DailyDirt: Unmanned Spaceships And Robots

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Artificial intelligence software still seems like science fiction -- even though smarter and smarter software is found in all sorts of everyday gadgets now. Robots are replacing humans in manufacturing jobs and doing all sorts of dirty work that people can't or won't do. So let's hear it for our automated slaves doing cool stuff for us.
  • The US Air Force's unmanned X-37B space plane lands after 7 months in orbit. Who really needs the space shuttle anymore? (And note that the Russians pretty much accomplished this feat with the Buran, too.) url
  • The Uncanny Valley still runs pretty deep, so creepy-looking robots will be the norm for the near future. url
  • There's nothing creepy about Japanese robots picking ripe strawberries: Yum. url
  • NerdKits has built a xylophone glockenspiel robot for the holidays -- and has released open source code along with DIY instructions for it. url
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      Hephaestus (profile), 8 Dec 2010 @ 9:07am

      From the creepy robot story (Crossing the uncanny valley)

      " Hollywood, too, would probably enjoy replacing stuntmen—and perhaps even temperamental stars—with computer-generated versions. A world without celebs? That really would be eerie."

      Actually that would be the end of hollywood because anyone then make movies.

      Also has anyone else seen how creepy these robots are IRL. """""serious shiver"""""

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