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Bob Virkus
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Bob Virkus   10/5/2010 9:49:29 PM
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Wait a second, Robonaut has a FaceBook page. That changes everything. I find it funny how dismissive engineers are of Twitter (is it the name?). It has proved to be extremely useful in certain situations, such as providing fire fighters with instant information on fast-moving fires. We are all trying to figure out social media and it fits into society and our lives. Trivial as it may seem its still too early to pass judgment. Anyways, why doesn't NASA just get Robby the Robot our of retirement?

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ReneCardenas   8/26/2010 8:47:52 PM
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To the merit of artificial intelligence efforts of the past, please remember IBM, and others have done some great work, beyond the Chess experiment demonstrated by Deep Blue, but other efforts including actual speech recognition and expert systems (predicting logical answers within a reduced knowledge set). To my disappointment, NASA team should have taken the time to do a more meaningful exercise to demonstrate latest advances in software development, and really inspire youth. In my opinion, why not fund a small team with latest tools and I am sure you can turn some relevant proximity to HAL “pseudo-intelligence”. This stunt is a brainless display of empty gestures for the young crowd, which I am confident that should be able to see what is behind the curtain and be more disappointed than inspired by this exercise. Shame on the NASA PR team!

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phoenixdave   8/6/2010 3:09:27 PM
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OK, so I had to follow the link to see for myself.... Tweet from one hour ago: "I have a team of folks who help me respond."....... enough said.

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DrQuine   8/4/2010 1:24:50 PM
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I recall a Basic home computer program ("Eliza") in the early 1980's which served as a very convincing human correspondent. I'd guess that with the dumbing down of on-line communications, it would be even easier to be convincing today. The challenge of creating a computer system that passes for human is an old one. It includes trying to pass the Turing test [thanks to Wikipedia]: a test of a machine's ability to demonstrate intelligence ... a human judge engages in a natural language conversation with one human and one machine, each of which tries to appear human. All participants are placed in isolated locations. If the judge cannot reliably tell the machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test... The test was proposed by Alan Turing in his 1950 paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”...

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george.leopold   8/4/2010 12:54:26 AM
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The folks at NASA are masters of the PR game. To their credit, they've done nearly everything over the past 50 years -- the triumphs and the tragedies -- out in the open. Like most organizations, they are trying to figure out how to used social media as a means to building interest in spaceflight, especially among the young. To us, a "robonaut" with a Twitter account seemed a bit of a stretch.

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mr88cet   8/3/2010 7:33:26 PM
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Obviously, it's a PR stunt, and thus a waste of time. That is, unless it works. Some might argue that we would not have had an Apollo program if it weren't for Verner VonBraun's TV appearances.

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Silicon_Smith   8/3/2010 6:38:34 PM
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I have a feeling that this might as well end up being a hit with the twitter crowd. Disgusted, as we feel, NASA needs to justify its ludicrous projects. What better way than to gain popular vote of the 100 Million strong Twitter Nation??

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junko.yoshida   8/3/2010 6:10:02 PM
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Wow, what is the world coming to? Now, does NASA seriously expect us to "chat" with someone pretending to be a robot? This is just too much -- a prime example of how "marketing" can take over anything which used to have real substance.

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Warren3   8/3/2010 4:49:56 PM
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"...R2 has a long way to go in order to top his movie predessors" - depends on what he tweets I expect. "Hello World" seems a pretty typical start. But, true, I don't expect any surprises either.

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