Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Social Robots?!?!

ITConversations RSS'd me with a link to a talk by Natalie Jeremijenko describing projects to build and release packs of robotic dogs into populated areas to sniff out and find high concentrations of environmental toxins.

This sounds like the intro to a horror movie. Benign robotic dog packs doing good. Then along comes an evil genuis and infects them with a virus and the dog packs start hunting humans that give off "guilt" pheromones. We haven't had dog packs in American populated areas for a couple of generations. But I have lived in parts of this world where hungry dog packs room the streets. There is a reason we eliminated the Wolf from the lower 48. Packs of bulldogs, or dobermans, or even german shepards are just as vicious.

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