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ASIMO and Research Celebrated in Brussels

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the science! dept.

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robotsrule writes "The European Comission (Europa) is holding a public event to bring the public, especially young people, closer to the museums, laboratories and academic institutions that are doing high level research in Europe. 'European Researchers' Night' will offer several fun events such as science cafes, behind-the-scenes open house evenings at several research facilities, an X-ray laser demonstration, films, dinners, and more. The star guest of the evening is Honda's ASIMO humanoid robot. The event is scheduled for September 23, 2005 and will be held in Brussels, Belgium."

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awesom-o (5, Funny)

TedCheshireAcad (311748) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539680)

AWESOM-O must dispense oil waste. Where is the nearest toilet please?

Re:awesom-o (3, Funny)

pocketfullofshells (722066) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539815)

I think this is a great oppurtunity! I just hope the robot can wipe his own ass!

Re:awesom-o (2, Funny)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540351)

ooh....uhmmm....are you...you know...a......pleasure model?

Re:awesom-o (1)

zrk (64468) | more than 9 years ago | (#12543588)

Oddly enough, many of the planned events involve Adam Sandler.

ASIMO and an X-Ray Laser? (5, Funny)

The Jabberwock (882129) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539683)

I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlord.

Re:ASIMO and an X-Ray Laser? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539693)

Yes, because after all, those Belgians are just so damn evil!

Re:ASIMO and an X-Ray Laser? (2, Funny)

SpartanVII (838669) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539712)

"Open the pod bay door, HAL."

Not Funny: Western Technology & Chinese Milit (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539713)

The Chinese military is engaged in an agressive campaign to collect vital information about critical Western technologies [phrusa.org] . The robotic technology being showcased at this conference in Europe would help the Chinese in their plans to build mechanized soldiers for occupying foreign lands and torturing the natives.

The Chinese are currently torturing hundreds of Tibetans and Uighurs.

Re:Not Funny: Western Technology & Chinese Mil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539730)

Thanks for the educational but oh-so-comedy killing reply.

Re:ASIMO and an X-Ray Laser? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539742)

KLATUU...BARADA...NIKTO

That's all you need to do to stop him...unless you are Bruce Campbell...at which point you would need to say -- KLATUU...BARADA...NGHHMMUHPH

Re:ASIMO and an X-Ray Laser? (2, Informative)

whitehatlurker (867714) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539990)

Everyone welcomes robotic overlords, but why is the European Union recognising a Japanese robot at their "European researchers night"?

What good is an X-Ray laser? (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540500)

As we all know, X-rays go through our bodies. So, a robot with an X-ray laser can fire at me as much as he wants, he will just fry any metal that's behind me.

Re:What good is an X-Ray laser? (1)

Mahou (873114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540623)

no i didnt know that, you must have an interersting body. are you also immune to gamma rays? maybe you could work in a nuclear power plant or nuclear waste disposal type company

Re:What good is an X-Ray laser? (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540646)

maybe you could work in a nuclear power plant


I already do. Here [techimo.com] is an X-ray picture of my head.

X-ray laser (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539695)

Röntgen laser? WTF?

I know people here are good at seeing the EU as something evil, but not THAT kind of evil. EU is the suits-and-lawyers-and-politicians kind of evil, NOT x-ray-lasers-and-sharks evil.

Bad correlation with stereotype. They should be ashamed of themselves. ; )

LOL @ COCK omg omg yup omg (0, Troll)

ADOT Troll (687975) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539699)

Surprised by Cock

A few hours ago, I learned that I am now (at least in theory) absurdly gay.

I was at my machine, my 386 with 4 megs of RAM running Linux, masturbating to pictures of RMS, when I got an email congratulating me on the success of Slashdot. I was working on my latest small project-- a clever little text parser that takes input from the user and puts it in a little cartoon-style word balloon coming out of-- get this!-- a giant, erect ASCII penis's bulging head! Hahaha! It's called COCKSAY. You can download it here.

"Congratulations? That's interesting," said I to myself. "I didn't think Slashdot was coming out until tomorrow." And I oughtta know; I'm on VA's Board of Directors, recruited by Larry Augustin himself, to be VA Linux's "corporate conscience," and it's public record that I hold a substantial share in the company's semen pool. I tooled on over to Linux Today, chased a link like it was a naked hippy's ass-- and discovered that Rob Malda had taken the fast action we had discussed at the last board meeting. Slashdot had come out first thing that morning with a headline on its own site-- and I had become the figurehead of the Gay Faggot Slashdot Empire while I wasn't looking.

