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This is a Lego / Tumblr thing I may have built in my post-Labor Day haze.  It may have been inspired by a visit from Tumblrbot and viewings of Doctor Who specials.  Enjoy.

This is a Lego / Tumblr thing I may have built in my post-Labor Day haze. It may have been inspired by a visit from Tumblrbot and viewings of Doctor Who specials. Enjoy.

wilwheaton:

Japan’s first robot buddy cop movie, a silent film released in 1919, was shown only once, to an assembly of wealthy land owners in Tokyo. When the film ended, the audience demand for affordable giant robots to work their fields and control the peasants was so insistent, emperor Hirohito had the only copy of the film impounded and destroyed to prevent the idea from capturing the public’s imagination.
Today, this photo is all that remains of the film’s existence. Even the title of the movie has been lost to history.

They should totally use this as the basis for Data’s other lost sibling.

wilwheaton:

Japan’s first robot buddy cop movie, a silent film released in 1919, was shown only once, to an assembly of wealthy land owners in Tokyo. When the film ended, the audience demand for affordable giant robots to work their fields and control the peasants was so insistent, emperor Hirohito had the only copy of the film impounded and destroyed to prevent the idea from capturing the public’s imagination.

Today, this photo is all that remains of the film’s existence. Even the title of the movie has been lost to history.

They should totally use this as the basis for Data’s other lost sibling.

In another universe, this robot is showing off her human creations to the press.  “We have programmed each one to be able to perform standard office tasks, like typing, setting up appointments, and of course, my personal favorite: wasting time on Tumblr.  These humans will be available for $250,000 apiece and each comes with a drab wardrobe this big.”
(Photo of yet another robot invented by humans to do stupid stuff like roll around on wheeled feet and raise their hands like they just don’t care by Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP-Getty via the Telegraph)

In another universe, this robot is showing off her human creations to the press.  “We have programmed each one to be able to perform standard office tasks, like typing, setting up appointments, and of course, my personal favorite: wasting time on Tumblr.  These humans will be available for $250,000 apiece and each comes with a drab wardrobe this big.”

(Photo of yet another robot invented by humans to do stupid stuff like roll around on wheeled feet and raise their hands like they just don’t care by Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP-Getty via the Telegraph)

Will Robots Steal Your Job? You're highly educated. You make a lot of money. You should still be afraid. »

utnereader:

(via Slate)

If you’re taking a break from work to read this article, I’ve got one question for you: Are you crazy? I know you think no one will notice, and I know that everyone else does it. Perhaps your boss even approves of your Web surfing; maybe she’s one of those new-age managers who believes the studies showing that short breaks improve workers’ focus. But those studies shouldn’t make you feel good about yourself. The fact that you need regular breaks only highlights how flawed you are as a worker. I don’t mean to offend. It’s just that I’ve seen your competition. Let me tell you: You are in peril.

Robots should work at Slate.

GOBOT   The Evolta, a robot designed by Panasonic, “trains” for the running segment of a triathlon it (he? she?) will “compete” in this October.  (Photo: Toru Yamanaka / AFP-Getty via the Telegraph; here it is swimming and biking)

GOBOT   The Evolta, a robot designed by Panasonic, “trains” for the running segment of a triathlon it (he? she?) will “compete” in this October.  (Photo: Toru Yamanaka / AFP-Getty via the Telegraph; here it is swimming and biking)

Via the AP:

 The space shuttle (Discovery) and its crew of six have spent more than a week at the  (international) space station. They delivered and installed a new storage compartment  that held a humanoid robot. 
 The robot, named R2 for Robonaut 2, has yet to be unwrapped. The space  station astronauts will get to it within the next few weeks. 

I’m imagining the ISS crew forgetting which compartment R2 is stored in, opening various doors and asking “Is this the droid we’re looking for?”
(NASA handout photo of R2 via the Los Angeles Times)

Via the AP:

The space shuttle (Discovery) and its crew of six have spent more than a week at the (international) space station. They delivered and installed a new storage compartment that held a humanoid robot.

The robot, named R2 for Robonaut 2, has yet to be unwrapped. The space station astronauts will get to it within the next few weeks.

I’m imagining the ISS crew forgetting which compartment R2 is stored in, opening various doors and asking “Is this the droid we’re looking for?”

(NASA handout photo of R2 via the Los Angeles Times)

Dozens of robots, called “Engkey,” are being used to teach English to elementary school students in Daegu, a city in South Korea.  From Australia’s Daily Telegraph:

The 29 robots, about one meter high with a TV display panel for a face, wheeled  around the classroom while speaking to the students, reading books to  them and dancing to music by moving their head and arms.The  robots, which display an avatar face of a Caucasian woman, are  controlled remotely by teachers of English in the Philippines - who can  see and hear the children via a remote control system.Cameras detect the Filipino teachers’ facial expressions and  instantly reflect them on the avatar’s face, said Sagong Seong-Dae, a  senior scientist at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology.
"Well-educated, experienced Filipino teachers are far cheaper than  their counterparts elsewhere, including South Korea," he said.
Cool, but hopefully the robots aren’t teaching students to call other people “cheaper.”
(EDIT: A reader asks why they have to put a “Caucasian” face on the robots if the teachers are Filipinos who speak English.  Why not just use Filipino faces?  This is a good question.)
(Photo: AFP/Getty; article via the Daily Telegraph / Neatorama)

Dozens of robots, called “Engkey,” are being used to teach English to elementary school students in Daegu, a city in South Korea.  From Australia’s Daily Telegraph:

The 29 robots, about one meter high with a TV display panel for a face, wheeled around the classroom while speaking to the students, reading books to them and dancing to music by moving their head and arms.

