Robots fascinate me, but AI's not very much. I like the mechanical, the simplicity of the "cute" little bots like Wall-e, Johnny Five (of Short Circuit), and Rosie (of The Jetsons).
Now, the first robot that actually captivated my imagination was Robby The Robot in Forbidden Planet.
there was R2D2 of Star War's fame. He's a favorite of mine, but not so
much C3PO. Again, the small, cute mechanical versus the gold-plated
humanoid of artificial, opinionated intelligent.
also enthralled by RoboBots. My local school has a team of students
that, this year, won the school district's RoboBot competition.
there's the battling bots, those wacky little box-style bots with
destructive capabilities--flame throwers, saws, and whacking-spinning
blades. Thankfully, they're confined to a bulletproof arena because the
parts and sparks fly when they collide. That bulletproofing also
protects the person operating the remote controls.
From time to
time, I search the Internet for robots to see what's happening in the
world of robotics. Most recently I was wowed to find Cheeta Bot. It can
run on its own at 29 mph--and it can jump! http://www.bostondynamics.com/robot_cheetah.html
there's the littlest of robots, like RoboBee. Why anyone would want a
bee-sized robot boggles my mind. Okay, so spies might love them, but I'd
be more inclined to swat one out of existence because I don't like
being stung by bees, real or mechanical.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2 ... st-robobee
But the most amazing modern-day robot has to be Asimo - http://asimo.honda.com/, a walking, talking, domestic robot that's a wonder of science and technology. It even has a cute voice.
I would love to own an Asimo, but I'll have to settle for owning Roomba, the vacuum cleaning robot http://store.irobot.com/home/index.jsp. (Big Sigh.)
Catherine E. McLean
AKILTER - Love, vengeance, attempted murder, and a bomb...No reason to
panic. It's about his heart, her heart, and a robot's nonexistent heart.