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Re: We're gonna be sorry
  • 4/12/2013 11:08:54 AM
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Now here's a robot that just about anyone can use: http://www.bitrebels.com/technology/trash-powered-cleaning-robot-clean/

 This particular cleaning robot concept design is especially interesting because it's powered by trash. In other words, it's sustained by utilizing the very substances that it cleans up. It uses a process called microbial electrolysis, which means it uses bacteria as its power source. The honeycomb design on the wheels allows this cutie to make its way all around your house, including over obstacles and up and down stairs.

Re: We're gonna be sorry
  • 4/12/2013 10:11:55 AM
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@Noreen most of us would. The thing is getting the judge to buy the argument!

Re: We're gonna be sorry
  • 4/12/2013 9:52:09 AM
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I'll blame anyone or anything to get out of a ticket. :)

Re: We're gonna be sorry
  • 4/12/2013 8:41:32 AM
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@tinym Yes, if the car violates traffic laws, would the owner be responsible, or would s/he blame the programming?

Re: We're gonna be sorry
  • 4/11/2013 10:10:58 PM
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Driverless cars do seem to present a whole different set of problems.

Re: We're gonna be sorry
  • 4/11/2013 4:57:42 PM
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Though we may joke about robots taking over jobs, there are those who seriously consider legal ramifications. From http://www.technologyreview.com/view/513571/does-a-tele-robot-operator-need-a-visa-and-w-2/:

But the near-term challenge is that machines are starting to combine software-controlled autonomy and human involvement ways that presents entirely new situations. The first death caused by a driveless car will raise similar issues. Bugs are inevitable in complex software, but it's different when this software could cause a hit-and-run. 

Re: We're gonna be sorry
  • 4/9/2013 10:51:56 PM
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Noreen - thanks for sharing this study. My home wireless network was named for the sentient Skynet. My husband named it but not the obvious Skynet, he picked something related.

More on flying cars and the future of robots... we were promised flying cars by 2000. I expected more smart appliances by now too, but there are only a few and they aren't bargain models.

Re: We're gonna be sorry
  • 4/9/2013 9:34:40 PM
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Cool robot video http://www.livescience.com/28534-coolest-robots-video.html

Re: We're gonna be sorry
  • 4/9/2013 8:03:48 PM
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ha ha ... I'm laughing Ariella

Re: We're gonna be sorry
  • 4/9/2013 5:34:26 PM

For the flip side:

 

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