Monday, April 27, 2009

‘Robot Scientist’ is Cool, But it Ain’t No Scientist; And That’s Not a Baby, Either

The fear and assumption that robots will be replacing humans is alive and well even among the technocracy. Or possibly the fear exists and technocrats just take advantage of it to gain more exposure. One is a robot lab assistant that could replace graduate students, if it could ever learn to survive on a diet of junk food and alcohol while being paid far too little to afford either. The other is a robot ‘baby’ designed to mimic human motion and the process of human learning. Of the two, it promises the greatest potential for making a robot more than a manufacturing accessory, but only if its creepiness is reduced by several orders of magnitude. Reuters carries a story today about a robot built by two… View this post

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