All of Your Job Are Belong to Us!

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Do you have a job? In the United States and, as we understand it, many other places around the world, this is a pretty fair question.

It will come as no surprise to just about any man woman or child on Earth that we aren't exactly reaping the benefits of a robust demand for labor. In fact, we could use every spare opportunity to get an unemployed or under-employed person into a gainful postion of employment.

Well it seems like we're going to have to have an uphill battle for parity in this area, seriously complicated by, you guessed it...

Now, it's easy to understate the import of this particular device; reconnoitered and reported on by our College Station Correspondent, Lurch; who himself hates folding laundry, as I am sure do his lovely wife and remarkable chldren; but hey, somebody's gotta do that 'ish right? A robot that takes forever-times to fold a towel (we hear you cry)? What is teh big dealz!?

Well, my skeptical friends, here is a tip. All protoypes suck, all of them. Once they are pounded out though, even in their most humble iterations; it's the first step in the continual refinement, strengthening and, eventual, lock down of their dark capabilities - be not duped - at which point human beings is in mad trouble son! So, get your thinking correct; all levels, all vectors, all potential threats.

Get ready to duck...





"Seven years ago, Pieter Abbeel set out on a quest: to teach a robot how to fold laundry. This proved to be a remarkably difficult task — and the difficulty of the task illuminates some key things about the limits of machines.

Abbeel, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, named his robot BRETT — short for the "Berkeley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks."...The solution was super complicated. "Can you use multiple images to build a 3-D model of the current shape?" Abbeel says. "Because once you can do that, then you can analyze that 3-D shape [and] find where the corners are."

Abbeel and his colleagues solved the problem, sort of. After years of work they taught BRETT to fold a towel in 20 minutes — eventually he learned to do it in a minute and a half. But he can still get stumped by things like a bundled-up sock or an inside-out onesie."


Full Story @ npr.org