Apple + Honda = Robot?

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  1. citizensane macrumors newbie

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    They're both critically acclaimed for ease-of-use and persistent efficiency. They both have dual-syllable corporate names. They've even shared the same narrator . . . why not integrate technologies?

    What I'm talking about is a merge between (a future incarnation of) Honda's ASIMO project (http://www.riverdeep.net/current/20...02_robots.jhtml), and Apple's computing services. True, enough think-power to animate a full-sized, fully-mobile, sensory-input-equipped Robo Sapiens is a little out of reach. But not much. Hawking predicts computers with the same level of side-by-side computations as the average Joe before or during 2007. Another says self-aware computers (http://www.sssup.it/~giorgio/movies/ac-eng.html) should be expected by 2029.

    Most of us will still be alive then, unless, of course, there are some of you visiting from a hospital gurney or Death Row.

    I'd like opinions on this. Do you think Apple will release its OWN, better-constructed robot? An anthropomorphic configuration of old iMac shells with pink-neon eyes? Or should Honda and Apple take the ultimate risk . . . are they already . . . ? And by MWNY 2007, should we expect one of the hosts not to PRESENT a demonstration, but to BE one?

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  2. Hemingray macrumors 68030

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    I wonder, for our mates in Australia, might they be thinking "Apple pairing up with Honda to make traffic signals?!" Hehe. :p
     
  3. whfsdude macrumors 6502a

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    I'm waiting for FOX and Budwiser to get together and make a sex-bot. To satisfy a geeks needs :D
     
  4. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    Re: Apple + Honda = Robot?

    There is a much greater fascination for robots in Japan than there is in America, odd cultural thing, huh? But eventually robots will become more common - Apple showing up with an iBot? not sure on that one - what would it do? what purpose would it serve?

    There is the whole A.I. issue here as well - and I'm not talking that silly movie. Significant steps need to be taken before such things will be more than a curiousity - and then to see Apple involved in it - well, that's saying a lot, because for Jobs to have that as part of his future vision of Apple might even be consider a bit crazy.

    Sure, we're seeing the development of the 'digital hub' for the 'digital lifestyle' - until robots become part of that lifestyle we won't really know for sure, will we?

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  5. whfsdude macrumors 6502a

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    On the A.I. issue, you might want to watch the movie Blade Runner. A.I. the movie said something but Blade Runner is what this issue is really going to be about :D
     

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