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The Changing Face of Robotics 49

An anonymous reader writes "Using sensors to interface socially, the next generation of robots may not fit the classic idea of what a robot should be. Glen Martin writes: 'Equipped with two articulated arms, it can perform a multitude of tasks. It requires no application code to start up, and no expensive software to function. No specialists are required to program it; workers with minimal technical background can "teach" the robot right on the production line through a graphical user interface and arm manipulation.'"
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The Changing Face of Robotics

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  • Re:The hell? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27, 2014 @07:53PM (#46086683)

    It's a shit summary of a shit story which is old news to start with. Basically they're just saying that they will deliver you a "generic" robot which has no specifically pre-programmed tasks. Instead of paying someone to write a custom program to (for example) weld a joint, the worker uses a GUI and manual manipulation of the actuators to "teach" the software the task you want it to perform.

    This idiot also makes a bunch of really off-base assumptions about what a robot is "supposed to be", and ignores most of the bulk of science fiction in order to come up with the claim that this is somehow "unusual".

They are called computers simply because computation is the only significant job that has so far been given to them.