I, for one, welcome our new belly-dancing lamprey robot masters

Robot belly-dancer:

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."

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15 Responses:

  1. acpizza says:

    I have to show this to <lj user="sixftblndbmbshl">!

  2. a_lad_inane says:

    "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.

  3. dzm6 says:

    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:

  4. cessibaby says:

    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

    • jwz says:

      No, see, I think it gets funnier every damned time.

      • cessibaby says:

        yeah ok but isn't there a saturation point, a high water mark, anything?

        • nzchrisb says:

          Nope. Makes me giggle like a schoolgirl whenever I read it.

          • 5tephe says:

            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.

            • smokedamage says:

              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.

        • gen_witt says:

          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.

    • tfofurn says:

      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.

  5. evgenievich says:

    i'm gonna make a robot dancing belly in my kitchen in just a short little while. she's gonna dance for me too.

  6. sn says:

    i want this robot right now in da house :))