Asimov's little known Fourth Law...
...4. A robot is no bloody good unless it can make and deliver a decent cup of tea.
A team of academics has won a $10m grant for a five-year project to develop robots that can be designed and manufactured by anyone within 24 hours. “Our goal is to develop technology that enables anyone to manufacture their own customized robot. This is truly a game changer,” said Professor Vijay Kumar, who is leading the team …
"They envisage local 3D printing workshops, where anyone could come in, pick an off the shelf robot design, customize it on-screen to suit the task at hand and then have it printed and assembled in the shop for pickup or delivery."
Or maybe (just maybe) they could stay at home and use...ooh I dunno... some futuristic new information-super-origami-highway thingy to pick a robot via a web page and have it delivered. Sheesh!
$10,000,000 for '3D' printing of 'robots'??? It's not even 3D printing, it's bloody 2D printing which someone has folded along the dotted lines and glued a circuit board on. You might as well just ring the geek who works at Maplins circuit component section and ask him to solder one of the maze solving robot kits up they have, and you'd actually have a proper robot rather than paper animatronics, and it would cost 0.0001% of the cost of this so far.
What a con, Vijar, i salute your most excellent blag of 10mil USD, the BOFH woud be pleased.
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