Where's My Robot?

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Where's My Robot?

Post by Sonic » Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:09 am

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Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:09 am

Danny Wallace really wants a robot. He wants it to walk like him and talk like him. It's what scientists have been promising us for generations but it's a promise so far unfulfilled. Danny circumnavigates the globe searching for robot nirvana and trying to uncover how far away his dream is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... _My_Robot/

He discovers that the robotics world is as weird as it is insanely complicated. During his quest he meets a Japanese man who makes copies of himself and his daughter, an Italian who claims he's found the key to human intelligence in a video game and a Singaporean whose less than promising looking homage to Dusty Bin, might just turn out to be the robot of Danny's dreams.
Danny Wallace really wants a robot. He wants it to walk like him and talk like him. It's what scientists have been promising us for generations but it's a promise so far unfulfilled. Danny circumnavigates the globe searching for robot nirvana and trying to uncover how far away his dream is.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... _My_Robot/

He discovers that the robotics world is as weird as it is insanely complicated. During his quest he meets a Japanese man who makes copies of himself and his daughter, an Italian who claims he's found the key to human intelligence in a video game and a Singaporean whose less than promising looking homage to Dusty Bin, might just turn out to be the robot of Danny's dreams.
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Post by limor » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:51 am

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Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:51 am

Thats a great program that should be viewed by anyone interested in robotics!!!

I'm not in the UK at the moment and the video can only be watched by IP addresses in the UK.

To bypass this silly limitation I used a proxy.

I happen to have a linux host for testing.
It costs 6GBP (9usd) / month.
http://cheapvps.co.uk/

there i installed a package called privoxy (yum install privoxy)
config file needs to change /etc/privoxy/config
listen-address :8118
instead of 127.0.01:8118

then i changed in firefox the proxy setting (tools->options->advanced->network->connection setting->proxy)

done. (15 minutes total)
Thats a great program that should be viewed by anyone interested in robotics!!!

I'm not in the UK at the moment and the video can only be watched by IP addresses in the UK.

To bypass this silly limitation I used a proxy.

I happen to have a linux host for testing.
It costs 6GBP (9usd) / month.
http://cheapvps.co.uk/

there i installed a package called privoxy (yum install privoxy)
config file needs to change /etc/privoxy/config
listen-address :8118
instead of 127.0.01:8118

then i changed in firefox the proxy setting (tools->options->advanced->network->connection setting->proxy)

done. (15 minutes total)
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Post by Sonic » Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:39 pm

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Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:39 pm

Only available for 7 days on the bbc :cry:
Only available for 7 days on the bbc :cry:
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Post by StuartL » Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:12 pm

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Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:12 pm

I watched this last night. It's a bit of fun but a bit dulled-down for the general population. There were a few interesting pieces, especially the neural network driven vision system, the Stanford Uni STAIR project and the Swiss Rangers, using time-of-flight for a flashing light to determine distance to objects using a camera lens. It's a pity the frame rates are so low (12fps or so) as otherwise such a technology would be incredibly useful for higher speed applications.
I watched this last night. It's a bit of fun but a bit dulled-down for the general population. There were a few interesting pieces, especially the neural network driven vision system, the Stanford Uni STAIR project and the Swiss Rangers, using time-of-flight for a flashing light to determine distance to objects using a camera lens. It's a pity the frame rates are so low (12fps or so) as otherwise such a technology would be incredibly useful for higher speed applications.
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Post by limor » Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:32 pm

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Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:32 pm

you can download it using this tool: http://po-ru.com/projects/iplayer-downloader/
you can download it using this tool: http://po-ru.com/projects/iplayer-downloader/
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Post by limor » Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:48 pm

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Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:48 pm

limor wrote:you can download it using this tool: http://po-ru.com/projects/iplayer-downloader/


and apparently a free UK proxy at your-freedom.com
limor wrote:you can download it using this tool: http://po-ru.com/projects/iplayer-downloader/


and apparently a free UK proxy at your-freedom.com
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