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
  • Filed Under: robots, spaceships


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      nasch (profile), 8 Dec 2010 @ 9:14am

      AI

      We'll never think we have artificial intelligence, because anything we can already do we consider "just a program", and AI is whatever we can't make a computer do yet.

      For example, take the game Spore back 20 years, and the way the animals behave would probably be considered AI. Now we don't think of it that way, it's just a game. Pretty much anything using heuristics could be called AI. And so on. AI is here already and has been for quite some time, but our expectations keep moving with the technology.

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