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Friday, February 08, 2002

Bots Battle, Breed in A.I. Test
By Michelle Delio
2:00 a.m. Feb. 7, 2002 PST

Smart robots equipped with energy-sucking fangs and big appetites will soon be locked in a struggle for survival as they attempt to create their own civilization.
In an experiment that sounds like a science-fiction film plot but is actually as close to real life as artificial intelligence can get, several dozen "predator" and "prey" robots will be released next month into a prepared habitat at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in the north of England.

Monday, February 04, 2002

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Where Berlin goes to forget: welcome to the robo pub
John Hooper in Berlin
Saturday February 2, 2002
The Guardian

The bartenders in the club on the corner of M├╝nzstrasse are all just under seven feet tall. One serves wine and spirits; another, beer. The third will provide you with a range of snacks in packets. The bartenders in the club on the corner of M├╝nzstrasse are machines.
Everything, in fact, in the Automaten bar is - as its name suggests - automated. I don't know for sure, but it could be the world's first robot hostelry.