Friday, December 23, 2005

Computing on Two Feet - Robots Arrive

Many of us have seen the little iRobot vacuum (it now has a brother that will wash your floor, see here ) but neither of these useful gadget robots look very human in form, nothing like the robots we've come to love (or hate) in the movies. Most of what we've seen there, however, is fiction, someone's imagination showing what the future might hold. Well, the future is a lot closer than you think. Honda has introduced a new generation of its humanoid robot Asimo (named for the famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov). Take a look at the December 2005 clip labeled "Press Conference" toward the middle of the page you will find here.

NOTE - When you go to the above site and click on the Press Conference link, wait till the film clip view screen appears then find the pause button below it (two vertical bars) and click on it. Wait until the progress bar fills all the way to the right and then click the pause control again to start the movie. You will be amazed!

But wait, you say, robots may be able to get around on two legs like us now, but they can't really think, can they? They aren't "self aware" are they? Check out this article.

The future is closer than you think.

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