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Don't Cry, Little Robot by Kevin Long

PostPosted: March 28, 2012, 03:30:04 PM
by rick tornello
Sticks and stones may dent your skin,
but you'll out live them,
then you win!


cute.

RT

Re: Don't Cry, Little Robot by Kevin Long

PostPosted: March 29, 2012, 12:05:23 PM
by bottomdweller
Beyond the 3 basic laws of robot behavior - there has to be some grey area. Asimov built a whole series of books around this question - I Robot for one. And who, really, will be the one we point a finger at and say 'Take the creator away!" Let's remember that Frankenstein was the name of the monster's creator not the monster.
And, along the same lines, (for those who are religiously inclined) who is to blame for humanity's ills - we who are made or our creator? Hummmmmm????

Re: Don't Cry, Little Robot by Kevin Long

PostPosted: April 13, 2012, 06:23:40 PM
by TaoPhoenix
I'll go after the angle that the robot is *crying*. Data (I know, Android!) spent some 6 of his 8ish years trying to figure out how to cry. (He got to laugh a couple times earlier, care of Q.)

It's very easy to actually get a robot to cry - it's some 25-100 lines of code when enough heuristics are low on a scale, then the crying action occurs. You can even write in the "cognitive overload" effect of real crying so the robot can't simultaneously cry and save the universe (not normally!)

At that point it gets into the Bicentennial Man territory.

Re: Don't Cry, Little Robot by Kevin Long

PostPosted: April 13, 2012, 06:49:22 PM
by Mark Edgemon
TaoPhoenix wrote:I'll go after the angle that the robot is *crying*. Data (I know, Android!) spent some 6 of his 8ish years trying to figure out how to cry. (He got to laugh a couple times earlier, care of Q.)

It's very easy to actually get a robot to cry - it's some 25-100 lines of code when enough heuristics are low on a scale, then the crying action occurs. You can even write in the "cognitive overload" effect of real crying so the robot can't simultaneously cry and save the universe (not normally!)

At that point it gets into the Bicentennial Man territory.

If you want to get a robot to cry, twist his nuts! :roll:

Re: Don't Cry, Little Robot by Kevin Long

PostPosted: April 13, 2012, 07:08:59 PM
by Lester Curtis
If you want to get a robot to cry, twist his nuts! :roll:
I know that would work on me! (And I'm glad I didn't have anything in my mouth when I read that!)

For Laughs

PostPosted: April 13, 2012, 08:11:39 PM
by Mark Edgemon
Lester Curtis wrote:
If you want to get a robot to cry, twist his nuts! :roll:
I know that would work on me! (And I'm glad I didn't have anything in my mouth when I read that!)

We seem to have a kindred sense of humor.