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Thursday, July 22, 2004

Robot librarians

...and to think we were all worried about Google taking over our jobs... ;-)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/3897583.stm

4 Comments:

  • At 9:52 pm, Blogger Allison said…

    There's a rather amusing cartoon on this item in the current issue of Computeractive. I tried looking for it on their website but couldn't find it so if you're interested, you'll have to buy a copy (£1.35) or take a sneaky look at the bottom of page 8 when you visit a newsagents next.

    'Course anyone wot hid behind the sofa in the 60's knows Daleks are not really robots but feeble mutants hiding in a glorified mobile suit of armour with a dodgy speech synthesiser!!

     
  • At 10:17 pm, Blogger Allison said…

    Apologies for forgetting the University URL given in the article:

    www.uji.es

    I was unable to find any reference to robots on the site, but for those wanting more info the following may be of use:

    Escola Superior de Tecnologia i Ciències Experimentals (School of Technology and Experimental Sciences)
    Campus del Riu Sec
    12071 Castelló de la Plana
    Tel: +34 964 728456
    FAX: +34 964 728451
    E-mail: estce@uji.es

    Before librarains get too worried, I did read something about "robot doctors" carrying out doctors ward rounds somewhere...

     
  • At 8:51 am, Blogger Alan said…

    There is an interesting discussion of some of the points around this on Slashdot.

    http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/07/24/145208&tid=216

    As usual with Slashdot you have to dig through the dross to find the gems.

     
  • At 8:29 pm, Blogger Allison said…

    I've only had a quick look at the it.slashdot.org/article Alan mentioned, but would recommend it to all librarians for some reassurance & for lots of fun. Anyone else hoping to see "I, Robot?"

     

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