This robot will kick your ass!

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    Feb 24, 2016 3:45 AM GMT
    Boston Dynamics’ New Robot Is Wicked Good at Standing Up to Bullies
    http://www.wired.com/2016/02/boston-dynamics-new-robot-wicked-good-getting-bullied/
    Published on Feb 23, 2016
    A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain and help with navigation. This version of Atlas is about 5' 9" tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.
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    Feb 24, 2016 4:03 PM GMT
    only good if a custom skin is avaliable
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    Feb 24, 2016 10:12 PM GMT
    5'9 180lbs? Looks like my type of bot.
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    Feb 24, 2016 11:25 PM GMT


    This is a serious massive problem waiting to happen.

    I cannot stress enough how dangerous it will be when these things replace the police and army and a few hundred mega rich billionaires own everything including all the law makers.

    You have an entire political party trying to eliminate social safety nets while technology is on the verge of making physical labour nearly obsolete. You have vastly enhanced "terror" laws that let the power structure do whatever it wants to whoever essentially legally and you have two private entities "The Democratic Party" and "The Republican Party" that run the government and set all the rules about who can debate and who can't a long with a media that questions nothing.

    All the ingredients are there for a horrible world where the government doesn't even need people anymore. No longer even needs to pretend to need them. Stalin, Hitler, Napoleon,Caesar needed the army and needed some support from the citizenry. In the future you won't need the support of anyone...you could live on a castle on the hill and have robot workers making robot soldiers.

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    Feb 25, 2016 12:24 AM GMT
    Thanks, reminded me to start our Roomba robot floor cleaner. I like to use it when my husband is away. Tonight he's at a Founder's Circle reception of the Pride Center. I should be there as a Founder, too, but I hate that trip, and don't like the Seminole Hard Rock Casino that's hosting this one. Some friends gave him a ride, and I got to stay home, thank gawd.

    So right now it's running all around, while I'm holed up in this office. I won't let it come in here, it would likely explode. In fact, I won't even allow our cleaning lady in here, because SHE would likely explode, too, trying to clean my "cave". LOL!

    Well, anyway, thanks for the inadvertent reminder. I wonder what the future of robots will be?
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    Feb 25, 2016 12:49 AM GMT
    BTW, I sorta like to watch it, a kinda very slow-motion pinball machine. But I can also tract it on my iPhone from anywhere with an app.

    One time I overlooked picking up a bathroom towel from the floor. Well, not surprisingly it got fouled on that. I was miles away, and the app reported that the poor thing had stalled and safely shut down. It even told me it was the left rear wheel that jammed! I couldn't believe the level of sophistication.

    I was busy, so it had to wait until I briefly swung by our place an hour later. I pulled the towel out, and the Roomba resumed cleaning from the same spot, knowing where it had been interrupted.

    Not anywhere near as fantastic as these humanoid robots, but still, impressive to have in your house. After all, I grew up at a time when an Electrolux canister vac was cutting edge. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 25, 2016 1:27 AM GMT
    OK, the little guy is finished, and my husband isn't back home yet from the Hard Rock. He parked himself in his charging station, and the app says he ran 55 minutes.

    The one thing he can't do is clean his own dust bin, so I just did that. An amazing amount of stuff! The floors didn't LOOK dirty, but obviously they were. That's why I bought this thing. A weekly cleaning lady is clearly not enough.

    These robots may indeed be the wave of the future. Look for robot cars next.
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    Feb 25, 2016 1:47 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidOK, the little guy is finished, and my husband isn't back home yet from the Hard Rock. He parked himself in his charging station, and the app says he ran 55 minutes.

    The one thing he can't do is clean his own dust bin, so I just did that. An amazing amount of stuff! The floors didn't LOOK dirty, but obviously they were. That's why I bought this thing. A weekly cleaning lady is clearly not enough.

    These robots may indeed be the wave of the future. Look for robot cars next.

    Exhausted reading of all this excitement at Deco Manors this evening. icon_confused.gif

    Then don't read it. Your demented obsession with me would be solved by simply not reading my posts. I've been talking about robots, per the thread, and you've been talking about your fixation with me. Maybe a robot will be invented to examine heads, starting with yours. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 25, 2016 2:12 AM GMT
    Reminds me of Gort, but he was taller than 5'9"

    The Day The Earth Stood Still
    Gort and Klaatu (The Day The Earth Stood Still)

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    Feb 25, 2016 5:42 AM GMT
    Wow! That's awesome! Kinda creepy too.

    I'm watching a PBS NOVA show right now (as I type) about the "Rise of Robots" and DARPA challenge. Most of the robots in this program are not as advanced as the one in the video clip.

    http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/
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    Feb 25, 2016 6:57 AM GMT
    When I was a kid there were already attempts to have autonomous lawn mowers, to save homeowners the drudgery of guiding those things back & forth over the lawn. Somewhat analogous to the floor vacuums I've mentioned. And there's also robot floor wet moppers today.

