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Terminators getting closer everyday to launch...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. fmhuff

    fmhuff Monkey+++

    Not too long ago you may remember it was all the rage how HS kids programing their laptops along with paintball guns and servo's that could hit anything within range that moved past a certain rate and range. It got pretty sophisticated and they would fire until the target quit moving. It was very accurate too.

    The programing was free for the asking then and I bet you could find it now if you did an internet search. It's not to hard to tell it when to go active and when to go dormant. Real guns and real software. It reminded me of the robotic sentry’s they set up in Aliens to stop anything that came down the hallway.

    In a word, anybody could do it if they want to. LINK to links
  2. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

  3. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of ‘Robo Sapiens’

    C3PO it’s not. But its creators have high hopes for the hydraulically powered machine. The robot — which is equipped with both laser and stereo vision systems, as well as dexterous hands — is seen as a new tool that can come to the aid of humanity in natural and man-made disasters.Atlas is being designed to perform rescue functions in situations where humans cannot survive. The Pentagon has devised a challenge in which competing teams of technologists program it to do things like shut off valves or throw switches, open doors, operate power equipment and travel over rocky ground. The challenge comes with a $2 million prize.

    Some see Atlas’s unveiling as a giant — though shaky — step toward the long-anticipated age of humanoid robots.

    “People love the wizards in Harry Potter or ‘Lord of the Rings,’ but this is real,” said Gary Bradski, a Silicon Valley artificial intelligence specialist and a co-founder of Industrial Perception Inc., a company that is building a robot able to load and unload trucks. “A new species, Robo sapiens, are emerging,” he said.

    The debut of Atlas on Thursday was a striking example of how computers are beginning to grow legs and move around in the physical world.

    Although robotic planes already fill the air and self-driving cars are being tested on public roads, many specialists in robotics believe that the learning curve toward useful humanoid robots will be steep. Still, many see them fulfilling the needs of humans — and the dreams of science fiction lovers — sooner rather than later.

    The event on Thursday was a “graduation” ceremony for the Atlas walking robot at the office of Boston Dynamics, the robotics research firm that led the design of the system. The demonstration began with Atlas shrouded under a bright red sheet. After Dr. Pratt finished his remarks, the sheet was pulled back revealing a machine that looked a like a metallic body builder, with an oversized chest and powerful long arms.

    The Atlas robots, which are made from aircraft-grade aluminum and titanium and each weigh 330 pounds, will take part in the Pentagon contest.

    Six of them will be given to companies that are being asked to program them for a competition next year, with a $2 million prize to the company that programs the robot most able to perform an elaborate rescue mission. The competition will be held at Homestead Miami Speedway in December.

    The contest involves programming the robot so that it is able to climb into a vehicle, drive to a destination, get out of the vehicle, cross a rubble field, open a door, use a power tool and turn a valve.

    The robots will be linked to a remote host computer and guided by human operators. To add realism to the competition, the Pentagon research agency will vary the data speed available to the robots during the competition.

    As a result, the systems that are more autonomous will have a significant advantage because they will be able to complete tasks while they are not under direct human control.

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  4. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    And if Atlas should shrug.....and decide it's not his problem?;)
  5. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    I fear that it could become everyone's problem in the not too distant future. Automation tends to give humans the excuse to ignore the moral implications of their actions. The farther removed from the actual act itself that the decision maker is, the greater the possibility that a "moral" person will make an immoral decision. A serviceman in a rear echelon headquarters will have a different perspective of warfare than the trigger puller will.

    I think most of us would enjoy our steaks less, if we worked in a slaughterhouse eight hours a day. Personally, I don't find chicken very appetizing for a week or so after butchering several. The smell of blood and death seems to imprint itself in your nose. I suppose that aversion can be overcome; but should that be a desired outcome? Is it a good thing?
  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I have no such problems with hunted animals. In fact fresh cut back strap makes the best shishkabob you will ever eat. My real comment refers more toward the three law of robotics, and if they could even work in real life. Could robots even refuse to work? Morally, not mechanically. If smart enough to tell the difference between the Laws, could it decide to refuse, if it decided it was not for the good of mankind? Who then would be truly master?
  7. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    Ah, I see. "Atlas" being the robots. The potential for a machine to develop free will has fueled many a science fiction script; because it's a frightening step into the unknown. It would be a major game-changer.

