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Video: This Isn't Your Mother's Pasta
9/19/2012

A roomful of the Chef Cui noodle-slicing robots invented by Cui Runquan to perform the arduous and repetitive task of slicing noodles in restaurants. The robots use movements similar to a windshield wiper to slice noodles rapidly with one hand from dough held in the other. (Source: Zoominuk)
A roomful of the Chef Cui noodle-slicing robots invented by Cui Runquan to perform the arduous and repetitive task of slicing noodles in restaurants. The robots use movements similar to a windshield wiper to slice noodles rapidly with one hand from dough held in the other.
(Source: Zoominuk)

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Cadman-LT
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Cadman-LT   10/18/2012 11:19:15 PM
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I guess I am just not ready for robots in restaurants or bars where human interaction is a big part of the experience.

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Rob Spiegel   10/24/2012 12:27:00 AM
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Cadman-LT, how do you differentiate between a robot and a machine?

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Cadman-LT   11/5/2012 1:15:51 PM
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I guess robots are made to look human and a machine is a machine. I know that isn't correct, because we have welding robots and such that don't look human. That's my answer though.

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Cadman-LT   11/5/2012 1:20:24 PM
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So basically, when I think robot, I think of a human-looking machine. I don't think about robotic welders and whatever, I just picture a human-looking machine. There are a lot of machines that are not called robots, but when you make a machine look human, then they call it a robot. See what I mean?

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Rob Spiegel   11/5/2012 4:00:55 PM
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Hi Cadman-LT. I think the word robot is a widely used term that encompasses a wide range of machines. I haven't seen a clear definition between robot and machine.

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Cadman-LT   11/14/2012 12:13:49 PM
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I totally agree. You can have a robotic welder, it's called a robot. But I prefer to call them machines. There is no real definition I guess.

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Cadman-LT   11/14/2012 12:17:47 PM
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For some reason I attach robot to human-like. A machine is a machine. A welder is a welder. They call them robots, but I don't. They are machines.

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Rob Spiegel   11/14/2012 9:30:51 PM
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Good point, Cadman-LT. I've always thought robots were machines that exhibit human qualities. Welders and other factory machines are often called robots partly (I think) because their movements replicate human tasks.

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TommyH   11/16/2012 10:58:53 AM
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I saw an article last year that predicted that McDonalds will have unattended robotic resteraunts within a decade.  Eventually robots and computers, which are already impacting employment, will be doing a lot more jobs than they do now.  Those jobs will be gone forever.  What will we do when our workforce becomes so large relative to the jobs available, that there is constant double digit unemployment?

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Cadman-LT   12/10/2012 1:43:52 AM
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Seeing as how they can already mow your lawn and vaccuum the carpet I assume kids will grow up without any work ethic at all eventually.

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