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(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)   A hospital is testing a robot that uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria, and it has some resemblence to R2-D2 as well   (triblive.com) divider line 26
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2014-07-10 11:04:07 AM
Yeah I can see some resemblence, but this robot in the story has no midget inside operating it like Kenny Baker with R2-D2.
 
2014-07-10 12:41:57 PM
They're probably less likely to have resistance develop than with antiseptics.

If I could afford it, I'd have a dishwasher that blasts UV.
 
2014-07-10 12:51:14 PM
This is an outrage! Articles from TribLIVE are never actually about tribbing!

Also it looks nothing like R2D2.
 
2014-07-10 12:54:00 PM
Is Michael Winslow providing the sound effects?
 
2014-07-10 01:01:40 PM
 
2014-07-10 01:05:24 PM
That thing is completely useless unless it also can project a Tupac hologram when necessary

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2014-07-10 01:08:52 PM
tifr.us
 
2014-07-10 01:11:43 PM
all the bacteria have to do is send wave after wave until the killbot reaches its kill limit and shuts down.  then they'll get a medal.
 
2014-07-10 01:21:03 PM
I'm developing a robot that looks like C3PO that can sterilize an entire building using gamma radiation in just one point five seconds.
 
2014-07-10 01:34:42 PM
Which will inevitably lead to UV-resistant bacteria in 3..2...
 
2014-07-10 01:35:13 PM
This is why, when family members get sick, i lock them outside. Plenty of UV to sterilize them.
 
2014-07-10 01:45:11 PM
www.shop-vac.eu

I'll bet subby flips out when he sees one of these.
 
2014-07-10 01:54:40 PM
"stationary robot"

Based on the article it's not so much a robot as it is a large UV lamp on wheels.
 
2014-07-10 01:55:21 PM
I found about about these robots in a thread a few days ago. This isn't the first hospital to test them. They've already got tests going in other hospitals.
 
2014-07-10 02:06:36 PM

SpdrJay: I'm developing a robot that looks like C3PO that can sterilize an entire building using gamma radiation in just one point five seconds.


Yeah, but you can only use it once before its all "dirty bomb" this and "national manhunt" that...

//I swear, some people are so nosy...
 
2014-07-10 03:00:29 PM
img.fark.net

It sterilizes... something or other... sounds perfect for the job!
 
2014-07-10 03:16:15 PM

lilbjorn: Which will inevitably lead to UV-resistant bacteria in 3..2...


Is there any known mechanism by which bacteria could develop UV resistance?
 
2014-07-10 03:16:21 PM
How about letting rooms lay fallow like farmers used to do with fields.

That and spray everything down with pure hydrogen peroxide. Like pimps do.

/fallow doesn't do much to things that don't need warm bodies to live but still...the idea that a hospital has rooms it can't charge out the ass for is a wonderful thing to contemplate.
 
2014-07-10 03:19:33 PM

anfrind: lilbjorn: Which will inevitably lead to UV-resistant bacteria in 3..2...

Is there any known mechanism by which bacteria could develop UV resistance?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinococcus_radiodurans#Ionizing_radiat io n_resistance_mechanisms

it sounds more like "mitigation of the damage done" than "resistance to damage" though.
 
2014-07-10 03:22:24 PM

skyotter: anfrind: lilbjorn: Which will inevitably lead to UV-resistant bacteria in 3..2...

Is there any known mechanism by which bacteria could develop UV resistance?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinococcus_radiodurans#Ionizing_radiat io n_resistance_mechanisms

it sounds more like "mitigation of the damage done" than "resistance to damage" though.


I think the point was that it's not like this is the only source of UV radiation by which this bacteria might develop a resistance since you know, the sun, and all.
 
2014-07-10 03:26:11 PM
vle.ccs.northants.sch.uk

Need this guy. He is dedicated.
 
2014-07-10 04:16:25 PM

anfrind: lilbjorn: Which will inevitably lead to UV-resistant bacteria in 3..2...

Is there any known mechanism by which bacteria could develop UV resistance?


Very, very tiny tubes of sunscreen.
 
2014-07-10 04:53:48 PM

GameSprocket: [vle.ccs.northants.sch.uk image 450x480]

Need this guy. He is dedicated.


Came for this (sploosh), leaving satisfied.
 
2014-07-10 07:37:27 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: "stationary robot"

Based on the article it's not so much a robot as it is a large UV lamp on wheels.


This.
 
2014-07-11 10:13:01 AM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [www.shop-vac.eu image 250x250]

I'll bet subby flips out when he sees one of these.



And there you have it:  proof of Robo-Evolution. This Shop-Vac is clearly a direct ancestor of R2D2. Lucas probably got the original design idea from a waste paper basket in his office, but God (in the form of SF movie geeks) had to guide the creative process from cylinder with a rounded top to cylinder with a rounded top and built-in 3-D movie player.

In other Intelligent Design news, Jar Jar Binks proves there is no God and that you are shiat out of luck finding an intelligent designer anywhere nowadays.
 
2014-07-11 10:19:00 AM

lostcat: To The Escape Zeppelin!: "stationary robot"

Based on the article it's not so much a robot as it is a large UV lamp on wheels.

This.


It can be both.

Just look at Futurama: Bender is a robot and a handy barbeque grill. The Baby Momma is a soft drink machine. Everything with a chip in it is a robot except for maybe chip dip.

I am amazed how useful Bender is for a guy who does absolutely no work. He's a barbeque grill, he's a beer keg, he's a safe, he's a chef, and he bends, breaks, slices, chops, dices, purees and juliennes. He's like every Ron-Co product ever made combined in one shiney metal humanoid body.

Of course, that technically makes him an android and not a robot, but meh. I don't care. Everybody says robot, even geeks and nerds.
 
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