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LeBrok
13-12-11, 09:13
Half a century ago, when first computers were created, people got very excited and envisioned year 2000 full of robots and flying cars. This is year 2011 cars are not flying, but they are comfy and fast, and we can take a plane for longer trips. No big deal here, but I really miss my robot. Where is my promised android to clean my house, cook for me, or even better, go and do my job?
In 1970-ties a big road bump showed in this futuristic vision. In an experiment with obstacle course researchers learned that it is extremely difficult for computers to recognize objects to avoid them. It took hours for computer to maneuver 10 feet of obstacle course, around few big objects, on flat surface, on wheels, in perfect visual conditions. It was a big bummer, and it has hit researchers that a very long road awaits us to robotics, and in our close future we have to rely on our heads and hands only. To make matter worse, it was only visual recognition aspect, not mentioning simulation of other amazing abilities of human body. Where are the fully functional arms, and legs that hold balance? Where is understanding of commends and situational awareness? Where is the long lasting power source? Good batteries are needed, so we don’t trip on power cord when robot is around.
Now, 40 years later, I notice that slowly the main elements needed to construct fully functional robot are showing up one by one.
Sense of balance and natural movement is already developed.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gi6Ohnp9x8&amp;feature=fvwp&amp;NR=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><span style="font-family: Calibri"><font size="3"><font color="#0000ff">
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gi6Ohnp9x8&amp;feature=fvwp&amp;NR=1
Understanding of human speech and responding with logical response or action is here too. Computers have beat best people in chess and jeopardy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr7IxQeXr7g (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr7IxQeXr7g)
Do you want special recognition? Forget crossing 10 feet in hours! ArtificialIntelligence can drive a car now 22km/h through off road course, or city course. The video is from 2007 though, and we should do much better now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UVKBhKPPuc&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UVKBhKPPuc&feature=related)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuMFD9s1oIs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuMFD9s1oIs)
Robotic hand:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJg9igTnjIo&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJg9igTnjIo&feature=related)
So technology already exists for human like cyborg to becreated, walking, talking, responding, avoiding and working. Some parts need to be miniaturized and better software invented. Actually the least advanced part is the battery. Not much progress was made in this department. They are still big, heavy and don’t last too long. Anyway, I would say another 20 years and we should start seeing first fully functional, human like robots.
You don’t believe it?
Compare this situation to development of smart phones. Yes, the smart phone marvel that we all have in our hands today. It is not only a phone, but computer, calculator, note book, video and audio recorder with camera or two, internet browser, radio, music player, translator, messaging system, TV, wallet/banking machine, watch, photo album, all world maps with GPS, calendar, any book reader. It can be anything you want as long as you can find an application for it, and it costs mare 400 bucks. Mind that 20 years ago you would need to buy all separate devices to have it all, some not invented yet or accessible for general population, spending at least 100 000 dollars, and would need a truck to hall it around. All of this and more fits in my pocket now.
In 20 years, one company with visionary like Steve Jobs, will put inexpensive parts together, will write great software for it, will tweak it to perfection, and will give us a marvelous robot. With my luck, barely soon enough to drive me around and change my diaper, lol.

Cimmerianbloke
16-12-11, 00:42
The wife robot, coming with a remote control, and you'd be able to turn her off when she's having PMS... wait... nevermind...:-)

LeBrok
03-02-14, 18:05
Meet the galloping donkey for your service:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE3fmFTtP9g&amp;list=UU7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQ# t=18

LeBrok
03-02-14, 18:14
Courtesy of Boston Dynamics the droids are already in training:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD6Okylclb8&amp;list=UU7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQ# t=3

LeBrok
03-02-14, 18:14
And marching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFrjrgBV8K0&amp;list=UU7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQ# t=2

http://www.youtube.com/user/BostonDynamics

LeBrok
03-02-14, 18:23
Now the big dog can do some work with his mouth/hand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jvLalY6ubc&amp;feature=c4-overview&amp;list=UU7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQ

