Question by Wizard: Does anyone agree or disagree with this about the concept of robotics? Majoring in Robotics is not as good as majoring in Electrical engineering or Mechanical engineering because Robotics teaches us to make our machines and technology mimic human form to be considered useful, it’s possible to make the exact same thing not in a form resembling a human for example, it would therefor not look like a robot, but it would do the exact same thing. What reason is there to desire to make everything look and mimic the human form to be ideal or acceptable or useful to us ?
Answer by NicholasI don’t believe the main goal of robotics is to mimic human form but instead to perform tasks for humans. The motivation to create a robots can be extremely varied such as the task being too unsafe, the task being to boring, the task being to complex, etc. In many of these situations the robot can’t be just like a human because humans are inadequate.
I think most engineers would agree with me that the simplest solution is usually the best solution. Humans are quite complex and while they can inspire engineering during robot design they have many unnecessary systems that are not needed in every application. The majority of the robots out their are very simple and are very distant from the human form. Take a cd player for instance. It is a robot. It is nothing like a human and a human couldn’t perform the task.
There is definitely a push to get more generic robots that can do anything a human can giving them greater utility in unforeseen situations. The implication of a robot being able to do everything a human can do is immense. Imagine a robot that can clean and organize you house and cook you food and drive to the store and restock your frig. You wouldn’t have to pay the robot anything except electricity. In a situation like this a robot would have to be of the human form to allow it to use things that we use. This, however, is just a small niche in robots. Very few people make money trying to make this type of robot.
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What’s the best way to deter a thief? Ruin the spoils, of course. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to a broad outline that will culminate in the creation of a central database for stolen cellphones. The goal? To block lifted units from functioning on US shores. Over the next six months, each firm will build out its own stolen device database for integration into a larger, central database, said a Wall Street Journal source, with regional carriers joining the effort over the following two years.
“We are working toward an industry wide solution to address the complexity of blocking stolen devices from being activated on ours or another network with a new SIM card,” said a T-Mobile spokesperson, “This is not a simple problem to solve.” The quartet of wireless providers hope to imitate the success UK carriers have seen with similar efforts. With any luck, the program will put an end to massive phone-heists and the awkward public relations stunts that imitate them.
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It never hurts to stop arguing, hug it out and agree on a patent licensing deal. Today, Rambus — which has a history of litigating against chip makers it feels are have violated its intellectual property rights and filed a complaint against Broadcom to the International Trade Commission in 2010 — signed a licensing deal that resolved previous claims for Broadcom’s technology. In the statement, Rambus said it will license its patent for integrated circuits used in chips made by Broadcom. The company did not disclose any financial details related to the deal, or which technology would be part of the agreement, though Broadcom is typically renowned for its wireless networking chips which are often found in WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular-capable devices. In other news, Rambus and Broadcom have added each other as Xbox Live friends and gotten to level 36 in Modern Warfare 3 co-op gameplay.
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Japan, one of the most advanced mobile nations in the world, doesn’t want to be a “cell phone Galapagos” anymore, at least when it comes to payments over NFC. Paying with cell phones is already ubiquitous in Japan, but now the country’s top three telcos (NTT Docomo, KDDI au, and SoftBank Mobile) are trying to switch from the Nippon-only Osaifu Keitai system to the Type A and Type B NFC standards used globally.
The problem for the carriers is that Osaifu Keitai (“Portable Wallet”), which is based on Sony’s FeliCa RFID smart card technology, isn’t compatible to the Type A and B NFC standards. Docomo, KDDI, and SoftBank have set up the so-called Japan Mobile NFC Consortium to coordinate the domestic adoption of those standards with “service suppliers and handset manufacturers”.
The background here is that with this move, the carriers are not only streamlining domestic mobile payment services but making it easier for Japanese handset manufacturers like Sharp or Panasonic to sell their devices abroad. In fact, Japanese business daily The Nikkei is reporting that handsets incorporating Type A and B NFC standards from Japanese makers will be released at the end of next year.
With over 120 million cell phones in use, Japan is currently the 7th biggest mobile market in the world.
Question by Yahoo957: Do you agree that android is better than wp7? If not, what are some of the things that make wp7 better?
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Leo Apotheker, HP’s successor to the infamous Mark Hurd, has sat down for a chat with the Wall Street Journal recently, and while most of it is innocuous corporate-speak — “we need to fire up our innovation engine” — there was one quote that piqued our interest. The new chief believes HP needs to get its products to market faster, rejecting Sam Palmisano’s suggestion that HP has lost its innovative touch and insisting that his company’s weakness has been in just not getting the products out to store shelves quickly enough. Of course, you could say that that’s an error HP is repeating again with the launch of its new webOS devices — the TouchPad, the Pre 3 and the Veer — none of which are expected to arrive before this spring. However, to be fair to Apotheker, he’s still relatively new to the job and these words from him could well signal a change for the better in future product cycles. Full interview at the source.
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Fret not, to-be Sandy Bridge buyer — it looks as if the laptop delays won’t be as severe as expected. According to Intel, it’s working hard (read: coercing) with OEMs to keep Sandy Bridge laptops flowing from the factory, and apparently, that involves a pinky swear that partners won’t utilize the four affected ports. That means that existing machines can be shipped with the first two SATA ports on the mainboard enabled, and considering that most lappies have just a single HDD, one optical drive and no eSATA sockets, the vast majority of ‘em should be able to ship sans issue. An Intel spokesperson wouldn’t confirm to Laptop the exact vendors who were agreeing to the terms, but at least Chipzilla is now aiming to have newly designed (and unmarred) parts in the channel by “mid-February.”
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Congratulations to Steve and Jony. In all honestly, these guys really are incredibly smart and good at their jobs, but their being honored at this moment of all moments is just a little rich.
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