Social Scientific Rock Star Automakers

11 Jan

The robots, in their ruthless march towards world domination, have advanced on three fronts according to this week's robot news.

First, some evil Social Scientists have put together a conference to develop the social mechanisms of robots. Well adjusted robots will be about to take over the world far more effectively.

Link: CogSci 2005 Anroid Science Workshop – Toward Social Mechanisms:

Second, a musician in Arizona got tried of dealing with other rockers and built his own band, literally. Now the robots have their own rock stars!

Link: Captured By Robots:

Finally, Toyota has announced plans to increase the number of robots it uses in its factories:

Toyota Motor will introduce robots that can work as well or better than humans at all 12 of its factories in Japan to cut costs and deal with a looming labour shortage as the country ages.

The robots would be able to carry out multiple tasks simultaneously with their two arms, achieving efficiency unseen in human workers and matching the cheap wages of Chinese labourers, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun said last week.

Japan's top carmaker uses 3000 to 4000 less-advanced robots at its domestic factories but their use has been confined mostly to welding, painting and other potentially hazardous tasks, the economic daily said.

The new robots would also be used in finishing work, such as installation of seats and car interior fixtures, that have been too complex for conventional robots up to now, the daily said.

Link: Toyota to staff factories with robots.

How long until we have socially adjusted rock stars building automobiles?

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