Warning: Stairs

All you car freaks who visited the Auto Africa show at Nasrec, near Joburg earlier this year must have noticed Honda’s diversion into robotics, and their latest (quite incredible, and somewhat scary) creation – ASIMO.

ASIMO balancing on one foot

This lead to a long, comprehensive discussion later that evening (over a couple of drinks, of course) between Brad and myself on the some of the design aspects, autonomy, dangers and relative intelligence of the humanoid robot we saw. During that conversation I played more the part of critic, and Brad the protagonist. (I’ve been reading waaay too much of Cory Doctorow’s thought provoking sci-fi ).

Which makes it all the more comforting when you see ASIMO fail.

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