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Sony Aibo Hacks Increase Functionality

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the can-it-bring-me-a-beer dept.

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Dinglenuts writes "Engadget posted a how-to article on increasing your Aibo's functionality using third party hacks. Given the increasing availability of networked home goods, I'm very interested to see what uses the Slashdot community can conceive for a household controlled through voice commands issued to a robot dog."

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134 comments

First post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886010)

:D

Where's the leg humping hack? (4, Funny)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886013)

Seriously, until my AIBO can hump the leg of attractive lady visitors that come into my bachelor's apartment (aka the Linux Lair), the $2000 i spent on this thing is useless.

Ok you caught me, no ladies visit me... ever. :(

At least I got an AIBO!

I'd prefer the blowjob hack myself. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886023)

'Nuff said.

Re:Where's the leg humping hack? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886166)

Be very very glad, women are hell. At least you're alive, having not yet KILLED YOURSELF as the result of having to deal with women.

Re:Where's the leg humping hack? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12887531)

So I take it you did that?

Re:Where's the leg humping hack? (1)

Saxton (34078) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886180)

How about if it actually guarded the house? Hook this thing up to your MisterHouse [sourceforge.net] setup and the thing might actually be useful...

...while it is wandering around and guarding, you'd still be able to get it to hump legs when there is an intruder.

That mild distraction might cause some gained time... and gained time might save a life. ;-)

-Aaron

Re:Where's the leg humping hack? (1)

JPDeckers (559434) | more than 9 years ago | (#12887289)

Mine actually is watching the house during daytime, while uploading pictures to its roblog [kiobi.com] :)

Re:Where's the leg humping hack? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886224)

Seriously, until my AIBO can hump the leg of attractive lady visitors that come into my bachelor's apartment (aka the Linux Lair), the $2000 i spent on this thing is useless.

too precise of wording for you to have *just* thought of this, no? ;-)

Re:Where's the leg humping hack? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886446)

Seriously, until my AIBO can hump the leg of attractive lady visitors that come into my bachelor's apartment (aka the Linux Lair), the $2000 i spent on this thing is useless.

Ok you caught me, no ladies visit me... ever. :(

That's 'cuz you gotta slow down on the leg-humpin' thing man, chicks just don't go for it at the beginning. =)

Bestiiality (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886460)

Do these Aibos lick peanut butter or do they prefer grease?

WHO THE HELL VOTED FOR THAT FUCKWIT BUSH? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886527)

Seriously, Bush sucks SO bad as president. I wish a hurricane would hit DC. And they get invaded by vampires. Gay vampires with big dicks.

Use the dog as a camara (0, Troll)

guardiangod (880192) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886909)

Use a ZipIt handheld device to view through the eyes of your AIBO at all times.

Forget Sony's infrared V8 or hidden camara phone, THIS is the ultimate tool of peeping!!

Imagine, when those unsuspecting ladies pick the trojan^H^H^H^H^H^Hrobot up and hold it to their chest, you, as an elite geek, is seeing the first hand (ok second hand) look of their boobs.
Or rather, if you like, you could have the camara^H^H^H^H^H^Hdog hump a lady and direct it to look up. The lass would be too daze to know your cunning scheme.

The possibility is endless ;) /joke

First of all (5, Insightful)

CPNABEND (742114) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886016)

Can you make the thing fetch beer? Or is that lack of thumbs going to be a problem?

mod parent up, funny (-1, Redundant)

TERdON (862570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886029)

Damn! That should have been my comment...

Joke about fetching beer... (0, Redundant)

TERdON (862570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886064)

Sorry for making two answer posts, but I just thought about a good joke on the topic (read: only half off topic)...

Why did God create blondes?
The sheep couldn't fetch beer from the fridge!
Then, why did God create brownhaired girls?
Neither could the blondes...
Then, why am I studying automation [chalmers.se]
To build me a god damn robot, so I finally can get that beer fetched for me!!!

Re:First of all (1)

Momoru (837801) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886077)

Why stop at it fetching beer? Lets make a mobile "keg-bot".

Re:First of all (3, Funny)

yotto (590067) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886102)

Lets make a mobile "keg-bot"

And make the tap a long tube sticking out, and you've got yourself a Dalek! Throw your computer in there and you'd win the local LAN party's case mod contest for sure!

Re:First of all (5, Funny)

JahToasted (517101) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886400)

INTOXICATE! INTOXICATE!

