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Agility + decision making = ?
chanj0   6/28/2014 12:20:41 PM
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With the agility advancing every years and advanced vision technology, robot solders will not be too far away. SciFi will no longer look the same as we develop emotion to robots. I'm definitely looking forward to the day.

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Re: Agility + decision making = ?
R_Colin_Johnson   6/28/2014 2:52:32 PM
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Yes, chang0, I have a refrigertor magnet that shows a man with is dog staring at the sunset. The caption reads:

"The more people I meet, the more I like my dog."

Someday that joke might read:

"The more people I meet, the more I like my robot."

BTW I have three dogs and would never trade them for robots even considering their barking and occational "mistakes."

daleste
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Re: Agility + decision making = ?
daleste   6/28/2014 5:29:40 PM
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I expect that robots will be quite common in the future.  We already have many machines that help us around the home and office.  This is only the logic extension.

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Re: Agility + decision making = ?
R_Colin_Johnson   6/28/2014 8:09:18 PM
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Yes, it has been coming so long we don't even notice. I remember 10 years ago robots were making mail deliveries around the office by folowing different colored lines on the floor.

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Re: Agility + decision making = ?
wilber_xbox   6/29/2014 2:38:13 AM
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Colin, your dog story reminds me of the human touch that machine will be desired to have in the future. Reminds me of the sci-fi movies of last few decades.

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Re: Agility + decision making = ?
R_Colin_Johnson   6/29/2014 12:08:56 PM
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wilber_xbox: you've found me out. I've read so much sci-fi that its hard to find any new ones anymore!

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Re: Robots to look forward
R_Colin_Johnson   6/28/2014 2:48:01 PM
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Yes, Maria, there are many tasks robots could perform that would be lifesaving. Not just during disasters, but to help the elderly live at home rather than have to be institutionalized.

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Re: Robots to look forward - my prediction
DrQuine   6/29/2014 3:59:47 PM
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I predict that we will not see many robots in daily living in the future. They will be concentrated in the military, heavy manufracturing, and emergency rescue applications. Instead I expect that the Internet will become even more ubiquitious (as if it isn't already wiith SmartPhones). smart devices (like autonomous cars) will require less human intervention, and we'll all be struggling when failed devices (intermittent problems can't get fixed) make it hard to do things that used to be simple.

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Re: Robots to look forward - my prediction
KB3001   6/29/2014 6:45:50 PM
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Not sure about your "robots" prediction, DrQuine. The Japanese are already introducing humanoids to help the aged. Most advanced countries will follow suit because they will face the same problems soon.

DrQuine
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Re: Robots to look forward - my prediction
DrQuine   6/29/2014 7:37:53 PM
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@KB3001 Good point. Personal care of the elderly is a growing need. It will be interesting to see how the humanoid robot gets "qualified" (certified) as a registered nurse, LPN, or aide. Once done, they will have the advantage that a given model of robot may be precertified without the need for individual attendence in years of nursing school as humans are required to do. I'd predict a very long development cycle before they're able to do much more than deliver meals. They'll certainly need solid programming to ensure fail-safe operations and appropriate responses to unexpected problems.

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Re: Robots to look forward - my prediction
LarryM99   6/30/2014 7:06:30 AM
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@DrQuine, there is an implicit assumption in your prediction - that it will be a robot instead of many. That is really where the complexity lies. Break out the tasks and imagine a robot for each and the problem becomes much simpler. This is similar to the advent of electric motors. The predictions at the time were that the complexity of bringing all the work to a motor would be overwhelming. The solution: Build a whole bunch of motors.

Larry M.

DrQuine
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DARPA Progress
DrQuine   6/29/2014 4:06:00 PM
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I'm pleased that DARPA is making such good progress that the bar can be raised.  All too often, projects fail to meet their objectiive and the expectations must be lowered. Congratulations to DARPA and the hard working engineering teams.

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Re: DARPA Progress
R_Colin_Johnson   6/30/2014 12:36:29 PM
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Yes, you are right about DARPA ofter failing--usually because they set their expectations to high. So it is refreshing that they set them high, but not high enough. There is worldwide interest in deveoping smart robots--one reason--and of course a $2 million purse doesn't hurt :)

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Grueling
kfield   6/30/2014 8:17:33 PM
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This competition is grueling and it is great to see DARPA continuing to raise the bar. It would be fascinating to see what technology developments come out of thsi competition that actually get commercialized.

R_Colin_Johnson
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Re: Grueling
R_Colin_Johnson   6/30/2014 8:59:01 PM
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Yes, raising the bar will definitely lead to new innovations. In fact, I would not say:It would be fascinating, but that: It will be fascinating to see what technology developments come out of this competition.



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