LeBrok
03-02-14, 18:30
Amazing all terrain cockroach:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISznqY3kESI&amp;list=UU7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQ

LeBrok
03-02-14, 18:37
Big Dog evolution:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqMVg5ixhd0&amp;list=UU7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQ

LeBrok
03-02-14, 18:40
My worst fears got confirmed today. The Big Dog got weaponized and ready to serve in US military:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptyV1cpE14o&amp;list=UU7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQ

LeBrok
03-02-14, 19:00
It is time to buy Honda shares, meet Asimo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qg0AP7yc28
This actually took me by surprise. It is freakishly impressive.

hope
04-02-14, 17:22
Big Dog evolution:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqMVg5ixhd0&list=UU7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQ
The way Big Dog responded to the kick is brilliant....I wish my balance was half as good :)

LeBrok
04-02-14, 17:40
The way Big Dog responded to the kick is brilliant....I wish my balance was half as good :)
What kind of science is this? It is time for ethical treatment of robots organization to step in!:grin:

hope
04-02-14, 17:45
What kind of science is this? It is time for ethical treatment of robots organization to step in!:grin:
I know, it`s almost as bad as when I said I didn`t like the one that looked like a spider.. lol. Sorry... ;)

kamani
04-02-14, 19:04
robot dog is not a bad idea. When you go on vacation, you can just shut it down, as opposed to the old fashion dog for which you have to find a friend to take care of it.

L0lec
16-02-14, 02:52
Here are some quite stupid predictions of the past century cracked(dot)com/photoplasty_777_26-hilariously-inaccurate-predictions-about-future_p26/#26 X) . As for the robots will actually improve if the artificial intelligence algorithms can find a more capable computing device (perhaps quantum computers;).

LeBrok
16-02-14, 09:12
Thanks for posting the link, and welcome to Eupedia L0lec.
http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_777_26-hilariously-inaccurate-predictions-about-future_p26/#26

caviar4thought
25-02-14, 03:03
robot dog is not a bad idea. When you go on vacation, you can just shut it down, as opposed to the old fashion dog for which you have to find a friend to take care of it.

couldn't agree more. Also the robot dog won't eat/drink and thus shit/pee, won't get sick ($$ to the vet) and won't be poisoned by some neighbor or burglar. Instead of getting frail/blind with the age he will get .. upgraded

caviar4thought
25-02-14, 03:41
Understanding of human speech and responding with logical response or action is here too. Computers have beat best people in chess

Don't be that sure, many people think -- and for solid reasons! -- that the Deep Blue was a scam (was Fisher behind it? Google up). A sample: "Kasparov accused IBM of cheating and demanded a rematch. IBM refused and retired Deep Blue (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Blue_(chess_computer))"

As for the big cats and dogs I really consider that them toys are a nice hobby for high schoolers. I find it sad that grown ups waste so much resources ($$, time, brain power) to shyly trying to build some funny things that have some maximum 3% of the abilities of the real things. Walking bags of bacteria and excrement trying to copy other walking bags of bacteria and excrement, duhh, that's depressing, is that all that the glorious PhD's can think of?

It's very little creativity in plainly coping mother nature and most of the time the results are ridiculous. Flying like a bird? -- keep trying, you ridiculous punks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMhdksPFhCM

Copying nature is a non-creative effort and without creative humans we'd still be in the stone age right now. If I copy one of my fav quote by Voltaire, "God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh" and paste it here that doesn't make me creative.

Think BIG, people! A real dog will be 1,000X more agile that your ridiculous toys on which you spend countless billions. To realize what? To get a contract with the Pentagon and enrich the well-connected dudes that were able to open the right doors ...

LeBrok
28-02-14, 00:19
Inexpensive muscles made of twisted fishing lines can give super strength to robots or prosthetic limbs.

100 times stronger than human muscle.


