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Can you imagine IBM Research ever developing a social robot companion? Intel CTO Justin Rattner can’t, but he’s happy for his own researchers to build one – and for the technology to find its way into the market. Eventually. Ask most techies of a certain age how a company should carry out research and development and they will …

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Paris Hilton

Sir

I can just imagine the queue to 'field test' these robot companions of which you speak :)

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Coat

"...a social robot companion..."

Ah. Fucking Terminators.....

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Anonymous Coward

Re: "...a social robot companion..."

> Ah. Fucking Terminators.....

<Austrian_Accent>

"Live with me if you want to come."

</Austrian_Accent>

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ACx

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Or.......

Ah, fucking fembots.......

Yum.

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Mushroom

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DON'T DATE ROBOTS!!!!!!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtqGTn7PCBw

The space pope warned us about dating a robot. I wouldn't want to get electo-gonorrhea, the noisy killer.

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Anonymous Coward

Go stick your head in a pig

Well we now know who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes.

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Terminator

So...

Would you prefer a robot who serves you beer, or one that nags you all the time?

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MJI
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Re: So...

Hmm Harry Mudd and the Stella androids

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The only thing people care about

Is it built for "pleasure"?

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Coat

looking foward to my robot dog

he just won't like swamps, Brighton beach, gravel pits or quarries.

Mine's the one with the robot brain in the pocket and the note about fitting it with the arrow pointing forward

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Happy

Shame Really

The focus on technologies that have a predefined roadmap is a shame. It has certainly made a lot of people a lot of money, but without the purely academic research component technology is stuck in second gear: Making incremental improvements on technologies developed at those 'quaint old fashioned labs'. There really aren't many groundbreaking new foundation technologies being turned out. The lack of totally new tech is also major factor in the escalating patent wars. There are only so many ways to uniquely leverage decades old tech.

It is easy to look through the Captain Hindsight spectacles that come with every MBA and fault Bell for not realizing the potential of the transistor but without that research where would we be? I think it is funny, in a sad way, that a guy from transistor giant Intel is using devices full of transistors to say that there is no longer a place for the type of research that developed transistors.

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Joke

Sounds familiar

"Just a heads up: We're gonna have a superconductor turned up full blast and pointed at you for the duration of this next test. I'll be honest, we're throwing science at the wall here to see what sticks. No idea what it'll do. Probably nothing. Best-case scenario, you might get some superpowers. Worst case, some tumors, which we'll cut out."

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Re: Sounds familiar

Love that guy,

"I'm Cave Johnson. We're done here."

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Childcatcher

Check out...

... Robot & Frank. An OK movie with a realistic (I think) portrayal of what a robot companion might actually be like.

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Paris Hilton

The lovebot from "Serenity"

"He killed me, Mal. Killed me with a sword....." I also like the little wave she gives when she is first introduced.

Paris, while she still trumps the android competition!!

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MJI
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Hmm Robots

I can think of a few I would like.

Clank must be high up

Also I do like ED-E

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Paris Hilton

Chobits

Go watch Chobits and tell me you don't want a synthetic human companion.....

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Coat

I have the new business division name

"Skintel"

Brings new to meaning to "...inside".

Alright. Who took my coat?!

(but seriously, anyone remember :"Cherry 2000"?)

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Terminator

That's odd

I thought most Androids ran on ARM chips.

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Anonymous Coward

D.A.D.O.E.S.

2013 - Intel Labs

2014 - Intel becomes the Tyrell Corporation

2019 - Tyrell releases the Nexus 6 Replicant Android

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Happy

I know of a commercial for this

"Your plastic pal who's fun to beeeee with!"

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Anonymous Coward

Galloping Galaxies

Robot no 35. nuff said

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