Re:First of all (1)

Mulletproof (513805) | more than 9 years ago | (#12887109)

Dammit, where is a mod point when you need it ROFLMAO

Robosapien 2 (1)

Archades (870056) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886767)

Robosapien 2 should be quite good, though u need a small beer :P

Re:First of all (1)

Man in Spandex (775950) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886895)

Aibo may not be able but never fear! PartyBot [edirectory.co.uk] is here!

Get Beer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886017)

N/T

Overcoming the narrow scope of original designs (4, Interesting)

Sv-Manowar (772313) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886044)

The opportunity for clever hacks like these through the combination of devices is why things should be left open by their designers during conception, when it's all possible. If this kind of mindset was more widespread, there'd be all kinds of possibilities from discovering what the pure functionality of a device can do. The increasing trend to lock devices down and restrict consumer flexibility with products they choose to purchase (see Xbox boot rom checks etc) is something that's dissapointing, and closing doors on innovative and new uses for everyday devices.

Re:Overcoming the narrow scope of original designs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886213)

This is a good opportunity for Sony. They should open-source AIBO and regulate the addition of hacks and enhance their functinality. Has anyone tried to load linux on this?

Re:Overcoming the narrow scope of original designs (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886441)

If that mindset was more widespread it would also leave them open to ridiculous lawsuits from oppurtunist lawyers. If anything happens which is slightly damaging to another party... they'd be at the door. I'm not saying it's right, but Sony and others at least giving the perception of not being accepting of these "hacks" might save their legal ass.

Re:Overcoming the narrow scope of original designs (2, Insightful)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886660)

Your XBox comment doesn't fit.

Locking down the Xbox is in part to reduce the number of boxes sold to those that won't buy the games. It should be a "duh" moment because the business model MS chose for the console was to lose money on every unit in the hopes of getting it back in royalties per game. People buying these just as a Linux box runs counter to this strategy. If people had to pay the actual manufacture cost for XBox, they might not sell anywhere nearly as many of them.

I don't suppose... (1)

Asprin (545477) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886046)


I don't suppose there's a hack to turn your Aibo into a lawsuit generator?

Re:I don't suppose... (1)

Rii (777315) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886062)

Yes. It responds to the audio command "Aibotron, TERRORIZE!"

Hack suggestion (4, Funny)

Council (514577) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886049)

Better hack: remove the innards, place a live puppy inside.

Makes it far more realistic.

Re:Hack suggestion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886114)

Finally, a working implementation of the "take a crap on my carpet" hack.

Re:Hack suggestion (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886215)

Or the "not turn off when I say so" hack. Or the "more responsiblity than I wanted" hack. Or the "government agents invading my home because some busibody neighbour said I was being cruel to my pet" hack. Real dogs may be great for some people, but some of us want a toy not a responsibility.

Re:Hack suggestion (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12887456)

Somebody got hit with the "take the joke too seriously" hack.

Re:Hack suggestion (1)

not-enough-info (526586) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886306)

Better hack: remove the innards, place a live puppy inside.

Makes it far more realistic.
Bonsai Puppy!

Damn, I'm all out of super-glue.

Re:Hack suggestion (1)

rudydog (890388) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886604)

I did that. One thing to remeber... power station != food.

Frickin Lasers (5, Funny)

Rii (777315) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886051)

I just want a robot dog with frickin lasers strapped to his head.

AIBO! SICK 'EM!

Laser Pointer Cat Exerciser (2, Insightful)

billstewart (78916) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886188)

Other than fetching beer, the Aibo's main use seems to be as a cat toy - something to drag a string around the floor fast enough that the cat has to do some actual work to catch it. But cats do like chasing laser pointers, so might as well have the aibo carry the laser pointer around for you.

Now, a robot *gecko* would be useful - "Hey gecko, go dust that ceiling spot! And drag this ethernet cable across the crawlspace for me!"

Re:Frickin Lasers (1)

mpthompson (457482) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886194)

Unfortunately, a laser strapped to it's head might look cool but it won't do very much. Now a tazer powered teeth might be cool.

Aw, what a cute robot dog... ZAP!!! AHHHHH!!!

Re:Frickin Lasers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12887371)

If they have time to scream the current is too weak.

Sic Who? The 9:30 Flight to Newark? (1)

Black-Man (198831) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886783)

I thought there was already a story on slashdot about the guy with the laser pointer whom the FBI mistook for Al Qaeda operatives.

