You might have something there. Certainly when you see
a prize being offered to make a robot vehicle that can
travel between Barstow and Las Vegas, instead of for example
a domestic house cleaning robot that can also fix meals
and do the dishes one has to wonder what the priorities
are. A cruise missile does an excellent job of flying to
its' target, using a combination of data from inertial and GPS
navigation systems. But of course that is in the air without
little rocks and ruts a ground vehicle can fall over..
My company assembles a gated shutter 3-D optical scanner
that can be set in position then will proceed to map all
distances to objects within a given volume with a resolution
of less than a fraction of an inch. Placed on a mobile
powered platform, for example, using the IBOT chassis
with the scanner mounted on top it could map out the interior of
a home without difficulty, thus providing data for navigation
within the house. Some waldo designs borrowed from nuclear
labs for picking and placing objects, with motorized extension
and retraction, under computer control after initial training
of for example fixing a meal, collecting, and cleaning dishes,
and one could have the beginnings of a useful domestic robot.
Men continue to misunderstand the amount of labor that goes into
keeping house and raising a family. Perhaps it will indeed take
a woman to build the first universal useful robots...
nathalie firstname.lastname@example.org (Nathalie Hutt) wrote in message
From your post I can rule out at least one woman from the possible
multitudes who will one day rule over us men while inventing
everything of worth. Absolutely we are obsolete! After all, what
do we do anymore? I mean if you discount philosophy, religion,
science, education, governing, enforcing laws, entertaining, creating
artwork, supplying half of the genetics of children, manufacturing,
etc., we are some lazy bastards, huh? Note that women can do all of
these things and in fact do many of them, but then I never said that
women are obsolete child-idiots in adult bodies.
As to children with adult bodies, one might argue that either that
is good since children have not lost their imaginations, or that women
are more childlike since an aspect of acting adult is controlling
one's emotions. I prefer to think that each individual is different,
and therefore women and men are about equally idiotic and childlike on
I predict that someone will laugh at you in the near future. I
guarantee you that someone has laughed at you in the recent past.
I think I'm inclined to agree. I've spent nearly 3 years designing this
bipedal 'thing', the domain name has been renewed but never used, all I have
are lots of very clever mechanisms which don't quite join together to form a
I think my problem is that I start designing at the knees (limited space,
awkward shape, 20 ft.lbs req'd) then spread out. By the time I reach the
fingertips I have invariably found a better lever system or a better motor
and want to apply it to the knees. The enemy of a good idea is a better
idea, round and round I go in ever decreasing circles.
Perhaps I should ask myself, "How would a woman escape this loop?"
Robin G Hewitt
Join the club. I also have loads of unfinished subsystems and prototypes
scattered all over the workshop. Still, even Leonardo did that, so it's
probably nothing to be ashamed of. It's just always annoying when you keep
coming up with better ways to build things before finishing the last
attempt, and end up with a huge heap of junk.
If you do figure out a way of breaking the loop, please share it!
Interesting..........Most women I know can't get over themselves
enough to do anything usefully like invent stuff.
The track record said it all.....
There are more men robot builders than women .
BTW your comment looks childish in itself
That is rather interesting! I got exactly 100 original posts to various
groups from Nathalie regarding "Dumb men". Wonder what set her off?
Lol... ok, her claim was pure provocation, but what you just said is
really borderline... insulting, I'd say.
"Most women I know can't get over themselves enough to do anything
useful" ---> I think you might need to check out what's out there...
This claim was as hilarious as hers... ;-)
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