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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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  • Totally off-topic. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 27, 2014 @07:45PM (#46086635)

    Cool. I love the idea of virtually zero employment thanks to ubiquitous robots.

    Wonder how that's going to work out...no workers means no one collects a paycheck. Only a few people will own all the resources. So what...the government gives the people a stipend? And we spend it on whatever the robots make? Or do we just cut out the middle man, hand the robots over to the people through government proxies, and make whatever we want?

    Man, I would say in the long run, capitalism doesn't have much of a future.

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

    by khasim ( 1285 ) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Monday January 27, 2014 @07:55PM (#46086699)

    I think it is more of a puff piece written in an attempt to cash-in on a reference to the movie "her".

    An AI program is NOT the same thing as a robot. And an expert system is not the same as an AI program.

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