Robotics: Humans Need Not Apply

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Robo-Ape May End Up in Orbit

Nature did a good job in designing ways for vertebrates to move. So good, in fact, that folks who design robots consider them best practice guides. A good example is a “Robo-Ape” that was created by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. Inhabitat suggests that the little fellows may be used in space because the German Aerospace Center was one of the funders.

Strictly speaking, robotics, drones, automated telephone calling and autonomous (driverless) cars are only tangentially related. They all work without human intervention and utilize tools such as machine-to-machine (M2M) sensors, artificial intelligence and advanced imaging.

At a higher level, the key is that they replace something that most folks probably intuitively feel wouldn’t be replaced: intelligence for a conversation, eyes and muscles for driving, a way of getting products from a distribution point to a buyer, and an exoskeleton for locomotion.

And, at an even higher level, they are all a bit creepy.

 

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