The Robots are coming (Page 43)
ghostgeek: If generals can be taken out by a missile, and whole cities vapourised by a bomb, isn't it time we wondered if humans have become redundant on the battlefield?
ghostgeek: Liquid metal robots that can change their form and repair from damage just like the androids of the Terminator films could soon become a reality.
Researchers in China have developed a palm-sized prototype inspired by T-1000 from the science fiction franchise, albeit a lot less sinister.
The small, shape-shifting robot could be used to access environments that would be difficult for a human or fixed-shape bot to navigate, such as disaster zones.
The prototype, created by a team from the University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Wollongong in Australia is made up of a small plastic wheel, a lithium battery, and drops of gallium, a soft silvery metal, according to the South China Morning Post.
According to the researchers, liquid metal alloys are uniquely suited for soft robots due to their high conductivity, controllable surface tension, and flexibility. This could prove useful for a wide range of applications, from military to medical.
[ https://nation.com.pk/29-Oct-2018/researchers-reveal-real-life-terminator-robot ]
kittybobo34: I am not aware of any metals that can switch from solid to liquid quickly and remember a specific form. I have heard of a few plastics that can do that, relax and be shaped then switch back with an electrical charge.
ghostgeek: If you thought the shape-shifting T-1000 robot in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" was the stuff of nightmares, your nightmares may eventually become reality.
Researchers have created a "Terminator-like" liquid metal that has the ability to stretch horizontally and vertically, as well as changing shapes, according to a new study.
The research, published in Applied Materials & Interfaces, highlights how liquid metals such as gallium, when mixed with nickel or iron, are actually able to be manipulated into different shapes, with the use of magnets. ...
While a shape-shifting robot such as the T-1000 isn't likely to happen any time soon, the researchers highlighted the potential for future applications, including robots.
"MLMD presents a fundamental and promising platform for the liquid metals to further develop the multi-freedom actuation in free space and eventually lead to the dynamically reconfigurable intelligent and biomimetic soft robots in the future," the researchers wrote.
[ https://www.foxnews.com/tech/shocking-terminator-like-liquid-metal-developed-by-scientists ]
ghostgeek: One thing you can bank on. If the outcome is likely to be bad, some sod will figure out how to make it happen.
ghostgeek: The first self-driving vehicle designed without basic human controls such as steering wheels, pedals or side view mirrors has been granted permission to test on US roads.
Nuro, the company behind the design, makes autonomous delivery vans.
The vehicle is Nuro's second generation of its vehicles, which it is calling R2 and will be tested in Houston, Texas. ...
Nuro's vehicles are designed to operate without a driver or passengers in them.
In its R2 design, the company removed the side view mirrors and windscreens. ...
The vehicle has an egg-shaped frame that is smaller than most cars in the US. It also has two temperature-controlled compartments for deliveries. Doors raise up to reveal the items once a code has been entered by the recipient.
The R2 uses radar, thermal imaging and 360-degree cameras to direct its movement.
Nuro has announced the R2 will deliver pizza for Domino's Pizza, groceries from supermarket chain Kroger and goods for Walmart, during its Huston trial.
[ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51409031 ]
ghostgeek: So what startling new job opportunities await them? Perhaps training programmes need to be set up to teach us all how to be better criminals.
Fractured fairy tale: Yes the delivery drivers are broken they must be retrained poked and proded
Like so many Monty Burnes"s Rolling down a Conver belt
chronology: Ghost, unless california has changed its laws you cannot use self drive vehicles without human controls on public roads in california.
ghostgeek: This is the first exemption to a rule requiring vehicles to have controls for human operators.
Most of the rules for testing vehicles require features that allow a driver to safely take control of them.
But in a statement, the US transport secretary Elaine Chao said given that the vehicle's top speed is capped at 25mph, these requirements "no longer make sense".
[ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51409031 ]
Also, it's being tested in Houston, Texas.
chronology: Australia already has self driven super heavy trucks at ore mines. They are loaded up then drive themselves to the tip off place.
Fractured fairy tale: How about you mind your own buiness
No they haven't Not fully Automated because they Need a 5g Internet system
Like China already has .
Fractured fairy tale: But apparently China has Stolen all the Technology . Seems a bit strange seeing as tho there already got 5g rolled out accross China
Mabye they should pick the grapes eairler
If they stau on the vine too long they go Sour
chronology: Fairy, you are rude, arrogant, obnoxious and thoroughly anti social. But then you already know this. Yes they have full on auto trucks in Oz. And I have half a mind to ask the Oz internet community to replace you with an Blog Bot.
Fractured fairy tale: Don't really care What you want or your little gang .
They cant have full on auto trucks till they developed a 5g wi fi network . Untill then there just like a tesla car.
Corse you know don't you . How many people do you know who work in mines
Run and cry to your little internet community or whatever fantasy land you live in