iCub Robot Baby

Submitted by: RexGrossman 7 years ago Science

Researchers in France develop a baby robot that has the capacity to learn. Unfortunately, it"s a goddamn baby robot!
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Male 299
Subushie:... what use would we have with a robot that can learn and imagine? lets leave that part to the humans thanks."

What use a learning/imagining robot has? If we had a robot that does shopping for its owner, and suddenly some disaster strikes and the shop collapses, the robot could be given instructions by anyone to go dig up those buried under the rubble. As it digs up the first few survivors, it learns that he can use the sound people under the rubble make to find them more quickly, then it imagines/wonders... how could I do this even faster? and it decides that calling for other robots in the area is the best action.
The learning robot saved lives, while the fixed state robot is still looking for the peas.

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Male 299
Oh boy... Im probably gonna end up working on something similar someday, and end mankind.
Maybe we should like... simulate how these things would act when they are really becoming intelligent before handing them knifes, guns, hands n such.
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Male 54
I for one welcome our new robot overlords.
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Male 277
im scared D: creepy little bugger
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Male 2,506
QUICK! THROW A NAZI IN THERE!
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Female 10
What a scary-looking little drat.
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Female 1,401
F YOU FRANCE!!!
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Female 72
I Robot :O
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Female 526
we are all going to die.
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Female 46
we`re screwed.
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Male 182
Although an interesting concept...if we`ve learned anything from Hollywood we should avoid this kind of work...

BTW...why is it that most humanoid robots they have designed so far looks super creepy?

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Male 3,631
Man.. everytime I see something like this, I can`t help but think "boy are we going to be sorry one day. Like, let`s stop it right now, while we still can. We`ll wish we had."

On the other hand, I understand certain men`s insatiable desire to push the envelope in Art, War, and certainly Science (science somewhat pushes its own envelope, that`s sort of its objective).

Then, somewhere in the middle, I remember that the motivation of Autocognitive electro-mechanical beings isn`t necessarily something we can comprehend, either enough to fear it OR revere it.

Would it be based on survival? Territory? They`re not animals, so if territory or survival were an issue it might only come in the context of rebellion from subservience. Again, would there be any inclination toward this, and do we really want to take the chance?

Were the takeover to happen, would it be out of fear OF or pity FOR us? I could easily see the combination overlord/savior complex of the Matrix`s Architect.

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Male 1,403
reganom- nice.

and that thing is too creepy to have living in my house being a "domestic robot helper"

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Male 1,918
holy poo! It`s creepy as hell and the music doesnt help! It f*cking looks like irobot
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Male 25,416
No dont do it! we have all seen iRobot!
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Male 716
France is awesome.

Have to watch out for those things though... robots could very indeed go crazy with too much power.

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Female 66
._. creepy
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Female 179
I think I`m afraid of it already....
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Male 108
@ Brimstone - it`s not being programmed to serve. It`s being programmed to *learn* in hopes that it will serve. Learning means deductive reasoning and personal judgment.

I agree with Gorgak and Rawr - This thing is very very very very bad.

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Male 1,381
300 large is probably just PARTS for the thing. Include research and development costs, paying all those Ph.D`s, haha yeah. LOTS of dough.

Although this is like my DREAM job...can you imagine? Can you imagine the CODE, having a nonbiological entity ACTIVELY rewriting its controls differential equations to adapt to a visually interpreted stimuli?!?!

*goes into coma from awesomeness*

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Male 86
the robot looks b1oody bored!
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Male 10,440
200,000 euros is actually not that much for a robot like that.
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Male 364
Jesus that thing is HUGE!!!
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Male 505
There`s no point in getting worried about Robots taking over the world. Let`s face it, chances are when they become widely available they will be running on microsoft software...as soon as they start trying to take over the world they will crash, need a reboot, and to download some more software updates.
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Male 4,680
GAH WHAT IS THAT THING

DESTROY IT BEFORE IT TAKES OVER THE WOOOORLD

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Male 305
Let the uprising begin
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Male 302
cobrakiller
"every time i see these things, i am amazed by how far we have come. but this quickly turns to fear when i think of so many futuristic movies involving robots turning on us."

Breathe... calm down... relax. Think happy thoughts. Think of all the futuristic movies that contain sex robots instead.

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Male 1,646
i honestly think there should be laws requiring to limit the capabilities of AI in physical robots. this (although insignificant) is the beginning of the creation of our own demise. robots should be created with all the knowledge it would ever need, and allow varies upgrades. but honestly, what use would we have with a robot that can learn and imagine? lets leave that part to the humans thanks.
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Male 2,229
That`s so cool, and to those that `sacred` of something that`s programed to serve. Your being paranoid. Be afraid of the programmers, a robot is only good as its program, much like a our CPU`s and laptops.
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Male 220
Huzzah! "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" has come true! (That short story was the inspiration for the Kubrik/Spielberg movie "AI")
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Male 360
Creeped me out when the guy was sitting at the computer and the robots eyes were looking around
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Male 3,315
1) Haven`t we seen this particular robot already, just in a different video?

2) I`m sure the inventors of this thing have heard of the Asimov`s Three Laws of Robotics. Just hope the apply them. (PS: Thanks to R. Daniel it`s 4 now).

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Male 144
soo imma learn how to make an EMP gun for my home anyone else with me
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Male 592
lawl thats rather scary
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Male 715
Cool, but creepy. When this thing cuts your Achilles tendon like the undead baby in pet cemetery, don`t say you weren`t warned.
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Male 7,586
every time i see these things, i am amazed by how far we have come. but this quickly turns to fear when i think of so many futuristic movies involving robots turning on us.
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Male 160
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