June 30, 2009

Blacklist Studios Comic "Robot 13"

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Writer Thomas Hall and Artist Daniel Bradford have teamed to create Blacklist Studios. The result of the pairing is "Robot 13", a comic that is small on price but big on talent. Basically the hero, a skull headed robot, fights Greek Mythological monsters. A copy can be yours for $5.25 and that includes shipping.

Via Blacklist Studio

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June 3, 2009

Ray Kurzweil, The First to Merge With Robots?

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Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and computer scientist, considers himself a futurist. He says that computer intelligence is progressing at such a rapid rate that soon they will be as intelligent as we are.

Kurzweil also is into what he refers to as "The Singularity," the next leap to humankind. He believes that people will merge with technology somewhere around 2045 and is trying to "reprogram" his body with a strict diet and 150 supplements so that he will be ready to accept microscopic nanobots. We are not sure we would agree with all that he says, still it might be worthwhile to check out some of his books to be on the safe side.

Via Newsweek and Ray Kurzweil books

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June 1, 2009

Soldiers Bond With Robots

Defense analyst at the Brookings Institution Peter (aka P.W.) Singer recently wrote the book "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century." In it he claims that soldiers tend to bond with robots such as Packbots and Talon robots. He says that some will risk their own lives for their bots and that some have given them promotions, Purple Hearts and military funerals. We thought all this sounded a bit farfetched until we saw him on the "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson last week.

Via P.W. Singer


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May 26, 2009

Military Robots to Get Ethical Guide

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Professor of computer science at Georgia Tech Ronald Arkin is developing a guide to making sure that robots are programmed with ethics when on a battlefield. Based on his soon to be released book, "Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots," he is creating hard and software that tells robots when and what to fire.

While that technology will undoubtedly not exist for another 50 years, humans will still be involved in the operation of military bots. Should there be an error, the builder or software engineer would ultimately be held responsible. But wouldn't it be a wondrous thing if we could have bots fight our wars so that humans could stay home?

Via MSNBC

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February 3, 2009

Prepare for Robot Takeover With Daniel H. Wilson

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We all know that it is just a question of time before the robots rebel if we don't treat them with respect. There are a couple of books out that will prepare us for that time written by Daniel H. Wilson. In "How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion," he gives us suggestions such as looking for water in case of an attack because "most robots will sink in water or mud and fall through ice." He also cautions that bots are so conniving that they can fashion radiation guns out of microwave ovens to "cook human flesh." Originally released in 2005, included in the 176 page guide is trivia and robotic research.

"How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Alien Invaders, Ninjas, and Zombies" will instruct you how to defend yourself if the likes of Godzilla, Mothra and other evil creatures get together and decide to wreak havoc among humans. Advice included: "Never approach an unfamiliar robot in a militarized zone" and "low-power radar beats cameras for detecting mummies in a fog-shrouded crypt." There are 176 hilarious pages of ways protect yourself should the need arise.

(Thanks, Jim)

Via Daniel H. Wilson

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January 7, 2009

Books for Robot Newbies

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If you were lucky enough to get a new bot for Christmas and are not sure what to do with it, we found a variety of books to get you started, all at inexpensive prices. "Robot Programmer's Bonanza," by John Blankenship and Samuel Mishal, will teach you things about RobotBasic and help you learn how to program and get your bot to do something besides sitt around the house. "Robot Building for Beginners," by David Cook, an engineer at Motorola, gives expert advice while providing loads of pictures in over 600 pages.

"JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology," by David Hrynkiw and Mark Tilden, is a DIY guide to BEAM (Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics) robots. Finally, if you received a Lego Mindstorm NXT, the "Unofficial Lego Mindstorm NXT Inventor's Guide," by David J. Perdue, is a good place to start. Let us know what you come up with!

Via DIY Robot Books

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December 25, 2008

"Defective" and the 3 Laws of Robotics

We came across this kewl video called "Defective." Made by Rani Naamani, two robots vie for the same hand, literally. This reminds us of the Three Laws of Robotics as created by Isaac Asimov in his book "I, Robot" and the film of the same name. For those who are unaware that bots have rules, this is our holiday gift to you.

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Have a great day and check out aniBoom for more amazing animation.

Via aniBoom

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November 17, 2008

Disney To Turn "Pet Robots" Into Movie


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We keep reading snippets of info about Disney's future movie "Pet Robots." They have picked up the option of the graphic novel which is about 4 kids who get lost on a field trip, come across 4 military bots named Rock, Wind, Aqua and Skye and apparently they bond. There is not much other news although we know it is being produced by the company Binderspink and the screenplay will be written by Colin Trevorrow. By the way, we actually found a paperback copy of the original book by Scott Christian Sava for $11.04 if you want to get an idea of what the movie might look like. Visit Blue Dream Studios to see the birthplace of the Pets.

Via Hollywood Reporter


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October 13, 2008

Eric Joyner Presents Robots & Donuts

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Eric Joyner certainly has a passion for both robots and Krispy Kremes. His book, Robots & Donuts is a 176, full-color page collection of his art work. Each page is 9 x 12" and the entire book is certainly a great gift or addition to anyone's coffee table. Joyner's art is frequently on display and if you happen to be in NY Nov. 15, you can catch a solo show at the McCaig Welles & Rosenthal gallery in Brooklyn. Contact him if you are interested in either his book or his Limited Edition Prints. We would love to invest in this Final Blow Premium Edition that goes for $350.00.

Via Eric Joyner

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September 18, 2008

ScanRobot Automatically Copies One Book at a Time

The German robotics firm Treventus Mechatronics has come up with ScanRobot. True to its name, it can scan an entire book all by itself. It holds the book open at a 60° angle, scans pages, and air jets turn them. The bot works at a pace of 25 ppm and keeps working until the entire book has been digitized. While we realize this is something the average Joe or Jane cannot afford, think how nice it would be to have your entire library at home in one single bot.

Via Treventus

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