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(Popular Science)   Come watch a humanoid robot with lifelike bones and muscles stretch. All hail our buff robotic overlords   ( popsci.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, humanoid robot, transhumanism, J. B., muscles, University of Tokyo  
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2012-12-12 10:54:22 AM  
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This has all happened before.
2012-12-12 10:19:29 AM  
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Nurglitch: Anastacya: The potential for this development is fascinating. What I am curious about, however, is if they can master upright locomotion. I want to find out how quickly it wears out the pelvic/hip socket/femur area. As well as other areas that are under high stress from our method of walking. I've heard the science retort that our method of locomotion is extremely wasteful and illogical. I want to see that statement translated on an AI unit.

/I probably dont make sense
//need caffeine

It's only wasteful and illogical as seen by end-users. Production and management (sex and evolution) seem pretty satisfied.

We had to go through those stages to get to where we are (walking upright allowed us to see/hunt better, for example). It might be cool to pick over our evolutionary heritage to see what might make a better fit in the world that we've created, rather than the one we had to adapt to survive in.

Besides, if a robot would make a better personal assistant walking on all fours (or one with both "portrait" and "landscape" modes), or with its "head" located in the center of its "chest", or with 6 legs, or without the sense of smell - why wouldn't we build one like that?

// which leads me to another question - how come robots in movies can always be "killed" by removing/destroying the head?
// are robots always built to anatomically mimic humans? did not robot builder ever think "if I put the brain in the robot's crotch, it'll be INVINCIBLE!"?
2012-12-12 09:36:39 AM  
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UberDave: I bet this is in Japan and it is being made for the sex industry.

The 'bot is 158 centimeters tall and weighs 50 kilograms, which makes it about the size of a 12-year-old Japanese boy,

Yes on both counts?

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