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US Navy Funds 'MacGyver' Robot 70

Posted by samzenpus
from the duct-tape-and-wire dept.
another random user writes "A US team aims to build a robot that can work out how to use nearby objects to solve problems or escape threats. The machine has been dubbed a 'MacGyver Bot,' after the TV character who cobbled together devices to escape life-threatening situations. The challenge is to develop software that 'understands' what objects are in order to deduce how they can be used. The US Navy is funding the project and says the machines might ultimately be deployed alongside humans. It is providing $900,000 to robotics researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology to carry out the work."
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US Navy Funds 'MacGyver' Robot

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  • by Cute and Cuddly (2646619) on Wednesday October 10, 2012 @06:01PM (#41613773)
    If it is for the navy, will it follow the three laws of robotics? A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. Enemies are humans too....

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.

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