Five Things Learned From The DARPA Challenge.

Earlier this year I posted about the DARPA humanoid robot challenge last year.

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Living At Sea

This showed up in  my twitter timeline recently.

http://gizmodo.com/the-techno-islands-that-may-replace-the-maldives-1704872022

Now I don’t actually believe that the Maldives are being submerged by rising sea levels caused by global warming. Still the idea of repurposing old drilling platforms as seasteads is interesting.  They might interesting places to live.  Though living would be, by necessity, be confined in some ways. Larhe apartments and spaces are going to be rare, for instance.

http://www.seasteading.org/community/contests/design-contest-winners/

http://www.wired.com/2015/05/silicon-valley-letting-go-techie-island-fantasies/

https://reason.com/blog/2013/12/27/seasteading-new-nations-becomes-a-practi

Still there aren’t really any showstoppers. Huge ocean structure are already being fabricated for oil drilling and production.  People live on them for long periods of time.  It’s likely that offshore structures for various activities are going to get larger in the near future.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/building-the-largest-structures/

http://www.shell.com/about-us/major-projects/prelude-flng.html

Not just oil and gas, but mining as well

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/about-that-ocean-mining/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_sea_mining

http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3240156.htm

New technologies are making possible to grow vegetables very efficiently.

http://weburbanist.com/2016/02/02/veggie-factory-worlds-first-vertical-farm-fully-run-by-robots/

People are also developing new ways to farm the ocean.

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Who knows where it’s going to lead.  Even without the supposed AGW catastrophe seasteading might become no different than any other minerals town. It might even move like the town in Gargantia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gargantia_on_the_Verdurous_Planet

http://www.fandompost.com/2014/07/04/gargantia-on-the-verdurous-planet-ova-gets-first-promo-images/

http://suisei-no-gargantia.wikia.com/wiki/Hideauze

With advancing genetic and regeneration technologies they might even reinvent themselves to better suit the ocean environment, though I doubt that they would turn themselves into giant space squids.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3396624/Webbed-feet-cat-s-eyes-gills-Features-just-humans-evolve-deal-water-world-global-warming-second-ice-age.html

 

 

 

Living at sea has some exciting potentials and the possibility of a new kind of living. Only though if we create the fertile ground that lets pioneering like this happen. Otherwise we risk the kind of world like the one  that Poul Anderson came up with in Orion Shall Rise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Shall_Rise

The DARPA Trials

Last year DARPA had a challenge to prove what robots could do.

http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/

Lots of robots doing stuff that’s hard, for robots.

A video.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/g2050/these-are-darpas-next-gen-robotic-challenge-contestants/?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1457_189372248

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/a15907/best-falls-from-darpa-robot-challenge/

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/drc-finals-video-post

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/welcome-to-the-darpa-robotics-challenge-finals

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/walkman-humanoid-robot-iit

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/darpa-robotics-challenge-drc-finals-know-your-robots

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/drc-finals-course

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/drc-finals-cmu-chimp-gets-up-after-fall-shows-how-awesome-robots-can-be

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/darpa-robotics-challenge-finals-day-1

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/darpa-robotics-challenge-finals-winner

A video playlist from DARPA.

Autonomous robotics is probably the most difficult technical challenge out there.  The ability to react to chaotic environments is difficult for the nonchoatic world in the computer.  It turns out that the binary nature of computer logic doesn’t work when you need yes, no or maybe yes and know and the advantage of situational memory.  I’m a bit surprised that DARPA hasn’t continues the challenges.  The challenge provides a platform for advancement and like the air races of the 1920’s and 1930’s provide a platform for people to get together and share ideas.  This was a win-win for everybody and I hope that work keeps moving.

 

We thought robots didn’t die! The demise of the AIBO robot dogs and the fight to keep them alive

The problem of obsolescence would be troubling to an intelligent robot.

Update:
Popular Mechanics post.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/a16117/sony-robot-dogs/?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1457_199463661

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Aibo Sep 2005

Remember AIBO, the futuristic pet robot from Sony that amazed us with its dog-like appearance and behavior when it came out in 1999? It was probably one of the first examples of artificial intelligence the general public got a taste of, and we were quite duly fascinated with the antics of the robotic dogs, as evidenced by the fact that the first batch of 3,000 AIBOs sold out in just 20 minutes despite its 250,000 yen (about US$2,100 according to the exchange rate back then) price tag.

But now, more than 15 years down the line, AIBO owners who have become attached to their cybernetic pets, are facing a grave situation — an aging and ailing (or breaking down, in this case) population of AIBOs.

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