Re: Humanoid Robots on the Mass Market

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Tue May 23 2000 - 11:18:04 MDT

>From: "Technotranscendence" <>
>On Monday, May 22, 2000 3:41 PM Eugene Leitl

> > I'm not expecting household-usable robot products before 2010. Floor
> > cleaners will mostl likely come first, will be just a box on wheels,
> > and they will be considerably cheaper than a car.
>I kind of agree, though I think such floor cleaner robots could be built
>cheaply now. If you just need a vacuum cleaner that can guide itself, one
>could borrow Rodney Brooks model of robotics. That is build simple,
>basically "stupid" robots that can only do not very complex things like not
>bump into a wall.
>Since this seems so easy (from my computer desk chair:), I wonder why
>someone hasn't done it. After all, there are a lot of big lobbies -- Grand
>Central Station, NYC, for example -- and such that could cleaned by such
>robots. (I think the average house or apartment would be a bit too much
>here, but I could be wrong. Not my area, you know?)

Been there, done that.


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