Fun With Bots (Now, on GChat!): Chat with juicyqt72

I’ve posted other fun chat logs with bots in the past. This one seems to be pretty much a slightly modified variant on the old ones from six or so years ago. Funny that this one lies about its age. The name is juicyqt72, which indicates that, born in 1972, “she’d” be...

RURO: The Cutest Robot You’ve Ever Seen!

This robot is probably too cute to be used as an effective security ‘bot, but it does have some interesting features for an educational robot. RURO the robot was designed to teach kids about recycling.RURO was designed by grade-school kids and sponsored by...

Who Do You Trust?

Is it a bad thing that I tend to trust machines over humans? Obviously, not in every single case. There are certain exceptions. All things being equal, though, were I to come across a human stranger or a strange machine, I think I’d be more likely to trust the machine...

Dancing “Sexy” Robots.

They’ve been working on dancing robots in Japan (they being a company called Kawada). This is version one, from what I can (badly) translate from Japanese: Here’s the current version....

Simplifying My Social Media Workflow with Dlvr.IT

This is just a quick note to say that I’m particularly in love with a simple app out there called Dlvr.IT. It’s helped me pare down my social media workflow. You know, that problem that Louis Gray seems to address once every six months? Should I automatically send...

More on Facebook’s New “Likes”

I briefly mentioned in my previous post here (and the one from yesterday on SiliconANGLE) that the new “like” functionality from Facebook isn’t going to be useful for small to mid-sized content producers. I saw my first “like” implementation in the wild just...

Follow Me on Google Buzz. Now.

Run, don’t walk, to your GMail account and add me. Click here, in fact, and follow me. Do you really want Pete Cashmore and Robert Scoble to be the only power users on the system? Yeah, I didn’t think...

This is how the trouble starts [Carnivorous Robots]

I read a story a long time ago (I forget the author or even the title) that talked about a world that evolved on one of the moons of Jupiter – it was an entire ecosystem that mirrored our own consisting entirely of robots.  I’ll refrain from synopsizing the...

Robot that Makes Coffee

I’ve always wanted a robot that makes coffee.  As a short film, this is fascinating. Something tells me that this requires a bit of supervision to make sure the task is completed properly,...

Robots Now Capable of Improvisational Jazz

At some point, I’m going to do a roundup post of all the various forms of artistic robots there are, or at least the ones that I’ve come across in my travels.  I’ve personally witnessed several AI’s capable of poetry.  I’ve seen more than a few robots...

In Robot Takeover News… [Ender Wiggen]

Sean Kennedy’s NewsReal today points to a TED Talk from P.W. Singer that explores our Ender’s Game-esque future. The idea that video games are training our children to be soldiers is a bit over the top, at least in my view. The way the military engineers a UAV is...

British Robots Make Scientific Discoveries! [SkyNet]

According to a report by Steven Hodson over at Inquisitr, “Adam the Robot” has carried out and successfully completed “scientific research automatically without human intervention.” It’s actually just an interesting spin on something that’s likely been happening for...

SmarterChild: A Eulogy and Obituary

This is actually fairly old news, as it turns out, but SmarterChild, one of the most widely known and used Chatterbox AI’s has passed on. Perhaps a better analogy would be to say that he’s on life support. Whenever you query the bot, you get the same uniform answer:...

Giant Firebreathing Robots! [VICTORY IS MINE!]

 I’m more or less convinced my youngest son (seen above) is the real world incarnation of Stewie, from Family Guy.  He’s surprisingly smart, and has an expression most of the time that belies some sort of secret attempt to take over the world. Which is why I...

Robot Art – Personal Robots by Franz Steiner

I found a great collection of robot art to stimulate the mind put together by a 3D modeler named Franz Steiner. roboart Enjoy the slideshow, and feel free to click through to get the high resolution...

Concept: The Cargonaut

DVICE has an interesting concept bot up today: We’re all for a future where robots deliver us packages quickly and efficiently, and that’s exactly what the Cargonaut is programmed to do. Thought up by German-based industrial designer Matthias Schmiedbauer,...

CirculaFloor Brings Us One Step Closer to Holodecks

Have you seen this creation that has come out of the University of Tsukuba (in Japan)?  It’s potentially another step towards holodeck technology. The robotic floor system is called “CirculaFloor,” and it’s essentially a set of four that act as a floor...

Robotland to Open in 2014

As if the standard chicken-in-every-pot deal of 50 mbps Internet access to every doorstep wasn’t reason enough to envy South Korea, here’s one more… That’s right – a robot theme park. The South Korean government is ready to plunk down $1 billion on the project, too: A...

Robo-Rochambeau

The UK Telegraph chronicles a robot capable of playing Rock-Paper-Scissors. Gizmodo thinks this is (like every robot they talk about) a first step towards the total domination by machines of the human race. As long as the robot plays by the rules, and doesn’t play...