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[DPRG] Robots in te news

Subject: [DPRG] Robots in te news
From: Mike McCarty jmccarty at ssd.usa.alcatel.com
Date: Fri Nov 2 15:36:09 CST 2001

On Fri, 2 Nov 2001, Ralph Tenny wrote:

> Blake:
> see ###
> Ralph
> 
> On Fri, 2 Nov 2001, Mike McCarty wrote:
> 
> > On Fri, 2 Nov 2001, Ralph Tenny wrote:
> > 
> > > Blake:
> > > I'm with you! I don't consider the radio-controlled machines to be robots,
> > > but I guess "robot" is a handy term to spare mass media writers some
> > > effort when reporting these events.
> > > Ralph
> > > 
> > > On Fri, 2 Nov 2001, Blake Miller wrote:
> > > 
> > > > IMHO,
> > > > It seems much harder to build a robot that thinks on its own than to build a 
> > > > robot that you control.  (Anyone) could build a spinning piece of metal and 
> > > > control it with a remote control...
> > > > 
> > > > Try building a bot that thinks.
> > > > 
> > > > :),
> > > > Blake
> > 
> > 
> > I'm not so sure that "anyone" could build one which spins as 3000 rpm.
> > That seems like a significant achievement (done by an amateur, that
> > is).
> > 
> > Here is the definition I found for robot
> > 
> > robot  n. 
> > 
> >     1. A mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is
> >        capable of performing a variety of often complex human tasks on
> >        command or by being programmed in advance. 
> 
> ## Does "on command" mean "Fetch a beer" (apology to Bill and Beerbot)

That would be *my* interpretation!

> 	OR a series of discrete commands that precisely defines the task,
>            step by step?
> > 
> >     2. A machine or device that operates automatically or by remote
> >        control. 

> ## Within the context of DPRG robots, does an automatic robot listen for
>         its turn then go fetch cans?

[snip]

> ## Obviously, the definition of "robot" depends heavily on context!

Obviously!

BTW, how are you doing these days?

Mike
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