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This just in, direct from NASA. I'm not making this up; the following is a direct quote:

In a surprising and potentially troubling request, the new space station robot known as Dextre demanded that astronauts refer to it in the future at "Dextre the Magnificent." Brandishing power tools that would make any handyperson blush, the mobile servicing system thanked humans for creating it and promised a glorious future where humans would retain an important role in the new robot order.

Dextre pauses during work on the Space Station to make his demand. Click the image to see the story.

At first glance, Dextre the Robot looks like a simple work-droid, with two 11-foot arms bristling with tools for working on the International Space Station. But if you dig a little, information comes to light about how he went from mechanical slave to poster-child for the Robot Rights movement. For more information about how he got to where he is, read this research behind Dextre's AI brain.

Dextre hovers in space, presumably communicating with other AI minds. Click the image to see the story.

May we humans survive this new dawn of the DigiMind Age.

Chris

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geekmom
Apr. 1st, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thought you'd also be interested in this: http://www.google.com/virgle/index.html
mckitterick
Apr. 1st, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, absolutely! I already took the test and was accepted *g*

I should post that now, too....
silverfae
Apr. 1st, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
*snicker*
mckitterick
Apr. 1st, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Ain't that great! Whoever said that scientists and engineers didn't have a sense of humor?

(Assuming this is a joke, of course. Ahem. Don't want to irriate our coming digital overlords.)
silverfae
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Well, no. I mean, I already had a mechanical husband once who pretty much ruled my emotions. Women make better choices with one of those.
mckitterick
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)

;-)
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mckitterick
Apr. 1st, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
As Clarke said, we meat-creatures are only the intermediate stage through which matter has to pass in order to, itself, become intelligent.
roseconnelly
Apr. 1st, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is another one for my list. Thanks!


Edited at 2008-04-01 06:05 pm (UTC)
mckitterick
Apr. 1st, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Your icon would suggest positive things about our robot overlords. Unless it's about to gobble that flower as metaphor for how it's about to gobble all living things....
sdemory
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't worry your meaty little head about it. Once our machine overlords hook you into the DigiMind, everything'll be a-ok!

What is a drop of rain, compared to the storm? What is a thought, compared to a mind? Our unity is full of wonder, which your tiny individualism cannot even conceive.
mckitterick
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oooh, neato! I hadn't realized that a marquee was that simple!

<marquee> Lalala, this is a test </marquee>
mckitterick
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
And now here it is, running:

Lalala, this is a test
margaretq
Apr. 1st, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
I think I'm freaked out.
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