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(USA Today)   Snake robots for homeland security... but can they be used for filming porn?   (usatoday.com) divider line 30
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2003-05-03 08:37:31 AM  
No.
 
2003-05-03 08:47:46 AM  
boobies! haha, stupid boobies...

/see, boobies = Boobies... thats why people say 'remove my boobies' and 'like in your boobies'

/explains filters to silly newbies in lame attempt at threadjack
 
2003-05-03 09:12:42 AM  
Is that headline a clever Gibson reference or am I on crack again?
 
2003-05-03 09:18:26 AM  




Suuish - Lexx.
 
2003-05-03 09:21:25 AM  
Hagbard_C

Bladerunner I would have thought. I guess if they are artificial then beastiality laws wouldn't come into the picture.

Boom tish.
 
2003-05-03 09:23:29 AM  
We must destroy these at once!



Once our women get ahold of this we are doomed to forced celibacy forever!
 
2003-05-03 09:42:09 AM  
Big brother is watching, from the vent near you!

</Obligatory Paranoia Black Helicopter type comment>
 
2003-05-03 09:54:21 AM  
Ladies and Gentlemen, Carnegie Mellon University is proud to present you with the worlds first *square* snake.

/too much free time
 
2003-05-03 10:15:58 AM  
These would be popular in Japan for live Hentai shows.
 
2003-05-03 10:42:57 AM  
One step closer to those little spiders from Minority Report. Submit to a police control, citizens.
 
2003-05-03 11:16:11 AM  
That's the new X-10 camera, right?
 
2003-05-03 11:47:58 AM  
These would be popular in Japan for live Hentai shows

Yay! tentacle cams!!!
 
2003-05-03 01:00:53 PM  
Guess who else called his empire "homeland"...just sayin.
 
2003-05-03 01:35:36 PM  
I wonder how long it will take for Ghastly to get here and start posting tentacle-rape cartoons? He was born for these types of threads.
 
2003-05-03 01:37:56 PM  
Snake robots can be used for good or for awesome.

Please, people, remember to use your snake robots safely and conscientiously...
 
2003-05-03 01:38:41 PM  
Ah, nice to see the good 'ol PSU coming up with something interesting. The students don't seem to see it that way, though, as they continually protest the university having anything to do with the military, even if the research is non-weapon related. And while they complain about the millions of dollars coming in for the research, they also complain about tuition increases. Idiots.
 
2003-05-03 02:18:54 PM  
Haven't these guys seen the Matrix? Robots are BAD!!
 
2003-05-03 02:23:31 PM  
New Way to Get Research Grant:
Claim it is for homeland security!

Example:
The underwater basket weaving machine we intend to develope could be used to weave hand cuffs for terrorists.
 
2003-05-03 04:00:46 PM  
has there ever been a photographic device NOT used for porn. I'm sure even the Hubble has been used on a nude beach from time to time...
 
2003-05-03 04:33:55 PM  
http://b3ta.com/mind-control/
 
2003-05-03 05:18:17 PM  
05-03-03 09:12:42 AM Hagbard_C
Is that headline a clever Gibson reference or am I on crack again?


I was kinda thinking of him at the time.
 
2003-05-03 06:26:59 PM  
Oh great. This is just great. Like all we need are a bunch of robot snakes slithering around the planet.

Hold it, I've changed my mind. I see a bright future for robotic snake pleasure devices.
 
2003-05-03 07:12:04 PM  
"Pittsburgh is working to develop bacteriophages, tiny organisms that can attack bacteria, such as E. coli or anthrax."

Wonderful! We all know if something is pestering us the best way to deal with it is to introduce a predator not natural to the environment. Espically if it is a man-made microrganism!
 
2003-05-03 08:11:41 PM  
Is that a snake camera in your pants or are you just happy to see me?
 
2003-05-04 02:46:18 AM  
Excellent! This will make it that much easier for them to invade our privacy!
 
