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Snaggy

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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2008 16:33      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If these robots leave your spaceship while in spaceport... start to worry.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7559150.stm

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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted August 13, 2008 23:17      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Maybe it's because one of kreziserb's friends burned us the Battlestar Galactica miniseries and subsequent 3.5 seasons and we've been plowing through it, but my first thought was "Cylons!"

/me slinks off feeling sheepish

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Icon 1 posted August 14, 2008 14:53      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My first thought had nothing to do with memory loss studies, but more along the lines of what Xanthine thought.

Anyone ever read the Heechee series by Frederick Pohl? The Heechee essentially download their dead's consciousness into computers. Humans eventually follow suite.

Now, couple all of the above with cloning, whereby you take some of your own stem cells, grow a new brain, and then transfer "yourself" into that new brain which is fitted into a brand new body. Near immortality. Or, you could take a perfectly healthy brain out of a diseased body and implant it into a new robotic host.

The thought excites me, and I'm pretty sure it will never happen in my lifetime.

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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted August 14, 2008 15:13      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Cylons?

I'm now having visions of that funny little robot in a slinky red party dress.

And I like it. [Eek!]

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The Famous Druid

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Smart, and tasty!

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quote:
Originally posted by BBC NEWS:
The blob of nerves forming the brain of the robot was taken from the neural cortex in a rat foetus and then treated to dissolve the connections between individual neurons ... Signals are passed to and from the robot via Bluetooth short-range radio.

I've got a Bluetooth mouse ... now they're making Bluetooth rats?!
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