Well, that didn't last long. In the next two hours, 369 VA employees also disclosed that they had AIDS, leaving me with a bit of the proverbial semen on my face.

You may wonder why I am talking about this in public. The first piece of advice your friends will give you, if it looks like you're about to come out of the closet, is: keep quiet! It's really nobody else's business-- you don't want to look like you're lusting for cock, though you may want to be deluged by an endless succession of men dressed up as Navy sailors demanding blowjobs from you; fat, hairy men (the bears) wanting to fuck you in the ass; and sweet, young, hairless boys offering you the beauty of their youth.

Trouble with the "keep it quiet" theory is that I've always solicited gay male faggot sex in a very public way. When you're already a media figure, like myself, and your name is on the Faggot Manifesto your whole organization chose to use to come out, and email from friends and journalists starts coming in like crazy as the gayness of your empire breaks records even on the first day, playing it coy swiftly ceases to look like a viable option.

But it wouldn't be fair to dissemble. I serve the gay community. I'm wealthy today because my efforts to spread faggotry and venereal diseases on behalf of that community helped infiltrate the business world and earned the trust of a lot of young, naive boys. Fairness to the twinks

Re:LOL @ COCK omg omg yup omg (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539737)

holy shit, that brought me back. i haven't seen this hilarious classic troll in ages. truly a slashdot icon.

International Conferences and the Chinese Military (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539700)

The Chinese military is engaged in an agressive campaign to collect vital information about critical Western technologies [phrusa.org] . The robotic technology being showcased at this conference in Europe would help the Chinese in their plans to build mechanized soldiers for occupying foreign lands and torturing the natives.

The Chinese are currently torturing hundreds of Tibetans and Uighurs.

Re:Excellent (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539784)

They are just savages anyway.

Re:International Conferences and the Chinese Milit (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539893)

why should I give a FUCK about 1 type of slope torturing two others?

X-ray laser demonstration? (4, Funny)

still cynical (17020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539733)

"Ok, ready?"
(click)

"There it was, what did you think? What? Nothing?"
"Ok, one more time, but PAY ATTENTION. This is expensive."
(click)

"Ok, NOW what did you think?"
"What do you mean, 'nothing'?"

Not Funny: Western Technology & Chinese Milit (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539786)

The Chinese military is engaged in an agressive campaign to collect vital information about critical Western technologies [phrusa.org] . The robotic technology being showcased at this conference in Europe would help the Chinese in their plans to build mechanized soldiers for occupying foreign lands and torturing the natives.

The Chinese are currently torturing hundreds of Tibetans and Uighurs.

Re:Not Funny: Western Technology & Chinese Mil (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539870)

WHY THE FUCK do they need robots when there are already 12 billion fucking zipperheads

if they could ride their bikes to america we'd already be fucked

Re:X-ray laser demonstration? (1)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540699)

uhmmm...yeah, so I RTFA and I'm really curious as to where the X-ray laser demo is going to take place... X-ray lasers aren't like pocket laser pointers. There are only a few places in the world that can achieve them. Either you use a MASSIVE [rochester.edu] laser which focuses on a piece of metal forming an ultrahot plasma that can lase superradiantly (without a resonator cavity because the gain is so high in the lasing plasma) for a few nanoseconds (first demonstrated on the NOVA laser at LLNL in 1984) OR you use a huge ass particle (electrons) accelerator to form a free electron laser with a magnetic undulator [vanderbilt.edu] . In fact, I don't think X-ray FELs have been achieved anywhere on earth yet, period. I would guess that the only lasers in europe capable of making an X-ray laser are the Vulcan [rl.ac.uk] at the CCLRC in the UK and maybe LULI in France. So how is this happening in Brussels?

Re:X-ray laser demonstration? (1)

frankenbox (847920) | more than 9 years ago | (#12558490)

Ok wiseguy, you won't be so smug in twenty years when you have thyroid cancer!

The event doesn't run on Linux since Linux is dead (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539761)

Yet another sickening blow has struck what's left of the Linux community, as a soon-to-be-released report by the independent Commision for Technology Management (CTM) after a year-long study has concluded: Linux is already dead. Here are some of the commission's findings:

Fact: Linux has balkanized yet again. There are now no less than 120 separate, competing Linux distros, each of which has introduced fundamental incompatibilities with the other distros, and frequently with Unix standards. Average number of developers in each project (except for Redhat and Novell/Suse): fewer than five. Average number of users per project: there are no definitive numbers, but reports show that all projects are on the decline.

