Random Robot Roundup

Posted 1 Feb 2009 at 01:13 UTC by steve Share This reader symphonygirl sent a link to an interesting NPR podcast featuring P.W. Singer, author of the recent book, Wired for War, on the ethical and legal questions of autonomous robots on the battlefield. If your local robot group is looking to start a robot army of its own, you might find a new Instructable on Open Manufacturing useful. It describes how to set up a large run of Arduino-based robot kits. The Swirling Brain unloaded a pile of new stories on us including new brain research showing that one type of neuron acts much like RAM in a computer, holding information in memory for up to a minute. He also noticed a New Scientist article summarizing variants of the Turing test currently being used in the real world to measure how fast robots are closing in on human level abilities. Rating 7.5 on the Turing test of weird robot stories, the BBC reports on the new Tmsuk T-34 security robot that can be teleoperated from a mobil phone and commanded to hurl nets over intruders. After the T-34 nets a bad guy, perhaps he can hoisted in the air and hauled off to jail by MIT's new autonomous robot forklift. Know any other robot news, gossip, or amazing facts we should report? Send 'em our way please.

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