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Feral Robot Dogs

michael posted more than 11 years ago | from the eating-steaks-that-grow-on-trees dept.

Toys 136

stinkypig sent in a blurb about Feral Robot Dogs, assorted modifications of the commercial AIBO dogs to be "more useful". For various definitions of useful. See also a discussion on smartmobs.com.

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i failed it! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743030)

yup. sure did.

Re:i failed it! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743047)

Bolololbummmmponinemnoty

Re:i failed it! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743096)

Holy crap! I didn't fail it!

I'd like to thank the academy etc.

YOU FAIL TO FAIL IT! (-1)

YOU FAIL IT! (624257) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743422)

Your prediction of FAILING it was a FAILURE! This IS the first post!

YOU FAIL TO FAIL IT!

Did any one else read (0, Troll)

rob-fu (564277) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743035)

fecal robot dogs? Immediately, I thought they taught AIBO how to poop. Leave it to Sony to make a great product...

Re:Did any one else read (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743106)

fecal robot dogs?

no its just you stupid sick mind that is also making these totally stupid comments. My suggestion is that you should turn off your computer right now and play in traffic

Re:Did any one else read (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743123)

the original poster was making an attempt at sarcasm, which is lost to /. readers like yourself.

Re:Did any one else read (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743197)

Why was this modded as a Troll? Apparently more than a few slashdot readers have absolutely no sense of humor. Unless of course, it's geek humor, which is completely retarded and unfunny to the civilized world.

Yes! (2, Funny)

Spazholio (314843) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743036)

My dreams of one day owning a real-live (sorta) Dyno-Mutt are closer to fruition!

Screw Dyno-Mutt! (0, Funny)

torpor (458) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743048)

Bring on the Rat Thing!

Re:Screw Dyno-Mutt! (0, Offtopic)

The Grassy Knoll (112931) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743383)

Screw Dyno-Mutt!

I can't wait for Dyno-Pussy!

(Sorry)

.

Re:Screw Dyno-Mutt! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743556)

I thought one would rather screw the Dyno-Pussy...

second (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743039)

fast post

useful? (5, Insightful)

zenintrude (462825) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743040)

still not usefulful enough to warrent the $1400 price tags...

Re:useful? (1)

Angry White Guy (521337) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743077)

Not only that, if you do anything really useful, Sony sues your ass because you reverse-engineered their dog's bios. Been on /. before.

Re:useful? (2, Informative)

magullo (308752) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744091)

Not [popsci.com] anymore [aibo.com]

Re:useful? (2, Insightful)

Chris_Stankowitz (612232) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743180)

till not usefulful enough to warrent the $1400 price tags.

I'll have to disagree with you there. $1400 isn't much at all if this tecnology works the way they would like it to. I think you should reserve your griping about cost when the project is over with. That price seems highly conservative IMO. That is much less than what it takes to train and support a Real dog. However, replacing real dogs is not something I see happening anytime soon.

Re:useful? (4, Interesting)

beaverfever (584714) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744466)

I agree about the price - my first thought when reading this was 'who would pay for this?'

My second thought was 'why use robot dogs to check for pollutants? Why not just have a person walk around with sensors on a stick? If someone thought the area was really toxic, so toxic that a person couldn't safely be in the area (but for some reason a school was going to be built there), then why not just use a radio controlled car and save $1350 per unit?

I do believe that nerds have a tendency to let the 'gee-whiz' get in the way of common sense sometimes.

Oh, but wait - I forgot this point - this idea is to "create a local mediagenic event" and "enable and change typical lay-expert communication patterns, by raising the standards of evidence, or at least changing who produces this evidence". So, if I'm Mr. Burns and I find these things crawling around on the land around my powerplant, what's stopping me from sending Smithers out to pick them up and throw them in the lake?

What's with AIBO and DCMA? (5, Interesting)

will_die (586523) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743055)

Based on this article [slashdot.org] it would seem that Sony does not people modding thier robot dog. So is that article the latest word or has Sony wisened up?

Re:What's with AIBO and DCMA? (1)

MCS (202073) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743099)

I've heard rumors of a course at my school using the AIBO to teach digital logic-- by letting the (or gorup of)students modify and load there own code into it. Not being able to see the source article right now to go with the start of this thread, I assume they aren't looking at doing anything indepth as make the dog feral, maybe walk in a circle or something... I really don't know as this is all rumor.

