Santa’s Robotic Elf Sings A Merry Tune
This vacation season it’s necessary to recollect the true which means of Christmas: the sluggish encroachment of robots upon human existence and the expectation of the enslavement of homo sapiens by 2050. To that finish we current a pair of jolly robotic palms that decide up sweet and place it right into a stocking – a feat that was all however unimaginable a number of years in the past. These dextrous arms come from the Neuroinformatics Group at Bielefeld College the place the the Middle of Excellence Cognitive Interplay Know-how (CITEC) determined to unfold slightly robotic Christmas cheer.
The demo exhibits off the palms grabbing a deformable object – a stocking – and a few tiny objects – sweet – after which putting sweet after sweet into the hole. The ensuing video, typically sped up, is accompanied by a robotic voice singing the praises of opposable robotic thumbs. It warms the guts to see robots making such strides as we quiet down for an extended Winter’s nap.