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Slideshow: Rescue Robots Save the Day

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   8/2/2012 1:30:49 PM
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William, I'm not sure where the idea of tranquilizing victims comes from. If you mean the Survivor Buddy, the point there was lessons learned after 9/11 about how weird, alien and upsetting a robot can appear to a human in distress. So the GUI and the machine's body language were designed to help calm the victim, as well as provide web communication with family and rescuers. Or did you mean something else?

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William K.   8/2/2012 4:40:33 PM
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Ann, it was in the post by ervin0072002 , who suggested some "sedative gas" or somesuch. The nearby comments mentioned the potential for legal grief if the robot did not deliver up to somebody's expectations. 

Where the problem begins is in the minds of those who have no technical understanding at all, and presume that engineers can do anything if they choose to do it, and spend enough money on it. That, along with the inability of so very many to focus their attention long enough to learn and understand things, seems to be the basis of those who are unwilling, or unknowing-enough, so that they believe that all of their existance is "somebody else's" responsibility.

On the other side, rescue robots do need to be made to look and sound friendly and reassuring. That is why the comment about needing a very good quality speech and sound system on the robots. Fortunately that technology is quite mature.

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Ann R. Thryft   8/3/2012 12:40:11 PM
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Thanks, William, I must have missed that one. I agree, speech and sound technology is at a point where it can enhance robot communication, especially at post-disaster stressful times for humans.

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gsmith120   9/27/2012 4:14:33 PM
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BEAR reminds me of Robo-Cop.  It is a great idea to use the robots to interact with victims.  If the robots had audio capabilities this would/could allow two communications with victims.  In the case of a rescuing a child it would be comforting for a child to hear someone's voice, like their parent to keep them claim.

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