Mind you my school is outside the USA, thus outside the range of the DCMA-- which makes this more possible I guess.

Re:What's with AIBO and DCMA? (1)

Chris_Stankowitz (612232) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743208)

Based on this article [slashdot.org] [slashdot.org] it would seem that Sony does not people modding thier robot dog. So is that article the latest word or has Sony wisened up?

I can't think of any corporation that has applied the same rules to Govt. Agencies/Police Depts. as they do the general public. That would be down right foolish.

Spelling! Spelling and Grammar! (1)

Whigh (663324) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743252)

Based on this article [slashdot.org] it would seem that Sony does not people modding thier robot dog.
First:You need a verb between not and people.
Second: The correct link is here [slashdot.org] .
Third: You've also spelled 'their' wrong.

Grammar Nazi: +1
Everyone Else: -1 (Troll)

Re:What's with AIBO and DCMA? (2, Interesting)

Falkkin (97268) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743900)

Check out Tekkotsu [tekkotsu.org] -- it's an open-source library for the AIBO, being developed by a bunch of folks at CMU. The "Fearless Leader and Principal Scientist" of the project is Dave Touretzky, whom Slashdotters may remember as the man behind the Gallery of CSS Descramblers [cmu.edu] and his testimony [cmu.edu] in the NY DVD trial.

It once cost a substantial amount of money to buy an AIBO devkit from Sony; I now think they're wising up by opening up the SDK [aibo.com] and allowing GPLd libraries like Tekkotsu to exist.

Re:What's with AIBO and DCMA? (3, Funny)

linuxelf (123067) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743980)

> Sony does not people modding thier robot dog.

Uh, toss me a verb. "does not mind people modding their robot dog?" "does not want people modding their robot dog?" "does not kill people modding their robot dog?"

Re:What's with AIBO and DCMA? (2, Informative)

magullo (308752) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744106)

They back [popsci.com] tracked [aibo.com]

Re:What's with AIBO and DCMA? (1)

blibbleblobble (526872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744985)

" Based on this article, it would seem that Sony does not [like] people modding their robot dog"

Do we care? The ones that have been bought aren't Sony's dogs anymore, are they?

Gentoo Zealot Translator (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743059)

Official Gentoo-Linux-Zealot translator-o-matic

Gentoo Linux is an interesting new distribution with some great features. Unfortunately, it has attracted a large number of clueless wannabes who absolutely MUST advocate Gentoo at every opportunity. Let's look at the language of these zealots, and find out what it really means...

"Gentoo makes me so much more productive."

"Although I can't use the box at the moment because it's compiling something, as it will be for the next five days, it gives me more time to check out the latest USE flags and potentially unstable optimisation settings."

"Gentoo is more in the spirit of open source!"

"Apart from Hello World in Pascal at school, I've never written a single program in my life or contributed to an open source project, yet staring at endless streams of GCC output whizzing by somehow helps me contribute to international freedom."

"I use Gentoo because it's more like the BSDs."

"Last month I tried to install FreeBSD on a well-supported machine, but the text-based installer scared me off. I've never used a BSD, but the guys on Slashdot say that it's l33t though, so surely I must be for using Gentoo."

"Heh, my system is soooo much faster after installing Gentoo."

"I've spent hours recompiling Fetchmail, X-Chat, gEdit and thousands of other programs which spend 99% of their time waiting for user input. Even though only the kernel and glibc make a significant difference with optimisations, and RPMs and .debs can be rebuilt with a handful of commands, my box MUST be faster. It's nothing to do with the fact that I've disabled all startup services and I'm running BlackBox instead of GNOME or KDE."

"...my Gentoo Linux workstation..."

"...my overclocked AMD eMachines box from PC World, and apart from the third-grade made-to-break components and dodgy fan..."

"You Red Hat guys must get sick of dependency hell..."

"I'm too stupid to understand that circular dependencies can be resolved by specifying BOTH .rpms together on the command line, and that problems hardly ever occur if one uses proper Red Hat packages instead of mixing SuSE, Mandrake and Joe's Linux packages together (which the system wasn't designed for)."

"All the other distros are soooo out of date."

"Constantly upgrading to the latest bleeding-edge untested software makes me more productive. Never mind the extensive testing and patching that Debian and Red Hat perform on their packages; I've just emerged the latest GNOME beta snapshot and compiled with -09 -fomit-instructions, and it only crashes once every few hours."

"Let's face it, Gentoo is the future."

