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    Are you afraid of ASIMO?

    I watched the ASIMO demonstration for the first time on July 1st. I was somewhat cautious going in because of rumors Id heard of the robot being a little creepy (especially reports of him shaking like an older person with a desease I cant remember right now). But I really enjoyed it. I thought it was amazing and revolutionary. I was really impressed. I realized he is more than just a walking machine. Ive always questioned our need, as a society, for robots. Im still not completely convienced but I better understand how he will be able to help and enhance our quality of life. He walked very smoothly and I didnt notice him shaking at all.

    I read once, on MiceAge, an article about the "Uncanny Valley". Maybe you remember it? I think mostly the honda exhibit of ASIMO is to get an idea of how potential consumers react to the robot. Having the robot appear daily (in trusted public environment) to a new audience helps people get used to the idea of a robot that moves and looks (kind of) like us. This way by the time the robots are ready to sell we wont be weirded out as much by their apperance and natural movements.

    Are we being manipulated? Forced into something that every sci-fi movie warns against? Is ASIMO the beginging of a world that will soon be taken over by power hungry robots and humanoids? A part of me says yes.

    The other part says he is the coolest thing to hit the streets since Michael J. Foxs "Hover Board" from Back To The Futrure Part Deux.
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    ASIMO is horribly frightening. I think the part of the show where ASIMO is following Kevin would be may funnier if ASIMO held a knife.

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    I found him to be alarming at first because it's so bizarre. Until I realized I could just kick "him" over or something.

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    I had voiced concerns and my opinion about ASIMO in this thread:

    http://www.micechat.com/forums/showt...267#post120267

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    No worries mate.


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    Asimo is here to take our jobs.

    Oh, they say he's going to fight fires and be a household slave, but he'll be animating movies and building cars and picking fruit and entertaining theme park guests until the introduction of Soylent Green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WRDest79
    Are we being manipulated? Forced into something that every sci-fi movie warns against? Is ASIMO the beginging of a world that will soon be taken over by power hungry robots and humanoids? A part of me says yes.
    I have conducted research on sci-fi/horror movies... One of my favorite books on the subject is Massumi's The Politics of Everyday Fear.

    And I can tell you that ASIMO is nothing really to fear. It is the implications that technology won't be able save humanity are what we fear. Because we come so dependant on technology to sustain our lives.

    ASIMO is nothing in comparison to the computer networks and satelites and weapons systems... And biotech - from pacemakers to pharmicudicals...

    Still it is a little creepy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WRDest79
    I watched the ASIMO demonstration for the first time on July 1st. I was somewhat cautious going in because of rumors Id heard of the robot being a little creepy (especially reports of him shaking like an older person with a desease I cant remember right now). But I really enjoyed it. I thought it was amazing and revolutionary. I was really impressed. I realized he is more than just a walking machine. Ive always questioned our need, as a society, for robots. Im still not completely convienced but I better understand how he will be able to help and enhance our quality of life. He walked very smoothly and I didnt notice him shaking at all.

    I read once, on MiceAge, an article about the "Uncanny Valley". Maybe you remember it? I think mostly the honda exhibit of ASIMO is to get an idea of how potential consumers react to the robot. Having the robot appear daily (in trusted public environment) to a new audience helps people get used to the idea of a robot that moves and looks (kind of) like us. This way by the time the robots are ready to sell we wont be weirded out as much by their apperance and natural movements.

    Are we being manipulated? Forced into something that every sci-fi movie warns against? Is ASIMO the beginging of a world that will soon be taken over by power hungry robots and humanoids? A part of me says yes.

    The other part says he is the coolest thing to hit the streets since Michael J. Foxs "Hover Board" from Back To The Futrure Part Deux.
    wtf is going on in your head? Im creeped out by you now!
    Robots are machines and all of the stuff in hollywood cannot happen! ITS HOLLYWOOD! There are no hoverboards nor robots that rebel against us. Stop watching I,Robot! If you can kick him over, Hes not scary. He is cute!
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    I, Robot. (or as my 3 year-old Nephew refers to it,
    robot jump on car) could be on to something.
    I get the feeling that big A could be related to that
    trashcan that follows tourists around in Tomorrowland.
    They have the same swaggering gait. Keep an eye on 'em.

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    >>If you can kick him over, Hes not scary. He is cute!<<

    "Cute" is the construct of a corporate design department.

    Have you heard of "the uncanny valley" studies? If artificial constructs look too "humanoid", the robot's features trigger in the human a primitive urge of repulsion. This is happenning to a minor degree with ASIMO, but note the planning that went into his face: huge cute cartoon eyes in a deep black field - - abstract enough that the human can project a relatable/safe face onto the robot.

    Trust that later versions - - ASIMO25 - - will not able to be kicked-over, a design flaw of prototypes that will prevent it from acheiving cost-effective tasks.

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    ASIMO creeps me out. I mean, come on, it has face recognition technology. i.e. it knows who I am if it sees me in that theater. THat's creepy as ****. Wouldn't it be insane if in that show, if you visited multiple times, ASIMO would say hello to you if it recognized you?!!

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    I haven't seen the show myself but I did see it on a few TV shows the only thing that creeps me out is it reminds me of the robot on an episode of The outter limits the robot trys to take over the role of the father etc. Other then that I'd like to see the show with my own eyes I don't think I'll have a problem with it.


    A little off topic question, Do they say if Asimo is male or female?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disguy
    I haven't seen the show myself but I did see it on a few TV shows the only thing that creeps me out is it reminds me of the robot on an episode of The outter limits the robot trys to take over the role of the father etc. Other then that I'd like to see the show with my own eyes I don't think I'll have a problem with it.


    A little off topic question, Do they say if Asimo is male or female?
    Instead of "he" "she" or "it" they just say "ASIMO".

    It has an ambiguous, semi-female, but childlike voice voice dubbing.
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    I'm sorry, I haven't seen the show myself but the idea of ASIMO just kinda gives me the heebie jeebies. I will reserve my judgement until I acutally see the show though.
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