1. We are sorrowed to report that one of the Founding Members has passed on. Dee (Righthand) is well remembered as contributing much to the operation of SurvivalMonkey, and is already greatly missed. Little lady, big person.

Terminators getting closer everyday to launch...

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


  1. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Feds spending $10 million to build robot companions for children | Fox News

    “critical societal problems.”?! o_O
     
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  2. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus Site Supporter

    Yeah, critical societal problems like their parents being absent or too f*&$ing lazy to interact with them.

    This is disgusting.
     
  3. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    This laser-armed drone could blow fighter jets out of the sky - The Week
     
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    DARPA working on this for years. There are some ethical and moral questions to be answered before fielding robots of any flavor that can act independently.
     
  5. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

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    DARPA putting more time, money into humanoid robot | Fox News
     
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  6. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    MIT ‘cheetah-bot’ could hit speeds up to 33 mph | Fox News
     
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  7. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    Thread drift alert !

    An author I like by the name of Dale Brown writes military fiction on air superiority mostly with a variant of the B-52 called a "MegaFortress" and in several of the novels he wrote a number of autonomous fighter craft were deployed from said "MegaFortress".

    Interesting concept and ahead of its time (90's to early 00's). A good read. Moar at Megafortress.com
    I'm not connected to the site in any manner, and his books are available on Amazon
    ( Clicky the "A shop" up on top and support the forum ! )

    Carry on Monkeys. [tongue]
     
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  8. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Something like this.....
    DARPA And Lockheed Are FINALLY Testing Laser Turrets On Planes - Yahoo News
     
  9. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

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  10. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Insects inspire military mini drones | Fox News
     
  11. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    Hoping that Microsoft wins the bid for the OS or that they buy the company that does. Imagine seeing a BSOD in Schwarzenegger's eyes every 10 seconds or so.
     
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  12. tulianr

    tulianr Don Quixote de la Monkey

    The robo karate kid! Terrifying two legged giant robot being developed by Google learns to stand on one leg - and recreates scene from cult film
    By Mark Prigg for MailOnline
    11 November 2014

    For fans of the cult film the Karate Kid, it is a familiar pose.

    However, in the latest video from the US military team developing a two legged fighting robot, the buildup to 'crane kick' is seen in a new way.

    The researchers taught the robot to stand on one leg - recreating a key scene from the film in the process.

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    The Atlas robot has already shown it can walk, jump and even drive a car

    THE ATLAS ROBOT
    According to Boston Dynamics, Atlas is a 'high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain.

    'Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment.

    'In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.'

    The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb.

    The robot boasts 28 hydraulically actuated joints and stereo vision, and is one of the most advanced robots ever created.

    However, it's not just karate - Ian has another trick up his sleeve - software written by the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Interaction which allows him to drive a car.

    'To achieve this level of maneuverability in robots, researchers at IHMC look toward nature,' the team say.

    'Inspired by the speed of cheetahs, the endurance of horses, the maneuverability of monkeys, and the versatility of humans, IHMC researchers are on a quest to develop legged robots that are fast, efficient, and graceful, with the mobility required to access many of the same places that humans can.'

    At the US Government's Robo-Olympics, Ian came second, despite competing as a virtual software simulation.

    Despite his lack of limbs, the world's most innocuously named 'bot was able to walk, carry a fire hose and, most impressively, get in a car and drive it.


    The 'crane' stance, being held by Karate Kid Daniel LaRusso (played by Ralph Maccio left) in the 1984 film inspired the latest movements of the Atlas robot. It demonstrates strong balancing skills and composure and showcases the agility of the Google-owned machine, said the firm

    Atlas robot performs impressive karate kid style balancing act


    Atlas is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain, Boston Dynamics said.

    'Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.

    The researchers taught the robot the trick to show off its balance.

    The Atlas robot has an articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder so it can 'see' where it is going.

    'Articulated, sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use. Atlas includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso.

    'An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder.'

    Atlas is powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether - although a new version promises to remove this.


    Read more: The robo karate kid! Terrifying two legged giant robot being developed by Google learns to stand on one leg - and recreates scene from cult film | Daily Mail Online
     
  13. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    See that 1 1/2" umbilical plugged in to His back... Until they get rid of that, he can do all that crap, he wants but he will not be engaging anyone, or anything, outside the Lab.... Very expensive Toy......

    Let us see what happens if someone knocks the CinderBlock out from under him....
    My Bet, He falls on his A$$, and breaks something.....
     
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  14. kellory

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

    that is promised with the next model.​
     
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  15. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

    Having enough power will always be the downfall of mechanical devices. Until we find a much better way of storing energy, equipment like this will stay in the lab. Someday, they will figure out how to mimic our digestive system and make the robot have to eat something... Like human blood for example, to make energy. I'm sure that has a bunch of scientists pondering all the peaceful, innocent civilian uses for their mechanical monstrosities.

     
  16. kellory

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

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  17. kellory

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

  18. gunbunny

    gunbunny Never Trust A Bunny

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  19. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    We have. Rumbah (the Robot Vacumn) that runs around our Front Room at 4:30Am every morning and keeps the floor, very nice. We had one, before, but it died, and we sent it to Robot Heaven. She had wanted to replace it for years, but never had the resources, until recently. I really like the machine, and it sAves me hauling out the Old Vacumn, and doing the job by hand.
     
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  20. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    We have one as well.... I call him George, and he does a good job most days, unless the dogs hassle him!!!
     
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