March 22, 2004

Robolympics. If I think that the term “robot” should be used for machines that have at least as much autonomy as a thermostat, does that make me a kook?

Posted by jjwiseman at March 22, 2004 01:21 PM

But, it's got arms! and legs! It looks like a robot, so it must be?

Posted by: robotfreak on March 22, 2004 02:57 PM

When I first started grad school in robotics, I was told a robot is the "intelligent conection of perception to action", and robotics is anything involving action, perception or intelligence. Takeo Kanade specifcally said "A thermostat, then, is a robot." I think you're in outstanding company.

Posted by: Drew Bagnell on March 23, 2004 05:55 AM
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