Dear David Hanson, A good slapping would be well earned now

With love,
Your fellow roboticists.


For reader reference, the video below is now in the process of getting cut to pieces & hugely misinterpreted.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0_DPi0PmF0

Seriously. Don’t we have enough people already freaking out due to the recent years’ military adoption of drone technology?

Your work is good. Amazing. The best animated dolls ever. You have more experience in robotics than I do. But this is not the way to present your work, no matter what! The shortest line that can be misunderstood when cut in the proper way will be the one circulated around. The joke was awkward even for a roboticist.

For a few minutes of fame you just made yourself and the rest of us look like irresponsible crazy scientists. It doesn’t even do you good as you scared so many people and fuelled endless conspiracy/robot-takeover/singularity theories that tips the acceptance of robots all the way to the negative scale.

We should be concentrating on making people’s lives easier, safer, more meaningful, more pleasant, whatever that is for good, not freaking them out with human-looking dolls talking BS!

Then there are already some famous & smart people who are half-educated on recent AI/Robotics talk fearful nonsense, such as Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and others. Do you want to join that club?

Cheers from a fellow roboticist,

Bence

Dear non-robotics people,

Please don’t believe sci-fi level stuff you see on TV.

For a good anecdotal overview of robotics I recommend reading Flesh and Machines by Rodney Brooks.

They say an engineered system is only as good as the worst performance it can give. If you would like to see how the best top-level humanoid research groups failed outside of their labs:

For a full picture on the Darpa Robotics Challenge many references can be found all over the internet or if you are from the US you can watch this documentary by PBS.

Ask me questions if you have any.

Kind regards,

Bence

 

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5 thoughts on “Dear David Hanson, A good slapping would be well earned now

  1. I do think you missed the humor in his video, he was only kidding. I think it’s great to see anyone makes these advances in robotics. And I think his chosen market is a good entry point.

    I saw the video and only said, bout time.

    He should be congratulated for the work he has done.

    Maybe you should watch it again and keep a bit of a more open mind about it.

    1. I understand the effort that went into this work. I know he was kidding. I’m upset because of how this video gets abused and misinterpreted. My problem is that releasing anything like this cannot be done without so many people freaking out & misinterpreting most of it.

      I worked around robots the last 5 years now, now I’m working on my PhD in Robotics. I’m quite ok with all the jokes and everything but they most of the time they only work as internal jokes, others who don’t have the education & experience that we do about robots can get mislead. It’s simply dangerous to release such videos…puts expectations all the way up to the ceiling while raising fear in those who saw the wrong sci-fi movies and at the same time making researchers either look lame or produce overly flashy presentations too.

      2016-03-25 14:32 GMT+00:00 Flesh and machines :

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  2. I guess my issue is with people that WOULD freak out over this, I say to them ‘Go freak somewhere else, and get a brain while you do it’.

    People who would get upset over this need to get lives, and to calm down or better yet move out in to backwoods somewhere and leave the rest of us alone.

    I just don’t tolerate Luddites very well.

    On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 3:13 PM, Flesh and machines wrote:

    > bmagyar commented: “I understand the effort that went into this work. I > know he was kidding. I’m upset because of how this video gets abused and > misinterpreted. My problem is that releasing anything like this cannot be > done without so many people freaking out & misinterp” >

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