These eyeball-y robots, created by a consortium of European researchers, are designed to learn how to navigate dynamic human environments without running into people, knocking things over, or getting stuck. The "Lindas," as they've been dubbed, will soon work alongside humans in two complex environments: as monitors in an Austrian nursing home and security guards in an office.
The project is called STRANDS, which is a half-cronym for "Spatio-Temporal Representations and Activities for Cognitive Control in Long-Term Scenarios." Translated out of technobabble, that means the robots will learn how humans change environments over time.
Nursing homes and office security are both ideal places to test this, it turns out. Both spaces are largely static, and any unusual change is something people responsible for elder care or security want to note. That gives the robots a simple environment for learning, and with an expected lesson time of at least 120 days, the robots will autonomously build an understanding of how the space changes over time. Ultimately, this means robots that can adapt to humans and human spaces.
Which is great. I'd hate to have another office drone complaining about someone moving their cheese.
Watched a video of the Linda bots below:
Speaking of computerized automated systems keeping an eye on you while you sleep:
"...NSA seeks 'groundbreaking' spying powers, new leak reveals
The US government's spying budget includes funds to invent new technologies "to defeat adversarial cryptography and exploit Internet traffic," leaked documents show.
Among the NSA's annual budget of $52.6 billion are requests to bankroll "groundbreaking cryptanalytic capabilities" that can beat cryptography and mine regular Internet traffic, new documents leaked by Edward Snowden to the Washington Post reveal.
The document in question, the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Justification -- referred to as the "Black Budget" -- states on page 4: "...we are investing in groundbreaking cryptanalytic capabilities to defeat adversarial cryptography and exploit Internet traffic...."...
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"NSA's annual budget of $52.6 billion",
This money will be spent towards a power hungry paranoid government rather than have faith in the USA people and spend this money towards our future and pay for all a free college education, technical education, trade and so forth.
Our government does not have faith towards its people, but proof of the opposite, with a need to stalk all its citizens.
Consider how much we all could improve all our lives with higher education for all.
Uggly! Are they going to go for the full "Mars Attacks!" aliens movie look? Add a green oversized brain and prominent jaw and you'll have it.
That won't scare ANY old person. Wake up- oh yeah, there's that robot again, watching me sleep.