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Giving Avatars Real Bodies

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the not-sponsored-by-ubisoft dept.

Robotics 88

trogador writes "Researchers are working to associate online avatars with physical bodies, connecting virtual reality robots with steel and software counterparts. The unification of software and mobility like this results in the so-called 'Ubibot' (ubiquitous robot), which the researchers predict is the future of interactive robotics. In the future, avatars on your pc/cell/pda screen may be able to bring you your tea or scratch your back. 'Two key components of the interface involve the sensor mapper and behavior mapper. The sensor mapper helps Rity get physical (ultrasound) sensor information from Mybot, enabling the virtual avatar to use physical information. The behavior mapper helps Rity actually perform physical behaviors using Mybot in a real environment, enabling the avatar to interact physically with human beings in real environments.'"

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The end of the world. (1)

Oriumpor (446718) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703740)

In a particularly memorable SeaQuest DSV the world is destroyed by two huge Robotech style robots and they are still running around when the crew gets to the end of time vis a vis the mobius. Turns out it's two kids playing a video game in the same room controlling the robots that destroyed humanity.

Re:The end of the world. (1)

innerweb (721995) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704782)

I remember some cheesy scifi flick that had a robotic *wife* called the Cherry 2000. I remember thinking how sad to be a person that had so little human interaction. Now, I read and post on slashdot, and they are talking about Avatars that pretty much do the same things. I'm nor really sure how to take this. It almost sounds like 2 steps forward and three steps back.

InnerWeb

Re:The end of the world. (1)

morethanapapercert (749527) | more than 6 years ago | (#21705236)

you must have missed the earlier story today on Slashdot where it was speculated that someday we may be able to actually fall in love with sex bots!

Re:The end of the world. (1)

Rayor (975326) | more than 6 years ago | (#21706840)

DON'T DATE ROBOTS!

Re:The end of the world. (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 6 years ago | (#21708190)

Turns out it's two kids playing a video game in the same room controlling the robots that destroyed humanity.

No. I still remember that episode. It was due to some plague that killed off humanity so they based their lives and wars around video games. Still pretty interesting though.

Rommie! (3, Funny)

jdigriz (676802) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703742)

Andromeda Ascendant, is that you?

Re:Rommie! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21704170)

... and why are you shaped like a giant, anatomically correct, but otherwise, walking penis?

Re:Rommie! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21710154)

That has to be one of the more random ones I've seen in a while.

Re:Rommie! (1)

EnsilZah (575600) | more than 6 years ago | (#21707012)

For some reason my brain read that as Roomba Ascendant.

Re:Rommie! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21707428)

You read my mind, that is the same thing that popped into my mind when I first read this.

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21703744)

WARNING: Unsafe site, add block lists. (1)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704950)

Link leads to known shock site.

Re:WARNING: Unsafe site, add block lists. (1)

dmitri3 (1101095) | more than 6 years ago | (#21705092)

Shouldn't someone figure that out just by looking at the link? Seriously, would you be in your own mind to visit vumit.com and not be prepared for something wrong?

penis (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21703746)

no comment

Great! (5, Funny)

jtroutman (121577) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703752)

Now I won't ever have to leave WoW to get food or drinks! Can the avatar shower for me, too?

Re:Great! (5, Funny)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704168)

Why would you shower? If you play an orc, you should smell like an orc. This is ROLE PLAYING dammit!

Re:Great! (1)

cizoozic (1196001) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704214)

You ask too much! I'll be more than happy with the avatar just airbending for me.

Huh... (1)

HadesInjustice (872477) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703756)

So basically, if I somehow make my virtual pet/person/robot/whatever kill another virtual person, but the real world physical counterpart ACTUALLY went and kill someone as part of their expression (either intentionally or unintentionally...like hugging someone till it crush them). Does that count as the robot killing them or me?

Lastly, another step towards iRobot or the Terminator?

Re:Huh... (1)

ChaoticLimbs (597275) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703872)

That was my thought exactly. If this technology were implemented, how long would it be before some cracker used a robot to kill someone while they slept or something?

Re:Huh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21704726)

Why does it have to be a cracker killing someone? Couldn't it be a slope, or a guido, a wetback, a towel-head, a gook, a kraut, a limey, an abbo, an argie, a beaner, a bohunk, a boonga, a bug eater, a camel jockey, a cholo, a coolie, a coon, a dago, a dink, a darky, a fenian, a flip, a fritz, a frog, a gollywogg, a goy, a haji, a hebe, a honky, an ivan, a jerry, a jigaboo, a kanake, a kike, a macaca, a nip, an ocker, an oreo, a pepper, a piker, a raghead, a seppo, a slant, a spic, a taffy, a teague, a wigger, a wog, a wop,or a yid?

