Tolerance, good temper and sympathy — they are what matter really, and if the human race is not to collapse they must come to the front before long.
- E. M. Forster
This just seems disturbing.
Black Mirror is starting to feel like a documentary.
So... it can dig graves?
Forced inoculation system?
It needs another arm and one fewer hind legs to be a proper Pierson's Puppeteer.
1. I'd like to know how much input is required to get the robot to complete his tasks. Do they say "You two figure out how to spin the rope and you jump over it each time?" or do they have to program each movement?2. Can I borrow one to set out on my local range to pick up and sort brass pieces?
More on the Spot robot here: https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/2/22261932/boston-dynamics-spot-enterprise-self-charging-scout-web-based-control-software-robotic-armYou can control them via a browser, which means they connect to the 'net. What are the chances that Boston Dynamics has world class security on that interface?
Just what the world needs, a multi million dollar graffiti writing robot with a $2 bucket on it's back. I'll be in the garage working on my EMP pulse rifle just in case they get persnickety.Gerry
EMP rifle, oh yes.Long aeons ago, a college friend and I crossed paths at a trade show, discussed the annoyance of boom boxes at the beach, and came up with a concept for a portable microwave zapper powered by a blank cartridge propelling a magnet through a coil.I was reminded of this yesterday, when I saw The Backyard Scientist's video of a captive-bolt punching device powered by a .223 blank.Hmmmmm. Now I need to remember how I was proposing to convert that pulse of electricity into a rather un-tuned microwave blast. I think it was some weird magnetron variant.
The scary part will be when they no longer have to control it using the video camera.
Concur with George! Sigh...
I'm with George and NFO.
That thing is just a glorified crapcopter boys. Faster processors maybe, running more sophisticated algorithms. When Aesop and Pete were gobbling in fright about weaponized toy drones... this is what they should have actually been whining about. Even with this... Spot has a long way to go before we have to break out the 40 terrawatt Gauss rifles.Where are we at with AI these days BP? I remember back in the early 2000’s they were talking about autonomous cruise missiles, and their algorithms could correctly distinguish between friend and foe about 60% of the time. I’d guarantee they are much better at it these days...The more I learn about it... the more I think true AI is impossible...
Borepatch, it seems disturbing because it is disturbing.My mind sometimes wonders why we are pushing this particular envelope further and further out. This does not end well.
Send them to work on Mars. Or:https://www.tungstenheavypowder.com/tungsten-balls-spheres-cubes/ tungstenbuckshot, cubes on special order. They also make H buffers.
Tungsten cubes? Square shot, like? Are robots the new Turks?
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