Friday, February 16, 2007

K9 of Doctor Who

It's Fiction Friday again boys and girls. Now I'm going to wax poetic about K9.

K9 is just the sort of robot I would actually shell out some cold, hard cash on. Or accept as a gift by a space-station scientist returning home to planet Earth, as the Fourth Doctor did in Doctor Who. K9 is the Doctor's personal robot. He ran down stats for him. Played chess with him. Quipped with him. (I absolutely refuse to harbor a robot without a sense of humor.)He even had a laser beam that came right out of his nose. Now that, boys and girls, is a good dog.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Sarcoman the Sexbot

Well, a girl can dream, can't she?

Sarcoman is an entertainment robot. That does not suggest to me that he is a public relations tool, which is what he is. His creators will pimp him out to anyone who is having a conference or a product unveiling or what have you. To me, the term “entertainment robot” belies a more personal purpose. If they decide to take the more personal route with this robot, however, they will have to change his name to something that doesn't make him sound like he has delusions of being a superhero.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Repilee Q1expo and Repilee Q2

Some freaky things are going on in Japan. These guys are serious about their robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). The android Repilee Q1expo (how would you like to have a name like that?) and her upgrade Repilee Q2 have the ability to make convincing facial expressions and hand gestures. It is predicted that, if research goes well and later versions of these girls are loosed on the world, you could very well find yourself seated next to an android and not even know it. Oh, just think of all the real-world applications.