A Year at a Construction Site (Time Goes By) by Nicholas Harris

By Nicholas Harris

Describes how a college is equipped over 365 days and offers a bird's eye view of the full procedure in 8 scenes.

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Realistic group behavior would often emerge from their very simple programs. On one occasion, a robot blundered into a wall and got stuck. The others crowded around and pushed it back whenever it tried to escape, just like playground bullies! The Seven Dwarfs are still used to teach robotics at Reading University, UK, where they were€developed. BULLY BOTS The foam head is mounted on a wire frame. The sonar sensors point in three directions. he smartest of today’s robots is only about as intelligent as an ant.

The arm is jointed to allow a full range of movement. ARTISTIC TEMPERAMENT The camera is positioned on top of the drawing arm. The German group Robotlab aims to increase people’s awareness of robots. The group demonstrates its portrait-painting robot, a standard Kuka industrial arm, in public places. The robot, equipped with TV camera vision and special software, draws portraits that are usually a good likeness. As soon as a drawing is finished, though, the robot rubs it out in a gesture of defiance.

But it was still a long way from being able to respond to human speech. The legs are driven by an electric motor. IT’S A WIND-UP The first toy robots were often made from cheap printed metal, powered by clockwork, and wound up with a key. Toymakers had been producing moving figures using this method since the 19th century, but toys shaped like robots only became popular in the 1930s. BATTERY BOT By the 1960s, when cheap plastics, efficient electric motors, and good batteries had been developed, more sophisticated toy robots began to appear.

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