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Can a robot REALLY 'bond' with autistic children?
Daily Mail ^ | November 30, 2011 | Rob Waugh

Posted on 12/01/2011 11:30:50 AM PST by Altariel

Robots from around Europe are flocking to London this week - but, thankfully, we won't need to call Doctor Who to fend off this particular onslaught.

More than 20 cutting-edge robots from around Europe will be on display at the Science Museum's Robotville exhibition this week - including a robot designed to help autistic children, and a robot that can (sometimes) catch a ball.

Naturally, many of the robots look like slightly spooky human beings - but other fields of robotics will be represented instead, including 'swarm' robotics, where tiny robots work together, a relatively new idea being pioneered in industry and on the battlefield.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: autism; autistic; robot; robots
Full Title: Can a robot REALLY 'bond' with autistic children? Caspar - and 20 other, weirder 'cyber-friends' - invade the Science Museum
1 posted on 12/01/2011 11:30:56 AM PST by Altariel
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To: Altariel
Scary or appealing: you decide.


2 posted on 12/01/2011 11:32:45 AM PST by Altariel (`)
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3 posted on 12/01/2011 11:34:30 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (Perry's idea of border control: Use both hands to welcome the illegals right in.)
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Uh-Oh, Cerberus already tried that with the Geth!!!

http://files.g4tv.com/ImageDb3/239359_S/Mass-Effect-2-Overlord-DLC-Dated.jpg

4 posted on 12/01/2011 11:39:02 AM PST by KC_Lion (I will NEVER vote for Romney! The GOP will go the way of the Whigs if they nominate him.)
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To: Altariel

I’m not autistic, but I have bonded with many mechanical devices (my car for one). I don’t see an inherent reason why anyone couldn’t bond with a robot if it is the ‘right’ robot for that person.


5 posted on 12/01/2011 11:39:58 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Politics ain't beanbag.)
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Can someone as stupid as Obama be elected President?


6 posted on 12/01/2011 11:41:38 AM PST by veritas2002
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With enough glue a robot could bond to anything.


7 posted on 12/01/2011 11:55:29 AM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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Japanese fembot bond with you long time.
8 posted on 12/01/2011 12:03:45 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Altariel
Sounds eerily like the facilitated communication scam.
9 posted on 12/01/2011 12:05:42 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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Well, my kids have no trouble bonding with their ipods, smartphones, and xbox....


10 posted on 12/01/2011 12:58:00 PM PST by weeweed (Proud Costco University graduate)
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