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Slideshow: Toyota's Humanoid Robot Is Space-Bound

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naperlou
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C3PO Prototype
naperlou   7/18/2013 9:01:55 AM
Chuck, doesn't this remind you of C3PO from Star Wars?  Isn't this scary?  What if the robot tried to take over the ISS?  There was no mention of the three laws of robotics.  Is there a fail-safe mode?

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   7/18/2013 10:32:31 AM
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Your idea of this 13-inch-tall robot taking over the ISS sounds like something out of a Mel Brooks comedy, naperlou.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/18/2013 1:22:56 PM
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That *is* funny, Lou. This robot doesn't have enough brains, let alone self-awareness, to even conceive of the idea. We're a very long way from sentient machines.

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Humanoid Robot
apresher   7/18/2013 3:55:08 PM
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I'm not sure how much the robot design adds if the goal is being sympathetic or kind as they speak to a person. Interesting approach.

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Re: Humanoid Robot
Charles Murray   7/18/2013 5:51:10 PM
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The idea of a sympathetic or funny robot is out there now, Al, with the idea that humans will find them more acceptable. Unfortunately, the idea is in its infancy.

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humanoid vs human contact
engineerBob   7/19/2013 12:43:11 PM
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I see a sad day coming when caretakers are replaced (as in the video hospital situation) and we spend our last days comforted by sterile "friendly" robots

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taimoortariq   7/19/2013 1:00:58 PM
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It is great that they have moved from the idea of simple conversations towards more humanly conversations by including emotions in it and removing the element of typical robotic conversation. And also it is nice to see astrounauts being acompanied by robots that would be sympathetic towards them, it will be good for them to have something to have fun with in such a lonely environment.

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Eddy Current   7/19/2013 5:01:30 PM
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It may seem far-fetched but I think it would make a great plot for a Sci-Fi movie.  Imagine a 13-inch high robotic mix of Hannibal Lecter (minus the cannibalism, of course) and HAL wreaking havoc in space, hacking the Earth's internet, then taking over the NSA's equivalent of Skynet (shades of Terminator).  But all is not lost - Earth's salvation is a group of engineers armed with the only computational tool left on the planet not under the control of the 13-inch menace - a slide rule.  But who can teach them how to unlock its power?  The quest begins to seek out the curmudgeonly retired Yoda-like engineer named......   You get the idea.

Eddy

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Re: Humanoid Robot
Charles Murray   7/19/2013 6:16:05 PM
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Yes, I think you've homed in on the other big part of the story, taimoortariq. Being on the ISS for months can be a pretty lonely task. I would imagine astronauts will be happy to have the company, even if it is the company of a robot.

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mrdon   7/20/2013 1:53:52 PM
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Charles, I do see some potential behind the robot for space travelers as an entertainment element and companion while being a million miles away from people. The vision of robots and humans co-existing is truly in its infancy stage but its going to take society to have an open mind to accept this concept. Sci-fi movies protraying robots dominating society will continued to be in the front matter of the majority of people thus resisting acceptance to these machines as being equal partners and companions. Baxter, Marilyn Monrobot, and other societal robots are the ambassadors to break down this wall of fear and resistance of man co-existing with intelligent machines. Great article and video Charles!

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