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/02/20/researchers-spin-fishing-line-into-super-muscles/
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/files/2014/02/artificial-muscle.jpg (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/files/2014/02/artificial-muscle.jpg)

Maciamo
09-03-14, 12:32
My worst fears got confirmed today. The Big Dog got weaponized and ready to serve in US military:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptyV1cpE14o&amp;list=UU7vVhkEfw4nOGp8TyDk7RcQ

Damn, it's going to do some serious damage. lol

LeBrok
31-05-14, 18:45
Impressive skeletal maneuverability.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3TGMjJLOl8#t=156

LeBrok
05-07-14, 18:19
Little robot biking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT3vfSQePcs

LeBrok
05-07-14, 18:26
New NASA Super Robot. Not that impressive as Boston Dynamic's one, but self contained with batteries and easy to replace parts. Great for a rescue mission robot. Japanese needed one of these in Fukushima nuclear disaster, but nothing like this was available at that time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioQZoMXc9Iw

AgnusDei
05-07-14, 19:41
Have you noticed that Massive Dynamics from "Fringe" could be a tribute to Boston Dynamics ?

hope
26-07-14, 13:47
Robots help absent fans support their team.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28484536

LeBrok
26-07-14, 17:24
Have you noticed that Massive Dynamics from "Fringe" could be a tribute to Boston Dynamics ?
I'm not sure what you mean, could you give a link to the "Fringe" to read about?

LeBrok
26-07-14, 17:28
Robots help absent fans support their team.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28484536

Lol, as fan of robotics, this is the last application for robot I would chose. But for our kids growing up with cheering robots this might be very normal.

AgnusDei
27-07-14, 06:52
I'm not sure what you mean, could you give a link to the "Fringe" to read about?

http://fringe.wikia.com/wiki/Massive_Dynamic

LeBrok
28-07-14, 05:12
http://fringe.wikia.com/wiki/Massive_Dynamic

They have very cool prostetics and are very concentrated on 3D printing.
http://www.massivedynamicsinc.com/letter-to-shareholders.php

They seem to do some revolutionary things in these fields, however when I checked their stock status something weird came up. In the memo about company you posted it says that Massive Dynamics is worth 50 billion dollars, but their stock price is at 0.03 dollars, and market capitalization at 1.3 million. It means a very small and very risky business.

http://www.stockhouse.com/companies/quote/mssd/massive-dynamics-inc
http://app.quotemedia.com/quotetools/getChart.go?webmasterId=101442&chtype=line&formInput=false&chmrg=0&chscale=1y&chhig=240&chwid=460&chln=3a6e8f&chgrd=cccccc&chxyc=666666&chbg=ffffff&chbgch=ffffff&chbdr=cccccc&chfrmon=off&chton=off&chlog=on&chtcol=000000&chfill=dcdfe0&chfill2=669cbf&chcon=off&cp=off&symbol=MSSD

Is there something fishy going on with this company?

AgnusDei
28-07-14, 17:51
As far as I know Massive Dynamic is a, fictional company, government contractor located in Boston .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzqPn4B8jPY

LeBrok
28-07-14, 20:17
As far as I know Massive Dynamic is a, fictional company, government contractor located in Boston .

I don't think they have anything to do with Boston Dynamic. Recently Boston Dynamics was bought by Google.

LeBrok
15-08-14, 06:02
Robot catches flying objects. Superior hand-eye coordination. It was never done before!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M413lLWvrbI

LeBrok
15-08-14, 06:20
Schaft, the rescue robot in training.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diaZFIUBMBQ

hope
02-09-14, 21:32
Robot Brain..learns from internet and will be able to answer queries from other robots. I`m not sure about it doing too much research via YouTube however...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28936436

LeBrok
03-09-14, 03:59
Robot Brain..learns from internet and will be able to answer queries from other robots. I`m not sure about it doing too much research via YouTube however...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28936436
That's really amazing Hope, thanks.

One of the puzzles, how to program robot to perform many tasks and new tasks, seems to be solved thanks to great depository of Youtube videos of "how to" kind. Later robots themselves can teach other robots via wifi and internet, or go to this mama Robo Brain for info. It is a bit scary scenario, lol, as robots will be linked by sort of common knowledge, not to say consciousness.

