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Sony says it has technology for humanoid robots if it can just find use for them

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please use your time and effort on something worthwhile. nobody cares about robots

-8 ( +13 / -21 )

Sony says it has technology for humanoid robots if it can find just find use for them

I am sure the otaku in Akihabara could find ample use for them.

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I'd like to use them as batting practice for baseball. They'd look good being smashed into pieces.

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How vague. It depends on what they are really capable of, you'd think. If Sony tells us I am sure we can all think of a use. Perhaps they could look up articles over the past 70 years of the uses robots will be put to in the future.

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I doubt Sony has the 'technology' to make even a simple walker aid for the elderly. Plenty of need there, go on Sony...

As has been shown by other AI, robotics company (eg Preferred Networks), you need the data, then you need a fast data engine, then you need the two (over years) to learn and adapt. Once you get to successful adaptation then you can find applications.

I would guess that Sony has the basic movement (without feedback), no AI, no data, perhaps an immature data engine adapted from gaming, and that's about it.

This...is much more exciting.

https://youtu.be/fZWQq9yAYew

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They meant profitable use

16 ( +19 / -3 )

Real life Chobits incoming…

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Robots are extremely useful in factories and work places where humans could be harmed ore exposed to danger.

Humanoid are fine as long as they don't take away or replace the human touch, for some who are lonely it could be a good idea sleeping with one

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“ Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate Sony Group Corp says it has the technology to make humanoid robots quickly once it has identified how they could be effectively used. “

Heheh;

where would we be without Sony(?)

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Today  06:48 am JST “ please use your time and effort on something worthwhile. nobody cares about robots “

– One of the most boring comments of all time. ( :) )

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“ Musk's company is floating plans to deploy thousands of the robots in its factories, expanding eventually to millions around the world. “

Yep, it’s coming(!)

( O _ O )

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Humanoid are fine as long as they don't take away or replace the human touch

There's definitely a peak complementary existence between humanoid robots and humans. Many a times when I mount a 100ft tower, or crawl into a machine to check a PLC, I wish a humanoid robot could do this instead.

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If I can think of something, why not make a more capable robot assistant? ideally a one that can make emergency calls, function as your bluetooth headset and detect accidents and threats inside the house? Oh, and install some pepper spray inside the dog's nose while they're at it for those unwanted visitors.

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Sony says it has technology for humanoid robots if it can just find use for them

How about as caregivers? Seeing how Japan needs ALOT more of those.

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So, Sony have been spending money without understanding what and why they are doing it?

I am sure your shareholders are happy!

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Sony says it has technology for humanoid robots if it can just find use for them

This reads like the opening plot point of every dystopian sci fi movie involving robots ever made.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Depending on capability doesn't take a rocket scientist to envision useful purposes. Starting with entering a nuclear reactor or carrying out dangerous rescue operations after a disaster. At the other end the potential military applications are staggering.

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Sony says it has technology for humanoid robots if it can just find use for them

How about as caregivers? Seeing how Japan needs ALOT more of those.

You are correct. Not only that but Japan wont have to import caregivers from overseas anymore. Go Sony!

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Really? You can't find use for them? How about using them to go into dangerous areas for rescue, or if the radiation doesn't zap the circuitry, how about assist in cleaning up nuclear or bio contaminated areas? If you can't think beyond cute mass consumer products you need a robot....sorry, meant reboot....

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Yes, that’s the point. It doesn’t make sense and is against logic, to produce robot copies us, when we are in need of robots, because we are biologically and mentally insufficient and incapable of doing what all those additional robots can or should do for us.

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You are correct. Not only that but Japan wont have to import caregivers from overseas anymore. Go Sony!

HA! They can't even though they want to. Even the southeast asians don't want to come here anymore.

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How vague. It depends on what they are really capable of, you'd think.

This! Wasted 30 seconds of my time speed reading this using my advanced T-850 visionary receptors.

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Yeah whatever this story about robots in Japan bla bla bla

I heard it too many times...

We all know that if they would be capable of producing robots they would already build them.

One of the simplest job is factory work as it is repetitive. If they could build those robots why they bring more foreigners to work in factories or in agriculture?

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

They should build fat, lazy robots for that authentic feeling, and they should learn to tell bad jokes. They should mow lawns and clean refrigerators, but not especially well. Everyone will want one.

