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(NBC News)   Are office robots a good idea? Considering the one pictured in the article looks like someone just crammed something in his RCA jacks without asking, perhaps we're not ready yet   (nbcnews.com) divider line 101
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2014-07-07 08:59:27 AM  
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You weren't expecting THAT at the start of the weekend, were ya?
 
2014-07-07 09:25:39 AM  
When I was in one of the local hospitals recently, I was sort of taken aback by the robots being used to securely deliver medications from the pharmacy to the appropriate section of the hospital. What was even more interesting was the nonchalant manner in which the staff interacted with the robots. However, it was a pain in the ass to get stuck behind a robot trying to carefully navigate a corner.

I'd really like a robot to deliver & take mail during the day in the office... or at least bring me coffee.
 
2014-07-07 09:47:51 AM  
Why would office/utility robots need to be human looking?

If I were a company looking to build robots for this I would go with something would be more like R2/D2.
Most cube dwellers would be just as happy with R2 coming to deliver mail as anything.

Though for an option might look at a Dalek body model as well. Can have your choice, friend or foe?
 
2014-07-07 09:53:13 AM  

Slives: Why would office/utility robots need to be human looking?

If I were a company looking to build robots for this I would go with something would be more like R2/D2.
Most cube dwellers would be just as happy with R2 coming to deliver mail as anything.

Though for an option might look at a Dalek body model as well. Can have your choice, friend or foe?


No, they'd use a common chassis for the robots, and just swap the external body of R2-D2, used for normal office tasks, for the Dalek one, used only to fire people.

"Terminate!  Terminate!"
 
2014-07-07 10:03:51 AM  

Slives: Why would office/utility robots need to be human looking?


The one I was talking about was basically a box on wheels.

dittybopper: the Dalek one, used only to fire people.


Daleks aren't robots, of course. They're nasty, angry, blobs, full of hate, and misery in a metal shell.

So basically they're nearly indistinguishable from the Finance/Accounting Department.
 
2014-07-07 10:08:00 AM  

dittybopper: Slives: Why would office/utility robots need to be human looking?

If I were a company looking to build robots for this I would go with something would be more like R2/D2.
Most cube dwellers would be just as happy with R2 coming to deliver mail as anything.

Though for an option might look at a Dalek body model as well. Can have your choice, friend or foe?

No, they'd use a common chassis for the robots, and just swap the external body of R2-D2, used for normal office tasks, for the Dalek one, used only to fire people.

"Terminate!  Terminate!"


However, the Daleks would also be used to deliver tea.

Termination and tea. That's what they do.
 
2014-07-07 10:31:26 AM  
Robot: What is my purpose.
Rick: You pass butter.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-07 10:55:09 AM  

SmackLT: [img.fark.net image 450x239]

You weren't expecting THAT at the start of the weekend, were ya?


USB Penisjack goes where?
 
2014-07-07 10:58:54 AM  

dittybopper: Slives: Why would office/utility robots need to be human looking?

If I were a company looking to build robots for this I would go with something would be more like R2/D2.
Most cube dwellers would be just as happy with R2 coming to deliver mail as anything.

Though for an option might look at a Dalek body model as well. Can have your choice, friend or foe?

No, they'd use a common chassis for the robots, and just swap the external body of R2-D2, used for normal office tasks, for the Dalek one, used only to fire people.

"Terminate!  Terminate!"


The Dalek one would just make and deliver coffee...
"Caffeinate!  Caffeinate!"
 
2014-07-07 10:59:43 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: SmackLT: [img.fark.net image 450x239]

You weren't expecting THAT at the start of the weekend, were ya?

USB Penisjack goes where?


"Just keep rotating it and trying to jam it in."
 
2014-07-07 11:00:22 AM  

ampoliros: Smeggy Smurf: SmackLT: [img.fark.net image 450x239]

You weren't expecting THAT at the start of the weekend, were ya?

USB Penisjack goes where?

"Just keep rotating it and trying to jam it in."


So you're the one that stole my sex tape.
 
2014-07-07 11:00:22 AM  
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2014-07-07 11:00:50 AM  

Smeggy Smurf: SmackLT: [img.fark.net image 450x239]

You weren't expecting THAT at the start of the weekend, were ya?

USB Penisjack goes where?


Would it be frowned upon to hook one of those USB fleshlights up to the office robot?
 
