A.L.O. accepts tweets as tips

#MeetBotlr: Aloft Hotels Recruits Robot to Join Team in Cupertino
August 12, 2014
https://starwood.q4web.com/investor-relations/news/news-release-details/2014/MeetBotlr-Aloft-Hotels-Recruits-Robot-to-Join-Team-in-Cupertino/default.aspx
Hotel Industry’s First Robotic Butler Reports for Duty at Aloft Cupertino in Silicon Valley

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward, innovation hub for millennial-minded travelers, is thrilled to announce the appointment of A.L.O. as the hotel brand’s first Botlr (robotic butler). This charismatic cyber associate makes his debut at Aloft Cupertino today, making Aloft the first major hotel brand to hire a robot for both front and back of house duties.

Rise of the Robots (by Martin Ford)

Rise of the Robots
Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
by Martin Ford
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/05/18/407648886/attention-white-collar-workers-the-robots-are-coming-for-your-jobs

… it was written by a robot, by a system from a company called Narrative Science
http://www.narrativescience.com

Health care is one of the areas where there’s just a tremendous amount of potential and promise. So far, what we’ve seen in health care is that it has really lagged other areas of the economy in terms of what technology has been able to do. We haven’t seen the kind of disruptive impact that we’ve seen in a lot of other areas in health care. And that’s part of the reason that the costs remain so high.

If you’re afraid about the Terminator …

How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society?
August 20, 2015
http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2015/08/20/433000643/how-close-are-we-really-to-a-robot-run-society

Now the most important sort of new capabilities in the AI world is a software technology called machine learning, or deep learning.

You know, these are not perfect machines. And so there’s this big debate going on sort of amongst the philosophers of the ethics about whether you – you know, I guess it’s called the trolley problem – what happens if you can go down one path and if you go down this path, you’ll kill five people, and if you go down another path, you’ll only kill one person? And so how is the machine going to make this, you know, sort of gruesome, ethical decision?

after spending millions of dollars and working on these projects for two or three years, many of the robots had difficulty opening a door. And so that led Rod Brooks, who was there to see this final, sort of to comment by saying, you know, if you’re afraid about the Terminator or if you’re worried about the Terminator, just keep your door closed.

Scribbler 2 Robot

Scribbler 2 (S2) Robot – USB
$139.99
https://www.parallax.com/product/28136

The S2 robot is suitable for a wide range of programming skills.
The Scribbler robot arrives pre-programmed with eight demo modes, including light-seeking, object detection, object avoidance, line-following, and art.
Place a Sharpie marker in the pen port and it will scribble as it drives.

Next, use the Graphical User Interface (S2 GUI) tile-based programming tools, or modify the Propeller source code in our BASIC-like Spin language.

Through the use of third-party tools you can also program the S2 on a Mac or under Linux, in PropBASIC and C using PropGCC.

used in:
CSC 161: Imperative Problem Solving and Data Structures
Grinnell College. Fall, 2014
http://www.cs.grinnell.edu/~walker/courses/161.fa14/modules/getting-started/getting-started.shtml

Baxter Research Robot

Baxter Research Robot
Oct 17, 2013
http://www.rethinkrobotics.com
The Baxter Research Robot is a complete platform for less than $30k and a must-have for your next research project.

related:

Baxter brewing coffee
2013

Baxter
http://www.rethinkrobotics.com/index.php/products/baxter
Baxter is an entirely new type robot that is redefining the way robots can be used in manufacturing environments. It performs a variety of repetitive production tasks – all while safely and intelligently working next to people.  How?  Baxter exhibits behavior-based ‘common sense,’ capable of sensing and adapting to its task and its environment.

How Rethink Robotics Built Its New Baxter Robot Worker
Rodney Brooks’s new start-up wants to spark a factory revolution with a low-cost, user-friendly robot http://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/industrial-robots/rethink-robotics-baxter-robot-factory-worker
By Erico Guizzo, Evan Ackerman  /
October 2012

The Baxter Robotic Platform for Industry from Rethink Robotics – RoboBusiness 2012
by Terry Knight
on November 01, 2012
http://www.engineeringtv.com/video/The-Baxter-Robotic-Platform-for

Will Spiritual Robots Replace Humanity by 2100?

Will Spiritual Robots Replace Humanity by 2100?
A Stanford symposium. April 1, 2000

Douglas Hofstader hosts a panel of eight luminaries who discuss the future of the human race and beyond. Running nearly five hours, this panel includes Douglas Hofstader Bill Joy Ray Kurzweil Hans Moravec John Holland Kevin Kelly Frank Drake John Koza