"OK, so no serious business is going to even consider Gentoo in the near future, and even with proper support and QA in place, it'll still eat up far too much of a company's valuable time. But this guy I met on #animepr0n is now using it, so it must be growing!"

New Book (-1, Offtopic)

saintan (608939) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743064)

Do Paraniod Androids Dream Of Electric ?

read this sequel to Phillip K. Dick's masterpiece novel...in store's now!

Opps! (2, Funny)

saintan (608939) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743076)

Well I botched that one...shoulda used the preview button I guess... should have read: Do Paraniod Androids Dream Of Electric [Feral Dogs] ? read this sequel to Phillip K. Dick's masterpiece novel...in store's now! i guess i lost that funny mod!

Re:Opps! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743310)

Well, I don't think Marvin dreams much about anything; just too busy being depressed.

I thought the title was... (1)

winkydink (650484) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744670)

Do Feral Dogs Herd Electric Sheep?

horses? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743068)

horses
horses
horses
horses anal
anal
anal
anal

of course I have a problem

You Have Failed In Your Mission (-1, Funny)

Wes Janson (606363) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743071)

Guess they weren't smart enough to avoid a slashdotting. Maybe we can cross-breed the mirror sites to select /.-resistant genes, and build a /.-resistant webpage..

Yay! (-1, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743074)


Will this mean I have Feral Robot Dog turd to clean off the carpet when I get home after work?

NEW WORDS (2, Informative)

Boss, Pointy Haired (537010) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743075)

Feral.

6 entries found for Feral @ www.dictionary.com

feral ( P ) Pronunciation Key (fîrl, fr-)
adj.

Existing in a wild or untamed state.
Having returned to an untamed state from domestication.
Of or suggestive of a wild animal; savage: a feral grin.

Re:NEW WORDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743472)

Exactly. If you want a feral robot, simply blank its set of learned behavioral rules. Then it will have to be domesticated all over again. (I wish the site wasn't Slashdotted, so I could see if this was what they meant by it.)

Re:NEW WORDS (1)

Ed_Moyse (171820) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744449)

What do you mean "NEW WORDS"?


Am I missing something here?

No DU cleanup in Iraq (-1, Troll)

Eric Ass Raymond (662593) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743079)

The US says [bbc.co.uk] it has no plans to remove the debris left over from depleted uranium (DU) weapons it is using in Iraq.

It says no clean-up is needed, because research shows DU has no long-term effects.

free nanobots (4, Insightful)

effer (155937) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743084)

Since I first heard of nanotechnology, a logical use seemed to be using it to create landfill miners.
Small robotic devices sent into most landfills could harvest bost the useful and the harmful substances from them.
This "robodog" mod is an excellent first step towards this. Well intentioned, but likely doomed to
the humour or "wierd news" fold.
I look forward to following it.

Re:free nanobots (2, Informative)

bluGill (862) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743285)

Have you payed attendtion to recyceling costs? Most curbside recyceling programs are lossing money because resources are not worth the effort to collect. In theory we can mine landfills, and I expect in the future we will. Today Almost nothing is worth the cost extract it.

Re:free nanobots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743496)

The answer is gassification, not robots. A few years ago I looked into the feasability of gassifying hyperacumulating plants for the purpose of phytoremediation of soil. (grow plants that suck harmfull metals out of soil and then gassify the plants) We started looking into gassifying things with a plasma arch torch. The system should break even once everything is built and operation begings. materials are reduced to a fraction of their previous volume and we're left with slag that looks and feels a lot like ignious rock. This slag can be used for the construcion of roads and stuff and you don't have to worry about harmfull chemicals like lead entering the soil.

Official Gentoo-Linux-Zealot translator (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743088)

Official Gentoo-Linux-Zealot translator-o-matic

Gentoo Linux is an interesting new distribution with some great features. Unfortunately, it has attracted a large number of clueless wannabes who absolutely MUST advocate Gentoo at every opportunity. Let's look at the language of these zealots, and find out what it really means...

"Gentoo makes me so much more productive."
"Although I can't use the box at the moment because it's compiling something, as it will be for the next five days, it gives me more time to check out the latest USE flags and potentially unstable optimisation settings."

"Gentoo is more in the spirit of open source!"
"Apart from Hello World in Pascal at school, I've never written a single program in my life or contributed to an open source project, yet staring at endless streams of GCC output whizzing by somehow helps me contribute to international freedom."