Accelerando and the future of Aibo hacking (3, Interesting)

metachor (634304) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886063)

This reminds me of the continuously hacked/upgraded robot cat, Aineko, in Charles Stross' science fiction novel Accelerando [accelerando.org] (available for free download).

It will be interesting to see how complex these customized Aibo become in the next 10-20 years.

Real world robot cat (2, Interesting)

TERdON (862570) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886094)

Omron [omron.com] makes a real robot cat [necoro.com] . Don't really understand what the page says. IIRC, the price is about double that of Aibo though, not thanks to the electronics, but thanks to the fake fur.

More [bbc.co.uk] links [e-health-insider.com] which I didn't bother to read...

That's So Wrong... (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886172)

And I didn't think Japanese Robot Cats [ex.org] were supposed to have ears...

Re:Real world robot cat (1)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12887493)

I don't know about you guys, but that is highly disturbing to me. The design is off enough that it looks like taxidermy.

Re:Accelerando and the future of Aibo hacking (1)

N3Roaster (888781) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886146)

I'm reminded of the PataPi from Akihabara Denno Gumi. When will the Aibo be combat ready?

Re:Accelerando and the future of Aibo hacking (1)

sakura the mc (795726) | more than 9 years ago | (#12887003)

you must want to become a diva then.

Aibo DRM? (4, Insightful)

Doppler00 (534739) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886075)

What? Hacks for a Sony product? This can't be allowed! Sony must at once produce a new firmware update for all Aibos to make sure this dog-like robot only performs Sony approved actions. I mean, what would the world be like if a robotic dog did anything other than dance and perform tricks in ant entertaining fasion?

We can't have people going around actually writing their own software on hardware they purchased with their own money.

Re:Aibo DRM? (1)

eamonman (567383) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886145)

Yeah, you probably don't want the Aibo learning how to play Halo 2 (although that'd be highly kickass)

Re:Aibo DRM? (3, Interesting)

ejtttje (673126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886486)

You know, Sony is supporting development of new software for the AIBO (*) You can create new personalities using high level tools like R-Code, or download their software development kit (for free!) and code in C++. It's an impressive piece of hardware.

If you're interested in the low level processing, which allows direct processing of the camera images, networking support, real-time control of joints, etc., then of course I'm going to recommend the software framework I'm currently working on: Tekkotsu [tekkotsu.org] . However, there are number of other options available as well. (see my prior post [slashdot.org] )

Anyway, we'd always like to have more developers -- help show Sony there are advantages to opening their source code!

(* or at least now they are, originally they didn't like the idea so much, but they seem to have gotten over it somewhat -- hardware is still tightly locked down, but the software interface is pretty available)

I'd kill for this hack (5, Funny)

pestilence669 (823950) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886076)

Aibo needs a guard function for the neighborhood cats. Just bark and move a bit when there's any meowing around. If they pee on my door one more time, I'm gonna' set bear traps.

Re:I'd kill for this hack (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886259)

It's called a cat-a-pult for a reason.

build one, they will stop.

Of course it would be really cool if you can disguise it so no one knows it's there. post photo's when your done.

Re:I'd kill for this hack (1)

Anarkhia (2342) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886954)

You don't need bear traps, just rat poison.

Voice operated x-rated juke box? (2, Funny)

5plicer (886415) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886081)

From the article:
You can say to him for example "AIBO, DVD - Debbie Does Dallas 2000" and the DVD of that movie will play.
ROFLMAO!

Re:Voice operated x-rated juke box? (1)

night_sky_nsci (838533) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886126)

First this from TFA and the leg-humping feature comment [slashdot.org] ... it's a matter of time before some sick lonely, yet adventurous and ... animal loving ... geek would come up with an "innovative" hardware hack for AIBO.

Re:Voice operated x-rated juke box? (1)

famebait (450028) | more than 9 years ago | (#12887519)

Damn! First thing I thought about was "there's got to be some pr0n-related use of this, but I just can't find it", and then they've already thought of it. Guess I'm not a real geek after all.

imagine... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886095)

a beo-woof woof woof of these...

Based on recent events... (4, Funny)

coj (20757) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886100)

"I'm very interested to see what uses the Slashdot community can conceive for a household controlled through voice commands issued to a robot dog."

