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Friday, August 08, 2003

Linux on a mission / SRI teaches robots how to communicate
Carrie Kirby, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, August 7, 2003
©2003 San Francisco Chronicle

It took two robots five minutes, more or less, to locate a penguin at Moscone Center on Wednesday.
Granted, any idiot -- human or animatronic -- could have found a penguin there pretty easily this week, since the bird is a ubiquitous icon featured in the logo of the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. Conference-goers carry wires with foam penguins bobbing at the ends, inflated and stuffed penguins are piled on most flat surfaces, and two-dimensional penguins adorn shirts and bags all over the trade show.
But these robots are no idiots. They're part of a government-funded Silicon Valley research project aiming to create a 100-robot swarm that could help rescue hostages, detect chemical attacks or remove people from burning buildings.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Russia Joins Humanoid Robot Race
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003.
By Angelina Davydova
Special to The Moscow Times

A St. Petersburg company last week unveiled ARNE and ARNEA, the only Russian humanoid robots in existence.
The robots are male and female. Each is 123 centimeters tall and weighs 61 kilograms. They are capable of walking independently and avoiding obstacles, can distinguish and remember objects and colors, can follow up to 40 separate commands, and can even talk. The androids run on electrical power, using wireless accumulators, allowing them to work independently for up to one hour.
[...] "Robot Challenge: Putting Artificial Intelligence to Work
Rosanne Skirble

04 Aug 2003, 22:37 UTC

Several years ago the American Society for Artificial Intelligence issued a challenge: Build a robot that can operate like a conference goer. The robot, dropped off at the meeting site had to make its way to the registration desk, register for the conference, locate a meeting room and deliver a lecture. An autonomous robot named Grace, short for Graduate Robot Attending Conference in Edmonton, met that challenge last year in Canada. Grace will be on the convention circuit again this August in Acapulco, Mexico, where she expects to improve on last year's performance."

Help Net Security
Robot 'guard dog' sniffs out Wi-Fi holes
Posted by Mirko Zorz - LogError
Tuesday, 5 August 2003, 1:43 PM CET

A strange two-wheeled creature was skimming through the halls of the Alexis Park Hotel on Sunday -- a robot that sniffs out network vulnerabilities.
Created by two members of a loose association of security experts called the Shmoo Group, the robot is designed to wheel around on its own detecting and reporting the security problems of Wi-Fi wireless networks.
'The point of the hacker robot is that it can become an autonomous hacker droid,' said Paul Holman, the robot's co-designer, who demonstrated it for the first time at the DefCon hacker convention here. 'It can get in close to the network. On the offensive side, it can be used for corporate or political espionage. On the defensive side, it can be used for network vulnerability assessment.'"

Demo: Teachable Robots
By Rebecca Zacks
July/August 2003

Like any proud parent, Michigan State University computer scientist Juyang Weng has a lot to say about what sets his little ones apart from their peers. Traditional robots, he explains, must be specially programmed for new tasks. And you just can’t teach them much. Sure, they can acquire data—but only within narrowly defined parameters set ahead of time by their programmers. “But human learning is not like that,” Weng says. “Human learning is real-time, online, on the fly.” And that kind of learning, Weng says, is essential if you want a machine to be able to cope with the unexpected—unpredictable terrain, new people or objects, noisy settings—which will surely confront robotic household assistants and military machines alike.

Robots … start your engines!
posted 9:07am EST Tue Jul 29 2003 - submitted by Matthew

The mission: to get a vehicle from Los Angeles to Las Vegas over a grueling off-road course. The contestants: a bunch of amateur/professionally built robot-controlled vehicles.
This forms the basis of the coming DARPA Grand Challenge, run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The competition will see vehicles, which must be completely autonomous and cannot be controlled by any living thing, fighting it out for the coveted prize. The course will be 250 miles long and must be completed in 10 hours or less, with the winner receiving US$1 million. The race takes place on March 13, 2004.

Wired News: How Robots Will Steal Your Job
By Joanna Glasner
Story location:,1367,59882,00.html
02:00 AM Aug. 05, 2003 PT

Listening to Marshall Brain explain the future as he sees it, it's relatively easy to suspend disbelief and agree how plausible it is that over the next 40 years most of our jobs will be displaced by robots.
According to Brain's projections, laid out in an essay, 'Robotic Nation,' humanoid robots will be widely available by the year 2030, and able to replace jobs currently filled by people in areas such as fast-food service, housecleaning and retail. Unless ways are found to compensate for these lost jobs, Brain estimates that more than half of Americans could be unemployed by 2055. "