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child-like humanoid robot

Icub, a humanoid robot that is said to be capable of mimicking a human child’s behavior had its first appearance in Britain at the University of Manchester at the Symposium on Humanoid Robotics. Icub is a project funded for five years by European Commission, which consits of several universities in Europe, through Unit E5 “Cognitive Systems, Interaction & Robotics.

Professor John Gray, visiting professor in the Control Systems Centre at the University of Manchester, said: “It’s a tremendous coup to have the iCub here in Manchester – this is the first time it has been seen publicly in the UK. more..

icub computer graphic
icub computer graphic

Icub was originally designed by scientist for thinking, learning, and talking. Its main platfrom is study cognition through biological motivated algorithms.

iCub is capable of human style eye, head and leg movement as well as basic object recognition and a realistic hand grasping movement.

The mini humanoid robot has been modelled on a three-and-a-half-year-old child and is the result of a five-year £7.5m project is to develop a fully functioning child-like robot.

“Scientists want to give it the ability to crawl on all fours and sit up, to handle objects with precision and to have head and eye movements that echo those of humans,” reports PA News.

is he deserving of love?
is he deserving of love?

If this robot is already able to think the way a three-year-old human child does, then we are one step to making an adult robot already. In just a few years, don’t be shocked to realize that we have robots with us in our society living like normal people. Now that is my fantasy of the future, and that could be disastrous!.

Watch BBC Video on Icub


extra sensory perception

extra sensory perception

It was funny how my friend and I simultaneously sang a song twice in different situations, without an identified stimulus that could have triggered the singing. I explained it on the bases of Carl Gustav Jung‘s collective unconscious, which is a part of the psyche that totally dffers from personal unconscious. I remember reading a book on ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) but I could not really remember the tittle of the book. It was written there that all of us have ESPs, which unconsciously manifest in our daily life. I can say that we all have experienced ESP but we really do not know that it is ESP and not some mere coincidence. An example I can point out is when a friend of mine called me on the phone after having thought about him prior to his call. This event did not happen only once but many times already. How can you possibly explain de javu? Though there are other theories on the existence of this phenomenon, I would stick to the Jungian explanation that our collective unconscious connects us with mankind, and this de javu is a manifestation of ESP, just as what has happened to me and my friend is.

Oh well, I just realized my ESP has been working all this time.


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