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Friday, September 29, 2006

Asimov docet

Japanese METI - Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is developing guidelines in order to improve safety in robots. Japan is leader in industrial robotics (> 300000 "industrial robots") and also leader in robotics-R&D .
It seems that Asimov´s visions are becaming reality.
Not yet.First these are just guidelines on paper and not laws implemented on circuits..

But let´s take a look at the legendary

Isaac Asimov's three Laws of Robotics (First introduced in his short story "Runaround"-1942!!!)

  1. A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the 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
Could this nice robogirl kill you?

Despite "appearance" the most advanced japanese robots are still far away to became "positronic" as imagined from Asimov and implementing in them such laws , I think, remains a challenge.

But maybe they are on the right way..Here some guidelines from Tokyo:

- Emergency shut-off button
- Human-friendly soft body
- Security sensors

Some questions arise:

-Could bad peaple crack a robot pursuing bad scopes?
and once safety will be ok,
-What about social and economical impact of robots?
-Will they steal jobs or improving wealth?
-Will they be accepted or hated?

Best Regards, "R.Daneel" from Baskerville

[ Source: Gadgizer, Kirai, Japan Times and Wikipedia]
[Pictures: Kirai, Delos ]

Intersting links:
(the most advanced Human-Care Robot existing)
Wabian-2 (the most advanced Walking Robot)
3 Laws Unsafe (critic review of the 3 Laws)

Saturday, September 02, 2006

100% clean flying

Altran look strong at challenges.

They want to keep an airplane flying with clean energy sources only.

Good Luck!

more here

Friday, September 01, 2006

Blue tooth Mp3 Player


I was waiting for it since a lot of time..

Why took it so long to develop a music player without cables?