"I use Gentoo because it's more like the BSDs."
"Last month I tried to install FreeBSD on a well-supported machine, but the text-based installer scared me off. I've never used a BSD, but the guys on Slashdot say that it's l33t though, so surely I must be for using Gentoo."

"Heh, my system is soooo much faster after installing Gentoo."
"I've spent hours recompiling Fetchmail, X-Chat, gEdit and thousands of other programs which spend 99% of their time waiting for user input. Even though only the kernel and glibc make a significant difference with optimisations, and RPMs and .debs can be rebuilt with a handful of commands, my box MUST be faster. It's nothing to do with the fact that I've disabled all startup services and I'm running BlackBox instead of GNOME or KDE."

"...my Gentoo Linux workstation..."
"...my overclocked AMD eMachines box from PC World, and apart from the third-grade made-to-break components and dodgy fan..."

"You Red Hat guys must get sick of dependency hell..."
"I'm too stupid to understand that circular dependencies can be resolved by specifying BOTH .rpms together on the command line, and that problems hardly ever occur if one uses proper Red Hat packages instead of mixing SuSE, Mandrake and Joe's Linux packages together (which the system wasn't designed for)."

"All the other distros are soooo out of date."
"Constantly upgrading to the latest bleeding-edge untested software makes me more productive. Never mind the extensive testing and patching that Debian and Red Hat perform on their packages; I've just emerged the latest GNOME beta snapshot and compiled with -09 -fomit-instructions, and it only crashes once every few hours."

"Let's face it, Gentoo is the future."
"OK, so no serious business is going to even consider Gentoo in the near future, and even with proper support and QA in place, it'll still eat up far too much of a company's valuable time. But this guy I met on #animepr0n is now using it, so it must be growing!"

-

Well yeah (5, Funny)

TheFr00n (643304) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743092)

... It's about time someone did something useful with these things.

A local newsagent is selling a series of these horrid mags with a bit of a robot on the cover, collect them all and build it, sort of a thing. I can just imagine how proud I'd be to watch my lad's robot savage the postie ...

Re:Well yeah (1)

ravenwolff (605916) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744875)

"Why a spoon, cousin? Why not an axe, or a sword?"
"Because it's dull, you idiot - it'll hurt more."


Something vexes thee?

New Show On Fox (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743094)

When Feral Robots Attack...

Ok now the fun stuff pajonet.com, click me I dare you. [pajonet.com]

What department is this? (3, Funny)

NETHED (258016) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743102)

eating-steaks-that-grow-on-trees dept?? Comon Micheal, We know its early but this title is ++ungood.

Re:What department is this? (1)

amcguinn (549297) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743116)

A Snow Crash reference, methinks.

Re:What department is this? (4, Informative)

FreeUser (11483) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743174)

eating-steaks-that-grow-on-trees dept?? Comon Micheal, We know its early but this title is ++ungood.

It is a sci-fi reference to a cybernetically enhanced attack dog. Snowcrash (?) I think. One of those cyberpunkesque novels, where the dog lived much of his life in a virtual state, eating steaks that grew on trees. Rather clever, though clearly an insider reference.

Re:What department is this? (3, Informative)

coldcity (657243) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743810)

From http://www.wiu.edu/users/mucs14/SnowCrash.html [wiu.edu] :

EXCERPT FROM SNOW CRASH:

"They'll catch up," NG says. "On a straightaway, they can run at seven hundred miles per hour."
"Is it true they have nuke stuff inside of them?"
"Radiothermal isotopes."
"What happens if one gets busted open? Everyone gets all mutated?"
"If you ever find yourself in the presence of a destructive force powerful enough to decapsulate those isotopes," Ng says, "radiation sickness will be the least of your worries."

The conversation continues between Y.T. and Ng with Y.T. expressing concern over the manner in which these dogs' biomatter has been munipulated to include mechanical enhancesments and many destructive devices. She finds it cruel. Ng explains to her that these "mechanically assisted organisms" are the result of abandoned dogs taken in and sent to what amounts to as "dog heaven." [They are] "Chasing frisbees through the surf. Forever. Eating steaks that grow on trees. [and] Lying beside the fire in a hunting lodge."
So there y'go :)

oh no! (1)

TheNumberSix (580081) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743848)

We know its early but this title is ++ungood.

Even in jest, using newspeak is bad mojo. Offtopic I know, but it gives me a frowny face to think that anyone would willingly use it.

