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Slideshow: Competitors Gear Up For DARPA Robot Challenge

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Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   3/21/2013 8:22:17 PM
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It's interesting to note that most of the robots, even those with heads, don't have any kind of "eyes." I wonder if that's an effort to reduce the creepiness (i.e., uncanny valley) factor.

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apresher   3/22/2013 8:46:52 AM
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Chuck,  I agree about the eyes and it raises questions about the design goals for these humanoid robots.  I would think that they serve as a research platform especially for the universities, but I would think that some design details (eyes, torsos) are more about aesthetics. I think the Robosimian is an extremely unique design. Love to see how it moves.

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WPI is a leader in robotics
Measurementblues   3/22/2013 9:19:53 AM
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I visited Worcester Polytechnic Institute this week and wrote about their first-in-the-nation robotics program. The piece goes live on Monday, March 25 at www.TheConnectingEdge.com.

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NadineJ   3/22/2013 1:09:45 PM
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Are saying that adding eyes would make it less creepy?  I would disagree with that.

I say, let robots be robots.

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Charles Murray   3/22/2013 5:37:40 PM
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Actually, I was implying that the eyes make it more creepy, Nadine. I'm wondering if they are leaving out the eyes to reduce the creepiness factor. Eyes might make it too human, which creeps people out.

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drpauloh   3/23/2013 12:49:30 PM
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Indeed, for me the DRC is a teaching moment for roboticists, first responders and policy makers (especially on the roles robots can serve in collaborative tasks, for innovating technologies, and fueling the future economy). 

If there is material I can provide, please don't hesitate asking.  I have a slide presentation (with vocals) on http://www.drc-hubo.com called "The What, Why, When, Where, and How of the DRC".

 

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Elizabeth M   3/25/2013 6:07:25 AM
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Hi, Ann, here's the link to the report I read about what has been going on at Fukushima: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/03/20/robots-have-failed-fukushima-daiichi-and-japan/


It is more about Japan not having access to the robotic technology it needed when it should have, which I guess speaks to the urgency of developing this type of technology and the relevance of the DARPA contest.

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Elizabeth M   3/25/2013 7:01:33 AM
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I am not sure I agree with you NadieJ, but I can see why you would say that you prefer robots that are more clearly machines than human. I think humanoid robots may seem a bit strange, but in some cases I think people may be more comfortable working with them. Then again, it might be creepy to get TOO comfortable and think you're dealing with a human. I guess as they become more commonplace, these problems will get solved.

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NadineJ   3/25/2013 11:48:43 AM
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I can see what you mean, Elizabeth.  Many need a "human" connection depending on how the robot is used.

If you're interested in sci-fi anime, Ghost in the Shell 2 depicts the perils of creating very humanlike robots.  I gues a lot of sci-fi does.  What I like about this movie is that it addresses many of the roles we will expect robots to play as the technology progresses.  And, it explores how human and "human" nature clash.

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Elizabeth M   3/25/2013 11:54:19 AM
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Thanks for the recommendation, Nadine. I will check that out sometime. I am not sure how I feel about having very human-like robots. I guess it would depend. I haven't been around any robots live and in person really, so it is hard to say. But Ann, another one of our bloggers, was around Baxter, Rethink Robotics' robot that sort of combines both human and machine features, and I think she actually found "him" quite comfortable to be around. It also, of course, depends on the person.

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