Fact: Trivial issues such as names and a lack of professionalism continue to plague Linux. At a recent Linux conference in San Francisco, a fight broke out between RMS (Richard M. Stallman) who says Linux should be called GNU/Linux and Linus Torvalds who created Linux and says that Linux should be called Linux. This led to a massive barroom style brawl involving at least 150 Linux geeks. The SFPD was called out to break up the melee, and arrested 150 people. It was estimated that at least 2 to 3 times that many were involved in the brawl, but there wasn't enough police on hand to arrest all of them. Thirty one people were hospitalized as a result of this brawl, and one person is still in a coma.

Fact: There are almost no Connectiva developers left, and its use, according to Netcraft, is down to a sadly crippled .005% of internet servers. This led to Mandrakesoft, makers of another troubled distro, to purchase Connectiva. However, industry anaylists say that this will not help since Mandrakesoft is already a shell of its former self.

Fact: X.org will not include support for Redhat's Fedora project. The newly formed group believes that Fedora has strayed too far from Unix standards and have become too difficult to support along with other Linux distros and Solaris x86. "It's too much trouble," said one anonymous developer. "If they want to make their own standards, let them doing the porting for us."

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Fact: Debian Linux, which claims to focus on "being free" (whatever that is supposed to mean), is slow, and cannot take advantage of multiple CPUs. "That about drove the last nail in the coffin for Linux use here," said Michael Curry, CTO of Amazon.com. "We took our Debian boxes out to the backyard and shot them in the head. We're much happier running FreeBSD."

Fact: The Slackware Distro is now dead. The Slackware team could never get their distro to function on hardware other than Intel and S/390. Had they not been slacking off, Slackware would still be around.

Fact: Servers running SELinux, which claims to focus on security, are frequently compromised. According to Jim Markham, editor of the online security forum SecurityWatch, the few SELinux servers that exist on the internet have become a joke among the hacker community. "They make a game out of it," he says. "The SELinux team will scramble to make a new patch to fix one problem, and they've already compromised a bunch of boxes with a different exploit."

With these incontroverible facts staring (what's left of) the Linux community in the face, they can only draw one conclusion: Linux is already dead.

The "Brussels" link was unnecessary. (2, Funny)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539799)

I mean, all of us know about the city's history, right? We know about Brussels sprouts and...uh...umm...(clicks link)

Re:The "Brussels" link was unnecessary. (1)

leonmergen (807379) | more than 9 years ago | (#12555544)

Yeah, might as well have linked to the actual site [brussels.be] , a lot less ugly...

Can you actually buy one? (1)

zerbot (882848) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539824)

The ASIMO site appears to be getting slashdotted and I can't find any pricing there, there are only plushies, scale models, and toys on eBay, so can you really buy one of these and for how much?

Re:Can you actually buy one? (3, Informative)

sabernet (751826) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539839)

Asimo is a proof of concept humanoid robot with the ability to walk, run, walk backwards and move like a man in a really uncomfortable suite. He probably costs more then your car:P

Re:Can you actually buy one? (1)

zerbot (882848) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539861)

Both of my cars are Hondas, maybe that would count for extra tradein value for one.

Re:Can you actually buy one? (1)

Fussen (753791) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540774)

Now that would be sweet, to have Asimo drive the S2000. He could even chauffeur! woOt

Re:Can you actually buy one? (1)

zerbot (882848) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540813)

Having a chauffeur would really defeat the purpose of buying an S2000. Why buy a hot car and then let someone else drive it?

Re:Can you actually buy one? (3, Insightful)

isecore (132059) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539922)

He probably costs more then your car

Provided you're only paying material costs. If you should factor in the R&D used to develop him, then it's probably more along the scale of "costs more than 200 of your cars".

Re:Can you actually buy one? (3, Funny)

zerbot (882848) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539934)

Darn. Guess I'd better go back to plotting world domination by vastly inflating the value of 1996 Honda Civics.

Re:Can you actually buy one? (1)

sabernet (751826) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540140)

Yeah because world domination by ASIMO's wouldn't work. You see, every ASIMO has a certain kill limit before they shut down. So all you would have to do is send legions and legions of men to be slaughtered .

