Re: [ba-unrev-talk] Robot horses for herding intelligent machines
I have been following Dean Kaman's vehicles for a few
years, particularly his stair-climbing wheelchair. (01)
I now find that a 250-kg robotic "mule" is being
designed as part of the "Objective Warrior Program".
It will come with advanced soldier's clothing and
communications equipment, including an observational
minidrone. I should have expected that the military
with their big bucks would already have a program.
--- Gerald Pierce <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Probably ought to talk to Dean Kaman
> (http://www.segway.com) about what you
> envision. GER qeds
> Gerald Pierce
> Q. E. D. Services
> larens imanyuel wrote:
> > The discussions of intelligent-machine/human
> > interfaces don't generally transcend our customary
> > categories of computers and anthropoid robots.
> > History suggests some other possibilities. For
> > 6000 years horses were the major intelligent
> > providing humans with with extra power and speed.
> > Until the invention of the internal combustion
> > they were used widely for general transportation,
> > herding, plowing, and combat.
> > A wide variety of intelligent machines are being
> > designed with widely varying sizes, mobility, and
> > transducers. Robotic "horses" would be very useful
> > for dealing with these constellations of machines.
> > I am, of course, referring to "horse" in its
> > functional sense, rather than in external form.
> > Thus, it would look more like an augmented
> > wheelchair than an animal. It would provide
> > at a building and neighborhood range, would
> > power for tools, and would have a computer-human
> > interface. In conjunction with wireless
> > communications and human hands, it would provide a
> > general purpose arrangement for herding
> > machines, especially those not confined to the
> > constraints of our campuses and production lines.
> > larens
> > (04)
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