Honda unveiled on Wednesday an improved version of its two-year-old robot, which can now do much more than ring the famed opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange as it did in February this year. The new model, which Honda plans to begin leasing next month, can greet and recognize people, as well as perform advanced commands such as moving in the direction indicated by reading hand gestures. A small step closer to more functional AI and Robotics.
Honda Introduces Smarter ‘Asimo’ Humanoid Robot
2002-12-12 Geek stuff 19 Comments
what OS does it run?
You could do better without the sarcasm deb-man. It runs an embedded custom-made OS. Happy now?
They will replace human to robot for jobs. What are you going to do? Robot doesn’t even need to sleep and they make much lesser mistakes. Serious, I see NO point of create the crap robots to get similar as human.
Don’t worry, they won’t replace us until what, 2200, 2300, 2400?
Replace me. I’ll be happy to live my life persuaing other things than trying to make a living.
Think of it people. You’ll be able to code for <b<fun rather than because you <b<have to. 🙂
then we can finaly live in a utopia…no money needed, just get what you want….oh and Eugeina….I did not mean it sarcasticly…more as a mater of factly.
>You could do better without the sarcasm deb-man. It runs an
>embedded custom-made OS. Happy now?
You’re so sensitive.
would you trust one? Or would it be only open source bots doing work in your household???
Well, I would love to have a robot that I could train! I mean, if I teach a robot to code for me, maybe I can go to my day job and when I come home have all the coding done already so I don’t have to waste my time at night
For about $1200 you can get a Sony AIBO and then splurge on the $500 software to program it. Or find an old i-Cybie and hack the heck out of it for about $200.
My rating on robots is that if they can’t go to the fridge and fetch me a beer, they are useless. Hopefully Asimo can run 24/7 and knows how to operate a vacuum for the $170,000 per-year rental. Put him to work!!!
On an OS note: Isn’t Real-Time Linux a robotics OS?
Asimo…..Asimov. Those tricky Japanese.
it’s payback for Atari
It runs VxWorks.
This is really cool! I found it great that Honda is the first to produce and offer this kind of machines. I wonder if Honda will change it’s name for Cyberdine System or the Draconis Combine? Maybe House Liao would be a better name though… I always imagine me driving a 80-ton robot to go to work. Maybe in a couple of year…
But beside that, I find that Asimo is a copy (though much bigger) of the cute little LEGO guys I played with when I was young! That brings back a lot of found memories… but I never thought I would have seen a ‘living’ one in my life span!
Robots will replace human labor, in our perfect capitalist society, because they are cheaper. It costs between $50000 and $100000 per person per year, not including all the supplies, insurance, medical care, etc. that we need. Most of us can’t really do all that much, we don’t like moving heavy things and we really aren’t that fast or smart. I predict we’ll start seeing jobs go to robotics and automation within the next couple years, a lot more than we already have today. And don’t think for a second that anyone is going to give you a free ride because a robot stole your job. You’ll just be a bum like everyone else. Unless you’re a CEO or have a job that can’t be automated, yet.
Now would be a good time to get into management. Good luck trying to make a living when you’re competing with these things. Perhaps this will prove once and for all without a shadow of a doubt that our society is fundamentally flawed.
Interesting thought, just because we can make robots that may one day think for them selves should we?
“Dave, what are you doing dave? Don’t touch those Dave…I..need…those”
very cool but the long term consequences are very interesting. I doubt those robots will be able to replace human labor for some time but what if they do?
Free time and sharing or mass poverty. As it stands i think, the capitalist system is due for a major reform, not necessarily towards socialism. But what if.
Frankly, i doubt that that robot will be nearly as cheap as labor from southeast asia for a long long time but thinking about the possibilities is fascinating
May be you will be replaced by the robot.