"Yes, I just heard about the third DARPA GC from one of my students who
saw it in the NYTimes today.
Let's see. Should we just go back to work? Or should we estimate the
cost to do this feat is what? at least $20 million or more for each
serious entrant? for a $2 million dollar prize?
You have to think the feds are really enjoying that differential
what they paid last time and what they got, don't you? It's like a new
form of taxes on the robotic community. Dole out a couple million, and
soak up tens and tens of millions of blood sweat and tears right out of
the robotics community individual's lives.
Maybe I'm looking at this wrong... Maybe I should try the same
tactics... Maybe I should offer a $.03 prize for the guy who can bake a
nice warm loaf of bread, made to my capricious change-on-the-fly
standards, that pleases me most.
Suppose I'd get a couple dozen loaves offered up? Or would it be
immediately obvious that the combined efforts of all involved far
exceeded the value of the prize offered? Some how, I don't think
bakers would be as gullible as us robot guys.
Back to work folks? How about this for a twist. Let's get the
to go back to work doing what the law requires? Enforce the borders,
then see if there isn't a commercial demand for a robot that can do a
job an American worker "doesn't want". Rather than run silly contests
which drain the community, enforce the laws, and we'll suddenly find
ourselves awash in research funds to make robotics to handle or assist
in doing these jobs.
Illegal aliens are taking jobs: Low paying jobs perfect for robots. And
thereby eliminating high paying jobs from us who enjoy building robots.
Randy M. Dumse "
Well it looks like "the carrot approach" is a popular one.
How about a hydrogen powered robot so you win both prizes?
$10M Prize for Hydrogen Fuel Technology By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press
2 hours, 24 minutes ago
Scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs will be able to vie for a grand
prize of $10 million, and smaller prizes reaching millions of dollars,
under House-passed legislation to encourage research into hydrogen as
an alternative fuel.
Legislation creating the "H-Prize," modeled after the privately funded
Ansari X Prize that resulted last year in the first privately developed
manned rocket to reach space twice, passed the House Wednesday on a
416-6 vote. A companion bill is to be introduced in the Senate this
"This is an opportunity for a triple play," said bill sponsor Rep. Bob
Inglis, R-S.C., citing benefits to national security from reduced
dependence on foreign oil, cleaner air from burning pollution-free
hydrogen and new jobs. "If we can reinvent the car, imagine the jobs we
"Perhaps the greatest role that the H-Prize may serve is in spurring
the imagination of our most valuable resource, our youth," said
co-sponsor Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill.
The measure would award four prizes of up to $1 million every other
year for technological advances in hydrogen production, storage,
distribution and utilization. One prize of up to $4 million would be
awarded every second year for the creation of a working hydrogen
The grand prize, to be awarded within the next 10 years, would go for
"Prizes can draw out new ideas from scientists and engineers who may
not be willing or able to participate in traditional government
research and development programs, while encouraging them, rather than
the taxpayer, to assume the risk," said Science Committee Chairman
Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y.
Inglis said the Department of Energy would put together a private
foundation to set up guidelines and requirements for the prizes. Anyone
can participate, as long as the research is performed in the United
States and the person, if employed by the government or a national lab,
does the research on his own time.
He said the prize would not take away funds from any federal hydrogen
programs, including the $1.7 billion hydrogen research program that
President Bush first detailed in 2003.
The Energy Department announced earlier this year that it would provide
$119 million in funding for research into hydrogen fuel cells,
including $100 million over the next four years to projects to improve
components of fuel cell systems.
Several automakers have made advances in hydrogen fuel cell technology
or dual gas-hydrogen engines, but such vehicles are still very
expensive and there's no viable infrastructure of fueling stations.
The bill is H.R. 5143
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