Kill Bill

"Kill Bill" totally rules. Go see it immediately.
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we are momentarily safe from the dreaded monkey/robot coalition

Primate ignores swooning robot:

Researchers at Waseda University had hoped the two would mingle, proving that robots bear mammal-like qualities. But the 10-year-old-male monkey, named Choromatsu, paid little attention Saturday to the swooning robot, whose flashy metallic eyelashes and bulging synthetic eyeballs failed to charm. Choromatsu sat with a scowl through most of the session, often staring at the ceiling or looking at researchers and photographers gathered in the room.
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robot / human / corporate mascot kumite

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I, for one, welcome our sumo toddler robot masters

Martial arts robots hit Asian tech fair:

Visitors to CEATEC 2003 met Morph3, a human-like robot about 30 centimetres tall developed by researchers at the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan. It can perform back flips and karate moves thanks to 138 pressure sensors, 30 different onboard motors and 14 computer processors.

Another miniature humanoid robot on display was Fujitsu's HOAP-2. This droid has been programmed to perform moves from the Chinese martial art taijiquan, as well as Japanese Sumo wrestling stances.

Sony's toddler robot makes strides:

Qrio -- a toddler-sized machine in an aluminum sleeper and a space helmet--can navigate an obstacle course, right itself after a fall, sense heat and surfaces, recognize people through their voice or face, and respond with gestures or words to questions, according to Sony.

At the end of Idei's speech, the robot executed with fair fluidly what resembled an aerobics routine, and answered some questions. "I love California. It is the same voltage as in Japan," Qrio said. "I just hope there are no blackouts during my stay."


I, for one, welcome our cyborg monkey masters

Monkeys Control Robotic Arm With Brain Implants:

Scientists in North Carolina have built a brain implant that lets monkeys control a robotic arm with their thoughts. [...] The new work is the first in which any animal has learned to use its brain to move a robotic device in all directions in space and to perform a mixture of interrelated movements -- such as reaching toward an object, grasping it and adjusting the grip strength depending on how heavy the object is. [...]

After removing patches of skull from two monkeys to expose the outer surface of their brains, Nicolelis and his colleagues stuck 96 of those tiny wires about a millimeter deep in one monkey's brain and 320 of them in the other animal's brain. The surgeries ended with the pouring of a substance like dental cement over the area to substitute for the missing bits of skull.

The monkeys were unaffected by the surgery, Nicolelis said. But now they had tufts of wires protruding from their heads, which could be hooked up to other wires that ran through a computer and on to a large mechanical arm.


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