    Problem with those early lawn mowers was they didn't have even rudimentary artificial intelligence to deal with unexpected problems. And they really weren't "robots" despite some people applying that term to them.

    All they could do was follow a path you set, without deviation. Kids toys left in the yard got munched. Small animals got munched. Your pets might be... well, you get the idea. They were too dangerous for production & general sale. A few were made with remote controls, that required a human operator, but those weren't much better.

    Therefore I'm wary of robots with autonomous ability, functioning among humans. Especially the driverless cars being tested. You just know those are accidents waiting to happen, causing far more damage than a lawn mower ever could.

    For now, let's keep the robots on the assembly line, cleaning our floors, and delivering office mail. I don't want to give them any more authority in my life at present.
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    Feb 25, 2016 8:11 PM GMT
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    Problem with those early lawn mowers was they didn't have even rudimentary artificial intelligence to deal with unexpected problems. ...

    All they could do was follow a path you set, without deviation. ...

    For now, let's keep the robots on the assembly line, cleaning our floors, and delivering office mail. I don't want to give them any more authority in my life at present.

    Those early lawn mowers were smart enough to give you a row to hoe. As for "any more authority in [your] life," I thought you were answerable to no one but the doyennes of Dade and Broward? But hey, at least you're back on topic, if not exactly making any points.
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    Feb 25, 2016 8:14 PM GMT
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    southbeach1500 said
    Art_Deco saidOK, the little guy is finished, and my husband isn't back home yet from the Hard Rock. He parked himself in his charging station, and the app says he ran 55 minutes.

    The one thing he can't do is clean his own dust bin, so I just did that. An amazing amount of stuff! The floors didn't LOOK dirty, but obviously they were. That's why I bought this thing. A weekly cleaning lady is clearly not enough.

    These robots may indeed be the wave of the future. Look for robot cars next.

    Exhausted reading of all this excitement at Deco Manors this evening. icon_confused.gif

    Then don't read it. Your demented obsession with me would be solved by simply not reading my posts. I've been talking about robots, per the thread, and you've been talking about your fixation with me. Maybe a robot will be invented to examine heads, starting with yours. icon_wink.gif

    Judging from some of the other threads, apparently some already have been. Trouble is, they all suffer from the same programming problems and tend to veer towards the left, like early V-1 rockets. GIGO.
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    Feb 25, 2016 8:14 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    southbeach1500 said
    Art_Deco saidOK, the little guy is finished, and my husband isn't back home yet from the Hard Rock. He parked himself in his charging station, and the app says he ran 55 minutes.

    The one thing he can't do is clean his own dust bin, so I just did that. An amazing amount of stuff! The floors didn't LOOK dirty, but obviously they were. That's why I bought this thing. A weekly cleaning lady is clearly not enough.

    These robots may indeed be the wave of the future. Look for robot cars next.

    Exhausted reading of all this excitement at Deco Manors this evening. icon_confused.gif

    Then don't read it. Your demented obsession with me would be solved by simply not reading my posts. I've been talking about robots, per the thread, and you've been talking about your fixation with me. Maybe a robot will be invented to examine heads, starting with yours. icon_wink.gif


    You are the single most entertaining person posting in the forums here. Why would I stop reading what you write?

    Indeed! How can anyone stop reading what s/he writes?
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    Feb 25, 2016 8:37 PM GMT
    badbug said

    This is a serious massive problem waiting to happen.

    I cannot stress enough how dangerous it will be when these things replace the police and army and a few hundred mega rich billionaires own everything including all the law makers.

    You have an entire political party trying to eliminate social safety nets while technology is on the verge of making physical labour nearly obsolete. You have vastly enhanced "terror" laws that let the power structure do whatever it wants to whoever essentially legally and you have two private entities "The Democratic Party" and "The Republican Party" that run the government and set all the rules about who can debate and who can't a long with a media that questions nothing.

    All the ingredients are there for a horrible world where the government doesn't even need people anymore. No longer even needs to pretend to need them. Stalin, Hitler, Napoleon,Caesar needed the army and needed some support from the citizenry. In the future you won't need the support of anyone...you could live on a castle on the hill and have robot workers making robot soldiers.


    I enjoyed reading this. It would make a great sci-fi short story!
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    Feb 25, 2016 8:45 PM GMT
    robbaker saidIt should kick hillary and obama's ass along with the illegal terrorists flowing into this countryicon_mad.gif

    Better keep looking under your bed for them. Maybe some are living in your attic. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Apparition

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    Apr 23, 2016 5:10 AM GMT
    Terrifying with guns for hands.
    I like the bike racks in the last scene

    When is bottombot being released.

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    Apr 24, 2016 12:00 AM GMT
    Standing up to bullies? All I saw in that vid was that it was good at walking away from them.