2014-07-07 11:00:56 AM  
Time to automate the desk jockey. How will we ever design such a complicated machine? /sarc
 
2014-07-07 11:02:36 AM  
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2014-07-07 11:03:11 AM  

Slives: Why would office/utility robots need to be human looking?

If I were a company looking to build robots for this I would go with something would be more like R2/D2.
Most cube dwellers would be just as happy with R2 coming to deliver mail as anything.

Though for an option might look at a Dalek body model as well. Can have your choice, friend or foe?


I would make them look like Predator. When he's invisible.
 
2014-07-07 11:05:35 AM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Robot: What is my purpose.
Rick: You pass butter.

[i.imgur.com image 500x258]


Love that show.

blatz514: [d2tq98mqfjyz2l.cloudfront.net image 272x244]


Bookmark to swipe that gif later.
 
2014-07-07 11:07:45 AM  
No amount of AI can predict human stupidity.
 
2014-07-07 11:07:46 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Smeggy Smurf: SmackLT: [img.fark.net image 450x239]

You weren't expecting THAT at the start of the weekend, were ya?

USB Penisjack goes where?

Would it be frowned upon to hook one of those USB fleshlights up to the office robot?


The people who know what it is would be pleased ...if there were handsanitizer next to it. And the people who don't know what it is wouldn't be offended. Ignorance is jizz...wait what.

/only know what it is from Blue Mountain State
//thanks television
///seriously, thank you. For everything.
 
2014-07-07 11:08:19 AM  

blatz514: [d2tq98mqfjyz2l.cloudfront.net image 272x244]


That is the coolest thing I've seen so far today.  Which is saying a lot, since I just woke up.
 
2014-07-07 11:08:27 AM  

thetrenchcoat: [img.fark.net image 761x1049]


Came for this!
 
2014-07-07 11:09:36 AM  
payload.cargocollective.com

I'm ready to work with vodak swilling robots. In fact, I'm currently 20% vodak.
 
2014-07-07 11:11:07 AM  
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TPS REPORT COVER SHEET NOT DETECTED. COMMENCE RIGHT-SIZING.
 
2014-07-07 11:11:33 AM  
I would love to see more office robots, because they would make statements gramatically correct, unlike how most subbies are posting these days...
 
2014-07-07 11:13:16 AM  
I know how this ends...  and it's with us asking what we're learned here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apYXa5uQAIE
 (might want to turn down your audio if you're at work)
 
2014-07-07 11:16:49 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Smeggy Smurf: SmackLT: [img.fark.net image 450x239]

You weren't expecting THAT at the start of the weekend, were ya?

USB Penisjack goes where?

Would it be frowned upon to hook one of those USB fleshlights up to the office robot?


Only if your boss really needs to get laid
 
2014-07-07 11:17:04 AM  
It could work...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-07-07 11:17:22 AM  
www.film.com
 
2014-07-07 11:18:32 AM  
Tempbot.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi_31b0DHHg
 
2014-07-07 11:19:06 AM  
If it means that many fewer birthday "celebrations", then it's worth it.
 
2014-07-07 11:21:41 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Daleks aren't robots, of course. They're nasty, angry, blobs, full of hate, and misery in a metal shell.

So basically they're nearly indistinguishable from the Finance/Accounting Department.


Hey... okay, dammit, that's not far off

/accountant
 
2014-07-07 11:25:05 AM  
"They'll never replace office girls, with the right equipment. "
 
2014-07-07 11:25:27 AM  
RCA jacks, Subby?   You meant RS-232, right? ;-)
 
2014-07-07 11:28:50 AM  
I discussed trends in NUI - natural user interface that can aid our engineers with more effecient CAD design work.  First thing they did was grumble about the expectations that will be put on them to get more work done in less time.

*sigh*
 
GBB
2014-07-07 11:29:21 AM  
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THAT was not the correct receptacle!
 
2014-07-07 11:29:38 AM  
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2014-07-07 11:30:13 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-07 11:30:57 AM  

BenJammin: RCA jacks, Subby?   You meant RS-232, right? ;-)


RS-232 is a communication standard.
 
2014-07-07 11:32:26 AM  
PENIS GOES WHERE?

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-07 11:36:09 AM  
Doesn't matter if we are ready or not. If corporations can save $00.00001 an hour they will replace you. Even if they just eliminate the cost of benefits you are history.
 
