February 1, 1999
Washington University In St. Louis
An engineer at Washington University in St. Louis and two of his former graduate students have stated a theory and devised an algorithm that will make robots as deft and nimble as Robin Williams on "The Tonight Show." Moreover, they have demonstrated their theory and algorithm with robots in the Washington University laboratory.
Robots, unlike stand-up comics, are not adept at thinking on their feet. Should a heckler interrupt a planned routine, or an irresistible off-the-cuff opportunity arise, the comic can sense these changing situations and adjust. A robot on the factory floor, though, is stuck with its plan amidst a changing landscape, and will keep spot welding, for instance, on a non-existent automobile frame because of a delay on the assembly line.
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