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What could this robot be thinking now?

Asked by mazingerz88 (26460points) February 20th, 2012

It seems the very first handshake between an astronaut and a humanoid robot in space just took place. The robot is suppose to assist astronauts with some tasks. How do you think this working relationship would evolve? Humor, welcome.

Historical handshake!

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thorninmud's avatar

“Does he like me? Why hasn’t he called back? How long should I wait before I call him? Would that make me look desperate? OMG, could I have gotten pregnant that way?”

wundayatta's avatar

Who cares what the robot is thinking. What the fuck are the humans thinking? So programming a “firm” handshake is impressive to the astronaut. There has to be more to it than that! I mean, if this is an impressive programming and engineering feat, then what is it really useful for? Why are they wasting this programming on something so effete as a handshake?

Damn it! We’re spending billions of dollar on the space station and all we get is an artificial handshake? What’s next? Will the robot pee in a coffee cup? Oh wait. That would require artificial gravity—something that might actually be useful!

Oh yeah! This is such a PR coup!


YoBob's avatar

My guess is it is thinking:

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(which translates to “There goes the neighborhood!”)

phaedryx's avatar

@wundayatta I’m impressed that the robot didn’t crush his hand. Being able to squeeze as tightly as necessary, but no more sounds pretty useful. Replacing human astronauts with robots sounds, to me, like it would save money.

I don’t understand your statement “we’re spending billions of dollar on the space station and all we get is an artificial handshake.” I seems like we’ve spent billions on a space station and we have a space station. The handshake seems like a minor detail, not the purpose of the space station.

wundayatta's avatar

@phaedryx My point is that this is public relations, and the focus of the public relations coup makes it seem like the only thing they do in space is shake hands with robots. What was the last thing you heard about the space station other than people flying up and down?

This is a public relations mistake, it seems to me. It trivializes the work, and does not explain the importance of what they do show. If you want to make a robot shake hands, you don’t need to go to space to do it, do you? There may be an important story here, but they are not telling it.

cazzie's avatar

‘Stage One accomplished. Have gained human’s trust. Puny humans.’ is what it must be thinking…..

XOIIO's avatar

@thorninmud Handshake robot, not teenager from yahoo answers.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@wundayatta I’m sure there are many terribly important things being done concurrently – this just happens to be the only thing that the media understands and can describe in a story they think their audience wants to hear/see/read. They assume the actual science is above our heads (as it is above theirs).

ucme's avatar

“I just finished fisting C3PO & proceed to shake the hand of an astronaut, I really should’ve washed my hands first.”

rebbel's avatar

“No wed-ding – ring.”

filmfann's avatar

“I wonder what they taste like?”

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