Besides any good saltine will join the Army and go play with a Talon SWORD. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foster-Miller_TALON#SWORDS [wikipedia.org]

Re:Huh... (1)

FLEB (312391) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704974)

Well, it depends... did you intend to kill the real person? Was this chain of events an expected response? If so, you're using the robot like a tool, so it would be your "fault". If this was the expected response of your command to the robot, but you were unaware of that, you could be said to be negligently responsible. However, if this was an unpublished bug of the huggy killbot, I doubt many would consider you the one responsible.

Re:Huh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21705194)

Am I the only one wondering what the hell they're talking about? What do avatars have to do with servant robots?

Will They... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21703762)

... mod this up or down for me?

Summery fix (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21703808)

avatars on your pc/camera phone/pda screen may be able to bring you your tea or scratch your back or rip your spine out if you forget to turn off that darn flash
Fixed it for ya

Ultimate outsourcing (5, Interesting)

wurp (51446) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703810)

I thought of this some time ago, but for outsourcing. Imagine if you could pay $4000 for a ubibot, then pay someone in the third world $0.50 an hour to do housework, yard work, etc. for you through a VR interface.

They get a safe job that pays reasonably for their area, and you get cheap labor.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703870)

Imagine when I have your Unibot bringing all your items to a secret spot while you are at work...

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21705830)

Logfiles.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

Runefox (905204) | more than 6 years ago | (#21710202)

Well, yeah, but what if you have electric heating?

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21711220)

In that case, you get your coat.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

MSTCrow5429 (642744) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703918)

No thanks, I don't want some lawless guy I've never met before from a third world hole using a robot to paw through my personal data.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704336)

They don't need a robot to paw through your personal data. Your point still stands though on them pawing through your personal property though.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

MSTCrow5429 (642744) | more than 6 years ago | (#21708744)

Was thinking as they are unlikely to have incredible hacking skills, it was more likely they'd log onto your computer and steal data. Most people don't even password protect their user accounts.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

doodlyoodly (1201329) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704272)

As long as you don't mind being asked every five minutes if you're happy with your current telephone plan fees.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

mpthompson (457482) | more than 6 years ago | (#21706198)

The folks at Anybots [anybots.com] are basically working on that idea. Given that sufficient AI will take decades to develop, I believe their robots will initially be about providing telepresence capabilities along the lines that you describe.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21706372)

What happens when the break shit?

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (0, Flamebait)

syousef (465911) | more than 6 years ago | (#21707440)

So basically you're saying you want a 3rd world slave in the comfort of your own room.

Disgusting! Even a half decent human being would feel bad about having a virtual slave like this. (That's okay Rapalumdi, if you want to quit you can always go back to starving. I knew you'd see it my way. Now hurry up with my crisps!). Even better if OLPC supplies the hardware so you don't have to fork out any extra.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

wurp (51446) | more than 6 years ago | (#21712978)

Slavery in exactly the same sense that any work you do for someone else is slavery - I don't want to work to other people's orders, but I must because I want to support myself.

The more jobs you can create for a particular labor pool, the more choice they have to do work they like, and the more they get in return for their labor.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 6 years ago | (#21721018)

Correction. The more GOOD QUALITY jobs you create for a particular labour pool, the more choice and the better off people are.

Creating low quality subsistence jobs that don't pay people enough to make a living can actually make things much much worse since they lower the acceptable standard for everyone.

Modded flamebait or not, I stand by what I said. You just want someone to do your dirty work for next to nothing. You have no interest in the quality of life of the people you use to do it EXCEPT to justify your bad behaviour to yourself.

Re:Ultimate outsourcing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21708698)

It will be really creepy, especially when the robot says "I clean you long time!".

It all fits together... (1)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703846)

I think this links back to the story earlier about sex with robots http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/12/14/1555245/ [slashdot.org] .

Although sex with my female Troll from WoW would be kind of awkward.

Re:It all fits together... (1)

Narcocide (102829) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704248)

Ooh green chicks with tusks. Kinky.

Hide the children (3, Funny)

MSTCrow5429 (642744) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703876)

"...enabling the avatar to interact physically with human beings in real environments."

We all know where this is leading to...

Re:Hide the children (4, Funny)

complete loony (663508) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704940)

Finally a device I can use to stab someone in the face over the internet.

Re:Hide the children (1)

Alsee (515537) | more than 6 years ago | (#21706878)

I think grandparent was thinking of more than just blowjobs.

P.S.
Anyone planning to 'whoosh' me, you just got whooshed.

