21 Dec '13, 2pm

#Robotics Challenge Day 1 #DARPA

Even the teams that did get a lot of practice in had some trouble competing in the live challenge tasks. In particular, NASA JSC's Valkyrie wasn't having a good day. Partially, this is performance anxiety for both the humans and their bots, but also, being outside introduces a bunch of new variables that most teams haven't had to deal with before. For example, depending on the time of day, there was a mix of bright sunlight and deep shadow across the task areas, and scattered clouds would intermittently and unpredictably crank the brightness and contrast way down. And it was windy, too, making balancing on the ladder and terrain tasks significantly more difficult. The wind also had a nasty habit of slamming doors closed on the door tasks, which is where SCHAFT lost out on the only two points that it missed all day.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/dar...

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  1. 21 Dec '13, 11pm

    So, step by step, if machines take over all human activity, including art and science, what will happen to the organic body and its conditioned-to-work-and-think brain? Surely, will it decay? Is mankind-machines coexistence possible while people is fighting for jobs and resources: competition, nations, and so on? Anyway, what is the endeavour in which a robot cannot ever take part or channel at all? Why won't the future automatons be alive? What is the fundamental difference between a mechanical structure, organic or inorganic, that imitates life and life itself? Is there any, virtual or real? Is it only the holder of power the one who has the capacity for defining and differentiating? A subjective imposition? Along these lines, a serious-funny book, take a look in a sample in goo.gl/rfVqw6 Just another mind leisure suggestion, far away from dogmas or axioms

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