2014-07-07 11:37:11 AM  

stonicus: BenJammin: RCA jacks, Subby?   You meant RS-232, right? ;-)

RS-232 is a communication standard.


Wouldn't a DB-25 be best? I mean, while it could be bidirectional, most people used it unidirectionally.
 
2014-07-07 11:37:27 AM  

EdNortonsTwin: I discussed trends in NUI - natural user interface that can aid our engineers with more effecient CAD design work.  First thing they did was grumble about the expectations that will be put on them to get more work done in less time.

*sigh*


That's very short-sighted of them.  What they should've grumbled about was that the NUI enables younger, less-skilled, and therefore, cheaper engineers to do their jobs.
 
2014-07-07 11:38:30 AM  

Billy Liar: If it means that many fewer birthday "celebrations", then it's worth it.


They will be replaced with construction day celebrations.
 
2014-07-07 11:41:31 AM  
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As if they weren't already in the office.
 
2014-07-07 11:41:39 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: When I was in one of the local hospitals recently, I was sort of taken aback by the robots being used to securely deliver medications from the pharmacy to the appropriate section of the hospital. What was even more interesting was the nonchalant manner in which the staff interacted with the robots. However, it was a pain in the ass to get stuck behind a robot trying to carefully navigate a corner.

I'd really like a robot to deliver & take mail during the day in the office... or at least bring me coffee.


I never understood this. Why not just use pneumatic tubes instead? -I tried to get my last place of work to look at this seriously as other hospitals are doing it with success, but the idea apparently went well above my CIO's head. -Faster, cheaper, more secure, and an established technology...
 
2014-07-07 11:48:27 AM  
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Happy!:
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2014-07-07 11:50:13 AM  

Publikwerks: stonicus: BenJammin: RCA jacks, Subby?   You meant RS-232, right? ;-)

RS-232 is a communication standard.

Wouldn't a DB-25 be best? I mean, while it could be bidirectional, most people used it unidirectionally.


DB-25 is just a connector.  RS-232 is just a communications standard.  You can utilize RS-232 through a DB-25 connector, or a DB-9 connector, or any connector really that had enough signal lines.  I have DB-9 serial connectors in the back of my computer.  I have patched them a keystone panel connected to CAT-5 plugs.  I can then use the CAT-5 plugs to act as a switchboard to reroute to a set of DB-9's I have on a milled panel.  So I can essentially make any of the plugs on the panel go to any serial port I want by rerouting the CAT-5 patches.
 
2014-07-07 11:51:27 AM  

Gabrielmot: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: When I was in one of the local hospitals recently, I was sort of taken aback by the robots being used to securely deliver medications from the pharmacy to the appropriate section of the hospital. What was even more interesting was the nonchalant manner in which the staff interacted with the robots. However, it was a pain in the ass to get stuck behind a robot trying to carefully navigate a corner.

I'd really like a robot to deliver & take mail during the day in the office... or at least bring me coffee.

I never understood this. Why not just use pneumatic tubes instead? -I tried to get my last place of work to look at this seriously as other hospitals are doing it with success, but the idea apparently went well above my CIO's head. -Faster, cheaper, more secure, and an established technology...


" Look mister. We pay you to think around here. We need outside the box forward thinking solutions. Forward means future. Future means robots. So we need solutions that involve robots. We don't expect you to understand why. I've made an executive call here. "
 
2014-07-07 11:52:09 AM  
I worked in an old building owned by Xerox that used to mailbots. They followed special strips in the floor to deliver mail. They didn't use them anymore while I was there, but this isn't anything that new, since that building has been around since at least the 70s.
 
2014-07-07 11:55:08 AM  

Gabrielmot: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: When I was in one of the local hospitals recently, I was sort of taken aback by the robots being used to securely deliver medications from the pharmacy to the appropriate section of the hospital. What was even more interesting was the nonchalant manner in which the staff interacted with the robots. However, it was a pain in the ass to get stuck behind a robot trying to carefully navigate a corner.

I'd really like a robot to deliver & take mail during the day in the office... or at least bring me coffee.

I never understood this. Why not just use pneumatic tubes instead? -I tried to get my last place of work to look at this seriously as other hospitals are doing it with success, but the idea apparently went well above my CIO's head. -Faster, cheaper, more secure, and an established technology...


Cheaper? I find that really hard to believe, retrofiring a large existing building with all manner of tubes?
 
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