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Not long before we could practice Kung Fu with an Industrial Terminator   Not long before we could practice Kung Fu with an Industrial Terminator
By Salar Golestanian @ 11 May 2011 :: Article Rating
The 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2011) is taking place from May 9 to 13, in Shanghai International Conference Center with the theme of  "Better Robots, Better Life", an expectation that the ever growing technology in robotics and automation will help build a better human society.

The robot company Yasakawa equipped a couple of its manufacturing machines with lightsabers and choreographed a violent ballet for them to perform. The resulting battle is more exhilarating than the duel at the end of Phantom Menace and the performances are less lifeless than those in Attack of the Clones. Best of all -- Lucas can't add 30 minutes of new CGI scenes and re-release the video below in 3D.

 The event, hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has attracted more than 1,700 engineers, academics and businessmen from around the globe to show off inventions. On display were robots who were able to perform range of tasks, from writing calligraphy to serving food.

Chinese engineers showed a deep-sea remotely-operated vehicle that could dive into depths of 3,500 metres (11,483 feet) to collect samples and announced plans to use robots to assist in space exploration to Mars. The president of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Kazuhiro Kosuge, said he saw central to the role of robots was improving human society.

"The best robot is perhaps a robot that can serve us like a human does. To do so, the robot has to know what you want, how you want to be helped and how you want to be assisted," said Kosuge.

"The robot has to estimate what you are trying to do. So we have to develop a lot of technology with which we can communicate to the robot, and so that it can communicate with the [human]. That is the most challenging issue we have to solve from now."

Moon ProjectThis is the first time the world's foremost robotics conference has been hosted in China, reflecting the country's progress and potential in the field. It is all about China’s plans of building its own space station by 2020 – very ambitious plans indeed, but Chinese space program officials have even more stellar goals in sight, namely plans to send a robot to the moon within two years and also to bring a lunar sample home by 2017. The plans were made public by Chinese officials att he international robotics conference in Shanghai this week. All these are challenging timelines even for Europe or US combined.

That’s not all either, according to Ziyuan Ouyang, the chief scientist of China’s lunar exploration program, stated that after the lunar sample mission, the agency’s main goal will be to put a Chinese astronaut on the moon and also build a permanent outpost on the Earth’s natural satellite. A particular date for this goal is this very ambigous, but last month it seems a Chinese officials came out and stated that China will put a man on the moon by 2025.

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