[ExI] stealth singularity

Stuart LaForge avant at sollegro.com
Mon Jun 17 00:38:38 UTC 2019

Quoting SR Ballard:

>  The emotional attachment to bomb disposal robot is not military  
> humor. Please google how people are extremely distressed when they  
> send their roomba for maintenance, at the idea that it will be  
> replaced.
> This phenomenon has spawned a whole meme, “humans will pack bond  
> with anything”.

If this is true, then it bodes well for our species.

> RE: hospital companion.
> Try a vertical monitor encased in a lightweight clear plastic shell  
> with wheels underneath. Clean, and can display a full avatar. Make  
> them a decent height so people don’t trip.

Agreed. For a hospital that would be a good design. Using a 49" LED TV  
flipped sideways, we could render a life-size avatar from the knees  
up, have its face at about eye-level for an ambulatory patient. It  
would be a plastic cylinder a little over 2 feet wide so it would fit  
through doors easily. The bottom 1 ft or so would contain the wheels,  
motorized chassis, power supply, CPU/GPU, etc.

We could literally have the avatar crouch down to talk to bed-ridden  
patients, or pull up a chair and sit down, based upon what the robot's  
cameras see. Same with navigation. We can use off the shelf drone  
technology for a lot of this stuff.

I like this idea. It's doable, noble, and potentially lucrative.

Stuart LaForge

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