[ExI] stealth singularity

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Sun Jun 16 16:12:14 UTC 2019

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From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of Stuart LaForge
Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2019 8:36 AM
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Subject: Re: [ExI] stealth singularity

Quoting Spike:

> Another compelling approach is to dispense with the human-likeness 
> notion and create a non-human-form robot, such as an R2D2.  That could 
> be made cheaply and have a single degree of freedom as the original R2 had.
> Dispense with the forward motion part (it needs to be rolled around on 
> a wheelie cart by human assistance.)
> Plenty of the current elderly population were in their prime when the 
> original Star Wars came out 43 years ago  R2 was a universal good guy.  
> It could be an updated version with a human voice rather than the 
> whistles and honks that only C3PO could understand.
> That approach avoids the ethical concern that caregivers are 
> automating emotional support by fooling impaired patients into 
> thinking their mechanical companion is human.

I don't know if Howdy Doody is in the public domain after all this time but R2D2 currently belongs to Disney and they will sue our pants off if we use the likeness of R2D2 for our product. And if we try to officially license R2, then it will probably blow our budget and price point.

Here are some similar products on the market:

Stuart LaForge


Ja, or go ahead and dispense with the notion of 3D likenesses, go with a wide-screen monitor like this one:


...only turned to a vertical format.  An arm attachment to a wheelchair is also a possibility, to swing it in place for use, swing it away in the unlikely event the patient would prefer the occasional interaction with humans, or... meals and such.


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