Are you ready for a robot that learns on the Internet?
August 2, 2011 byAmara D. Angelica
A humanoid robot that “learns from the Internet and from other robots” and can “think, learn, and act by itself” has been developed by the Hasegawa Lab at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, DigInfo TV reports.
OK, this is freaking me out just a little. I don’t want a bot that learns on the Internet how to make me green tea (see video), OK?
Call me paranoid, but what if it visits a site called “How to poison a human by spiking their green tea” and doesn’t have “poison = no no” coded in memory? I’m thinking a re-read of Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics in iRobot is in order right about now. Read the full article from kurzweilai.net here.
Foxconn To Replace Human Workers With One Million Robots
POSTED BY: Evan Ackerman / Mon, August 01, 2011 Foxconn, an electronics manufacturer from Taiwan with huge factories in China, generates about 40 percent of the global consumer electronics revenue by creating things like iPhones and computer components on giant assembly lines staffed by humans. Until recently, you'd probably never heard of Foxconn, but a series of worker suicides made us all take a hard look at where our electronics were coming from. Foxconn has made some improvements (including nets around tall buildings), but by all accounts, the core of the problem (the work) remains "repetitive, exhausting, and alienating."
Yesterday, Foxconn announced (at an employee dance party of all places) that they're planning on buying some robots to replace their human workforce. And by some robots, they mean one million robots over the next three years. So for every one robot Foxconn currently has working at their manufacturing plants, they're going to buy a hundred more. (Read full article here.)
Rumor has it (and we should stress that these are rumors) that the actual robots being deployed at the Foxconn plants will come from ABB. Specifically, they'll be ABB's Frida robot, although funnily enough, ABB "insists that its robot isn't designed to replace human workers, but rather to work alongside them:"
So, in a nutshell, this might be great news for ABB. It might be good news for Foxconn. But for any of the million or so people with a job, a home, and a life at a Foxconn plant, things may be about to get even worse.
The DIY Terminator
- Private Robot Armies And The Algorithm-Run Future Of War' by Greg LindsayToday In the latest installment of the Butterfly Effect: Predator drones are just the start of unmanned, autonomous warfare technology. But as the tech becomes more democratized and more deadly, what happens when anyone can assemble an army of killing machines? Read more here.
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Beginning & Intermediate Robot Books
These books are recommended by hizook as excellent beginning & intermediate robot books:
External Links for Robots
- Robotics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Robotics Online is the premier resource from RIA, Robotics Industries Association, for industrial robotics and automation
- NASA Robotics - Robotics Alliance Project
- Industrial Robotics & Automation Solutions - FANUC Robotics America
- Robot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia