Robot Billiard

Do you think anyone would notice if you brought him out to the bar and introduce him as your mute cousin who knows nothing about pool?

This bot was built as a thesis project by Thomas Nierhoff, Omiros Kourankos and Sandra Hirche at Technische Universität München.

With an accuracy rate of 80 percent the billiard bot uses a camera mounted above the table and advanced physics to calculate the best way to sink the ball into the pocket. The robot then moves around the table and uses two humanoid arms to execute the shot.

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  1. You know, it’s not the technology. I see this as an apiocpatiln that might be useful in some circumstances. It should also be noted that it’s horribly complex and prone to as-of-yet ill-understood security implications. (Can you name them? Every time you think but they’ll have thought of that, won’t they? , think again. Even if they have, there’ll be holes in it, but first, what proof do you have they did think of it?)But beyond that, it’s all too easy to become dependent on a system far more complex than the average child minder would care to contemplate (nevermind understand or be able to assess when it’ll work in what circumstances it can fail), causing them to grow complacent. And then something happens while something’s batteries have run out so the system couldn’t save the kid, and then what?Beyond that it’s part of the culture of fear . I mean really now, eyesearing jackets, want the kids to go blind or something? They need to grow up somehow, somewhen, you know. Will you let them, or will you stick to coddling them for their own safety? Have you thought about that? Because we can is never a good reason. Good intentions alone are never good enough. The price for our powerful technology is that we need to choose wisely what we do with it, or it will rule us instead. Give me a cogent argument either way and we can talk.

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