Thursday, April 17, 2014

The govt has plans for Robbie

Hilton Collins, http://www.governing.com, says the government (ours) is mad for robots. And not just those little tin cans that trundle into burning buildings or war zones.

Under the DARPA Robotics Challenge, two-legged humanoids are under development to perform disaster relief.

NASA also has Robonaut--a surgery-performing robot to patch up space travelers.

The Navy has also teamed with NASA to create a shipboard firefighting robot that can climb stairs, open, hatches, and rescue victims. First it must recognize what a hose is.

But--they admit--"there is an awful lot of stuff to do and it won't be easy or cheap."

This is in its infancy. Still, I remember Rosie from The Jetsons. She was cool. I think it was the apron.

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