Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Robonauts





The new designs are part of a broader shift toward a vision of robots that are partners, not simply remote-controlled probes.

The change has been fueled by more powerful computers and better robotics as well as by new space policy. The Bush administration's push for more human space flight -- signed off on a few weeks ago by Congress -- is increasing the demand for robot partners that can learn new tasks, use tools the same way people do, and act as a space support staff.

(Via KurzweilAI.net.)

1 comment:

W.M. Bear said...

THe Three Laws of Robonautics:

1) A robonaut will never reveal to the public that it has discovered evidence of planetary SETI.

2) A robonaut will never allow any human being with which it is associated to reveal to the public that he or she has discovered evidence of planetary SETI.

3) Consistent with Laws 1 & 2, a robonaut will faithfully report discoveries made on the surfaces of other worlds.