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Comments on Could Robots Use A Little Down Time?
Can robots actually benefit from a dream-like state? Dr. Christoph Adami wonders. (Read the complete story)

"As I recall, the unique robot from iRobot, Sonny, also has dreams. I don't know if the idea of a dreaming robot was also present in the Isaac Asimov works from which iRobot was taken. Anyone?"
(Bill Christensen 3/18/2007 8:28:42 PM)
"Just read an early Asimov robot story about giving a robot ( a stationary one) a break 2 hrs every 24. It was in the "Complete Robot" collection."
(Dave 3/19/2007 10:05:14 AM)
"Ah, the short story was "point of view", 1975 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_of_View_%28Asimov%29 "
(dave 3/19/2007 10:06:52 AM)
"Most people don't get it. Every night your robot will log on to the internet and share experiences with millions of his own kind. Any new lessons or efficiencies from that day will be instantly learned by all the others. The collective learning power will be the thing that obsoletes humans. It takes us at least 20 years to get up and running on the latest tech. Robots will have n times the experience and 1/n times the learning curve, where n is the number of robots in use. One at a time learning is so passe!"
(PJ 3/23/2007 4:23:24 PM)
"They're already doing it, under the guise of blogging about you. See PaPeRo Your Blogging Robot Boswell.
Even more terrifying, they are engineered to be irresistibly cute."
(Bill Christensen 3/24/2007 7:20:45 PM)

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