"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." ~A. Kay

 

Great Old Ones

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A Great Old One is a type of fictional deity in the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. Collectively, the Great Old Ones (sometimes referred to as the Old Ones by some authors or the Cthulhu Cycle Deities by Brian Lumley in his Titus Crow stories) are not as powerful as the

Artificial Human Companions (A.H.C.)

PENTAGONAL REVISIONISM

#4. Development and production of artificial human companions—The forbidden industry. An economic “godsend” which will allow everyone “power” over someone else. Polite, sophisticated, technologically feasible slavery.  And the most profitable industry since T.V. and the computer.  ~Anton Szandor LaVey

Artificial Human Companions could be called by a few different names… Automotons, Androids, Robots, etc. I’ve been a fan of robots since an early age and like most kids of my generation, I was amazed by Science Fiction “Droids”. I often wished that I could have a robot of my own one day like those shown in the movies. Well, those days are soon approaching, and I’ve been keeping watch on the advances of robotic technology, thanks to the internet. I’d like to share with you some of my favorite videos of robotics.

Automotons have been around for hundreds of years, and the first robot was created in the 18th century. You may be surprised to learn that NASA has been conducting Android Tests since the 1960s, using these early model androids to test space suits:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJVn7yLz4Lw

Not surprising is the fact that Boston Dynamics has been developing an android called PETMAN to test Chemical Warfare clothing, and one day be the soldier of the future. This video shows a few of their military model robots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDOW30nNpmg

The world’s most advanced humanoid robot is ASIMO developed by Honda, able to perform various amazing tasks, such as run at 9km/h and hop on one leg.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or6YW6riDLE

The most realistic looking moving android is HRP-4C developed by Yamaha.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXsLUu1gYi8

The HRP-C uses advanced voice technology to not only speak like we do, but can sing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_migLQ802Go

The Actroid-F developed by AIST is even more realistic looking than the HRP-4C, but it is immobile. It does not walk like the HRP-4C or ASIMO, but it is still quite impressive to look at.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF39Ygp53mQ

Hanson Robotics has developed Jules, an android much like the Actroid-F, in which it has a highly expressive face, but it not yet capable of independent mobility. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elVdiboCa80

Zeno is a smaller android also developed by Hanson Robotics that is mobile, and is geared toward commercial availability.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSkfspliSrk

Nao developed by Aldebaran is another mini android being produced for commercial availability. This model is not as human looking as the others, but it still could make a nice companion to a Sci Fi fanatic like me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsRsrMQy64k

The CB2 is an infant android developed by JST ERATO Asada Project and Kokoro Co. Ltd. to study the growth of Cognitive-development in a child’s mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYLm8iMY5io

DLR Biped developed by the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics is making advances in gyroscopic balancing for walking androids. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teri9muJnTk&NR=1

Hopefully in the near future of all this Robotic Technology will be a sleeker, more humanoid looking android, much like this Photo-realistic Animation of The Eve 1138 Android.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTGOjWv9fcQ

For now, I am glad that all these advances in robotic technology are being applied to help advance our medical science, such as allowing amputees to regain feelings in lost limbs.

http://www.ted.com/talks/todd_kuiken_a_prosthetic_arm_that_feels.html

Finally, I’d like to close with one of my favorite robotics videos, a nice little short featuring the ASIMO robot again, that puts a nice positive perspective on the idea of “Living With Robots”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AF0WsvfG_nI