In the 1950’s comics and sci-fi films were renown for portraying Robots as being evil, running amok and like Prometheus Unbound (Frankenstein’s monster) biting the hand that created and fed them. While there were some benign robots, the theme of treacherous robots continued unabated, think HAL 9000 in 2001:A Space Odyssey, I robot (the book and film) , and even Transformers where robots battled it out on our behalves with us looking on like dim-witted spectators.
But here in 2014, the reality is quite different. Robots are getting more and more sophisticated and all are helping, not hindering mankind. Examples you want? Here’s one. He (or she?) is called QB and is being sold by the company Anybots-
In a nutshell it is a remotely controlled, self-balancing, “virtual presence robot/avatar”. If you want more catch-phrases for this form of communication, how about “mobile telepresence”.
The Anybot is controlled through a browser-based interface and allows you to be in virtual attendance at any event or meeting that you can’t make in person. Anybots are equipped with a speaker, camera, and video screen. They connect to the Internet over Wi-Fi and you activate them as well as control them remotely from your computer. Hook up a camera to your computer, you can show live video of yourself while interacting through the robot in a remote location anywhere in the world.
How to steer your robot? You use your keyboards four arrow keys to make it turn or go forward & back. A built-in guidance system augments the driver’s commands, making it easy to safely avoid people or objects and move through narrow doorways. It has a ground-breaking balancing system and unlike your home computer or server at work, won’t fall over!
Practical examples? A doctor could visit their patient from a remote location and those who are home-bound could use this robot to attend social gatherings, be they in or out-of-doors. The Anybot could be used in education to allow sick students to still participate with their classmates in and out of the classroom, as well as allowing educators the ability to check in or give lectures when they are away from the classroom.
There’s a lot of additional features and software you can add to make your Anybot individual and tailor-made for your needs.
So far, none of them have gone beserk and attacked humans!
Personally, I love the Wisdom Of Crowds theories and all things releated to global consciousness theories, in particular the Random Event Generator.But I keep hearing more about the Web Bot project and it starts to get interesting the closer we are getting to 2012.
The Web Bot bases its prediction on internet searches, it taps digitally into the cosmic mind or our collective mind if you prefer the expression. The Web Bot has predicted the Coastal Phenomena, and event thats largely seen as the kick of for the soon to follow 2012 world changing event. Their method captures changes in language patterns within Internet forums. This aggregated data is then processed with software to determine various keywords, which they interpret in a predictive fashion.
Remember the converstation Dan Brown described in “The Lost Symbol”: …”Your house is amazing,” Katherine said.
“Thanks, I got lucky in college and licensed some software I’d written.”
“A precursor to metasystems. Following 9/11, the government was intercepting and crunching enormous data fields-civilian email, cell phone, fax, text, web sites – sniffing for keywords associated associated with terrorist communications. So I wrote a piece of software…
“Essentially, my software let them take America’s temperature.”
…”It offered a kind of cosmic consciousness barometer, if you will…”
(From The Lost Symbol, a conversation of Katherine Solomon and Trish Dunne)
And now the Web Bot project has measured the global temperature and predicts unusual movements of the moon brought on by Anomalies in the magnetosphere could cause sever coastal disruptions. Sea level countries may experience the worst catastrophies.
The Web Bot also forecasted problems in 2009, The Web Bot foresee that the winter in the Northeast will be very cold, causing some schools to close, and then later to reopen as shelters for people who can’t heat their homes. Language suggests that the shortages will be caused by a lack of supplies, cost of fuel, or both.
There is an interesting website if this is interesting to you, click here!