animals, to insects, now MacGyver. I wonder how MacGyer might feel that is job may be threaten by a robot? LOL

NadineJ
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curious
NadineJ   10/12/2012 11:17:49 AM
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Did the researchers use MacGyver as their inspiration or is that a tie-in created by the author?

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: curious
Ann R. Thryft   10/12/2012 4:15:31 PM
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Nadine, I checked the press release, and that term is used there.

tekochip
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Duck Tape
tekochip   10/12/2012 4:47:30 PM
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It should come equipped with a duck tape dispenser and a paper clip canister.

Charles Murray
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Intelligent enough?
Charles Murray   10/12/2012 6:15:18 PM
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If I'm locked out of my car, I may not necessarily want to use a chair or a crowbar to break the window to get in. So the question arises: Will the robot be judicious in its choice of solutions?

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Re: Intelligent enough?
Cadman-LT   10/14/2012 7:37:21 PM
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That is a very good point. I don't think I'm ready to trust robots for such things.

GlennA
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science fiction or over-reach
GlennA   10/14/2012 10:17:43 PM
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This sounds ambitious to the point of being too far-fetched.  I think sometimes these projects are meant to evaluate 'bleeding-edge' technologies, determine the short-comings, and make a wish-list of new technologies.

Rob Spiegel
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Please, not MacGyver
Rob Spiegel   10/14/2012 10:21:24 PM
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While the MacGyver appellation is cute, I can't see that it's appropriate. The shtick with MacGyver is that he always failed.

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Re: Please, not MacGyver
NadineJ   10/14/2012 11:03:30 PM
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Rob: I agree.  I've never seen the television show but I'm familiar with the common phrase.

That's why I asked if it was used by the researchers.  Unfortunately, an asst professor is quoted using it in the press release.  It sounds like a fun reference but reads as a little trivial.

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