Meet Lucy, The Orang-Utan Robot

Posted: Mar 22 2004, 12:10am EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 2:23pm CDT, in News | Other Stuff


Meet Lucy, The Orang-Utan Robot
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Most ugly robot to date in our opinion. See the jpanese for a robot more easy on the eyes. Lucy is not your ordinary robot, driven by software. She's a pure product of artificial intelligence (AI). And after a three-year long training, she's now able to make a difference between an apple and a banana, which is quite handy for an orang-utan, even if she doesn't eat them. Her five microcontroller chips wouldn't like this... In "A Grand plan for brainy robots," BBC News Online tells us that Lucy is the brainchild of Steve Grand, an honorary research fellow at Cardiff University's School of Psychology.

And why did he choose an orang-utan design? "I made Lucy as an orang-utan because, can you imagine how scary it would be if she looked like a human baby?," said Grand. More details and references are available in this overview which also includes the cover of Grand's last book, 'Growing Up with Lucy: How to Build an Android in Twenty Easy Steps.'

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