We discuss robotic threats like the biomass consuming EATR, firearm-wielding TALON and SWORDS, the frighteningly named Multiple Kill Vehicle and iRobot’s “Warrior” model. Also: Robots hitting people FOR SCIENCE, quadrocopters, The Terminator, Cylons, replicants, Westworld and many more robotic threats!
Cory Doctorow reading the start of his short story, I Robot:
"It’s a riff on Asimov’s robots stories, in which only one kind of robot is allowed — I tried to use this to show how such a world would be one of universal, totalitarian Broadcast Flags, technology mandates that restrict innovation and liberty."
Telepresence is a straightforward application of robot technology — a robot becomes your eyes, ears and possibly arms and legs which allows you to become "telepresent" in a remote location. But telepresence is only one example of how you might want to interact with a robot over the web. We are using social networks to interact with robots and physical devices so they can become part of your custom information network. We use Google technologies such a Gtalk and Android to form the basis of the network. And we plan on making middle school, high school and college kids our first users. This project is open source.
We interview Adam Christopher, talk about WorldBuilder, and discuss his upcoming tour (New York and London), and then get a reading of his new novel, Empire State!