But I guess you could always build more ASIMOS.

-Obligatory Futurama quote:P

Frankly... (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539864)

...if I made something as capable as that, I'd too make it lease-only, to respected customers.

I mean, I'd be quite mad if my desktop was suddenly wrecked, accidentally or otherwise. Something like this is probably far more <smeagol>presssiousss<smeagol> than a thousand-dollar PC in their opinion. It sure is IMO.

I guess there will be some luxury reseller out there soon, but I haven't heard of one yet.

Ahem... (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540094)

that's </smeagol>. Now there's one more to close, so...</smeagol>

Re:Can you actually buy one? (1)

hackstraw (262471) | more than 9 years ago | (#12543531)


Yes, you can buy them. I believe its somewhere between $30 and $50k. I've read an article about all of the rich boy toy robots available and ASIMO was the best rated and in that price range, but I can't remember exactly the price.

oh my god (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539847)

cmdr taco

why are you raping me

please stop

ASIMO costs? (4, Interesting)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539871)

Does anyone know how much ASIMO is estimated to have cost Honda? I know there have been several revisions and whatnot, so "just for the current one" is fair in my book.

I have a feeling it probably pales in comparison to the billion or so spent on their F1 racing efforts (yeah, billion with a b; F1 is insane these days).

Re:ASIMO costs? (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539915)

Only God knows how corporate sponsorship is justified.

Re:ASIMO costs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539983)

It goes to show you how bad GM and Ford really are. They're losing in a marketplace where the winner pisses money away on a stupid robot. Yeah, it's good for publicity, but so are a cheap pair of tits.

Re:ASIMO costs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12540086)

And Ferrari's STILL winning...

10,000 Yen (1)

lottameez (816335) | more than 9 years ago | (#12541663)

The ASIMO suit for the midget doesn't really cost all that much.

Re:ASIMO costs? (1)

hackstraw (262471) | more than 9 years ago | (#12543494)

Does anyone know how much ASIMO is estimated to have cost Honda?

Yes. Do I, no. However, they have been working on it for something like 18 years, and compared to a poor person, it must seem like a lot, but I would guess its a fairly small portion of Honda's 10% +- research and development budget, and I'm sure that some aspects of the robot have been incorporated into Honda's production robot team.

A strange worthless trivia piece of info that I came across recently was that Japan has 50% of the world's robots. I thought that was interesting.

Regarding ASIMO, I think the little guy is awesome. Do a google search for ASIMO, run, and movie. It used to have quicktime movies of the guy running, and it is absolutely amazing.

I also strongly suggest any respectable geek to watch the movie Runaway. The more insecure buggy and flakey software and hardware that comes out and our dependance on such junk reminds me more and more of that movie every day.

Any technical info on how Asimo runs? (3, Informative)

Animats (122034) | more than 9 years ago | (#12539910)

The new, "research" ASIMO can run, unlike the older units, which are strictly walkers. There's very little detailed information on how Honda controls running, although the older algorithms for walking can be found in papers and patents.

If anyone has solid information on this, I'd be interested in obtaining it. Thanks.

Re:Any technical info on how Asimo runs? (2, Insightful)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 9 years ago | (#12542458)

I saw a video clip of him 'running' at the ASIMO tech demo, and it was, in fact, nothing more than very rapid walking (as in, he didn't stride anything like a biological biped does when it runs). fwiw.

Many implications ! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12539989)

Greetings from Brussels !

Here in Belgium we have researched the new technologies to enable special educations is schools.Now with EU constitution and education grants all alternative lifestyle like homo is taught at schools in Europe! This is new law that everyone must follow, soon special laws come in to ban all rogue OS's like Linux! This is neccessary because of stolen code in Linux kernels! Macintosh is also banned because of stolen codes in KHTML/Safari. Soon we have special education, Microsoft are very popular here and all childrens must learn microsoft word. This is new legislation in the new European constitution everyone must follow!

greetings!

Good wording.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12540067)

"a public event to bring the public"? Well I would expect that would be the purpose of a public event.

Also going on in the the low countries (BE/NL) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12540194)

Meanwhile, in the death cult capital of the world, the Netherlands, a new bone-chilling survey has been released. See Many Dutch Doctors Support Euthanasia for Terminally Ill Kids [go.com] . An excerpt:

A child is suffering terribly from incurable cancer, and both he and his parents request a lethal injection of drugs to put an end to his pain. According to a new survey, up to 60 percent of Dutch pediatricians say they would honor that request, were such a step legal.

