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[DPRG] Re: New SONY running robot

Subject: [DPRG] Re: New SONY running robot
From: Will Martin willm at whmcustomservices.com
Date: Fri Dec 19 16:06:00 CST 2003

I beg to differ.  Robots have already replaced at least 50% of the 
workforce at my previous employer.  Just as I stated before, the 
computer was never even conceived of in its current incarnation until 
the late 1940's.  At this point in robot history, we (the Japanese 
Corps. for the most part) definitely have the technology that 
describes how to emulate human though and movement.  The ability to 
gather information is also present, even in SONY's Qrio demo.  The 
robots were gathering broadcast, visual, and physical feedback data 
the whole time AND RESPONDING to that data.  For most of us, we WILL 
see humanoid robots within our lifetime.

I feel that the resistance of U.S. involvement in high level robotics 
& AI research is based primarily on our Capitalistic views of how the 
world should work.  If you build a robot to replace every worker in 
the U.S. you would have nothing but large corporations making products 
and offering services that none of the unemployed people could buy.  
The way it should happen is that since all of the labor is being done 
by robots, the human race should be elevated to a level where primary 
issues of humanity can be addressed without the worry or even the need 
of a monetary system.  No more war, no more hunger, no more murder, no 
more crime.  But there is no money in that type of governing system; 
the administration of such a system is incomprehensible to most if not 
all of our current leaders today and for the most part even the 
general populous.  THAT is what the hold up is.

--Will Martin

> We WILL NOT have robots which will think, move, or replace humans. .
> We don't even have the technology to describe how this will work, 
let alone
> the technology to make it happen.
> Toys are one thing, the robots of science fiction is still a long 
way off.
> ( one or two centuries)
> But, lets keep the toys coming !!  :-)
> Hamilton

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