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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Like it for a colleague

Students at Minho University in Portugal are working on developing better interaction between industrial robots and humans, and apparently the first step involves designing a machine that would likely become the first androidcide victim of workplace violence. Here's a video demo of the bot doing some assembly work in cooperation with a human partner, and as you'll see, it manages to embody all the qualities of the worst lab partner or cubicle mate you ever had: It points out your mistakes in a condescending and irritating voice, it's interminably slow at completing its own tasks, and at the end of the job, it offers insincere thanks. Understandably, there's a long way to go here. Maybe next they can get it to inject random political opinions and gossip about other robots.



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