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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sugar Plums?

Science Not FictionBy Eric WolffDecember 27, 2010 3:00 PM

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I thought about closing out the year with news of the strawberry genome sequencing project, and dipping into the results from the cocoa genome sequencing project, while perhaps enjoying a rainbow form a solar-powered rainbow making machine. They all seemed cool and futuristic and almost certainly something we'd find in the land of science fiction. But then, there it was: A Robot Christmas. Two weeks ago, the team at Robots Podcast put out a call for robotics labs to make holiday videos, and so far six different robotics labs have responded with videos of their machines singing or playing Christmas carols, decorating, and otherwise wishing us seasons greetings. Since I can't be the only who wanted to know how our future overlords celebrate the holiday, I thought I'd share. Happy New Year everyone! A Robotic Christmas, Laboratory of Intelligent Systems, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UZaCNMZmE0 Flying Robot Plays Jingle Bells, Flying Machine Arena, IDSC, ETH Zurich, Switzerland http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToACDIXTzo0 Christmas Commercial Shoot, starring NAO, Aldebaran Robotics, Paris. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqZHkxbiXWA

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