ROBOT: B.I.O. Bugs (batteries not included)

From: J. R. Molloy (jr@shasta.com)
Date: Mon Oct 15 2001 - 19:35:59 MDT


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B.I.O. Bugs, the world's first thinking insects!
Ages 6+ years
http://www.kbtoys.com/kbsearch.html?head=BCWowBioBugs&skeys=CO21858%20GP396&ls
=toys

Welcome to the next generation of remote control, interactive toys - a
revolution in evolution! Wow Wee's revolutionary B.I.O. (Bio-mechanical
Integrated Organisms) Bugs are a new breed of artificial intelligence. Nervous
network technology, developed by Mark Tilden and the US government to create
living robotic creatures, now allows the B.I.O. Bugs to act without human
instruction and mimic real insect behavior.

Programmed to adapt and evolve for survival, you can train your B.I.O. Bug for
battle with other B.I.O. Bugs. Watch its amazing agility as it roams over any
terrain - you can control your Bugs or leave them to roam independently and
discover their new environment! You'll be amazed at how your B.I.O. Bug can
identify other B.I.O. Bugs and how its touch sensitive antenna guides it
through and around virtually any environment.

B.I.O. Bugs react independently to outside stimuli: objects, people, animals,
and other B.I.O. Bugs. You can also control the Bugs with a wrist transmitter
that functions as a homing beacon and feeding station. A special command will
even have your Bug following you around the house! To keep up their strength,
the Bugs will feed occasionally at their transmitter, and they can snack off
of any item that emits infrared light.

The B.I.O. Bugs come in four different configurations, each with its own
personality. The Blue "Stomper" is the most flexible Bug. He clambers and hops
over obstacles. The Red "Predator" is the most aggressive of all the Bugs. It
may even attack its own species! The Green "Destroyer" is a big Bug with a
supremely defensive exterior. The Yellow "Acceleraider" is the fastest Bug.
This speedy Bug quickly scampers across surfaces. The longer a B.I.O. Bug
stays alive, the more it learns from exploration and interaction. Collect all
four! B.I.O. Bugs measure about 12 inches long.

The Red B.I.O. Predator is the most aggressive of all the B.I.O. Bugs. It may
even attack its own species! The longer a B.I.O. Bug stays alive, the more it
learns from exploration and interaction. Collect all four! B.I.O. Bugs measure
approximately 12 inches long.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.



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