Team gives robot cockroach ability to jump, we say 'no, thanks' (Tomorrow Daily 374)Researchers attempt to teach a robot how to feel pain; also, two universities join forces to add jumping skills to a robo-roach.
[MUSIC] Greeting citizens of the internet. Welcome to Tomorrow Daily the best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Ashley Esqueda.>> And I'm Jeff Cannata and its time to get you up to date with some headlines. Researchers, I can only assume who watched the Simpsons a bunch of times, are now teaching robots to feel pain. Why? Why was I programmed to feel pain? Johannes Kuehn and Sami Haddadin presented their system at the I Triple E International Conference on Robotics And automation recently, here's how it works. They took a BioTac fingertip sensor, attached it to a robotic arm, and created a reflex response for the sensor that is able to feel varying degrees of pain. Light pain causes the robot to slowly retract but severe pain pushes the arm into a passive mode to minimize damage, kind of like human shock. [UNKNOWN] and [UNKNOWN] hope their work helps future robots avoid unnecessary damage. Is this a good idea? I mean, I thought the point of robots was because they don't feel pain. Like, that's. Yeah, that's like their huge advantage over us. Hey, let's send them into hazardous situations. Right. Now all of sudden everyone's like I have radiation poisoning, help me. I think, maybe. I'm gonna feel very terrible. I think maybe it's more a semantics thing. We can call it pain but it's just avoid damaging yourself. That is, yeah. Which is pain really doing for human beings, I guess. Avoid damaging. Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself? Don't hit yourself. Right. And don't let other things hit you. Another research presentation at that IEEE conference Featured a leaping cockroach robot, or as I like to call it, Nope. [LAUGH] Seoul National University in South Korea collaborated with UC Berkeley to create this robot, which is called JumpRoACH, not jump-rope. This little roaches body is the dash robot, which we've seen before. But now, it's got a mechanism underneath that enables it to hop, jump and leap up onto higher surfaces, making it more appealing for subtle exploration or maybe even search and rescue in rubble. It can adjust how high it jumps and can right itself if it gets turned over. The only thing its missing at this point is working wings, which Yeah, maybe we just skip the wings. [LAUGH] We just don't let robotics. As long as it doesn't have jaws, or teeth or fangs or claws, I think we're all right, right? I'm a little worried that just for effect they're gonna add the hissing sound that those Madgascarian hissing cockroaches make just to freak me out even more, but I don't like the way you move. Jump rope. I'm watching you. We need to make this roach feel pain. That's what we need. So when I smash it with a newspaper it can feel it. Right. [LAUGH] What should we talk about? I mean, I think we ought to talk about robots feeling pain. Yeah, I think robots feeling pain is a fascinating topic. Good, bad. Is it necessary, does it help things or is it another step. It's disaster. Boy. Which sometimes, it might be. Science. Science. Make sure to use the hashtag, heytd to talk to us about robots feeling pain, do you like it? Are you for or against it? And if we like your tweets we will put them in Thursday long show when we talk about this again. we love incorporating your feedback into those shows, so be sure to do that. Hey, is it time for phonetographer of the day? It is lets check out our first selfie. [MUSIC] As I mentioned, our theme this month is selfies. The month of June the theme phone time for selfies and Jason took this wonderful picture with his Nexus 6P. Jason Wrights. My name is Jason, I went camping this weekend with some friends at Hickory Run State Park Pennsylvania. I went hiking and took these pictures on my Nexus 6P. We had a great time camping and had some good food. Although, while I was sleeping, a bear ate my cheese. It ripped apart the neighbor's camper's cooler. Yikes! I am not sure what the current theme is, spring, selfies or if you came up with a different option, but hopefully one of these might make the cut You got my permission to use these photos. Be good human hosts of the best tech talk show in the known universe. Aw, thanks buddy! Super nice. This is great! Yeah. Although, Barry is cheesed. Yeah. I would have preferred a bear selfie, but. No, no, no. Don't do that. It's dangerous. Actually, yeah. Please don't ever do that. Do not. No more bear, people have actually died trying to do that. I know. It's not a good idea. Not wise. I meant the bear taking a selfie. Like, leave your phone out next time, and maybe the bear will take a selfie? I don't know. Just a suggestion. I'm sorry that bear ate your cheese, though. You should not have picnic baskets in national parks because I watched a lot of Yogi Bear as a kid. If you guys want to send in your phone, [UNKNOWN] Send in your selfies and like Jeff said, it does not have to be a selfie of you, it can be, I could take a selfie of Genghis, you could do all kinds of things for selfies. Be creative we love it. Take a selfie, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be PG about it. [LAUGH] And also give us permission to use it, tell us your name and how to pronounce it and tell us the whole story about it. Jason knocked story time out of the park. I loved his story. Loved his story, give us something to talk about. That is it for today's show, even share tomrrow daily, give the gift of the show by sending a friend to tomorrowdaily.com. Find us on social media and of course, we'll be back tomorrow with our long show. Yeah. It's a short week this week. It was a nice, fun holiday weekend. I love those long shows, we'll see you then, until that time. [INAUDIBLE] bye guys. [NOISE] [MUSIC]