Feral NanoDogs (1, Funny)

frostman (302143) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743135)

Now we need some feral NanoDogs!

Of course, the waste may be hazardous... or at least nanosmelly. I definitely want a pack of NanoDobermans protecting me from the other nanobots.

hmmm, I feel a rock band coming on...

Re:Feral NanoDogs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743760)



hmmm, I feel a rock band coming on...


is it 3 nanodog night?

Legal issues around feral robots (5, Interesting)

maharg (182366) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743173)

I'm just wondering the about the legal issues surrounding the release of a 'feral' robot..

When you release your feral robot to freely wander about, would you have any legal right of ownership over it, if, say, someone else took it into their own possession ?

On the converse, could you be held responsible for it's actions ?

Are there any legal precendents around for any of this stuff ?

Re:Legal issues around feral robots (1)

Khakionion (544166) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743186)

Hmm...Good point. That idea could get even hairier (if and) when Honda's ASIMO gets genitalia and unfriendly prime directives: 1. Kill. 2. Rape. 3. Dismember. 4. Repeat. 5. ??? 6. Profit!! I smell a movie deal...

Re:Legal issues around feral robots (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743464)

Let's see...you bought a robot. You now own it. You let it wander about...the fact that you may or may not have reprogrammed it is irrelevant because you're still responsible for it. You would be completely responsible for any damage it causes.

How is that any different than putting a crowbar in my John Deere's steering wheel and letting it loose on my neighbor's lawn? Or putting a brick on the gas pedal of my car and letting it roam around the neighborhood?

Don't let the gee-whiz-brave-new-world-buzz of this thing detach you too far from reality and personal responsibility.

Re:Legal issues around feral robots (2, Interesting)

maharg (182366) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743654)

Let's see...you bought a car. You now own it. You drive it responsibly...the fact that you may or may not have maintained the brakes and tyres is relevant because you're responsible for it. The fact that there are design faults in the brakes and tyres is also relevant. In this scenario you could well be completely absolved of any responsibility for any damage it causes due to the design faults.

See the problem ?

If a fault was unintentionally, or even malicously coded into the robot's software, could you be held responsible ?

The Killer Robot story [onlineethics.org] makes an interesting read..

How is that any different than putting a crowbar in my John Deere's steering wheel and letting it loose on my neighbor's lawn?
The difference my friend, is that legal precendents around the use of John Deeres equipment were set long ago....

Re:Legal issues around feral robots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743872)

>Let's see...you bought a car. You now own it. You drive it responsibly...the fact that you may or may not have maintained the brakes and tyres is relevant because you're responsible for it.

True. If you knowing drive an unfit vehicle on the road, you are liable for it. Although, likely, your insurance will pay for the damages, you'll still end up paying more insurance.

>The fact that there are design faults in the brakes and tyres is also relevant. In this scenario you could well be completely absolved of any responsibility for any damage it causes due to the design faults.

But someone is still in trouble. In this case, the manufacturer. The only time I can see this getting murky is if the damages occurred the same day the recall was announced.

>If a fault was unintentionally, or even malicously coded into the robot's software, could you be held responsible ?

If it were unintentional, you'd need to prove it so, IMHO.

But I'm an AC, not a lawyer.

Re:Legal issues around feral robots (1)

blibbleblobble (526872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5745070)

"I'm just wondering the about the legal issues surrounding the release of a 'feral' robot.."

Chilling effects alive and well I see. Stories of cool hacks greeted with "oooohhh. [sucking of breath]... wouldn't that be... somehow illegal?"

The hacker ethic [mit.edu] is dead in maharg. Abandon his soul to the matrix.

laser beams? (5, Funny)

bunyip (17018) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743176)

How about frigging feral robot dogs with frigging laser beams on their heads?

Yeah baby!

Alan.

Re:laser beams? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743226)

Yeah, this is modded as funny, but the post about fecal robot dogs is modded as a troll. You geeks need to get a life.

Re:laser beams? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743282)

A little bitter, are we?

I personally find all these "huhuhuh I read that as [insert toilet humour here]" posts patently unfunny; perhaps a fair few mods do, as well.

Not their heads. (3, Funny)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743258)

You don't put the laser on the robot dogs head.

You put the laser in the dog's nose [bbc.co.uk] .