-

Re:Hide the children (1)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725484)

Meh. It's been [bash.org] done [bash.org] .

Pikers! (3, Funny)

Bullfish (858648) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703910)

Scratch my back? Bring me beer? Make with the sexbot like other scientists promised and I'll use a stick and put my beer in a cooler nearby.

Giving Avatars Real Boobies? (0)

RingDev (879105) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703924)

Did anyone else misread that? Or are my eyes going bad on a Friday evening?

-Rick

Re: Giving Avatars Real Boobies? (1)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704124)

I think your eyes are bad

Re: Giving Avatars Real Boobies? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21705000)

Unfortunately, you are not alone... But at least I'm mature enough to post this anonymously!

Re: Giving Avatars Real Boobies? (1)

RudeIota (1131331) | more than 6 years ago | (#21705850)

I seriously thought the same thing... And my first name also happens to be Rick... Very unsettling.

Based on this sampling, we can clearly determine that 100% of those named "Rick" will misread "Bodies" for "Boobies"; however, we can only ascertain this is true when "Bodies" is included in the title of a Slashdot article regarding robots.

So, my hypothesis - deeply rooted in the facts provided - is people named Rick who visit Slashdot imagine boobies frequently.

Re: Giving Avatars Real Boobies? (1)

zentinal (602572) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726746)

Yes, your eyes are bad, and yes, that is exactly where this technology is going.

Another step towards Ted Kaczynski's nightmare? (1)

BearRanger (945122) | more than 6 years ago | (#21703948)

So the Unibomber manifesto could someday be read as prophecy after all...

Sounds kind of cool... for the East (2, Insightful)

solar_blitz (1088029) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704028)

I've got mixed feelings. Yeah, having a real-life thing to be your companion sounds nice but if you want that kind of companionship you might want to get a real pet. Then again in areas like South Korea and Japan - where these things would likely flourish - people don't own pets that much. Here's where I can see this going: for a group of nations whose children grew up watching things like Astro Boy, of course they'd have an appreciation of this real world robot/digital world avatar. But we westerners having been raised on I, Robot have a negative outlook on robotics.

Are we robophobic in the United States?

What did you call me? (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704436)

Oh, ok. I thought you said "romo".

Re:Sounds kind of cool... for the East (1)

smoker2 (750216) | more than 6 years ago | (#21706830)

But we westerners having been raised on I, Robot have a negative outlook on robotics.
WTF ?
You consider yourself "raised" by a crappy film, that stole its name from a series of interesting and thought provoking books ? There was virtually nothing in that film that resembled anything from the Asimov books, just a nod here and there, to the 3 laws for instance.
Personally, I was "raised" reading Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, Robert A Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Piers Anthony, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, George Orwell, Neal Stephenson and H.G Wells (amongst others, I just scanned my bookshelf).
To form an "outlook" requires more than viewing the latest shit film featuring Hollywoods take on a subject. But then you probably believe everything in "An inconvenient truth".
So please don't include me in your "we".

Re:Sounds kind of cool... for the East (1)

Alsee (515537) | more than 6 years ago | (#21706912)

we westerners having been raised on I, Robot

Well considering what they have been raised on, I seriously hope these bots aren't rolled out over there first. Small size bots will begin at oh-my-god-don't-step-on-me and just go up from there.

-

Re:Sounds kind of cool... for the East (1)

mstahl (701501) | more than 6 years ago | (#21715564)

Are we robophobic in the United States?

Yes. And with good reason [theonion.com] ! You can't have these things goin' wild, you know.

( Seriously; I actually know other roomba owners who seem to be afraid of their roombas and I'm not entirely sure why. Mine's named Hobie and it's the best pet ever! )

Re:Sounds kind of cool... for the East (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 6 years ago | (#21718152)

Coming soon to Japan: Remote-operated 1:1 scale Gundams rampaging through Tokyo.

They are called Replicons.... (2, Funny)

o0OSABO0o (937312) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704132)

and cleaning them up is a very, very messing business. Just ask Harrison Ford.

Re:They are called Replicons.... (1)

o0OSABO0o (937312) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704206)

Ok, I know! I said: "... very messing business...."

I should have said "very messy business." So shoot me. No wait, I am not a replicon. If you shoot me, it's murder not a public service.

What did I learn from this? Don't post on /. while wearing bifocals and preview before submitting!

Re:They are called Replicons.... (1)

Speare (84249) | more than 6 years ago | (#21705754)

The word used in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is 'replicant.' This word doesn't appear in the PKD book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, by the way.

Re:They are called Replicons.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21706112)

After a semester studying the book, I second that.

