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Asimov's 'I, Robot' Soon To Be Reality, No Longer Fiction
ibtimes.com ^ | December 24 2013 5:49 PM

Posted on 12/24/2013 9:34:40 PM PST by BenLurkin

“We’ve created a micro-bimorph dual coil that functions as a powerful torsional muscle, driven thermally or electro-thermally by the phase transition of vanadium dioxide,” said Junqiao Wu, the project’s lead scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (Berkeley Labs).

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Dr. Koh suggests how these micro-muscles will change the game of humanoid robotics. “Our materials mimic those of the human muscle, responding quickly to electrical impulses, instead of slowly for mechanisms driven by hydraulics. Robots move in a jerky manner because of this mechanism. Now, imagine artificial muscles which are pliable, extendable and react in a fraction of a second like those of a human. Robots equipped with such muscles will be able to function in a more human-like manner – and outperform humans in strength.”

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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: irobot; isaacasimov; scifi

1 posted on 12/24/2013 9:34:40 PM PST by BenLurkin
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2 posted on 12/24/2013 9:41:14 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: BenLurkin

This sounds promising.

Hydraulics actually works pretty well. You can transfer enormous power with hydraulics...it’s amazing IMO.
The hydraulic technology can be improved beyond what it is today.


3 posted on 12/24/2013 9:45:43 PM PST by Bobalu (The true secret to genius is in creativity, not in technical mechanics)
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To: BenLurkin

As long as they can be stopped by the .45ACP, we’re good.


4 posted on 12/24/2013 9:49:31 PM PST by RandallFlagg (IRS = Internal Revenge Service)
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To: BenLurkin

Robotics are the wave of the future.


5 posted on 12/24/2013 9:49:31 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: JoeProBono

“Bay 12, please”


6 posted on 12/24/2013 9:58:38 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: BenLurkin

So.. Caliban in a couple decades?


7 posted on 12/24/2013 10:17:23 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Bobalu
Hydraulics actually works pretty well.

No kidding, it's especially interesting that hydraulics can be used to make a infinitely-variable transmission.

8 posted on 12/24/2013 10:17:57 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: BenLurkin
"We’ve created a micro-bimorph dual coil that functions as a powerful torsional muscle, driven thermally or electro-thermally by the phase transition of vanadium dioxide?"

If I heard that on Star Trek, I would think the writers were overdoing the pseudo-science talk.

9 posted on 12/24/2013 10:19:20 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Darksheare

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.


10 posted on 12/24/2013 10:31:35 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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11 posted on 12/24/2013 10:41:41 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: BenLurkin

“Will I dream?” -HAL9000.
Only mobile.


12 posted on 12/24/2013 10:45:47 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

And before anyone nerds out and complains, yes I know HAL was the creation of a different author!


13 posted on 12/24/2013 11:15:56 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: BenLurkin

Wow, talk about an over-hyped title. The article is a description of a rather modest piece of research, certainly nothing like the article title would lead you to believe.


14 posted on 12/24/2013 11:34:20 PM PST by Scutter
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I sense a big upgrade coming in Japanese robot dolls


15 posted on 12/25/2013 1:04:42 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Jimmy Valentine

Maybe a bigger drop in marriages and long term relationships as well? Couldn’t resist that.


16 posted on 12/25/2013 5:25:47 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: BenLurkin

15 an hour to flip burgers? Not for long.


17 posted on 12/25/2013 5:28:10 AM PST by Tulane
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To: BenLurkin
We’ve created a micro-bimorph dual coil that functions as a powerful torsional muscle, driven thermally or electro-thermally by the phase transition of vanadium dioxide,”

I have no idea what that is but I want one that I can attach to my weed whacker.

18 posted on 12/25/2013 6:42:17 AM PST by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Scutter

They’ve developed muscles for robots, not brains. Call me back when they can build the equivalent of Asimov’s positronic brain


19 posted on 12/25/2013 7:20:14 AM PST by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Bobalu; BenLurkin; Darksheare; Dead Corpse
"Hydraulics actually works pretty well. You can transfer enormous power with hydraulics...it’s amazing IMO.
The hydraulic technology can be improved beyond what it is today."

Agreed. By simply increasing the operating pressure, and using fast-acting valve technology, hydraulics can easily duplicate or exceed human-scale muscle activity.

It's what I used for my first android, except the hydraulic "cylinders" were replaced by more smoothly-operating bladders. That's the way our muscles work, after all. Look at your bicep, and just imagine using a bladder to replace it, that swelled up in diameter as its length contracted.

A cool project would be to make an anatomical skeleton with hydraulic bladder muscles as described. The easy way to activate it would be to duplicate your own actions; a bit of "me and my shadow" dance routines to follow.

20 posted on 12/25/2013 8:34:14 AM PST by NicknamedBob (If you voted for 0bama to show that you're not a racist, you're a racist. -- NicknamedMike)
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To: Bobalu

Yep. See my patent...


21 posted on 12/25/2013 10:03:25 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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