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Shakey | Early robot from 1966-1972 at Stanford's artificial intelligence laboratory

 

 

Shakey the Robot was the first general-purpose mobile robot to be able to reason about its own actions. While other robots would have to be instructed on each individual step of completing a larger task, Shakey could analyze commands and break them down into basic chunks by itself.

Due to its nature, the project combined research in robotics, computer vision, and natural language processing. Because of this, it was the first project that melded logical reasoning and physical action. Shakey was developed at the Artificial Intelligence Center of Stanford Research Institute (now called SRI International).

Some of the most notable results of the project include the A* search algorithm, the Hough transform, and the visibility graph method.

After SRI published a 24-minute video in 1969 entitled "SHAKEY: Experimentation in Robot Learning and Planning", the project received significant media attention. This included an April 10, 1969 article in the New York Times; In 1970, Life referred to Shakey as the "first electronic person"; and in November 1970 National Geographic Magazine covered Shakey and the future of computers. The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence's AI Video Competition's awards are named "Shakeys" because of the significant impact of the 1969 video.

 

This is peak Yuli Ban: an artificially intelligent robot from the 1960s and '70s, back when robotics and AI were pitifully weak. Shakey took a full hour just to cross the room!

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Latest Advance in Artificial Intelligence: Computer Wins a Game Against a Go Master


The link is dead, so I redirected it to the Reddit discussion.
So how amazing! AI beat a human master at Go! 
 
As reported on... April 14th, 2008.
 
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On a 9x9 board.

 

So not very impressive in retrospect, especially considering the computer apparently only won a single game out of three.


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An actual 1989 home robot promo, now with 720k floppy disk drive

Newton: the daddy of JIBO, Pepper, and even Alexa.


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Honda's ASIMO Robot buckling on the stairs | 2006

One of the most infamous moments in robot history. It's also a testament to how difficult bipedal locomotion was for engineers before the 2010s.

It's also telling how stiffly ASIMO falls over. It looks so much like a toy, further demonstrating the vast cliffs of advancement engineers would have to climb before machines could reasonably resemble humans.


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1960s Automatic Hamburger Machine - 50 Years Ahead of Its Time!

This is so 1950s-1960s. And it's true, this is absolutely ahead of its time. I can barely trust modern day automation because I know that there are so many potential variables and glitches. In this much more analog era, I'm surprised it even works at all. Just a piece of evidence that mechanical systems are enough to make people excited for automation even though we need advancements in digital computing to make it competent.


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Rare Footage of Elektro the Robot and His Dog Sparko (1950s)

 

What was once cutting edge technology that genuinely brought people awe for the future now comes across as a surreal Adult Swim promo.


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ASIMO promo

 

Here it is, the video that triggered my "future break" 5 years ago this month. March 2014, the month I became a "Born Again Singularitarian".

All because of a video of this sleek white humanoid robot doing some mundane things in a Japanese facility. It made me geek out, "Oh my god!! We have bipedal humanoid robots! What else do we have? Artificial intelligences! Drones! Super-strong supercomputers! Jetpacks! Smartphones! Virtual reality! Augmented reality! BCIs! Autonomous cars! Bionics! And more!!" Hence why I created those threads about what the future looked like and "We Live in the Future™" and whatnot. The Singularity never seemed so close. 

Of course, the very next month, I had that panic attack over the prospect of it all going up in smoke before we ever got the chance to enjoy any of it...

May 2014 was such an amazing month for sci-tech (that was the month of the first "Yuli Banularity") and June seemed to continue it, but eventually I calmed down because I realized that the Singularity was not close. I remember thinking about this that summer, imagining this ever-expanding geodesic dome of nanites coming my way all because DeepMind plugged in one good line of code— and I thought, "Yeah, that's not happening." Despite all these amazing futuristic technologies, I was still here living this humdrum mundane life "doing things". I didn't have a robot in my house. Besides a pitiful Roomba and a robotic fan, at least. I didn't have virtual reality. I didn't have bionics. No one I knew did. I could dream, but it wasn't reality.

 

So the more I watched this video, the sadder I got because it seemed like a tease.

Here's the "full" video it was for:

ASIMO - Honda's Dream Machine | History of ASIMO circa 1986 to 2014


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