Re:They are called Replicons.... (1)

o0OSABO0o (937312) | more than 6 years ago | (#21706846)

Oh my! Not only did I mess up my own posting with a typo, but I got the word wrong as well! Color me RED!

Re:They are called Replicons.... (1)

proverbialcow (177020) | more than 6 years ago | (#21705828)

Okay, so I asked him, and he didn't want to talk about it.

For your own safety. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21704150)

...Bring you tea...

...Scratch your back...

...Snap your neck like a twig.

YOU'RE NEXT!

6765742061207265616C206675636B696E67206A6F6200

Bad idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21704230)

One string, one floating point number: Sid 6.7

Doesn't anyone pay attention to 90s cyberspace movies?

Obligatory (1)

DarksideDaveOR (557444) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704292)

I for one welcome our new Personal Masseuse Robot Overlords.

Exercise (3, Funny)

peektwice (726616) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704364)

Given that this is Slashdot, and the only exercise that "some" (not all... I didn't say all...) Slashdotters get is in the jackatorium, obesity among Slashdotters on average is only going to escalate, if we develop a robot that will do it (punch the munchkin) for them. See this article [slashdot.org] for further reference. Get a girlfriend. A real one. Even if she's not Princess Leia.

thirdlife? (1)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704480)

sounds to me like a future add-on for Second Life

Why do we need robots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21704556)

I thought it was cheaper to put a cockroach on a trackball than a robot to control it. Most of the people I know are barely smarter than cockroaches... cant I just program my univeral remote to load my favorite hentai bot into my wifes empty skull?

And I will want this because...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21704640)

"In the future, avatars on your pc/cell/pda screen may be able to bring you your tea or scratch your back."

How fucking lazy will I have become by this point? I can get up and make my own tea! I've got a back scratcher or, failing that, my wife! And I can scratch her back, too.

The invasion of the future (1)

Tolvor (579446) | more than 6 years ago | (#21704888)

Step 1 - Give avatars robotic bodies to interact in real world
Step 2 - Give avatar-robots real weapons to act human in real world
Step 3 - Deploy avatar-warriors in some country to forcably impose peace whether they like it or not
Step 4 - Destroy documentation on creation of avatar-robot-weapons
Step 5 - Blame the opposite political party for the problem of rampaging avatars fragging the landscape.

The sad thing is I'm probably going to be modded funny for this.

Re:The invasion of the future (1)

Original Replica (908688) | more than 6 years ago | (#21705086)

The sad thing is I'm probably going to be modded funny for this.

Or maybe modded redundant. http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2007/me_israel_06_07.asp [worldtribune.com]

Re:The invasion of the future (1)

PayPaI (733999) | more than 6 years ago | (#21705620)

I was gonna post just one, but just take your pick [wikiquote.org]

Ivan Anywhere (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21704912)

Giving a human a physical avatar has been done a few times. This has even led to some useful applications like IvanAnywhere [therecord.com] so telecommuters can interact with their physical co-workers.

AI! Sentai! Tachokomanz! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21704932)

To provide an excessively obscure and nerdy example: The upgraded version of the Tachikomas from the second series of Stand Aloe Complex exhibit this. They have both a physical and virtual avatar, both visually consistent. Spoilers follow:

They are also are based on a remote server, so their physical avatar really is an avatar.

Still looking forward to "virtual" sex online. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21705264)

Where both of you have a mechanical representation getting it on with the other person. Has it's issues though.

"Oh god! Oh god! Oh gooooooooooooooood! Yes! YES! I'm gonnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" ...

"LAG?!?? NOT NOW!!!"

Umm... (1)

trianglman (1024223) | more than 6 years ago | (#21705940)

Isn't this called a remote control? Just because they moved it into a phone, etc. doesn't change that. I think they already have these.

The only problem would be that now a hacker could take control of your robot from anywhere in the world. Might have worked out better for Syndrome [imdb.com] if he had gone that way, but sounds like a waste of effort to me...

been there done that? (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 6 years ago | (#21705956)

didn't the Andromeda series have a ship that had an avatar body? Rommi or something was her name. (probably a shortening of "Andromeda", which was the ship's name) Until that point (fairly early in the series) the ship had a sentient avatar that presented herself anywhere in the ship as a grainy hologram, but could only communicate and couldn't interact with the environment or leave the ship. One of the crew converted a maintenance bot of some sort to match the holographic projection, allowing the ship's avatar to walk the halls of the ship, which is an interesting concept just in and of itself.

