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Slideshow: Robot Salamanders, Snakes & Bugs; Creepy Defined

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William K.
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William K.   2/6/2014 8:23:12 PM
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Ann, all of those ideas come from considering the secondary and tertiary effects of various advances and potential advances. And it is certainly vital to consider the secondary effects of the things that we do, you know. 

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2014 6:54:44 PM
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etmax, interesting observation about iguana locomotion--I've noticed how weird their legs look when moving, but didn't know the mechanics behind it. Thanks for that.





Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2014 6:53:26 PM
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etmax, I'll bet the flip ability must be restricted to hard surfaces, too. And I share your admiration of the designers' thought processes. If I liked bugs, I'd want one of theirs. They've got other designs besides the scarab.



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Re: CREEPY DEFINED
Charles Murray   2/6/2014 6:46:56 PM
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Creepy, yes, but you have to admit that scene in Minority Report was cool.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2014 1:00:40 PM
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bobjengr, you *would* have to remind me of that scene in Minority Report! Those bots gave me the creeps, too.



 

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Self destruct. The attack of the scarab beetles.
Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2014 12:54:12 PM
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William, you sure do come up with a lot of sci-fi/action movie scenarios.



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Ann R. Thryft   2/6/2014 12:52:13 PM
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Jim, thanks for the (I think) compliment. I had a lot of wild and crazy adventures in my youth. So bashing spiders with a shovel hardly qualifies. But I don't wear a coonskin cap :) And with all due respect, I don't assume I know someone until I've spent a lot of time with them, in person. Although you may have had tongue in cheek on that one.

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etmax   2/5/2014 6:40:37 PM
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At the risk of totally freaking you out, we have a range of spiders from tiny and very deadly to large and hairy but not so deadly, and when the 3-4" sized ones come into the house we let them run around for a few days to clean out all the smaller ones, as well as the thumb sized cockroaches that occasionally wander in, then put them out. My wife used to squeal when she saw a spider but now is with me on tolerating these house keepers.

I don't have a great love for spiders, just a fascination and respect for their position in the food web (eat more mosquitoes and flies than fly spray kills)

I caught a lizard once which was about 2 metres long for a photo and let go. Does that come under "gecko lizard" :-)

When I was about 13 a neighbour called me over because there was a poisonous snake (about 7th most poisonous in the world) in their livingroom, so I went over and helped with the eviction notice :-)

And one more freaky thing :-) when I was about 10 I had a fascination with these 2" long scorpions I found so I caught a couple to take home and study.

So a few scarabs (even after "The Mummy") don't tend to phase me.

No animals were harmed in the writing of this totally true post.

etmax
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etmax   2/5/2014 6:12:14 PM
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Hi Elizabeth, I don't think panic should ever be a part of the equation but I think mechanisation/automation in general is a bigger threat than robotics perse'.

I mean things like self serve registers where one "supervisor" monitors 6-8 self checkouts really make it hard for early school leavers and uni students.


I only hope over time that they prove unprofitable for them.

etmax
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etmax   2/5/2014 5:47:37 PM
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Hi Ann, fantastic article, thanks. I am rather impressed by the out of the box thinking to make it flip back onto its feet although my guess is that only works on hard surfaces. It seems to use largely cam driven technology for the legs but what may come as a surprise to many rather large animals use this open loop control of their legs. I once watched a documentary on Galapagos and was amazed to see that the iguanas seem to have an almost terrain independant program for their legs which looks really weird when there's a rock under one of them.

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