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Mon Jun 13, 2016, 10:07 AM

Siemens is Building a Swarm of 3D Printing Spider Robots With a Hive Mind

Siemens is Building a Swarm of 3D Printing Spider Robots With a Hive Mind
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Siemens is building an army of robot spiders called SiSpis that are equipped with artificial intelligence and 3D printing nozzles. This allows them to autonomously and collaboratively build wherever they are, a new system the inventors are referring to as "mobile manufacturing."

Siemens Spiders, or SiSpis, are 3D printers on the move. Oh, and did we mention they can collaborate with each other?

Livio Dalloro, head of the Product Design, Modeling and Simulation Research group in the Automation and Control Technology Field at Siemens Corporate Technology, is building an army of spider robots equipped with artificial intelligence so they can communicate and collaborate with each other in building things, a new system they are referring to as “mobile manufacturing.”

Each spider uses a camera and laser scanner that allows it to map and effectively navigate its environment, finding ways to move around obstacles in its path.

We continue to automate ourselves out of work. This technology is not there yet but given time, it will devastate manufacturing and construction.
All we would need is a computer that can design things on its own and no humans are necessary in the system.

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Reply Siemens is Building a Swarm of 3D Printing Spider Robots With a Hive Mind (Original post)
Agnosticsherbet Jun 2016 OP
csziggy Jun 2016 #1
Agnosticsherbet Jun 2016 #3
katsy Jun 2016 #2
Agnosticsherbet Jun 2016 #5
katsy Jun 2016 #6
Agnosticsherbet Jun 2016 #8
katsy Jun 2016 #14
packman Jun 2016 #4
philosslayer Jun 2016 #11
packman Jun 2016 #15
JEB Jun 2016 #7
postatomic Jun 2016 #9
Initech Jun 2016 #10
greytdemocrat Jun 2016 #12
Orrex Jun 2016 #13
annabanana Jun 2016 #16

Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 10:10 AM

1. They've invented Replicators!


In the military science fiction series Stargate SG-1, the Replicators are antagonistic self-replicating machines that are driven to replicate by consuming both alloys and technologies of the most nearby most advanced civilization and constructing themselves and their progeny accordingly.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replicator_(Stargate)

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Response to csziggy (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 10:29 AM

3. Yes, yes they have.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 10:20 AM

2. It's just that tech is moving faster than

society. What if this is an opportunity to free people to study learn and progress on greater ideas?

Maybe the beginning of not only beginning to explore space, but to create habitats?

Idk... Being freed from menial labor may pave the way to rebalancing education to expand art, music, humanities, history toward a path of greater wisdom.

I don't blame tech for human failure. I blame capitalists for isolating themselves from civilization as tho they exist only for capital & themselves.

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Response to katsy (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 11:08 AM

5. I don't blame technology or capitalists. Technological change occurred long before capitalists.

But freeing people for mental labor requires a fundamentally different form of society and economy than the one we are living in.

Workers exchange labor for capital (money) to buy products to consume.
If all labor is handled by robots, then only those who own the robots in our system benefit from that labor. The former human workers are left to themselves to live whatever brief, miserable lives they can manage.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 11:38 AM

6. But that fails when there's no market

to support capitalism.

Society and capitalists will have to change direction for continuity of society.

What are the alternatives? Forced euthanasia on unproductive populace? Or misery for 90% of the populace? How will that help humanity's next evolution (my belief is it lies in colonizing space).

Your point is well taken. On most days I'd agree with you. I just hope for better.

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Response to katsy (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 01:38 PM

8. Not necessarily.

Those with Robots and technology could continue to live as lords. The without survive as they can. Capitalism survives. Consumerism dies because capitalists no longer need consumers.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 02:05 PM

14. Depressing.

Took off my rose colored glasses.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 10:42 AM

4. Things that replacate themselves

Lost years
Dust
Weight
Idiots

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Response to packman (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 01:51 PM

11. uh... about those idiots...

 

its "replicate"

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Response to philosslayer (Reply #11)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 02:56 PM

15. Ha, ha - you got me

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 11:46 AM

7. The Crematorium ovens at Buchenwald still bear the Siemens name .

 

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 01:44 PM

9. I'm reminded of the sci-fi movie 'Screamers'

I've tried to stay up to date with AI but it's difficult. One thing that stood out is that AI techs are concerned that if the AI does something wrong how do you tell 'it' that? Will it recognize that it is wrong or inaccurate?


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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 01:46 PM

10. What happens when that thing becomes self aware?

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 01:57 PM

12. Launch a ton of them

to the Moon & Mars. Mission: Prep for Colonization.

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Response to Agnosticsherbet (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 01:57 PM

13. You mean we're facing a flood of Siemens?

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Response to Orrex (Reply #13)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 03:01 PM

16. ewww. . . .n/t

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