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Jedi Mind Trick's picture

Its after Christmas, presents are unwrapped, everyone has seen and enjoyed their holiday loot…and the novelty of some of the new stuff has started to wear off. The truly cool stuff…though…keeps people coming back for more.

What does this have to do with Science Fiction? Easy. I’m going to talk about Lego Mindstorms. The EV3 to be specific. It is one of those things that you just can not put down.

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Why Are We So Fascinated By Robots?

Mama Fisi's picture

Robot stories (and I'm including the entire gamut of AI machines) are not so much about robots as about using them as stand-ins for humans which we can analyze and study to try to figure out "What makes us human?" Human beings tend to get uneasy when you start trying to analyze them the way scientists analyze animals' behavior because humans like to believe they're part God.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: Sociable Robots

Robert Bee's picture

One major goal of contemporary robotics is to create sociable robots that have emotions and facial expression, to make it easier for humans to relate to them. If robots and humans can interact with one another more effectively then robots will be used more in homes and offices. The science fiction cliché of the rational robot without emotions is what AI programmers are trying to avoid. The ideal might be something more like Data, a robot that can learn to approximate human emotions.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: Is Your Job Robot Proof?

Robert Bee's picture

People don’t take me seriously when I tell them that robots will be taking over many jobs in the next five to ten years, but I keep running into more and more information suggesting I’m right. Businessweek has an article, “The Robot in the Next Cubicle,” which describes a robot that costs $350,000 and can “deliver mail, pour coffee, and recognize its co-worker’s faces” (http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_04/b4212069774202.htm).

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: Robots and the Job Market

Robert Bee's picture

In Jack Williamson's story "With Folded Hands" he portrays a future in which humans have nothing to do because robots have surpassed them at all forms of work. The robots prevent most human activities, not out of malice but to take care of people, for their own good, with the motto, "To Serve and Obey, and Guard Men from Harm."

In "A Robot Stole My Job: Automation in the Recession"

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DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: "Metropolis" (1926)

Republibot 3.0's picture

Ah, but it's not all state fairs and theme parks and mockingly bad cartoons, no. Old movies also show an equally aspirational and unlikely vision of the future. Check out the first couple minutes of this sequence from Metropolis under the jump. (For all you know, it could be the one with the dancing, mostly naked robot chick!)

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