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Anthony Boucher (1911 - 1968) was an editor of science fiction in the US, as well as a mystery writer. Editor of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for several years
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CIROS Robot Makes Your Salad
'Half your time in cooking is wasted reaching around for what you need next.'- Anthony Boucher, 1943.
AIC-CI Cookingrobot Chinese Robotic Chef
Chinese fast foods now prepared by robots - maybe in your home before the end of the decade.
MULE Autonomous Navigation Vehicle By Lockheed Martin
This robotic device is described in several different sf stories; it sounds handy.
Robots and Religion
Here's a chance to contribute to some interesting research on the topic of intelligent machines and religion.
Robot Chef Makes Octopus Balls
It's time to take those robots off the assembly line, and put them to work making dinner!
BigDog Robass More Coordinated Than I Am
I was startled to observe this level of progress in the creation of quadrupedal robots.
Robot Chef Learns By Demonstration
Give a robot an omelet, and you feed it for a day. Teach a robot how to cook omelets, and you feed it for a lifetime. Or something like that.
Do People Prefer Humanoid Robots?
Interesting study use MRI data to see if human beings are much more likely to enjoy their interaction with humanoid robots.
B21 Kitchen Robot Shares Cooking Tips With Other Bots
Fascinating new robot can communicate what it learns to other robots; I'm not sure if they should be talking, but it's incredibly efficient.
Robot Prepares Pancakes For Breakfast
These manufacturing robots work well in the home kitchen with their redesigned, smaller form factor. Enjoy!
Lrry-1 Fire-Breathing, Riding MechaDog Video
You'll need to look at the video before you decide what this thing really is; from the Mutoid Waste Company.
Robots Should Replace Cafeteria Ladies, Say Students
School children across the US are demanding an end to fallible cafeteria ladies - and a bold future of robot chefs! With videos.
LittleDog Robot Has Dynamic Double-Support Gait
Check out the video showing LittleDog from Boston Dynamics negotiate rough terrain. This bot teaches itself the best way to go.
KITECH And POSTECH Korean Quadruped Robots
It won't be too much longer before we'll have a pack of assorted robotic quadrupeds.
The Miraculous Stigmatabot Robot Bartender
Penitents are invited to place their grail below the Stigmatabot's wound spigot, which should give you some insight into this mad creation.
Legged Squad Support System Monster BigDog Robot
This robotic pack mule for soldiers will carry 400 pounds of gear while exhibiting frisky gaits as trotting, running and even bounding.
Pancake-Flipping Robot Learns By Example
Can you flip a pancake? This robot learned how in only fifty tries.
Robots Mix, Flip Pancakes Made From Scratch
These bots can visit my kitchen anytime.
Robot Learns To Clean Whiteboard, Suck Up To Teacher
What else can you teach this robot by example? I have the feeling that cleaning whiteboards is just the beginning.
Robot Roommates Shop For, Prepare Breakfast
Bavarian sausage lovers, your breakfast is almost ready!
'Robotic Mule' Ready For Duty, Sir
It uses ladar to identify the unit it needs to follow and drives off autonomously behind.
AlphaDog Proto Stronger, Quieter Than BigDog
I'm waiting for someone at Boston Dynamics to realize that regular people would like something like this on hikes.
Magnetic 'Tongue' Can Taste Tomatoes
How else will robots enjoy pizza?
Robot Bartender (Or Waiter) From Carnegie Mellon
Those QR-2 robots, what will they do next?
HyQ Four-Legged Robot From Italy
'He admired the fast-plodding, articulated legs, so necessary since roads had degenerated...'
Noodle-Shaving Robot Army Invades China
'One of these gorgeous eating places where we were served entirely by mechanical apparatus...'
DARPA LS3 Robot Pack Animal Video
'He admired the fast-plodding, articulated legs...' - Anthony Boucher, 1951.
LS3 AlphaDog Robot Marine Corps Video
'He admired the fast-plodding, articulated legs, so necessary since roads had degenerated...'- Anthony Boucher, 1951.
Monsieur Bartending Robot
'He poured the liquids into his maw...'- Anthony Boucher, 1943.
E-Delicious Machine A Food-Tasting Robot
'Why the nuisance of bringing food to the mouth to taste?'- Anthony Boucher, 1943.
Robot Bartenders At Sea
'We've promised him a generous pension from the royalties on usuform barkeeps...'- Anthony Boucher, 1943.
Robots Learn Cooking By Watching Videos - Foreseen In 1943
'It's done with a flip of the third joint of the tentacle on the down beat.'- Anthony Boucher, 1943.
Robot Chef Makes Thousands Of Dinners
'I got one of those new electronic cameras... and I could construct this one to do it exactly right down to the thousandth of a second.'- Anthony Boucher, 1943.
Electronic Tongue Knows Beer Better Than You
'Install taste buds in the end of one tentacle.'- Anthony Boucher, 1943.
ANYmal Quadruped Robot Trots On
'Fast-plodding, articulated legs...' - Anthony Boucher, 1951.
Robots Don't Need To Be Humanoid
'People are used to android robots... They'll be scared of your unhuman-looking contraptions...' -Anthony Boucher, 1943.
NVIDIA's DAVE2 Autonomous Car Learns From Drivers
'So we took pictures of Guzub making a Three Planets...' - Anthony Boucher, 1943.
Computers Understand Humans By Watching And Modeling Them
Soon, your computer will be watching you... and judging you.
A Bayesian Approach to Safe Imitation Learning For AIs and Robots
Um, how about that pension for the humans who serve as the models for robot behavior?
Vehicle Sleep Sensor
Oxygen Space Flare
Asteroid From Outside Solar System
Electronic Analogue of Living Brain
Royalties For Imitation Learning Subjects
Laws Against Human Drivers