Gone But Not Forgotten
- Jul 18, 2016
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There is only the eternal 'now'.
FULL STORY: https://news.yahoo.com/russia-scraps-robot-fedor-space-odyssey-135204570.htmlRussia scraps robot Fedor after space odyssey
It's mission over for a robot called Fedor that Russia blasted to the International Space Station, the developers said Wednesday, admitting he could not replace astronauts on space walks.
"He won't fly there any more. There's nothing more for him to do there, he's completed his mission," Yevgeny Dudorov, executive director of robot developers Androidnaya Tekhnika, told RIA Novosti news agency.
The silvery anthropomorphic robot cannot fulfill its assigned task to replace human astronauts on long and risky space walks, Dudorov said.
Fedor, or Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, was built to assist space station astronauts.
A storm of publicity surrounded Fedeor's space odyssey and provided some light relief for Russia's beleaguered space industry. ...
But Fedor turned out to have a design that does not work well in space -- standing 180 centimetres (six feet) tall, its long legs were not needed on space walks, Dudorov said.
The Russian space agency said the legs were immobilised during the trip and Fedor was not programmed to grab space station hand rails to move about in microgravity.
Dudorov said developers were sketching out plans for a replacement "that must suit the demands of working on the outside of the ship". ...
(c) The Telegraph.'19.Science fiction films often depict the fear that one day, robots will seize power over humanity. Now machines have started appearing in workplaces in Britain, it appears humans have started the fightback.
A new study by De Montfort University in Leicester has found that workers are deliberately sabotaging and assaulting the robots they work alongside every day amid fears that they will take over their jobs.
FULL STORY: https://www.sciencealert.com/police-robot-ignores-woman-who-tried-to-call-the-policePolice Robot on Patrol Completely Ignores Woman Trying to Summon The Police
Those Knightscope security robots may not be so great at their jobs.
When a woman in a park near Los Angeles saw people fighting and tried to summon help via a police robot patrolling nearby, the robot merely told her to "step out of the way" and continued along its pre-determined route, according to NBC News.
No help came until the spectators called 911 directly, raising the question of what, if any, function these robots are actually supposed to serve.
It turns out that the robot, a K5 model named "HP RoboCop", patrols the park on behalf of the police department - but doesn't have any way of summoning human officers to the scene, Huntingdon Park police chief Cosme Lozano told NBC.
Instead, he said, calls go to Knightscope - and will continue to do so until the police department develops protocols for handling calls made through the police bot. It's surprising news, given that the robot has been patrolling the park since June.
The fact that people assume the robot, which has the word "police" emblazoned on it in large letters, can connect them to the police department reveals just how nebulous these robots are. Especially when they pop up without any sort of public education to go alongside them. ...
I do believe we had an 'interesting' thread on this subject some time ago.They could combat the loneliness epidemic, like in that film Marjorie Prime (though the companion there was a hologram). Bit more expensive to buy than a hamster, mind you.
Why fear the future - It is inevitable!So fear the robot!
In the long running sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 they had what I believe were calledTesting nine new mini cheetahs at M.I.T.
In the end, AI is no different to us.So as you still may question if and when an AI program or entity can think
- think about this - When and if that thinking starts, it will continue - Until it is
the dominant life-form!
Coincidentally, was reading this only the other day...In Virginia, USA they have been for a while using an AI algorithm to determine sentence times for prisoners...