Whatever it is, it's gonna involve goatse.cx

Re:Based on recent events... (1)

nmoog (701216) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886137)

Yeah, is he REALLY interested to see what the slashdot community concieves???? He must be new around here. Or have a penchant for stupidity.

not just for fun and games (2, Interesting)

unavailable (781386) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886107)

Reading the article might induce the ideea that AIBO is nothing but a toy for bored geeks. That's not entirely true, I'm thinking that proper software could turn the thing in an aid for blind children.

Let's just hope engadget doesn't get sued [wired.com] first, like that guy from http://aibohack.com/ [aibohack.com]

Re:not just for fun and games (1)

5plicer (886415) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886161)

I just read the Wired article you linked to. Talk about Sony being a bastard!

Old Software (1)

erik umenhofer (782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886123)

The info on the "most recent" dogslife [dogsbodynet.com] news is dated feb of last year. Has there been anything done within a year and a half?

Bitchin' Stereo (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886129)

I want an aibo with a holosonic [holosonics.com] speaker to follow me around, listening to my commands. The ultimate speakerphone, mixed with the ultimate stereo, and voice UI. Good dog!

Feeding pets (2, Funny)

Gertlex (722812) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886139)

"Give the cat fresh food!"

*Meow!!*

A server! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886143)

error 404 page not found. We're sorry, but the server is out of range of the wireless network. It either went for a walk or is chasing a squirrel in the back yard. Please try again later.

Next, Aibo's get worms and viruses (1)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886150)

This seems inevitable as the Aibo's WiFi and webcam [sonystyle.com] would seem to provide a physical network layer for ingress and an interesting target for crackers (virus-laden downloads are another means of infection).

I can just imagine Aibo spyware that relays webcam shots to who-ever. Owners will need to think twice the next time their Aibo wanders into the bathroom or bedroom.

Time to start thinking about how to deworm the Aibo.

My Aibo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886151)

...would download and print trivial software patents, eat them, and turn them into smelly Aibopoo.

I'll be happy... (1, Funny)

SeventyBang (858415) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886165)


...as long as the code which tells it to sit makes it sit and there isn't a bug which makes it sh%t instead.

Domestic bliss (2, Funny)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886167)

I gotta get me one of them robots to vacuum the floor. They're not that expensive, but I'm cheap, and there's not enough marketting to remind me that I need one. Yesterday I had to carry two weeks worth of groceries from the car up to my unit. That's like 2 flights of stairs. It's not a hard job, but I'm lazy. Where's my grocery carrying robot? You could do it with a stair climbing trolly, but what do you do with that trolly when you're done with it? Who has space to store a trolly? Maybe them autoreconfigurable robots are the way to go. Ya know, the 4 million bricks that talk to each other and can form any shape.

A potential use (0, Troll)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886178)

I'm very interested to see what uses the Slashdot community can conceive for a household controlled through voice commands issued to a robot dog
Bestiality is illegal, right? I think it is anyway. Certainly it's frowned upon. But sex with robot dogs is legal (except maybe in Texas). It seems to me that a voice controlled dog could fill a much needed niche of providing an outlet for those inclined towards bestiality but who don't wish to break the law. Voice control could be particularly useful. It could be trained to respond to commands like "more", "less", "harder", "up a bit" and so on. In fact, it might be more controllable than a real dog and would certainly obviate the need to smear your testicles with meat to gain the dog's interest.

How washable is the Aibo?

Re:A potential use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886205)

All you need to do is make a hack so Aibo can lick itself...

Re:A potential use (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886293)

You have put way too much thought into that.

How about just making it give you a wank?

Mentifex AI Mind for Aibo (1)

Mentifex (187202) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886206)


The Aibo Kennel Club Robot AI Mind [aibokennelclub.org] (in MSIE JavaScript) will make some Aibos smarter than the U.S. president.

3vil (2, Funny)

God'sDuck (837829) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886223)

"household controlled through voice commands issued to a robot dog" i'm much more amused by the concept of a household controlled *by* voice commands issued *from* a robot dog. "hey sparky! run next door and tell the Jones' house to turn down that godawful music...and turn off their hot water while you're at it...mwouhahaha"

In other news.... (1)

mealtime_warrior (785122) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886242)

"Sony Aibo Decreases Functionality" And all you have to do is cut some wires!

Robodog (1)

kakashiryo (866772) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886266)

"Go, Lassie, Go! Go girl, go call Pizza Hut for me!"