Re:Not their heads. (1)

ichimunki (194887) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743604)

Last time I checked a dog's nose was part of its head. :)

Re:Not their heads. (2, Funny)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743639)

You may notice that I compared "on their heads" vs "IN their nose"

ON vs IN are two very different things.

As George Carlin said, "You can get ON the plane, I'M going to get IN the plane!"

Re:Not their heads. (1)

hplasm (576983) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743665)

No, No!! Put the laser pointing out of their arsehole. Nobody would be expecting that!!

And in the near future... (-1)

buyo-kun (664999) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743204)

Go into the night my Robot dogs! Bring Havoc to all! When people pet you use your... whatever attack you have! Chase those dang robot cats, always mooing at morning because of there crappy manufacturers! NO! The door is to your left, your left! *Robot dog walks repeatly into wall* Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do

Interesting to see exploration of behaviour.... (5, Funny)

Bvardi (620485) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743237)

Under poop and scoop laws would you have to follow around one of these with an anti-static baggie?

On a more serious note - it's always interesting to see explorations of behaviour in robotics (since future robots used for autonomous exploration of planetary surfaces and such will likely need different programming than the traditional robot (many of which would actually be closer to teleoperated machines than robots as they rely on human instruction for just about everything.

It reminds me to some degree of some sci-fi stories exploring AI and von neumann type machines interacting in such a way to create robotic "evolution". Which makes you further wonder - one day could obsolete robots be considered endangered species? (Look over there... it's one of the last VIC-20's left in the wild!)

Get a real dog (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743269)

Cheaper, fuzzier and more affecionate: Humane Society [hsus.org]

Re:Get a real dog (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743385)

Also, noisier, smellier and more expensive to run.

I'll get a real dog... (2, Funny)

zvogt (465599) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743926)

As long as the tree-hugging hippies don't give
me any shit when I mod the thing.

So... (2, Interesting)

cjpez (148000) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743271)

... will we be seeing some Stephenson [slashdot.org] rat things [traipse.com] wandering around anytime soon, then?

Re:So... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743359)

Well, if Stephenson got it right, you wouldn't really be *seeing* them before they ripped your arm from its socket.

Yeah but can it?! (1, Funny)

mesach (191869) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743334)

Give me a Back massage with 3-D solid mapping?

since that other site "contains 'artsy' stuff, and doesn't include technical tidbits."

I wanna know if I can make it give me back rubs...

and no I don't want to talk about the implications or the websites and spam that would be sent out!

"Hot Young Aibo Bestiality Sensual Massage Pics In Your E-mail Everyday!"

Hmmm maybe theres a Niche Market there somewhere

1.?
2.Profit!!!

Note from the sysadmin (4, Interesting)

pemerson (179241) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743337)

It's a 600MHz Celeron with 60MB RAM. I was surprised I didn't see any smoke when I went to reboot it.
I just throttled back MaxClients in httpd.conf. You'll be able to get in a little bit easier now, for a little while at least.

And no, I have no control over the content or the hardware.

Federal? (1, Funny)

redfenix (456698) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743379)

Anyone else read that as "Federal Robot Dogs?"

Seriously, I was starting to wonder about the airports.

I KNEW IT!! (1, Funny)

goldspider (445116) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743401)

Sam Waterston [jt.org] and I tried to warn you all, but you wouldn't listen!

Robot Feral Dogs, Sam Waterson, and Old Glory (1)

EchelonZero (555776) | more than 11 years ago | (#5745081)

Here's a link to the aforementioned SNL sketch:
[robotcombat.com]
Old Glory Insurance

Angry Fish (4, Funny)

TheSync (5291) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743417)

In a related vein, I'm working on Angry Fish [thesync.com] . In addition to the first fish that cries out in pain, I am working on a school of seven Linux-controlled fish, which will soon be decrying their position in life.

So... (0)

neptuneb1 (261497) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743480)

now I don't even have to be a 7337 AI hAx0r to win RoboCup [cmu.edu] ? Sweet!

Fuck You All (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743484)

You know... instead of being gay - some of you just MIGHT have wanted to host a fucking mirror since the server is inreachable.

Gay Slasdot.

slashdotted (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743507)

and the link is officially slashdotted :-P

Fahrenheit 451 (1)

JojoLinkyBob (110971) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743587)

In other news, firemen have started using these "robotic dogs" for their own application.

According to Captain Beatty, "We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal...A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it."