I thought that was a refreshing change. Most other sci fi series that had sentient ships had a viewscreen or something else to represent the ship's presense. I don't think any other series has given the ship an avatar as a humanoid. Somewhat the opposite of what's seen more commonly in sci fi, where the humans have a ship as an avatar. (think Voltron or pick your assembly mech series)

"fragging furries" (1)

acherusia (995492) | more than 6 years ago | (#21706220)

To the person who tagged this article as "fragging furries", wouldn't "yiffing furries" be a more likely outcome of this? After all, the avatars would likely resemble plushies.

Ewe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21716056)

Make make furless, except on top, please.

Dæmons (1)

focoma (865351) | more than 6 years ago | (#21706324)

This sort of reminds me of Pullman's dæmons [wikipedia.org] , which are kind of like life-long furry avatars of people in the Dark Materials universe. I think it'd be cool if we could have some sort of physical "avatar", albeit a robotic one not a living one as in the books.

Suppose a person has a sufficiently advanced and intelligent robotic avatar, maintaining a database of all sorts of stuff about him. It could serve as the person's representative not just online but in real life as well, doing all sorts of tasks that would normally require the person's presence. On the software side, this kind avatar would do a whole lot more than merely be a cute graphical element for people to see. It would be able to connect to all of the person's online accounts and manage/use them according to instructions.

Finally, physical avatars would be excellent companions (like in the books), depending on what sort of personality is programmed into them

(Off-topic side-note: Probably no one cares, but just in case someone gets me wrong, I'd like to clarify that I don't actually like the Dark Materials trilogy. Though I've read Pullman-related articles in Wikipedia and found some fascinating concepts like the aforementioned dæmons, I find the anti-Catholicism in the books extremely off-putting.)

Re:Dæmons (1)

AySz88 (1151141) | more than 6 years ago | (#21706774)

This sort of reminds me of Pullman's dæmons, which are kind of like life-long furry avatars of people in the Dark Materials universe. I think it'd be cool if we could have some sort of physical "avatar", albeit a robotic one not a living one as in the books.
Considering that dæmons (in the books) are not really "avatars" but physical manifestations of one's soul (see Wikipedia article that parent refers to*), a programmed robotic thing would be a rather pathetic substitute!

I don't think anything (in my lifetime) will ever manage to directly tap into one's soul... So the closest one can get to simulating a person's dæmon, I think, would be to make the robot be controllable like a natural extension of the person's body, with a very natural interface (on the level of "direct connection into the brain"). The person would then has the responsibility for simulating their own division between dæmon and human, and determining what the dæmon's robot does. (This is also not likely to happen anytime soon, of course...)

(Off-topic side-note: Probably no one cares, but just in case someone gets me wrong, I'd like to clarify that I don't actually like the Dark Materials trilogy. Though I've read Pullman-related articles in Wikipedia and found some fascinating concepts like the aforementioned dæmons, I find the anti-Catholicism in the books extremely off-putting.)
(From your comment I interpret that you haven't actually read the books. I'd suggest doing so - they're not really anti-Catholic unless one allows Catholicism to be defined by the politics of Vatican City (which some people do, and I won't argue with that). Personally, I would describe the books are more "anti-authoritarian-even-in-religious-contexts" - the general ideas apply towards Islamic states, for example. From my perspective, Catholicism was the most accessible one for Pullman to make an example of, and I'd hardly expect him to learn the political tendencies of, say, Islamic states, just for the sake of avoiding offending Catholic Christianity.*)

*Disclaimer: I edit the parent-linked wiki article regularly (but did not change the bit referenced by parent). Also, I'm a huge fan of the books, and am one of those few crazy people that claim to be able to split their internal monologues into dialogues with their dæmon. Also, these don't really disclaim anything.

Just wait... (1)

Bones3D_mac (324952) | more than 6 years ago | (#21706750)

In a few years, we'll probably see a finalized version of such a device stored in a giant evidence bag as a possible murder weapon.

In the meanwhile, have we seen any cases yet where someone remotely connects into a complicated mechanical device, in an attempt to kill anyone nearby? I know there was once a lot of speculation about this kind of thing back when cyberterrorism was popular topic within the media... as though someone in china could potentially hack into some factory or utility overseas and create a deadly malfunction by changing a random setting here and there.

In Soviet Russia... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 6 years ago | (#21707698)

Ubi-bot would mean something like Kil-o-Bot in English.

In other slavic languages as well.

Re:In Soviet Russia... (1)

$0.02 (618911) | more than 6 years ago | (#21709904)

It is actually worse than that. The word robot is also a Slavic word (from Check robotnik = worker, also Russian robota=work or job, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian rob = slave) So ubi-bot sounds killing worker.

I just want to say (1)

rolando2424 (1096299) | more than 6 years ago | (#21824748)

UBIBOT! JACK IN!
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