CMU's Zoë Begins Final Mission
Posted 10 Aug 2005 at 22:58 UTC by steve
According to a CMU press
release, CMU is sending Zoë the autonomous
solar-powered rover to the Atacama Desert one more time for a final
mission. The robot and crew are leaving on August 17. This time the
robot will visit "a foggy coastal region, the dry Andean altiplano,
and an area in the desert's arid interior that receives no precipitation
for decades at a time". The goal is for the planetary rover
prototype is to discover life in the desert on its own. For more details
see the CMU Atacama page of the Field Robotics Center. We
first reported on the
NASA funded Atacama project in 2003. We also covered Zoë's 2004 Atacama mission and
on the rover's first success at discovering life.
Finding a little greecy life on some distant planet reminds me of a bad
Star Trek episode. If there are little green men the Zoë robot probably
won't find them, but maybe if the little green men play pro football and
Zoë licks their feet it may find find pro-toe-zoë. :-)
IANASN, posted 11 Aug 2005 at 13:36 UTC by dogsbody_d »
Pardon me but Greecy life would involve eating dolmades and smashing
I took Greek in Seminary, but that life was less of eating dolmades and
more of boring sentence translating. All that's come of it for me is
bad greecy puns and learning that what I CAN translate is pretty much
what the Bible says anyway so why bother. There are some cool verses
like I John chapter one that are cool as well a few others that are neat
to see in Greek. But, for the most part learning Greek is really for
those who just want to nitpick the Bible which I'm not interested in
doing. BTW, Zoe is a greek word that means Life. Does anyone remember
the Star Trek Greek episode? I still haven't figured out IANASN. I
think I'll put in my signature something like IANAGS (I am not a Greek
Scholar). or better yet IANASB (I am not a sentient being). That'd be
a cool disclaimer. Well maybe. Naw, nevermind, forget it.
Ooh, posted 13 Aug 2005 at 14:24 UTC by dogsbody_d »
IANASN = I am not a spelling nazi... 'cos I wanted to make a bad gag
about "greecy" and didn't want you to think I was just being fussy. It
should really have been "Greecey" for my gag I suppose. Well, "Greek"
would be the actual adjective. Oh well.
Still, if it wasn't for my nonsense you might not have said the
interesting "Zoë" thing. Cheers.
Hmm. It's not like writing "Emet" (meaning truth) on a golem's head is
it? You can then delete the first letter to leave "met" (death) and yer
golem is no more. Can you do something similar with Zoë?
Hey - it's just as good a theory of AI as some others that we don't hear
about much round here no more...;)
I know there is an old B&W movie called "The Golem" that I have not
seen. Is "Emet" and "Met" from this movie, or some other work?
/love obscure references.
The Golem is a figure from Jewish folklore. They're prior art for
humanoid robotics. In one version a rabbi would make one out of clay
and bring it to life by inscribing "Emet" - meaning "breath" on it's
forehead. If the beast became unruly, the panic-struck villagers could
delete the first letter to leave "Met" - meaning "DEATH." Yes that's
right, magic ritual or pun? You decide. :)
There's a lot of stuff about them on the net, you could start with
Wikipedia <<shudder>>... Looking up Jewish stuff you have to watch out
for all the Nazi sites though! There's a great 1991 novel by Marge
Piercy called Body of Glass (released as He, She, and It
in the USA)which interleaves a rather neat robot-cyberpunk story with an
account of a 17th Century Prague golem created to protect folks from an
I should imagine Madonna has some for patrolling the estate... ;)
Wow!, posted 17 Aug 2005 at 17:02 UTC by dogsbody_d »
I really should read what I post huh?!
Emet is "truth" not "breath" - I appear to have said it right earlier.
I don't know Hebrew, I had to look it up. Oops sorry.
Oh, and yes that film is indeed the same story, well you know er. etc..
There have been a few films 1915, and 1920 German ones for a start.
One of these is at http://www.archive.org/details/TheGolem
In all honesty I can't remember which, if any, of these is horribly
Thanks!, posted 18 Aug 2005 at 12:49 UTC by jeffkoenig »
If I have a robot ready for this weekend's DPRG Table Top contest (fat
chance), I may have to inscribe "Emet" on it in pencil.
All I've seen of the movie "The Golem" is a B&W still photo. Thanks
for all the other info. Good stuff!
For goodness sake dogsbody_d,
you had to mention that
archive video site? Now you've got me wasting all my time downloading
and watching dumb old movies. Ugg. Haven't watched the Golem film yet,
tho. I love those superman cartoons especially the robot one. Are
there other good legal video vaults out there?