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Xerox PARC invents Robert Patrick?

By PerlGeek in News
Sat Apr 15, 2000 at 12:26:19 PM EST
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I saw the T-1000 today. It's in Discover magazine, May 2000 issue, on the bottom of page 22. Okay, so it's built by Mark Yim from Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), not Miles Dyson from Cyberdyne, but I thought it was pretty cool anyway. :) [editor's note, by rusty] It's the Modular Reconfigurable Robotics project. More relevant links below...


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It's a shapeshifting robot called the Polybot. It's built from multiple, identical, hinged modules, each of which contain a motor and microprocessor. Apparantly, it can disconnect its own modules and reform in different configurations, becoming whatever shape it needs to be for it's task. Check it out...

Polypod: (by Mark Yim)

USA Today: "Xerox: Shape of things to come"

Upside opinion: "'Mobots' to the rescue"

MSNBC: "Smaller pieces, smarter robots"

EE Times: "Xerox studies self-assembling modular robots"

Mark Yim's bio

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o Modular Reconfigurable Robotics
o Polypod: (by Mark Yim)
o USA Today: "Xerox: Shape of things to come"
o Upside opinion: "'Mobots' to the rescue"
o MSNBC: "Smaller pieces, smarter robots"
o EE Times: "Xerox studies self-assembling modular robots"
o Mark Yim's bio
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Xerox PARC invents Robert Patrick? | 12 comments (12 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Besides being way cool, this is imp... (none / 0) (#1)
by techt on Sat Apr 15, 2000 at 06:05:35 AM EST

techt voted 1 on this story.

Besides being way cool, this is important work. Modular reconfigurable robotics -- and the principles of coordinating hundreds if not thousands of independantly processing but connected machines to sucessfully do a task or set of tasks -- will become increasingly more important as machine scales shrink towards and finally reach nano-scale.
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Re: Besides being way cool, this is imp... (none / 0) (#12)
by Louis_Wu on Tue Apr 18, 2000 at 03:36:02 AM EST

Another place modular robotics could shine would be in space construction. Build X robots, and send them out to build a solar panel frame, then they reconfigure for a repair of the docking clamp, then you reconfigure again and have them check the outside for problems (leaks, holes, damaged parts, need for repairs).

In space, everything must do its job very well, and if it can do more than one job very well, it just made the logistics crew happy. Robots which can do many things, and do them well enough, might make space safer and easier for we air-breathers.

Louis Wu

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Xerox PARC is obviously a front for... (none / 0) (#3)
by zztzed on Sat Apr 15, 2000 at 08:11:53 AM EST

zztzed voted 1 on this story.

Xerox PARC is obviously a front for Cyberdyne, and Mark Yim is obviously Miles Dyson's pseudonym...

Good story, lousy title :)... (none / 0) (#4)
by pvg on Sat Apr 15, 2000 at 08:19:01 AM EST

pvg voted 1 on this story.

Good story, lousy title :)

Agreed (none / 0) (#5)
by evro on Sat Apr 15, 2000 at 12:37:05 PM EST

I, for one, had no idea who Robert Patrick is. And where it said T-1000, I thought it said TI-1000. I was thinking, a calculator? So what? Then again, they are the cream of the crop as calculators go.
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Re: Agreed (none / 0) (#7)
by bse on Sat Apr 15, 2000 at 09:27:46 PM EST

i bet this has been answered hasn't it. but its saturday ngiht(er, sunday morning?) and im bored.
robert patrick played the T-1000 in terminator 2. did he not.
he was rather sadistic too.

as i said. blah blah. move along please. nothing to see here.

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Re: Agreed (none / 0) (#8)
by rusty on Sat Apr 15, 2000 at 10:25:55 PM EST

Actually, Robert Patrick was the T-2000 I think (the liquid metal terminator). The T-1000 was the first-gen Arnie model. I think the poster had the model numbers a little mixed up. :-)

BTW: The first movie was waaaay better.

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Re: Agreed (none / 0) (#9)
by shepd on Sun Apr 16, 2000 at 10:50:32 PM EST

According to the IMDB, Robert Patrick is listed as acting the T-1000 model in
Terminator 2.  In the original Terminator, Arnold is billed as "The
Terminator".  The T-2000 unit is never mentioned.  Weird...

But, IIRC, you are right, the T-1000 was always acted by Arnold.  Maybe someone
should watch the movie and make sure.  Wat da hek, I have it here on home
video, maybe I'll pop it in tomorrow and take a look. :-)

And I like T2 movie way better (sorry)...  It has to be the BEST DVD transfer
I've seen yet.	:-)

Oh, and according to the IMDB again, we will get to enjoy another terminator,
"Terminator 3" in the year 2001.  Now THAT will be nice!  Probably as accurate
as the T2 cast list though...

>What kind of idea are you?

The kind that looks like a good one at first, but 4 months later bites you in
the ass when you find you haven't even started work on it and it is due
tomorrow... :-(


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Re: Agreed (none / 0) (#10)
by mattm on Mon Apr 17, 2000 at 12:45:24 AM EST

You're close. Uncle Arnie's model number is T-101, Mr Squishy's T-1000.



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You know this is the other side of ... (none / 0) (#2)
by kraant on Sat Apr 15, 2000 at 10:21:15 AM EST

kraant voted 1 on this story.

You know this is the other side of what nanotechnology needs before it can truly be practical

Yes yes that these machines aren't nano-tech but they are essentialy a big version of what nanotech will have to be to deliver the kind of pipedreams that some people have been claiming it will...

daniel - who reckons if it[1] is done gnu will turn into some quasi-religius mystical cult ;)
[1]Making the nanotech pipedreams a reality
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The faith... (none / 0) (#6)
by FlinkDelDinky on Sat Apr 15, 2000 at 04:55:54 PM EST

Actually I think GNU/FSF can be called the religeous cult of Catholic Linux. However, as GNU/FSF builds its new kernel I expect a reformation, the Potestant HURD sect of the FSF/GNU religeon. }:-)

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Bill Joy... (none / 0) (#11)
by Cyanoacrylate on Mon Apr 17, 2000 at 04:19:10 AM EST

Yeah...  Bill Joy seems to be a little taken with the pipe dreams all right.

Cyano


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