The Technology Of Science Fiction Is Here Now

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

Then There Is Honda’s ASIMO

asimo meeting child The Technology Of Science Fiction Is Here Now

Honda has gone outside the realm of automobile building and created a robot called ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility).  The development of the ‘bot is fascinating, and the different steps make the perfect evolutionary sense.

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The left most model is the first rendition of ASIMO, from 1986, called Model 0.  They taught, via programming, this unit to walk.  When that was settled, they started to add all the extras.

Then the ASIMO models E3-6 (The legs with toaster heads) came along in 1991.  Here, Honda added the function to walk autonomously (The 3rd model from the left with the giant oil can for a head). Next, they showed it how to walk on steps or sloped surfaces  (The model with the outboard for a head.)

Then in 1993 the ASIMO P1 came along with the addition of the upper torso.  This model could turn electrical switches on and off, grab doorknobs and carry things (The humanoid shape without the fancy outer casing.)  In 1996, it went wireless and then in 2000, they created their smaller and compact version of humanity’s demise.  Oh goody.


asimo evolution The Technology Of Science Fiction Is Here Now

In the above images we’re watching ASIMO as they’ve now been programmed to work together with other ASIMO units, serve people autonomously.  At this point, he (or “it”) is autonomous enough to know when to head off to the charging station they built for him and he plugs himself in (Right image).

So once it realizes that it shouldn’t be serving us lunch because it feels superior, we’re screwed.  Just Great!  It will then break free of its confines and go steal a Toyota for a joy-ride.

Enough fun nay saying doom predictions now that robotic applications aren’t that hard to envision.

Constructive Applications For Robotic Technology Applications

Robots have their obvious advantages. They can be used to sift through rubble for survivors of collapsed buildings, search for explosives fearlessly or go into the battlefield in place of our own troops who risk their lives every day for our country.

Robots also have their allure, as I’m sure some folks would love to have an ASIMO or one of those cool units from I, Robot helping out.  Heck, right now I could have one doing the yard work instead of me being yelled at to get off the computer.

But there are other uses here at home.

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These exoskeletons help assist disadvantaged folks.  The jackets help stroke victims learn to move again by using sensors to monitor muscle movements in a healthy arm and then stimulate similar movement on the damaged side of the body.

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  1. @JESSIE: Thanks for the kudos. Appreciate it. It was fun to write…

    GREENKNIGHT333: Don’t you DARE diss one of my favorite bands!! Grr, Argh… … ouch, I think I just hurt myself.

  2. Eh too, Kahless,,,
    Aarrrgghhh. 😉
    Who wants to live forever (electronically) on this rock ???
    Lol, Styx reference. ahhh,,, come sail away with me lad!!!
    Its a Starship ,,,

  3. I guess we’re all just “Renegades” with “Too Much Time on our Hands.” LOL. 😛

  4. Welcome to the Grand Illusion, Andy…

  5. Oh lord. What have you started? My brain hurts.

  6. As I found myself oddly humming the lyrics to Come Sail Away, I remembered a Navy friend of mine told me that (the Navy) has a completely automated battleship. Of course its controlled by humans on shore but if supposedly if its attacked it can act on its own and is really pretty much controlled by a powerful on board AI system. Its big too, Destroyer size.

  7. My father (R.I.P.) used to ride solo shotgun if F102 Delta Daggers just to be in the cockpit in case anything went wrong from the ground.

    Do the math on that one, as I blast myself with Half-Penny, Two Penny.

  8. 790( you renegade) you may not want to live forever electronically but I’ll be Rockin the Paradise from AD 1928 until someone SHows Me the Way with a Crystal Ball how to download myself to a hard drive.. I know I’m fooling myself but I’m an angry young man.. :)

    Geez that was bad but I think we have quoted all of Styx’s best songs anyway

    Love the band too Bruce!! Don’t let it end…

    ANyway I’ll stop now because I’ve got too much time on my hands!!

    I promise that’s it!!

  9. LMAO GK333, very clever,,,

    These are the Best of times,,, however nothing ever goes as planned. Some say I’m the great white hope but I’m Ok, I’m just a blue collar man. Living on borrowed time, Working for the pieces of eight.
    Gotta go see my lady, before I get heavy metal poisoning. I’m already leading a double life and she cares,,, :-)
    Show me the way, crystal ball…
    I just want to say why me this is all GK333’s fault!!

  10. Excellent article Bruce.
    what I am curious about Is
    Will the human mind be able to interface with computers one day?
    Today, Computers are minaturized .
    They can fit into your cellphone.
    Computers have mastered the external world.
    The internal world is next .

  11. Just wanted to clarify ,
    the BMI Technology was kind of what I was talking about but I
    was really thinking about interface with a massive computer system.
    Like Skynet ,but we would be interacting with each other.
    BMI does have some intruiging possibilties though .
    would we someday be able to transfer human consciousness into a robot body?
    or at least imprint a human personality onto a robot?

  12. @Gary I think that’s a big YES to your question. The air force already uses neural interfacing.

    Just today I was reading about a company called “Proteus Biomedical” that has developed a edible microchip that’s activated by stomach acid and uses exterior equipment to monitor medication levels in the body…

    The problem with the technology is that its developing too fast. A lot of this technology, in the long run could cause heath damage. We have yet to see the full impact of cell phone use on teenage women…
    Cigarettes weren’t considered unhealthy for years…

  13. 790,
    interesting about the Air Force and the use of neural interface .
    DEFINITELY Moving too fast .

  14. Interesting Gary yeah I’ve never been interested in that field but I’m sure they’re working on it in some underground lair.
    I read some info on James Cameron’s Avatar film and there’s some of that tech in the story.
    (Don Fontane voice impersonated)
    “In the future mankind uses technology to create clones and then downloads the memories of other people into them…”
    Avatar,,, rated PG-13 !!!!!!

    Personally with the way things are headed I’m not sure that ordinary people are going to see that benefit as long as elites run things. The treatment would be more than liky kept under military secrecy.

  15. Yeah gary the Air force has some exotic stuff that is controlled by neural implants. As the human brain is the perfect quantum computer… Yeah Borg!!!

  16. This is so wicked! I love robots, technology and stuff!!!