Do these qualify as "Robots?" (Robot Musing like KingArt13)
May 4, 2012
Tweetable version is this: Does a $12 solar robotikit count as a real robot if there's no neural network, and if not, do half of the "beam" robots that you can find instructions for on line?
Here are some examples:
I have a solar powered radio and a rechargeable flashlight on my desk-I would tend to think that a robot that doesn't move or react to stimulus is no more a robot either of those things are. The symet, by comparrison, is really just an electric top. Heads and vibrobots approach that, but many vibrobots don't react to stimulus. When you move up the food chain, you get to walkers, solar rollers and photophobes that it's harder to argue against as being robots, but they really don't do anything useful and are about parallel to remote controlled toys as far as that goes-and is my Roboquad really a robot (fromt the Czech word "Robota" for "laborer") in the same sense that my Roomba or a factory welding arm is?
Maybe this is more a topic for Hal's "Robot Musings" blog...