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dreaming of frameworks

Also thinking--human is the optimum shape for general purpose robots because that's what we've built our world for, and that's a de facto standard. But what if there were a smaller standard defined and accepted by a consortium? Then a secondary market builds in providing extensions/skeletons/etc to the smaller form. "Human" just being another suit that this general-purpose robot can control. At some level just re-pluggable brains.

I'd imagine the skeletons might have secondary brains (reflex centers) for their particular skills... (walking, etc).

The future becomes very different very quickly. No?

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 5th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Quimby's Usuform Robots, Boucher -- the humanoid robots designed for human interface usage go mad because they can't perform their jobs properly. Douglas Quimby begins healing the epidemic by redesigning household robots, is fired, and a startup business that results to create "Usuform" robots is quickly squelched by the hierarchy.

Deeply awesome, and worth noodling with that particular future, or some variety of it - I've never seen anything quite like it, although I admittedly haven't read everything, or anywhere near it.

kaolinfire
Jul. 5th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'll have to see if I can find a copy of QUR floating around; a mention of it pops up in "The Greenwood encyclopedia of science fiction and fantasy By Gary Westfahl", and I'm thinking that would be a good thing to absorb at some point as well to fill any gaps in my education ;)

Thank you, masked commenter =) [er, @littlefluffycat]

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