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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.


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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