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NadineJ   3/28/2013 12:53:48 PM
It's true that clear communication and comprehension are important.  Acronyms and colloquialisms can be confusing.

Back to the robots...I don't agree that robots' "perceptions and movements should be as human as possible" in order to work in a space designed for humans.  Observing a cat or dog in a new space demonstrates that non-humans can navigate spaces created for humans as well as, or better than, people.

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Ann R. Thryft   3/28/2013 2:20:49 PM
I completely agree with you about human-like robots not being necessary for working in human-design spaces. I also think that goes for how human-like they must be in looks or operation: Some people like that similarity to humans, but some, like me, not only don't need it but find the uncanny valley effect horrific. OTOH, a lot of work has been done to help robots and humans communicate better so they can work together safely and productively. One of those things is designing robot hands to work more like ours for a number of reasons: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=260644

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Cabe Atwell   5/18/2014 6:10:59 PM
Virginia Tech's THOR is pretty impressive. I wonder what has become of it, as there isn't any more news about it. Did he join the likes of Johnny 5?

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