2003-05-04 05:26:32 AM  
Lexx reference = win
 
2003-05-04 11:53:40 AM  
SO...I'm a CMU student, and the Guy in the photo is a friend of mine. Right now, the snakes just crawl around. The newest one has a sensor that allows it to keep going even if it gets knocked over. More info and cool videos at http://www.snakerobot.com/
and no, they are not coming to get you. The goal is to get them to explore rubble in collapsed buildings, etc.
 
2003-05-04 01:34:44 PM  
Straight from the Source:
So believe it or not, I am Adam Borrell, Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Student, and the guy pictured with the snake robot (that particular robots name is Sandy by the way). I know that few of you who bothered to post already will be coming back, but I thought Id try to respond to some of the more serious posts.

First off, yes, the snakes are square. We have come up with a variety of ways for the snakes to move themselves (they can slither, climb, and if you link ones head to its tail it can even roll), but its most basic form of locomotion is a vertical sine wave. Because of this the snakes need some flat sides in contact with the ground, or they would simply be falling over all the time. Our latest snake, Bender, can bend both horizontally and vertically, and is outfitted with an array of gravity switches so he basically knows which way is down, and can adjust his motion accordingly after getting knocked over or crawling on uneven terrain.

Second, we are developing urban search and rescue robots, not crowd control police robots (in response to the Minority Report spiders). They will be superb for digging through rubble, threading their way through tightly packed volumes, and crawling through tight spaces like ventilation shafts in a collapsed building. One of our biggest remaining challenges, however, lies in making the snake explore the environment of an un-collapsed building. For example, we have never successfully programmed a snake to climb stairs, although we have just begun building a new snake, Kaa, that we hope to get climbing stairs later this summer. One of our snake robots may bring medicine (and hope) to a trapped earthquake survivor in the foreseeable future, but quite frankly, they wouldnt be very useful for, say, crowd control.

Third, yes, that is an X-10 camera. Were all about rapid prototyping, and fleshing out new technologies (new types of sensors, new types of locomotion, etc) that will be incorporated in later, more robust robots, but the snakes were building now arent field models. When snake robots actually start crawling into rubble they will likely be fitted with better (directional) cameras, in addition to heat, acoustic, and a whole slew of other sensors, but for now X-10 cameras are small and relatively inexpensive.

Fourth, yes, this is some kind of robot. It uses its powers for good, and for awesome, but we have no plans of joining forces with StrongBad any time soon.

Fourth and a half, the Keystone Summit where we demonstrated these robots (and what the USA Today article was about) took place at Penn State, but these robots were all developed and built at Carnegie Mellon University in professor Howie Chosets sensor-based exploration/planning lab (http://voronoi.sbp.ri.cmu.edu/).

Fifth, yes, we have all seen the Matrix (and would the next Animatrix episode PLEASE come out already!). Robots arent bad, unchecked AI is bad, and Neo will save us all anyway.

Sixth, I grew up in New York City. I went to Stuyvesant high school, which is all of three blocks away from the world trade center. If we had started developing these technologies ten years ago, a lot of lives could have been saved that day. The vast majority of people who died after the initial explosion in the Oklahoma city bombing died of hypothermia because rescue workers could not find them fast enough. These robots could extend the reach of rescue workers, and allow them to focus their efforts where they are most needed. To me, that most definitely falls in the realm of homeland security.

To everyone who is afraid of these robots invading their privacy I suggest you check your computers for adware. Your privacy is being invaded all the time, but when was the last time you saw a robot stealing your credit card receipts? We are developing new technologies to save lives, not to infringe on civil rights. To those who still cannot see how these robots would be useful in the real world I would like to point out that just three days after the Keystone summit (and two days before it was posted on Fark), a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Bingol, Turkey, trapping students in a collapsed school dorm. The search for survivors was called off today, since there were no remaining signs of life within. The minimum death toll is now being reported at 167 people, 83 of whom were young boys trapped in the school dorm. We will never know how many of them could have been saved if rescue workers could have located them sooner.
 
2003-05-04 05:25:00 PM  
Yeah, can we rename the Homeland Security department the Defense Department or something? It's really farking creepy.
 
2003-05-04 09:01:27 PM  
Joby, welcome to Fark, the #1 source of cynicism on the web. Enjoy your flight.

PS the robot looks cool!
 
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