IT dog (2, Funny)

jeffmock (188913) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886297)

I just want my Aibo to hobble over and push the reset button on my windows box so I can stay on the couch...

jeff

Open Source AIBO programs -- no "hacking" required (4, Informative)

ejtttje (673126) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886339)

It's easy to write code for an AIBO... there's a number of open source software frameworks for this great hardware platform -- although of course my favorite would be my own: Tekkotsu [tekkotsu.org]

And it's all supported by Sony -- no hacking required!

There's a variety of levels you can code at as well -- there's several high-level scripting languages like URBI [urbiforge.com] , R-Code [aibo.com] , and even a couple [pyrorobotics.org] upcoming [cmu.edu] Python interfaces, as well as a number of low-level C/C++ interfaces (e.g. Tekkotsu) which can run onboard and directly process every bit and byte, or remote control from your PC for maximum horsepower.

A cool hack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886344)

I heard of a cool hack from the aibo robocup soccer tournies. Someone made a neural net program for the dogs to figure out the fastest way for them to move. That is, instead of programming soccer moves, it just let a neural net figure out all the gear movements that are needed.

It turns out that for some soccer positions (chasing a ball, defending, etc.), having the dogs move with their front legs bent was faster. (Conceptually, this is similar to a human walking on all fours, but using their elbows--arms bent.)

The cool part was that nobody thought of this. The learning program discovered this hack, and started using it. Engineers thought there was a bug, until they traced it and the learning program taught them that it was right.

Re:A cool hack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886639)

Mod this down. It's obviously a troll.

OPEN-R (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886349)

Or, you could download the OPEN-R SDK for the AIBO and program it to do anything you want.

http://openr.aibo.com/openr/eng/index.php4 [aibo.com]

UPenn even ported a perl interpreter for the AIBO.

http://www.cis.upenn.edu/robocup/index.php [upenn.edu]

AIBO is actually a rather interesting platform for experimenting with image processing and signal processing algorithms, as well as team coordination algorithms.

Yes but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886355)

Yes but...does it run Linux??

A useful agricultural robot (2, Interesting)

Simonetta (207550) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886388)

If those guys who are pretending to be a 'militia' patrolling the US-Mexican border are serious about cutting illegal immigration from the dirt-poor South, then they would be paying unemployed engineers and programmers to develop a robot that does berry and fruit picking. Stoop farm labor, which is mostly picking crops at the harvest, is (or is generally thought to be) the main employer of illegal immigrants from the lands south of the border.

NASA, of all people, claims to have developed a robot that can do fruit and berry picking. They claim that it's cheaper than sending than sending Mexicans into space, regardless of how little the wages are.

Personally, I've done stoop farm labor, picking shade tobacco, and it sucks. It's the true robot work.

But building a robot to do this is no simple matter. It's a serious programming challenge involving highly reliable vision processing, very intricate robotic arm positioning, and hygienic food handling in adverse conditions. And in order to be financially viable, these very sophisticated robots will have to be able to be manufactured cheaper than our neighbors can manufacture babies, and they have a 100,000,000 unit head start. We won't be able to just buy the robots either from the Japanese. By then, they won't be taking our near-worthless money and will demand payment in prime agricultural farmland. Where they will use their more advanced latest-model robots to grow their own food. Japan, you may recall, has 100,000,000 people living in a country the size of California where 80% of the land is too mountainous to use for farming or city space.

Now, having made myself seem to be a complete asshole from a politically-correct perspective, allow me to point out that the use of robots to replace unskilled labor is an issue that many (if not all) electronics and software engineers will be dealing with in the future. Farm laborers will hate us and will destroy the field robots at every opportunity. We will be accused of causing the childern of the unemployed workers to starve. And they will be right. The children of the unemployed farm workers will starve as a result of the farm robots. But, the robot designers point out, 'Why should an unemployed farm worker who must sneak into the US to work at sub-minimum wages have ten kids?' "We don't have ten kids. Hell, we can't even get the plain suburban white girls to go out with us. And we have real jobs!"

Ugly. A real mess. Unavoidable. Tragic. It's like saying that engineers are responsible for the continuation of African-American slavery from 1800 to 1865 because they invented the cotton gin. Without the cotton gin there wouldn't have been huge cotton plantations in the southern states of the USA requiring huge numbers of slaves. Had not the cotton gin been invented, the white southerners would have had an oversupply of slaves and would have shipped millions of them back to Africa.

