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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Robots may enslave us all someday. In the meantime, if one of them goes berserk, here's a useful tactic: Shut the door behind you. One after another, robots in a government-sponsored contest were stumped by an unlocked door that blocked their path at an outdoor obstacle course. One bipedal machine managed to wrap a claw around the door handle and open it but was flummoxed by a breeze that kept blowing the door shut before it could pass through.

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Robots excel at many tasks, as long as they don't involve too much hand-eye coordination or common sense. Like some gifted children, they can perform impressive feats of mental arithmetic but are profoundly klutzy on the playground.

The machines stumble over tasks requiring even toddler-level balance, like kicking a ball, getting out of a car or climbing stairs. Grasping objects of varying size and weight is also perplexing.

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You know what the government is going to do next, right? Change the doors.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-10 08:58 PM | Reply


Similar to the way to confuse self-driving cars - put stickers on road signs.

"No actual self-driving cars were harmed in this study"
arstechnica.com

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-12 03:27 PM | Reply

Similar to the way to confuse self-driving cars - put stickers on road signs.

Why not just pull up the sign and throw it away? Good bet it's just as legal, or soon will be.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-11-12 03:59 PM | Reply

And THIS is why killer robots are no match for zombies!

#4 | Posted by RevDarko at 2017-11-12 04:06 PM | Reply

This is somehow both comforting and alarming.

#5 | Posted by cbob at 2017-11-12 04:46 PM | Reply

Yeah, but if the apocalypse involves these guys, you're screwed:

goo.gl

#6 | Posted by bartimus at 2017-11-13 06:03 PM | Reply

I continue to be amazed at the generalization ability of any dog to recognize any other dog as a dog, regardless of its shape or size. Their strongest sense is that of smell, which can actually be taught to detect low blood sugar in children, yet they manage to do this with just their eyes.

#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-14 08:07 AM | Reply

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