Jimmy Or has created a squat, shimmying robot with a flexible spine called Waseda Belly Dancer No. 1. It has so far mastered a particularly difficult belly-dancing move, the Camel, which involves sending waves rippling along the torso. [...]
To generate the robot's undulations, Or borrowed a computer program built by Swedish researchers that simulates a network of nerves in the lamprey called a central pattern generator (CPG). The CPG directs the lamprey's movements without the help of the brain or sensory feedback. [...]
Or maintains that robots with a flexible spine have a future. "A robot that can bow is very important in Japanese society."
I, for one, welcome our new belly-dancing lamprey robot masters
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I have to show this to <lj user="sixftblndbmbshl">!
That's good to know!!!11~
"A robot that can bow is very important in Japanese society."
A robot that can bend over is very important in <lj user = a_lad_inane>'s bedroom.
Yeah, OK, so it's cool and all. It's still got a long way to go before it's on par with '70s Robot Porn though:
ok i know its funny the first 50 million times but isn't your "I, for one welcome our new........masters" title a wee bit old and stale by now, can't you think of another witty introductory line
No, see, I think it gets funnier every damned time.
yeah ok but isn't there a saturation point, a high water mark, anything?
Nope. Makes me giggle like a schoolgirl whenever I read it.
Get nicked: I also, love the generic title.
Because, you see, every time it gets re-used underlines the mercenary nature of the black thought behind it.
One of these days, some bullshit like this that we ourselves have generally created, actually WILL take over the world. And when it does, JWZ will have time and date verifiable proof that he, at least, "Welcomed our new...."
(let it be noted that I too, welcome our [insert horrifying future-shock emblem here] masters.)
Anyway: it's a bit of continuity in our fad obsessed world. If he gave it up after a dozen or so uses, it would never achieve 'running gag' status, and instead prove itself to be yet another spazmodic whim.
and because he has welcomed them, he will be safe, and live with his chosen few, in the garden that our new masters create for us to live and kill each other in peace.
No it continues to get more awesome all the time, personally I miss "DNA Lounge update, wherein ..." Which I will admit is still used just not consistently as I remember it.
You're right. It's only funny the first 50 million times. Of course, even if he welcomes yet another set of new masters every minute, 24/7, it would still take more than ninety-five years of welcoming before it ceased being funny.
i'm gonna make a robot dancing belly in my kitchen in just a short little while. she's gonna dance for me too.
i want this robot right now in da house :))
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