Re:Fahrenheit 451 (1)

magullo (308752) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744223)

Well, yes [usf.edu]

Yipes! (2, Funny)

Anixamander (448308) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743598)

Maybe I should stop reading slashdot. Just when I finally stopped worrying about fake monkey automotans [slashdot.org] now I have to stress over feral robot dogs.

Will the madness never end?

What next? (4, Funny)

trailerparkcassanova (469342) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743658)

Programming it to hump the legs of attractive women?

Re:What next? (2, Funny)

PhxBlue (562201) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743860)

Have mercy! Us geeks have enough competition already without creating more!

May 1st is Post as Anonymous Coward Day (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5743701)

To protest the stupidity of the Slashdot moderation system, on May the 1st, we will be asking everyone to post only as Anonymous Cowards.

Hopefully through this action some awareness can be raised that the current system is flawed due to the Overrated/Underrated options and their immunity from meta moderation.

Federal Robot Dogs? (2, Funny)

A Guy From Ottawa (599281) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743738)

I read Federal Robot Dogs at first and immediately a picture of Janet Reno [store44.com] popped into my head.

(shudders)

New web censorship counter measures.... (2, Funny)

Odinson (4523) | more than 11 years ago | (#5743809)

Bad Dog web server.

"We have an order to shut down that grotesque web server. Where is it!"

"In the killer robot... over there. I forgot the password, you'll have to shut him down manually."

"Grrrrrrrrrrrr"

"Nice doggie..."

Eyes in the back of their WHAT? (2, Funny)

RackinFrackin (152232) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744085)

from smartmobs.com:

An emblematic feature of the adapted dogs is placement of the webcams in the non-barking end of the dogs

Evolution in action... (3, Funny)

magarity (164372) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744098)

1. Wild dogs evolve
2. Humans domesticate wild dogs.
3. Humans create domesticated robotic dogs
4. Robotic dogs go wild
5. Wild robotic dogs tame humans???

Re:Evolution in action... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5744239)

and finally...

6. Profit!

Thomas Anonymous

Re:Evolution in action... (3, Funny)

unicron (20286) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744254)

Well..technically you CAN still punt the thing about 50 yards should it give you any lip.

Or just wait for the explosive collar mod.

Obligatory Snow Crash Quote (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5744154)

Whats it gonna do? Lick its electric nuts?

-Y.T., Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

Obligatory (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5744214)

AIBO ate my Baby!

I worked with these at the Florida Film Festival (5, Interesting)

mistermund (605799) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744269)

This project made its debut at the 2003 Florida Film Festival here in Orlando about a month or so ago. I worked on the dogs for a day, helping assemble some of the first prototypes. The dog platform they used was initially a cheap toy (Mega-Byte) that they purchased for about $10. Then, they added particulate sensors which were sensitive to Co2 and other things like gasoline, etc. A new stepper motor assembly replaced the front legs, and a single tail wheel carried the rear. This is the bot you see at the top of the "Smart Mobs" link. The system basically got a variable voltage reading off the particulate sensors, then fed that to a PIC which did a linear variable speed control to the drive motors in the front. Ex: gasoline vapor on the left of the bot would drive the bot forward and to the left.

Modding a single dog took about 2-3hrs per dog, if you count in the soldering and layout of the PCB and the modification of the dog shell.

The purpose of the exhibit was to create a mediagenic event around coordinated releases of the dogs. There's a development here in Orlando called Baldwin Park, which has a bit of notoriety around it for being build on the site of an old Army base. They wanted to draw attention to the repurposing of these dogs and the fact that they could be used to make a statement, rather than trying to expose specific polluters, etc

It was kind of fun working on the dogs, and to see them run. We sent a team out into the field to videotape the dogs in action - supposedly they took it to a Burger King and it just ran into a corner. On a construction work site, one dog caught a whiff of a truck and went rolling after it. ;^)

We had fun working on the dogs, but weren't able to spend much time discussion the potential for this kind of renegade modding - in that sense I was a bit disappointed. But the whole sense of modding these dogs is what Slashdot is all about! Unfortunately, they don't run Linux yet...

Feral Robot Dog? (1, Offtopic)

miguel_at_menino.com (89271) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744419)

Feral Robot Dog? I had a girlfriend like that once...

Re:Feral Robot Dog? (1)

BobTheBooser (573732) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744548)

you had a girlfriend???

New AIBO Bumper Sticker? (1)

Navius Eurisko (322438) | more than 11 years ago | (#5744945)

"My AIBO can kill and consume for materials your AIBO."
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