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Old March 22 2011, 06:08 PM   #12
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Re: NASA sending Robonaut 2 (R2) to ISS in Sept.2010

The term may be misleading.. they are automated probes.

This is something really different and i'm amazed about the progress that's made each decade.

For us it's simple to lift a blanket and take out an envelope but imagine how much programming and technical dexterity it needs to accomplish such a simple task and it can be done nowadays.

This is a far cry from the Japanese "show" robots where they try to amaze people with human features but that's only superficial. The advancements are huge and will only get greater.

I don't think it's unfeasible to say that in a few decades we might have robots that equal those of I Robot (the ones doing delivery.. not the more advanced white ones).
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