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I had to include this - from a Slashdot Post:
Gate's Laws of Robotics
1) A robot may not use a non-Microsoft product or through inaction, allow a human being to use a non-Microsoft product.
2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Was that a hint of sarcasm about the security? The service packs dont stop a lot of rubbish coming through. I think it has good potential although personally I am not too sure about robots that are overly anthropomorphic. Im not really a lover of Microsoft, but If this project does get off the ground then there will surely be some standardisation and heightened interest in the development of domestic robotics.
Perhaps Robots will be microsoft's final frontier. [star trek music in the background] The thought of having a MS Robot OS on a vacuum cleaner robot doesn't make me worry too much. The thing that makes me worry is in our connected world with MS security holes, I could imagine a criminal hacking/cracking into your robot and it opening your front door to the theives. The thought of the same scenario where a robot to watch your kids and which could easily be hacked and viewed by sickos just makes me shudder!
It seems a while back that if you bought a computer without Windows in it that they would scrutinize you very closely and even filed some unmerited lawsuits even. I wonder if like the Non-Windows-computer scenario if in the future you buy a robot without windows if they'll be filing lawsuits against the rogue non-windows robot enthusiast.
"WINER" could be the new Windows Embedded Robot OS. Makes you WinCE doesn't it?
I agree. If MS does get into robotics, it will give it a big boost. At the same time, it will be a very sad tradgedy.
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