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quote: Content is what makes or breaks the metaverse.

No, wearing uncomfortable goggles that give you headaches and then falling over your sofa/dog/child are what breaks the metaverse.

We have not yet got the tech to make human-enough robots (our expectations having been raised by TV and film - Data, Aji 3 etc), and there would be a lot of fuss over the most viable uses of non-industrial robotics: military killing machines and adult entertainment.

The konbini chains seem happy enough with avatars on screens and one solitary human to step in when it all falls over. There is an economic lesson there for those considering building humanoid robots.

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I am still waiting for a medpod but robot nurses that don't have to use PPE will be great.

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Japanese companies will do anything to avoid paying a human employee a living wage. Even if it means investing billions in robots to replace humans, they'll find a way to do it.

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When Steve Jobs created the iPhone, he could see their use when many people laughed at a flat square thing. The Sony people cannot see the trends or use for robots now or in the not too distant future? I guess this is why Sony got into selling insurance.

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No use for robots in Japan, that certainly makes sense considering the people.

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Dude I could totally build a robot like, right now if I wanted to, but I just don't really feel like it now, but trust me I totally can.

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Usually when humans invent something new, it usually ends up being used to hurt or kill ! Mmmmmm let me think.......How about some kind of war application !!!

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Robot. Go to work for me.

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I want a robot that cleans my house, including putting all the dishes in the dishwasher and knowing what things need to go where. It seems like a simple thing, but it would take extraordinary AI programming.

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When I hear 'humanoid robot', I think big hulking human sized and potentially scary, robot. However, I sketched this idea a few years back for a dementia patient assist robot on wheels, that rolls on its own into a charging dock. Not sure how useful it is, but...

https://www.danielschallau.com/work#/ideo/

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I want AI or a robot that answers all of the e-mail enquiries to my tourism sideline.

A large proportion of them are time wasters, people who have inputted a "can you do X?" message into a text box with "WE CANNOT DO X" written above it, asking questions that are answered in several places on our website, or folks expecting huge discounts at peak periods. The service we ultimately offer genuine customers is diminished by time and energy spent dealing with such people. I bet other customer services people have the same experience.

(the reason we cannot do X is that it would cost five times what anyone would pay for it. Its equivalent of folks who don't want to pay Shinkansen fares thinking "let's hire a private jet!")

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Sony says it has technology for humanoid robots if it can just find use for them

So......they spent years, even decades and millions, probably billions of yen in developing the technology, yet had no goals for them?

No vision, no creativity, no leadership in the final product?

Kinda sums up the entire Japanese educational and or political system.

A whole lot of aimless and pointless effort going into nothing.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Elon will get there before anyone else. Again.

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MarkToday  08:10 am JST

Robots are extremely useful in factories and work places where humans could be harmed ore exposed to danger.

Humanoid are fine as long as they don't take away or replace the human touch, for some who are lonely it could be a good idea sleeping with one

BION there are robots just for that warped purpose. But like all robots, their vocabulary is limited. AI is limited. And they will never become 'smarter' than human programmers.

hooktrunk2Today  12:58 pm JST

When I hear 'humanoid robot', I think big hulking human sized and potentially scary, robot.

Leonardo da Vinci invented a mechanical robot that resembled a knight in shining armor. And before that, Arabs invented mechanical robots that 'played' musical instruments and they too were 'humanoid'. It goes back centuries, it's not really 'new'.

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I can think of at least one use . . .

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@starpunk

Leonardo da Vinci invented a mechanical robot

Well, I don't know. Leonardo's robot is the big scary type I was talking about. If you checked out the link I posted above, I show a tiny cute humanoid robot. https://www.danielschallau.com/work#/ideo/

Would also be nice to have some of JF Sebastian type miniature toy robots(replicants) from Blade Runner. Would be cute in a restaurant. Easily kicked though.

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I think that general purpose AI coupled with general purpose humanoid robots would have unlimited applications. I don’t think Sony has the AI chops. How about this - health care. Seems to be a shortage of qualified nurses that will only grow more accrue as the Japanese population is rapidly aging.

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grow more acute

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Replace corrupt politicians with robots programmed to solve problems, maintain infrastructure, and raise the standard of living for all.

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