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[DPRG] RE: SWARC at RoboRama

Subject: [DPRG] RE: SWARC at RoboRama
From: rten at new.metronet.com rten at new.metronet.com
Date: Fri Sep 12 13:44:00 CDT 2003

If you can buy a dictionary right after it comes off the press, any new
technology and associated terminology just ain't there by as much as three
or four years lag. Perhaps someone, somewhere, has an up-to-date on-line
dictionary. If I'm not already on-line I'm damn sure not about to access
it mid-document I'm creating because it breaks the train of thought that
is a deadly problem for the serious writer.

On Fri, 12 Sep 2003, Gordon McComb wrote:

> At 07:13 AM 9/12/2003 -0700, Chuck McManis wrote:
> >2 : a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks
> >3 : a mechanism guided by automatic controls
> Constructing combat robots must be fun for their builders, but watching the
> "sport" on TV has become a real bore, IMO. I wonder if some of the apathy
> toward combat robotics is from this viewpoint. After a while, it all starts
> to look the same, and the skill involved in winning becomes less obvious.
> Anyway, just a note here...neither of the definitions above, from this
> dictionary at least, suggest an autonomous robot. Automatic controls could
> be an audio tape controlling Mr. Lincoln's mouth and head at Disneyland.
> Indeed, the motion paths of many industrial robots are recorded using a
> teaching pendant. #3 obliquely suggests computer control via sensory input,
> but doesn't elaborate.
> We either need to change our definition of "robot" or get a better
> dictionary... <g>
> -- Gordon
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