Will we get the same blame a hundred years from now for causing millions of Mexicans to starve to death? Or will we be able to say that all those deaths were the result of a disfunctional culture obsessed with fucking themselves into massive over population just so that they would appear 'macho' by having absurd numbers of children?

Time will tell.

Re:A useful agricultural robot (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886453)

See, that's where you're wrong. Trying to replace unskilled labor with robots isn't the way to go. What you want to do is promote robots as an alternative to unskilled labor for those people who don't want to hire unskilled laborers. i.e., in southern california it might be considered common place to have a mexican slave^H^H^H^H^H^H^H housekeeper, but in other parts of the US (and yes, the world) it isn't. That's why you want to sell your robots to. People who want slaves but don't have a ready supply.

Re:A useful agricultural robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886824)

Interesting post, to say the least.

One point: Stoop farm labor, which is mostly picking crops at the harvest, is (or is generally thought to be) the main employer of illegal immigrants from the lands south of the border.

It's true. Strawberry farmers here in Oregon are turning over their fields instead of selling crops because they can't get enough "cheap" labor to harvest.

Having grown up in a rather rural area (we still have penny-meters to this day!), I can personally attest to...erm...'migrant' workers being the chief source of labor for this kind of stoop labor.

Oooo, I feel special now, I censored myself!

Re:A useful agricultural robot (1)

eraserewind (446891) | more than 9 years ago | (#12887549)

People are cheaper than robots.

Jeremijenko and Feral Robot Dogs (1)

katana (122232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886468)

For a real-world application of robot dog hacking accessible to people who don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on toys that they "hack," check out Natalie Jeremijenko's Feral Robots [ucsd.edu] site. Instead of wasting your time making your mp3s play back through your expensive toy, you can make cheap robot dogs do something truly useful, like find toxic chemicals at a possible school building site. Do something worthwhile, don't just consume.

Mobile robot furniture (1)

ElYonderboy (714510) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886482)

If there's some way to get the Aibo's to adhere to each other, they could connect in various shapes to form furniture for us, their human overlords.

Need a bed, dogs hike over, pick up a mattress, lay flat, and pull the mattress on top. Need a chair, the mattress is put away, and the dogs climb on top of each other re-adhere, and form a chair.

It's like nano-tech, but with giant, overpriced robot dogs. Then they can play soccer for your amusement.

Deja Vu (1)

typical (886006) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886528)

Anyone else having serious Furby deja vu?

What happens when the batteries run low... (1)

Your Average Joe (303066) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886530)

When it needs a recharge does it go to the charger? If it has non-rechargeable doe sit poop them out?

However (2, Funny)

BlackMesaLabs (893043) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886556)

In Soviet Russia, Robot animal hacks YOU!

How about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886559)

bite-the-postman hack!

from the not-only-can-it-bring-you-a-beer dept. (1)

systemic chaos (892935) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886611)

systemic chaos writes "Following the announcement of the hack for a 'lick peanut butter' command for Sony's Aibo on the Slashdot community, worldwide supplies of the electronic dog have been all but obliterated by an unprecedented skyrocketing of sales."

Slashdots imagination (1)

peggus (749983) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886743)

"I'm very interested to see what uses the Slashdot community can conceive for a household controlled through voice commands issued to a robot dog."
Prepare to disapointed kid...

Hack Journalism (1)

B11 (894359) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886794)

Sounds like another "man hacks dog" story to me...

AIBOs playing Poker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12886829)

... Texas Hold-em wirelessly through some off-shore casino site, and WINNING!

What about teaching it to lick peanut butter off (2, Funny)

Hohlraum (135212) | more than 9 years ago | (#12886865)

... my hand. What? What did you think I was gunna say?

Yeah, but can it... (1)

ralfg33k (646670) | more than 9 years ago | (#12887095)

right itself after it falls off of the couch while licking its own sack? Frankly, as long as it doesn't scratch its ass by dragging it across my living room carpet, it's OK in my book.

Re:Yeah, but can it... (1)

deathwombat (848460) | more than 9 years ago | (#12887352)

Actually if you strap a wet cloth to its ass then it will clean the floor as it drags it!

hip hop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12887151)

It shouldn't be too hard to program these things to sing rap/hiphop, or whatever they call this monkey music.

Three words: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12887195)

Personal robot army!

Robocup (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12887196)

There are a surprising number of responses commenting on Sony dissaproving of Aibo hacking and whatnot.

Haven't you heard of Robocup?

http://www.robocup.org/ [robocup.org]
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