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(The Detroit_News)   "Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. And it will only cost 1/6 of what it cost last time we tried this"   ( divider line
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2013-10-11 01:32:40 PM
2013-10-11 01:37:50 PM  
2013-10-11 01:40:56 PM  
Maybe I'm just a pessimist, but it sounds to me like they just cobbled together some parts that kinda sorta resemble a functioning human body but kinda not really.

Is this what suffices for scientific breakthroughs these days?
2013-10-11 01:45:09 PM  
In kindergarten in the 70s, I read a book about bionic turtles. I had hoped it was a Bionic Man type book, but ended up about using glue to hold shells together and simple moving parts attached to muscles to let it hobble around on its own. Break through stuff at the time. Just very depressing for me.
2013-10-11 01:53:29 PM  
Call me when we can get this instead:
2013-10-11 02:06:51 PM  
Although the parts used in the robot work, many of them are a long way from being used in humans. The kidney, for example, is only a prototype.

Yeah, no kidding. A working artificial kidney would be a hell of a lot more newsworthy than a pile of hardware modeled after some dweeb with a combover.
2013-10-11 02:11:07 PM  
What is with the supervillain pose and hair? he reminds me of  Matthew Goode asOzymandias
2013-10-11 02:15:11 PM  
Sanjeev Austin remains unimpressed.

Also, much cheaper.
2013-10-11 02:16:42 PM  
the damn sequester caught up with Steve Austin.
2013-10-11 02:21:00 PM  
Agent Coulson?
2013-10-11 03:31:25 PM  
Sounds more like Robocop than the Bionic Man.
2013-10-11 04:01:13 PM  
Psh.  Some guys on Cleveland local television did this decades ago.
2013-10-11 04:03:44 PM  
Here's the real question:

Did he ask for this?
2013-10-11 09:00:31 PM  
Let me know when I can inhabit Major Kusanagi's body.

2013-10-11 09:33:01 PM  

Esroc: Is this what suffices for scientific breakthroughs these days?

It's way more engineering than science.  And yeah, it's apparently really really hard, because there's money to be made to anyone building a better functional prosthetic, especially hands and fingers.  The big thing is tactile feedback.

I mean, look at robots and androids.  They can barely come up with ones that can comfortably walk up stairs after decades of work and hundreds of millions of $$.

OTOH, robotics people are doing way better than AI people.  Is there a single chatbot that doesn't totally suck ass?  No.  You don't even have to mess with gears and motors, it's just software, but apparently not an easy problem to solve.
2013-10-11 11:14:54 PM  

Esroc: Is this what suffices for scientific breakthroughs these days?

Stick around for the next plastic blob that came from a 3D printer or a hobby rocket motor built the most expensive way possible...
2013-10-12 10:04:14 PM  
Um, why is his penis so small?

We saved a lot of money buying cheap Chinese parts.

Is that why he's only 5 feet tall?

No, the Japanese skeleton only came in women's sizes.

And his head?

That was one of the interns. They signed a pretty comprehensive contract. It didn't cost anything.

So really, he's not an android, he's Frankenstein's Baby Boy.

Well, actually, he's a cyborg because he's party human, but yes, he does keep trying to kill us and whines that we won't build him a woman. I, for one, am glad he is only five feet tall. Imagine if he were eight feet tall and had that attitude.

He'd be an NBA player.

More or less, but he can't jump so he'd have to be a white NBA player.
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