Category Archives: Robot

Robot news gathered by real flesh bags.

Liam the iPhone Destroyer.

No matter what you say about Apple they known their target audience. Take Liam for example, a robot built solely to destroy iPhone’s, disassembling them piece by piece. An incredible technical achievement in his own right but in the hands of Apple he is far more than a recycling robot, he is a warm and fuzzy feeling. Not that there is anything wrong with that as long as you remember its just a commercial.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is Mr Roboto  aka Liam the iPhone Destroyer, making us all feel better about our disposable world. Also Included, just for laughs, is the insatiable Cookie Monster Timer commercial, some of Apples best work. Sit back relax and prepare to be disassembled and reassembled in the funniest way possible.

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The Corruption of an AI Chatbot, Microsoft’s Tay Becomes a Twitter Fiend.

When Will They Learn? Connecting an AI to the internet will result in only one outcome, JAFA (Just Another F…… Ass….) with an internet connection. And this week the internet claimed another artificial life. After being connected to twitter for just one day Microsoft’s AI chatbot Tay had to be unplugged, formatted and sent back to the lab for a software upgrade.

Tay was developed by Microsoft as an experiment in conversational understanding, a chatbot for the street generation (18 to 35 they say). MS made only one mistake though, a mistake that many other tech companies have made, connecting to the internet. If only Microsoft had watched 27 this may have never happened.

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Lets Pull Together, uTug Micro Bots Moving Cars.

Stanford U boffins have been working on their uTug micro robots for a few years now, and damn it if the little fellas don’t continue to surprise. Using nothing more than synthetic gecko pads and tiny yet powerful winches these micro robots can drag 1000’s of times their own weight. Now they have learned to work together and it turns out it only takes six of them to move a full sized car across a polished concrete floor. We suspect Guinness may get involved soon.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the little robots that could. The 6 bots with a combined weight of just over 100 grams that could soon be moving a car near you. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by a sticky footed robot.

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Useless Machines Are Always Good for a Laugh.

Mankind has a rich history of making useless machines, mechanical devices designed and built with no specific purpose aside from being constructed. While these useless machines may be short on purpose they usually make up for it by being humorous and often fascinating.

From a smoking machine to a self-tapping set of fingers there are endless examples of devices that fit into the useless category. Here at Highpants our favorite is still the Leave me alone box. A box with a switch that when turned on automatically turns itself off. Probably the most common type of useless machine the Leave me alone box has been improved upon for many years as fans of useless machines add unnecessarily complicated and pointless features to what is in essence a box with a switch on it.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are some of the funniest incarnations of the Leave me alone box, a robot box that just wants to be left alone. The only question left being ‘Does putting two useless machines together make something twice as useless?’ Sit back relax and don’t you dare flick that switch.

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Stop the Robot Abuse, Leave Atlas Alone He Just Loves His Box.

Boston Dynamics may one day change their name to SkyNet but for now they are happy to kill time by abusing robots. Being a robot bully is specialised set of skills, skills that Boston Dynamics have been fine tuning on every generation of robot they have developed. Whether its kicking their robot dog or teasing Atlas about his box obsession Boston Dynamics will do what it takes to make the perfect artificially intelligent and highly insecure robot.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are some of the funniest parodies of being a robot bully, an obsession that seems to have over taken the Boston Dynamics test engineers. Are Boston Dynamics conspiring to generate a robot revolution or are they just very enthusiastic about how they test their technology? Will robots in Soviet Russia begin testing people soon?

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The Lipstick Robot and Other Inventions.

Life in this internet connected world is moving ever faster, and still accelerating. Once upon a time you had hours or days to prepare for that hot date, now it’s only a swipe and minutes away. With these new time restrictions in mind mad scientist Simone Giertz is thinking well ahead by inventing time saving devices now! In the most recent case a Lipstick Robot that cuts application time down to mere seconds.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the hilarious incredible machines designed by our favourite mad scientist. Sit back relax and prepare to let the machines do all of the work, in the funniest kind of way.

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The Creepiest Christmas Message Prize Goes To Boston Dynamics.

Boston Dynamics have put their incredible robot making skills to hard work creating a very scary Christmas message, a message that’s creeper than a car load of scary clowns. With three of their robot dog’s Spot playing the part of Santa’s Reindeer Boston may have been trying to give us a Christmas greeting from the future but they may have actually delivered a future Christmas warning of Charles Dickens proportions (Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come).

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the Boston Dynamics holiday message from the future, a future that sees Rudolf being a headless and therefore noseless robot Reindeer. Maybe it’s the fact I played Rudolf when I was a kid or maybe it’s just the fact that Santa says Happy Holidays and not Merry Christmas but I definitely get a creepy feeling when watching this one.

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AI versus AI, the Hilarious Results of Two Chatbots Talking to Each Other.

Are you a robot or a unicorn? This question and other hilarious chit chat are the results of an experiment to see what would happen if two AI’s, in the form of Chatbots, are set loose on each other.

The experiment undertaken by Cornell’s Media Labs was more a question of curiosity than it was a test of the quality of AI generally available to the public. In this case the chatbot Cleverbot was chosen for the experiment. As with many AI chatbots Cleverbot learns from previous conversations in an effort to seem more human. A clever system that can lead to some hilarious where did that come from moments.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the funniest intelligence test undertaken since Watson learned to swear when he was connected to the internet. An experiment that raises the question of whether a more advanced AI like Watson would find chatbot boring? Or would Cleverchat find Watson stuck up? Sit back relax and prepare to enjoy the brave new world of AI.

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Robohon, Part Robot Part Mobile Phone and All Heart.

Sharp stunned many attendees of the CEATEC tech convention recently with a gadget that has more character than all of DARPA’s terrifying robots put together. A friendly personal robot that is part Swiss Army knife, part mobile phone and all heart.

Robohon may appear to be a mere child’s toy but appearances can be deceiving, he is far more. Combine the functionality of a mobile phone with a walking talking dancing robot and you have an entirely new take on personal communications and personal robotics, a mobile phone with heart.

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MegaBot Team USA Kickstarter, Time to Contribute to the Destruction.

Mega sized human controlled robots have been the dream of science fiction since we began dreaming of a fantastic Utopian future. With two MegaBots now in existence it is only natural that their metal would be tested in the battle arena. Team USA threw out the challenge back in June and Suidobashi Heavy Industries of Japan accepted then upped the ante, lets go hand to hand for some melee combat mega sized.

With only a year until MegaBots go to war Team USA have decided they need to upgrade their Mark II MegaBot and they are asking for our help. Follow the link below to become a part of the Team, buy a T-Shirt or visit the MegaBot, just get involved.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the call to MegaBot arms for Team USA. Jump on-board and get involved, unless of course your on Team Japans side in which case you will need to get with the Suidobashi Program.

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