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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Over the past 20 years, robotics have revolutionized surgery, and new innovations are continuing to push the boundaries of medicine.
The "da Vinci" system revolutionized keyhole surgery.
Mike Rustic, senior lecturer at the mechanical engineering department at Imperial College, London, says machines such as the "da Vinci" system have had a huge impact on surgery.
[ED but I wonder how they will integrate beside manners]
The "da Vinci" first appeared in 1991 and lets surgeons carry out keyhole surgery remotely, allowing them to control robot arms from a console that also provides a three-dimensional image of the proceedings.
Although the computer has been developed as a numerical computational tool, it has become a core processor of many of our daily tools brought about by the harmonized contribution from programming and processor technologies. In fact, former super-computer technology has become indispensable in our daily lives. Even though we have access to powerful and fast processors, we are a long way from realizing an intelligent communication link between a human and a machine. It is definitely not for the lack of numerical computational power, but because the human brain and a conventional computer have very different process objectives. Communication by conventional computers is defined as a transfer data function between agents. On the other hand, human-like communication done by a brain is the result of learned behavior or from shared state interactions between agents. It is our intent to replicate the human-like interaction system. To achieve this goal we will focus on the following three research topics;
[Editors Note: Dancing plants were popularized by the Japanese toy company Takara in the 80's and 90's. Korea has taken this to a whole new level of biomimicry by creating robotic plants that not only dance and respond to their environment but perform many of the biological functions of real plants]
uweek.org | Underwater communication: Robofish are the ultimate in ocean robots, keeping in touch without scientists’ helpSubmitted by frank on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 17:50.
In the world of underwater robots, this is a team of pioneers. While most ocean robots require periodic communication with scientist or satellite intermediaries to share information, these can work cooperatively communicating only with each other
Robobug goes to war: Troops to use electronic insects to spot enemy 'by end of the year' | the Daily MailSubmitted by frank on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 02:58.
It may have seemed like just another improbable scene from a Hollywood sci-fi flick � Tom Cruise battling against an army of robotic spiders intent on hunting him down.
But the storyline from Minority Report may not be quite as far fetched as it sounds.
British defence giant BAE Systems is creating a series of tiny electronic spiders, insects and snakes that could become the eyes and ears of soldiers on the battlefield, helping to save thousands of lives.
When you first start watching this video it may look like some sci-fi movie computer graphic animation, of a cross between the Fly and quadruped version of the aliens in the Charlie Sheen Sci-Fi movie Invasion.
The Boston Dynamics Robot, developed under a DARPA grant weighs 235 lbs and is seen in the video at one point traversing hilly landscape with a 350 lb load. The scene of the robot slipping on an icy surface, and recovering its balance is eerily bio-mimetic.