06 December 2007

Robots R Us?

Okay, as a huge Asimov fan, I can't resist... Did you all know Toyota has a robot that can play the violin? Moreover, Toyota President Katsuaki Watanabe recently said robotics will be a core business for the company in coming years. And the company hopes to put what it calls "partner robots" to real use by 2010, he said. "We want to create robots that are useful for people in everyday life," he told reporters at a Toyota showroom in Tokyo.

Apparently, Japan is really pushing robotics.

Honda has also been working on robots. They have one called ...wait for it...Asimo — which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility and is play on the Japanese word for "legs". Awesome! Read more at
USA Today.

Now, what did I do with all those Three Laws stories...?

By the way, please don't send us robot stories featuring robot love, robot-human sex, and/or robot murder (unless it's done really, really well).


David E. Hughes said...

Hmm, does this mean you won't consider a robot love story for the Editor's Corner this time around?

lesleylsmith said...

You know that answer to that, D! It has to be well-written! :)