PS. I have to confess I'm frequent user of this Youtube manuals, as I'm a handy many on steroids, lol.


This includes the ability to recognise chairs, and understand how items such as microwaves and umbrellas are used.
The researchers say Robo Brain is not just capable of recognising objects, but of understanding how they are used, as well as more complex concepts - including human language and behaviour.
For example, it can recognise objects such as mugs, and understand what a mug is used for and how it is carried.
It is also able to recognise when someone is watching television, and knows not to get in the way.
Ashutosh Saxena, of Cornell University, one of the researchers behind the project, said the idea was to create a huge repository of information that robots could call on to perform tasks around the house or at work.
"If a robot encounters a situation it hasn't seen before, it can query Robo Brain in the cloud," he said.
Experts believe robots may be available in homes within 10 years, with robot vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers among the devices already available.
More humanoid robots, able to assist disabled or elderly people, are now being developed.
Researchers are increasingly looking to develop central repository stores of information to power these robots.


http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/77173000/jpg/_77173349_149022088.jpg
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28936436

hope
03-09-14, 12:07
It is a bit scary scenario, lol, as robots will be linked by sort of common knowledge, not to say consciousness.
I was thinking the same.

I have to confess I'm frequent user of this Youtube manuals, as I'm a handy many on steroids,
Well I have to agree as a fellow "How to.." YouTube user. I was thinking more about other stuff on YouTube, but of course Robot Brian will probably not be accessing all YT, so no problem.
Handy man on steroids..that`s definitely going to get you in good books at home...:smile:

LeBrok
21-07-15, 05:41
New and improved dog fully electric. It really moves awesome!


https://youtu.be/M8YjvHYbZ9w

LeBrok
28-08-15, 04:39
Pepper is ready to entertain your kids:

https://youtu.be/lqlyxg1-gE0
http://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/home-robots/how-aldebaran-robotics-built-its-friendly-humanoid-robot-pepper

I wish it had legs, but otherwise it is very smooth in motion.

LeBrok
27-02-16, 05:51
Atlas left the building. New battery pack, awesome balance and tolerance for bullies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVlhMGQgDkY

LeBrok
14-03-16, 21:17
This is light industrial robot from a box. Everybody can buy it. It is programmable by showing the robot how you want it to do the job. Could be employed in garage type small business manufacturing. Only 22,000 thousand dollars. Less than cost of equivalent human worker for a year.
Meet Baxeter:
http://rampages.us/bradyka2/wp-content/uploads/sites/12307/2015/11/baxter-robot-rethink_427b_wide-d0d39803ee06fdc5a88dd0ba3f13ffa32a062983.jpg



https://youtu.be/oD9DE0HjMM4

LeBrok
01-03-17, 03:31
New addition to Boston Dynamics family:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7xvqQeoA8c

LeBrok
01-03-17, 03:37
Interesting presentation of recent works by Boston Dynamics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_12pM47Tdhw

LeBrok
18-11-17, 03:52
Boston Dynamics impresses again.


https://youtu.be/WcbGRBPkrps

Maciamo
30-11-17, 09:13
Toyota presented its new T-HR3 robot, which is getting increasingly like a human in its abilities and dexterity. It can feel the objects it manipulates, so as not to apply too much pressure. It is designed to carry, for example, elderly people in homes, without hurting them.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=63&amp;v=UU3p2G-oRkk

Maciamo
30-11-17, 09:16
Its range of movement allows it to play almost any sport. It demonstrates here its moves for basement, football and karate, among others.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=62&amp;v=ZBaPRT6koY0

Wheal
30-11-17, 16:28
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtBa9yVZBJM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLVCGEmkJs0

I was lucky enough to tour one of Amazon's warehouses as it was being built and was able to see the floor with the sensors for the robots as they were being installed. It really is amazing to watch. But, during last Christmas season, the humans outpaced the robots in their ability to fulfill orders.

Maciamo
23-12-17, 08:37
Humanoid robots are becoming agile enough to do push-ups and play sports.


https://youtu.be/y7ex_a3UijQ