I just found another robot movie that I have not seen, Wall·E (2008). Back in 2004 I heard a beautiful song called "My prayer - devotion" when I was still in college, and then maybe 1 year ago I saw an MV of "My prayer - devotion" with two cute robots. That MV was beautiful and touching. How did I not think that the MV was actually from a movie until today I came across it? I have accumulated several robot movies to watch and many human-robot interaction papers and books to read. Life is just too much fun that I wish I had more time without worrying the deadlines.
Below is the trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910970/
I would like to know what makes these robots cute and attractive.
When I was looking for a picture of human crying over a dead robot for my presentation, I saw a familiar picture of a robot girl. I do not even remember what the show's name was, but I am pretty sure that I have seen the TV series when I was very very young. I clicked the picture and found the show, whose name is Small Wonder. I could not help but watched 3 episodes. How cool is that! Great actors! People in 1980s already have a concept of having robot kids and servants. Totally amazed! And it is great memory to watch my childhood programs. At that time the TV series must be broadcast in Chinese, since I did not know English then.
There are many opportunities.
OMG! I just spotted another robot movie: Robot and Frank (2012). The trailer looks very cool! The service robot is likely to be in our future society in 50 years. Save it for now and look forward to watching it at my next break.
Updated on November 27, 2014.
I watched this movie in early November 2014. It is a very interesting movie, but there are a few things that made me think:
First is the moral issue of the robots. What moral standards should robots hold when it comes to assisting humans? Should they do whatever the master told them to do or only do what is legal according to certain laws?
Second is what factors in this movie that attracted Frank to the robot are. At the beginning, Frank really dislike the robot and refused to let it stay on. He was not cooperative at all. But at a certain point, the robot became his friend. He walked with the robot, talked to the robot, and made plans involving the robot, and even became dependent on the robot. When the robots' memory is a threat again Frank's safety, Frank tried everything to avoid erasing the robot's memory.
Third is the customization of the robot. People can mass produce robots. They are identical. When the memory is removed from the robot, one robot is just as the same as any other robot. When Frank looked at a robot with the same appearance of his own serving other people, he paused a little bit. I figure that humans have a little bit of sense of exclusion. People do not want others to share what they have that are very personal or close. Not like uniqueness of human, robots are not customized. How do people handle this feeling?
"After years of testing, the FDA today approved a new type of prosthetic arm that its makers claim will bring a whole new level of control to amputees. Known as the "Luke" arm or DEKA Arm System, Segway inventor Dean Kamen has been involved in its development and unlike existing prosthetics, it can understand multiple commands at once, giving its wearers "near-natural" control of the limb. As demonstrated in the videos embedded after the break, tests show wearers can get back to easily performing tasks like using keys and locks, brushing their hair, removing papers from an envelope, or picking up an egg without breaking it. While we've seen demos using other mind control techniques, the one approved for sale does its magic with electromyogram (EMG) sensors activated by the wearer contracting muscles close to where the prosthesis is attached or on their feet, which an embedded computer translates into movement."
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Service robots have become increasingly popular in the modern society. They will become more popular in the next 50 years, or even 20 years.
Lixiao Huang, a human factors scientist who is enthusiastic about human-robot interaction research.