Interesting Videos on Robotics in Manufacturing/Fulfillment

Looking at the Near Future of Technology and Human Work

Take a look at just a few URLs showing a variety of current robotic technologies (the comments are also illuminating)

Fulfillment Robots at work:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWsMdN7HM uA

Picking:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHuDvVa7m kw

Self Repair:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyzVtTiax 80

Army Science Conference 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i2OrZX0U vg

Hacking the Human Vision System
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltLWUEMTi zM

Vernor Vinge on Preparing for the Singularity
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHqNl44JW D8

Tags: altruism, futurism, machine intelligence, singularity (all tags)

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5 Comments

by QTG 2009-04-14 12:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Interesting Videos on Robotics in Manufacturin

Do you think there are robots living among us, disguised as regular humans?

by fogiv 2009-04-14 03:58PM | 0 recs
The simple task of picking, lifting, carrying

and then placing anything is a very complex controlled task for a robot. Similarly replication of a smile is a very difficult task. Here's a website related to artificial muscles being used for arm wrestling...it's an competition of SPIE Smart Structures/NDE conference started by Dr. Yoseph Bar-Cohen from JPL..

http://ndeaa.jpl.nasa.gov/nasa-nde/lomma s/eap/EAP-armwrestling.htm

by louisprandtl 2009-04-14 10:27PM | 0 recs
It is for us too.

Just ask somebody with a serious brain injury.

We are basically the cheapest supercomputers available right now. That's WHY a lot of people still have jobs. They can follow a script, even a very complex one.

"Creative" workers like politicians, now, replacing them with software might have some advantages, but would you really want a machine deciding whether to drop the N bomb on somebody?

No, that's terrifying.

by architek 2009-04-15 04:22AM | 0 recs
There is no reason to think that people's

representatives would be replaced by machines.

by louisprandtl 2009-04-15 04:11PM | 0 recs

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