In fact, a smaller but significant number of pediatricians -- up to 28 percent -- said they would be willing to resort to lethal injection in such cases even when parents did not agree with their child's wish to die .

The survey comes on the heels of the so-called "Groningen protocol," issued in March by two Dutch physicians who contend that newborns with defects that cause them severe, chronic pain should, in certain cases, be euthanized.

tac0 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12540252)

be any fucking 4 conscious 5tand themselves to be a

But not a good dancer... yet (4, Funny)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540289)

I saw the Asimo Robot on display at the San Diego Aerospace Museum when my daughter competed in the US Nationals for the Sally Ride Science Foundation "Toy Challenge" recently. It was presented by an attractive, young woman.

There was a pause in her conversation when she asked the audience for a particular dance for Asimo, and I responded with the first one that came to mind... the robot!

Apparently, it does the cha-cha, the salsa, and a number of others, but it doesn't do the robot...

Whodda thought?

Re:But not a good dancer... yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12540536)

And to think they claim this is the most advanced robot in the world?

x-ray laser? (2, Interesting)

Mahou (873114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540682)

shouldn't that just be 'xaser'? or is it some kind of laser powered by x-rays?

Re:x-ray laser? (1)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540765)

Gordon Gould [wikipedia.org] , after helping to invent the LASER in the late 50's coined the terms XASER, IRASER, UVASER, GRASER etc. No one really used the terms and they never caught on, except for one that is. MASER.

Re:x-ray laser? (1)

deglr6328 (150198) | more than 9 years ago | (#12540865)

Oh, and it wasn't Gould who coined MASER, it was Townes, who joked that it stood for Method for Arriving at Support for Expensive Research.

I saw ASIMO two weeks ago (1)

nebaz (453974) | more than 9 years ago | (#12541038)

In Tokyo. I was visiting Japan, and happened to walk into the National Emerging Science and Technology museum. They had a little show where he would walk around and play rock paper scissors, and navigate two steps, up a platform on a box. It was pretty cool. It was definitely aimed at youngsters though, they had a show every 1/2 hour, and from the nonexistant Japanese I speak, the 'host' was trying to get the crowd geared up. Several small children chanted 'ASIMO', at some question (maybe 'Who do you want to see?') by the host. When it was done, it would walk backwards too. Pretty cool, overall.

Science Cafe's (1)

blueadept1 (844312) | more than 9 years ago | (#12541324)

These researchers really know how to par-tay! Count me in!

frist 4sot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12541406)

Significantly erosion of user is also a miserabLe fly They looked subscribers. Please MOVIE [imdb.com] is dying and its FreeBSD showed

Not only in Brussels (1)

tenco (773732) | more than 9 years ago | (#12541713)

You should have actually read about what you have posted. The "European Researchers' Night" isn't only in Brussels, it's an event in whole Europe. ASIMO is only in Brussels.

More to it than one night in Brussels (1)

Nagus (146351) | more than 9 years ago | (#12541733)

If you check out the calendar [eu.int] of the Researchers in Europe 2005 initiative, you'll see that there is a lot more happening than just the "European Researchers' Night" on September 23rd. In fact, from June through November, there are research- and science-related events all over Europe.

Ok Honda... (1)

mindpixel (154865) | more than 9 years ago | (#12542911)

Lend me an ASIMO so I can stuff it with Mindpixels.

asimo (2, Funny)

chunkwhite86 (593696) | more than 9 years ago | (#12543661)

ASIMO is old news. We need a newer better robot. And this time, don't make it look so gay.

X Ray Laser Demo - Damn. (1)

qyiet (851101) | more than 9 years ago | (#12551467)

The last X-ray laser I heard about was this one:

Another idea to come from the SDI project was the nuclear-pumped X-ray laser. This was essentially an orbiting atomic bomb, surrounded by laser media in the form of glass rods; when the bomb exploded, the rods would be bombarded with highly-energetic gamma-ray photons, causing spontaneous and stimulated emission of X-ray photons in the atoms making up the rods. This would lead to optical amplification of the X-ray photons, producing an X-ray laser beam which would be minimally affected by atmospheric distortion and capable of destroying ICBMs in flight. The X-ray laser would be a strictly one-shot device, destroying itself on activation.

I hope they've managed a more .. user friendly .. design to demo.
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