META: What's going on this decade?

From: J. Andrew Rogers (
Date: Sat Aug 12 2006 - 00:37:08 MDT


This is definitely descending to the level of "not SL4 worthy". More
like exi-chat and similar, and possibly not even that.

Robots are so 1950s and pretty much irrelevant. If you have genuine
AI, you will be able to strap it to any machinery you wish, from a
dishwasher to a bad Japanese anime super-robot. It does not really
matter, because that will be the least of our concerns. But then you
knew this -- you *are* on the SL4 list. Keep it interesting, keep it

Trigger happily yours,

J. Andrew Rogers, SL4 Auxiliary List Sniper

On Aug 11, 2006, at 6:33 PM, Charles D Hixson wrote:
> Toy companies, yes. But they're also working towards human-
> services. This isn't really practical yet, but that's a part of
> the focus. I'm not convinced about "uncanny valley", but even
> considering the concept is a significant point of where the
> interest is. Guys who make robots that imitate a TV star in
> appearance. Think about that for a bit. What does that say about
> where their focus is. True it's not to the point yet of
> practicality, but it's getting closer. And that professor who made
> himself a robot "double", and had it give some of his lectures.
> Yes, it's impractical. But what does it say about the focus.

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