Random Robot Roundup

Posted 2 Mar 2008 at 22:06 UTC by steve Share This

Here's another roundup of stories from the editor's inbox. Enjoy. A recent engadget story included a video of Absolut Quartet, a sort of robotic orchestral machine that incorporates ping pong balls and spinning wine glasses. Roland Piquepaille sent links to his latest blog posts on robot rats with a sense of touch, the Wizkid robot at the MoMA, and a plan to turn bacteria into cancer-fighting machines. UK author Richard Evans wrote, "Just thought I'd drop you a line for your Random Robot Roundup about my blog. It gives background into the research I've done when preparing for my books and my take on the direction of android development. Also, there are some factual articles at my website that may be of interest - featuring interviews with Rod Brooks, Hiroshi Ishiguro and Honda's ASIMO team." The Swirling Brain noticed a BBC story about Kurzweil's latest optimistic prediction that machines will have human-level intelligence by 2029. Mark Miller of sent a link to his recent story on the Readybot kitchen robot project. Know any other robot news, gossip, or amazing facts we should report? Send 'em our way please.

Any other videos or other people who have seen it in person?, posted 3 Mar 2008 at 21:20 UTC by roschler » (Master)

Did anyone else watch the WizKid videos? It's hard to tell just how capable it really is from them. The related blog post sounds great, but I'd like to hear from someone that has interacted with it or seen other videos than the MoMA show videos.

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