If turning the human society into social networking whiners wasn’t enough – now even the robots are at it with a new website called MyRobots.com which pairs automatons to a friend site where they can interact with other droids across the globe!
“You can see MyRobots.com as the Facebook for robots and smart objects.” Say the site’s creators and the network lets a human set up an account on behalf of their mecha, as well as set up a profile and add photos – just like the world popular social network.
At the moment the network is a little bit exclusive (like the early Google+) and only accepts applicants who own the Nao robot, made by Aldebaran Robotics based in France but soon MyRobot will allow sign-ups from a number of other intelligent gadgets letting them update their own statuses based on the tasks they perform. The Canadian makers of the simile social site hope that by letting the bots play together online and in the future MyRobot hopes to create apps hosted on an app store for droids to download and share over cloud internet meaning they will be able to learn from one another and then be able to perform more advanced tasks.
Robot’s playing together in an interactive social world. How cute. But “aww”s soon turn to “arggh”s when you imagine what this could really mean..
Think about the impact of our own social networks: Twitter, Facebook and BBM were instrumental in this year’s British riots in London, Manchester and a number of other cities. Facebook also recently has been a valuable tool in rallying support for the government uprising in Egypt. Self-teaching robots, forming their own ideas and sharing them with others via the internet?
Sounds a little dangerous, doesn’t it?
Equally eerie is the Japanese company named Cyberdyne, who make robotic appendages in a system called Hal. Ring any bells? Read more – Here.