The robots, which display an avatar face of a Caucasian woman, are controlled remotely by teachers of English in the Philippines - who can see and hear the children via a remote control system.

Cameras detect the Filipino teachers’ facial expressions and instantly reflect them on the avatar’s face, said Sagong Seong-Dae, a senior scientist at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology.

"Well-educated, experienced Filipino teachers are far cheaper than their counterparts elsewhere, including South Korea," he said.

Cool, but hopefully the robots aren’t teaching students to call other people “cheaper.”

(EDIT: A reader asks why they have to put a “Caucasian” face on the robots if the teachers are Filipinos who speak English.  Why not just use Filipino faces?  This is a good question.)

(Photo: AFP/Getty; article via the Daily Telegraph / Neatorama)

Okay, so this thing is real. And - also! - while its proper name is “Robonaut 2,” it’s waaaaay cooler to call it by its abbreviated designation: R2.
From NASA’s press release:

NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to  become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. Robonaut  2, or R2, was developed jointly by NASA and General Motors under a  cooperative agreement to develop a robotic assistant that can work  alongside humans, whether they are astronauts in space or workers at GM  manufacturing plants on Earth.  The 300-pound R2 consists of a head and a torso with two arms and two  hands. R2 will launch on space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133  mission planned for September. Once aboard the station, engineers will  monitor how the robot operates in weightlessness.  R2 will be confined to operations in the station’s Destiny laboratory.  However, future enhancements and modifications may allow it to move more  freely around the station’s interior or outside the complex. 

That last sentence originally read “…move more freely around the station’s interior or outside the complex, picking off the enemy humanoids one by one using an experimental phaser developed by the Department of Defense.”  NASA publicists, always hiding the truth!

Okay, so this thing is real. And - also! - while its proper name is “Robonaut 2,” it’s waaaaay cooler to call it by its abbreviated designation: R2.

From NASA’s press release:

NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. Robonaut 2, or R2, was developed jointly by NASA and General Motors under a cooperative agreement to develop a robotic assistant that can work alongside humans, whether they are astronauts in space or workers at GM manufacturing plants on Earth.

The 300-pound R2 consists of a head and a torso with two arms and two hands. R2 will launch on space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission planned for September. Once aboard the station, engineers will monitor how the robot operates in weightlessness.

R2 will be confined to operations in the station’s Destiny laboratory. However, future enhancements and modifications may allow it to move more freely around the station’s interior or outside the complex.

That last sentence originally read “…move more freely around the station’s interior or outside the complex, picking off the enemy humanoids one by one using an experimental phaser developed by the Department of Defense.”  NASA publicists, always hiding the truth!

NOTHING COULD GO WRONG WITH THIS AT ALL   NASA and General Motors have developed a humanoid robot called Robonaut  2, designed  to use the same tools as humans, allowing them to work  safely side-by-side with humans on Earth and in space.  Robonaut 2’s favorite things to do include saying “I’m sorry, Dave - I can’t do that” and not opening the pod bay doors.  (Photo: SIPA Press via the Telegraph)

NOTHING COULD GO WRONG WITH THIS AT ALL   NASA and General Motors have developed a humanoid robot called Robonaut 2, designed to use the same tools as humans, allowing them to work safely side-by-side with humans on Earth and in space.  Robonaut 2’s favorite things to do include saying “I’m sorry, Dave - I can’t do that” and not opening the pod bay doors.  (Photo: SIPA Press via the Telegraph)

THE COLD, UNFEELING MECHANICS OF COOKING For those too lazy to cook - or unable to cook - there are now robots that cook or serve meals, including the one above, which makes okonomiyaki, or savory pancakes.  Another one, called the Snackbot (below), talks to you… before killing you with snack kindness.  (Photos: Kim-Kyung Hoon / Reuters [above]; Basilio Noris [below] via the New York Times; article via the Times)

THE COLD, UNFEELING MECHANICS OF COOKING For those too lazy to cook - or unable to cook - there are now robots that cook or serve meals, including the one above, which makes okonomiyaki, or savory pancakes.  Another one, called the Snackbot (below), talks to you… before killing you with snack kindness.  (Photos: Kim-Kyung Hoon / Reuters [above]; Basilio Noris [below] via the New York Times; article via the Times)


"HELLO. MAY I TAKE YOUR ORDER PLEASE? BETTER YET, WHY NOT JUST SURRENDER TO ME NOW, BEFORE MY BROTHER AND SISTER ROBOTS COME OVER AND DECAPITATE AND DISMEMBER YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY AND EAT YOUR BODY PARTS DIPPED IN GIANT VATS OF ROBOT KETCHUP? RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. ALL OF JAPAN KNOWS THIS!"
(Photo of a “humanoid robot” displaying its mad order-taking skillz at a trade show in Japan by AFP/Getty via the Telegraph)

"HELLO. MAY I TAKE YOUR ORDER PLEASE? BETTER YET, WHY NOT JUST SURRENDER TO ME NOW, BEFORE MY BROTHER AND SISTER ROBOTS COME OVER AND DECAPITATE AND DISMEMBER YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY AND EAT YOUR BODY PARTS DIPPED IN GIANT VATS OF ROBOT KETCHUP? RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. ALL OF JAPAN KNOWS THIS!"

(Photo of a “humanoid robot” displaying its mad order-taking skillz at a trade show in Japan by AFP/Getty via the Telegraph)