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[DPRG] DARPA Grand Challenge

Subject: [DPRG] DARPA Grand Challenge
From: Andrew Lynch lyncas at gmail.com
Date: Wed Dec 18 09:33:23 CST 2013

Interesting discussion !   We will see which of the 18 teams make it to the
finals in Florida.

The CMU robot is not quite humanoid but more chimp.

http://robohub.org/the-400-lb-chimp-in-the-room-cmus-tartan-rescue-team-prepares-for-the-drc/


On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM, David P. Anderson <davida at smu.edu> wrote:

> Does anyone else think this is silly?   I'm not a fan of humanoid
> robots, other than as entertainment, which is perhaps what this is
> supposed to be.  I don't think a human body is useful for robotics
> without a human brain to control it.  And we aren't there and won't be
> there for a long time, maybe never.
>
> <
> http://www.popsci.com/blog-network/zero-moment/humanoids-are-here-walking-climbing-driving-robots-drc
> >
>
> As we've discussed before, why have a humanoid robot open the door? Why
> not just have the door open itself?  (see your  local grocery store).
> Why have a humanoid robot drive the car?  Isn't it easier just to have
> the car drive itself?  (See Google, Honda, etc).   I don't see this as
> the future of robotics.  Maybe the future of Hollywood and trade shows.
> I don't see these machines ever being as useful as, say,  a Roomba.
>
> Steve, remember how the Aibo was going to replace real dogs for old
> people so they didn't have to feed and cleanup after them, but they
> would otherwise have all the joy and affection of a real puppy dog?
> Didn't happen.   I wonder why?   These robots will probably end up in a
> museum somewhere, where they will never be turned on to show that they
> actually don't work and can't do anything, and folks will imagine, based
> on their humanoid appearance, all the cool things they must have been
> able to do.
>
> Here's a good rule I've found useful for myself:  be suspicious of any
> robot article who's webpage does not include any video.  Without it,
> outrageous claims are easy to make,  and hard to verify. Especially by
> journalists caught up in the excitement.   Just saying.
>
>
> cheers,
> dpa
>
>
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