bots IN BRIEF
LOOK WHO’S COOKING!
COOKY ROBOTS are the result of one of the
research projects undertaken by JST’s (Japan Science
and Technology Agency) ERATO (Exploratory
Seems like it would be better if the robots were
dealing with ‘the preparation of ingredients’ part since
that is the real work ... not the cooking, itself.
In case you may be interested, the full title of the
project is “Cooking with Robots: Designing a
Household System Working in Open Environments”
and is supposed to be scheduled to appear at the
28th International Conference on Human Factors in
Computing Systems (CHI2010) in Atlanta, GA,
April 10-15, 2010.
DEATH BY ROBOT?
Thirty-one years ago on January 25th, Robert Williams was killed by a robot arm as it was retrieving parts from a storage
facility at a Ford Motor plant. It was the first recorded death of a human by a robot. Williams’ family was awarded $10 million
in damages due to a lack of safety measures surrounding the robot.
However, Williams’ death was described as an “industrial accident,” one in which the lack of physical safeguards were at
fault. The death was not caused by the robot’s will.
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