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Video: Tiny Humanoid Robot Flies Plane

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William K.
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Re: The advantage that the robot has.
William K.   10/17/2014 3:52:40 PM
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Of course there is still the issue of quick reflexes, which undoubtedy saves quite a few pilots in "the bush", as oposed to scheduled commercial flights. I am speaking about those reflexes that save you before you have time to think. The problem is that even fast robotic computers would probably take longer to come up with the rightresponse. There really is no substitute for experience.

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Re: The advantage that the robot has.
Ann R. Thryft   10/15/2014 1:36:09 PM
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Thanks for the clear explication, William. The additional advantages that seem evident to me, anyway, are the fact that this can be done with such cheap and already available technology--a educational kit (toy) robot, no less. Previous research done by one of the team (see abstract for "Development of an Optionally Piloted Vehicle using a Humanoid Robot" in Heejin Jeong's LinkedIn profile) indicates that it also costs a lot more -- and takes a lot longer -- to integrate drone-style automation into existing manned plane designs than it does to simply fly a plane with an autonomous toy robot.

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The advantage that the robot has.
William K.   10/14/2014 3:40:10 PM
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The advantage of using a ro9bot to fly the plane instead of automatin is that the robot could fly any plane, and the secondary advantage is that the robot is not a part of the plane, subject to assorted system problems and failures. Meaning that the robot could possibly work around a virus infecting a plane's navigation system, while the built in system could not.

Flexibility is the biggest benefit, though. Just like industrial robots employed where hard automation could be cheaper and faster, the robot provides a lot more flexibility. And often that is the value that leads to choosing a robot.

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Pibot vs Drone vs Autopilot...
gomnessta   10/14/2014 12:43:36 PM
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Personally, I think Jim has an most excellent point... the interface between a humanoid robot and human flight controls is a point where needless complexities can arise. The fact that it may have vaguely human form is no inherent advantage - quite the opposite, it's another layer that has relatively little to do with an ability to safely pilot an aircraft of any appreciable size. After all, "drones" may not presently be carrying humans - but there ought to be whole ot of "intelligence" to preclude them landing/falling on them - none of which must be integrated into a vaguely human form. Good press for robotic capabilities - little to fortell the future of passenger flight...

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Ann R. Thryft   10/13/2014 1:24:11 PM
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Jim, drone technology was developed to fly planes carrying lots of things, but not humans. Robots can (soon) fly planes carrying people safely enough. Drones can't.



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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   10/13/2014 1:07:25 PM
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Exactly; Drone Aircraft.  So you are saying that the technology necessary to impart decision-making into an Artificial Intelligence humanoid  is not likely to be also integrated into a drone-?

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Not at all redundant machines
Ann R. Thryft   10/13/2014 12:43:06 PM
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Jim, we give one reason: replacing humans in fully automated flights. An autonomous robot is quite different from integrated automation: the latter is a UAV, aka a drone, and not very capable of flying safely enough to avoid accidents, as had been widely publicized. Drone tech is pretty stupid compared to robot tech.



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Redundant machines
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   10/13/2014 12:33:51 PM
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With apologies to science fiction and especially Lt. Commander Data, why in the world would you develop a humanoid-shaped machine to operate a separate flying machine, and not simply integrate the architecture into one?    Seems like a publicity stunt to generate funding for the robotics program.

naperlou
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why not direct connect?
naperlou   10/13/2014 11:32:20 AM
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With many planes using fly by wire, it would make more sense to just plug the robot in.

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