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Claim Robbie - Humanly mobile robot, by 2036

Category: Science & Technology:Technology Arts & Entertainment:Entertainment Technology Science & Technology:Computing Theory, AI bid 55, ask 57, last 56
Owner:119, David Blenkinsop
Judge:38, highlander
due date:2036/06/30

The Claim

By the end of December 31, 2035, a humanly mobile robot will be in actual use, as a worker in some business use, consumer service, military use, civil service, or scientific capacity; YES coupons pay FX$1.00 if this happens, NO pays FX$1.00 otherwise. The robot must be generally human-like or humanoid in shape (see "Background", below), and must have a very human-like competency of motion, along with the ability to distinguish between adult humans, animals, and young children, in circumstances in which the "object" in question is in plain view, *and* in which there is no costuming, trickery, or other mitigating circumstance that might cause even a human to be mistaken. The robot must respond in a "job-appropriate" way to complete spoken sentences in some human language; an ability to speak on the robot's part is optional (speech capabilities need only be those absolutely required by the robot's particular occupation or employment position). The general idea is that the robot must have the same basic ability to hear, see, perceive and then physically respond as one might expect from a healthy and reasonably well-coordinated human being, within the framework of a particular job or specialty. Machines incorporating cells or other complex parts of living organisms (e.g., "cyborgs"), are *excluded* from satisfying this claim. Also, machines whose high-level, personal, memories are directly copied from humans by detailed brain analysis, (i.e., "uploads"), are *excluded* from satisfying this claim. Additionally, the height of the robot in question should be between 120 centimeters and 200 centimeters; this is the height range specified as appropriate for interacting with humans.

BACKGROUND: The claim as described is inspired by a science fiction story, "Robbie", which in turn is the lead story in the collection I, Robot , by Isaac Asimov. For judging purposes, the story should be used as a general indication of just how "human" a robot should be, in form and motion, before being judged a "Robbie". Also, if a reasonable judgment indicates that an actual, useful, robot is even *more* human-like than the one in the story, then that should fulfill the claim as well. Note that it is not essential for a real robot to emulate the heroics in the story, nor is it essential for it to fit into a framework of "Asimov's Three Laws", nor must it necessarily have the "child's companion" job portrayed, as long as the real robot compares favorably in general human-like capabilities to the fictional one, according to the best knowledge and sources of information that the judge can uncover.

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