    As far as the fresh kill, I can kill and butcher animals, but I don't enjoy it. I'm sure that hunger and necessity could toughen my tender sensibilities though. ;)
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  8. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

  9. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    see next post up #10
  10. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    'Bionic man' walks, breathes with artificial parts
    By BARBARA ORTUTAY17 hours ago

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    In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 photo provided by Showtime, Bertolt Meyer, a social psychologist for the University of Zurich, poses for a photo in New York. Meyer is the face of the the Bionic Man and is featured in the Smithsonian Channel original documentary, "The Incredible Bionic Man." (AP Photo/Showtime, Joe Schram)
    NEW YORK (AP) — Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, after all. We have the technology.

    The term "bionic man" was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called "The Six Million Dollar Man" chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts after he nearly died.

    Now, a team of engineers has assembled a robot using artificial organs, limbs and other body parts that comes tantalizingly close to a true "bionic man." For real, this time.

    The artificial "man" is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts that range from a working kidney and circulation system to cochlear and retina implants.

    The parts hail from 17 manufacturers around the world. This is the first time they've been assembled together, says Richard Walker, managing director of Shadow Robot Co. and the lead roboticist on the project.

    "(It's) an attempt to showcase just how far medical science has gotten," he says.

    The robot making appearances in the U.S. for the first time this week. Having crossed the Atlantic tucked inside two metal trunks — and after a brief holdup in customs — the bionic man will strut his stuff at the New York Comic Con festival on Friday.

    Walker says the robot has about 60 to 70 percent of the function of a human. It stands six-and-a-half feet tall and can step, sit and stand with the help of a Rex walking machine that's used by people who've lost the ability to walk due to a spinal injury. It also has a functioning heart that, using an electronic pump, beats and circulates artificial blood, which carries oxygen just like human blood. An artificial, implantable kidney, meanwhile, replaces the function of a modern-day dialysis unit.

    Although the parts used in the robot work, many of them are a long way from being used in humans. The kidney, for example, is only a prototype. And there are some key parts missing: there's no digestive system, liver, or skin. And, of course, no brain.

    The bionic man was modeled after Bertolt Meyer, a 36-year-old social psychologist at the University of Zurich who was born without his lower left arm and wears a bionic prosthesis. The man's face was created based on a 3D scan of Meyer's face.

    "We wanted to showcase that the technology can provide aesthetic prostheses for people who have lost parts of their faces, for example, their nose, due to an accident or due to, for example, cancer," Meyer says.

    Meyer says he initially felt a sense of unease when he saw the robot for the first time.

    "I thought it was rather revolting to be honest," he says. "It was quite a shock to see a face that closely resembles what I see in the mirror every morning on this kind of dystopian looking machine."

    He has since warmed up to it, especially after the "man" was outfitted with some clothes from the U.K. department store Harrods.

    And the cost? As it turns out, this bionic man comes cheaper than his $6-million-dollar sci-fi cousin. While the parts used in the experiment were donated, their value is about $1 million.


    Associated Press reporters David R. Martin in New York and Hannah Buchdahl in Washington contributed to this story.
  11. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    “Terminator” Plastic Polymer Can Heal Itself
    By Bill Weir, Andrew Lampard, David Miller, Brian Fudge | This Could Be Big – Tue, Oct 22, 2013

    What if any plastic object you owned could heal itself if cracked or broken into two parts? No more emergency tire changes or water pipe fiascos; those pesky scenarios would resolve themselves.

    That day may not be too far off now that scientists have created a plastic polymer that can do just that. Created by a research team lead by Ibon Odriozola at the CIDETEC Center for Electrochemical Technologies in San Sebastian, Spain, this plastic polymer shares the same regenerative traits as human skin.

    When cut in half, the plastic will naturally congeal after two hours at room temperature without an outside catalyst. The team even nicknamed the plastic “Terminator” after the T-1000 that heals itself in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

    Watch the video to see for yourself. After slicing the plastic, Odriozola placed the parts together and left the room. Within two hours, the plastic had gelled together; no amount of pulling could tear it in half again.

    In a Skype interview with ABC News, Odriozola stressed that the technology is still in its infancy. That said, he already envisions several practical uses for it in adhesives and sealants. That may sound trivial, but it could add up to a lot of time and money saved for homeowners and industrial workers alike.
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  12. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

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  13. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    For some reason Sarah Connor's voice is going off in my head when she tells off Dyson in T2 when he says "How were we supposed to know?"
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  14. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

  15. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

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  16. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Europe launches RoboEarth: 'Wikipedia for Robots' | Fox News

    And SkyNet continues to develop.......
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  17. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

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  18. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    DeepMind? Why don't they just call it deep thought and get the answer 42 and be done with it.

    So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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  19. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Just hold onto your towel, and don't worry about it...;)
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  20. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

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