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What Intelligent Machines Can Do, And What They Can't
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Re: intelligent machines
  • 11/25/2017 12:43:57 PM
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I expect there will be many unintended consequences. Things that cannot be seen now will alter much. I just hope the outcome isn't all doom.

Re: intelligent machines
  • 11/21/2017 10:24:33 AM
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It does indeed leave the question of what happens to society and human psychology when robots take over what used to be manual tasks and eventually mental duties. Will that improve human evolution or change it in some yet to be seen direction that may be unintended?

Re: intelligent machines
  • 11/17/2017 5:48:35 PM
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Seeing that robotic transverse the snow in the woods was awesome.  I can see the military using this as a means to enter highly dangerous areas. 

I would rather loose a robot than a soldier any day !

Re: intelligent machines
  • 11/17/2017 5:45:44 PM
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@Lyndon_Henry    Thanks for the links.   All I can say is Wow !    The videos were simply amazing, I knew my view was a bit dated but I had no idea how dated it actually was in regards to the capabilities of free standing robotics!   I hope everyone see your links because it will change everything one thinks they understand about modern day robotics.

Seeing this video makes me realize robots are a lot closer to supplanting humans in basic warehouse roles at this point and I am sure there are many other areas that they are encroaching upon.

I am going to check out BostonDynamics, they are doing truly awesome work !

 

Thanks again Lyndon ! 

Re: intelligent machines
  • 11/17/2017 7:59:54 AM
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Louis writes

When I think of Robots my mind often goes to contests where engineers are still struggling to keep them upright. Of course we have come much further since those early competitions but the point is progress for the most part is slow, laborious and expensive. 

Designers may be starting to solve the "upright" thing. When I watch these videos, the thought that comes to mind is that they need to start working on hands. 

BostonDynamics

Published on Nov 16, 2017

What have you been up to lately, Atlas?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRj34o4hN4I


BostonDynamics
Published on Feb 23, 2016

A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5' 9" tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.

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

 

 

Re: intelligent machines
  • 11/16/2017 1:09:22 PM
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Consider the consequences of no human doing any kind of dirty work. What sort of character can you build if you never have to do anything hard or dirty? Do we find ourselves living like the humans in Wall-E (or worse)?

Re: intelligent machines
  • 11/16/2017 10:22:39 AM
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Noting the old adage "Whatever the mind can conceive, it can acheive," makes me a bit worried for just what the future may hold as intelligent machines become commonplace and people seek more and more novel ways to have machines do the "dirty" work.

Re: intelligent machines
  • 11/16/2017 9:23:19 AM
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I sure hope you are right.

Re: intelligent machines
  • 11/14/2017 9:56:22 PM
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Yeah, this discussion is going down a dark path. Defensive measures will important in an age where machines perform duties without human intervention. 

Re: intelligent machines
  • 11/14/2017 9:44:26 PM
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Michelle writes

Thanks for sharing. I hadn't seen coverage of killer military robots.

 Also --- SCARY!! We live in a sci-fi universe of our own creation. 

I could envision these robotic aerial drone devices being used not just by the military but by other government agencies and even private individuals to knock off people they want to eliminate. Like, say, an ex-spouse ...

I could also foresee an industry developing to sell defensive devices that people who want to protect themselves could wear. Interesting possibilities. What kind of world are we coming to?

 

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