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Josh Chaikin
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Here's a clip of ASIMO, the robot Honda has been working on, conducting The Impossible Dream with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=4Gwk4vkyapc
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I find the walking much more incredible than the conducting.
Someday our very jobs may be in jeopardy as robots can do more of the things that only humans can do now.
Robot's don't ask for raises, day's off (or any time off for that matter) and never complain about the job or management and don't make mistake's (at least as often as most people do. The perfect employee.
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I find the walking much more incredible than the conducting.

I agree 100%. Purely amazing. Robotics is an absolutely stunning industry and if I had chosen my path, this would have been a possible alternative. A friend went to MIT and works in robotics (specializing on mini robots like insects) and I'm always in awe.

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Someday our very jobs may be in jeopardy as robots can do more of the things that only humans can do now.
Robot's don't ask for raises, day's off (or any time off for that matter) and never complain about the job or management and don't make mistake's (at least as often as most people do. The perfect employee.
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I'm going to have to politely disagree with you on this. Iven, I completely agree with many of your points... you are spot on. But I don't see job losses. I've actually seen evidence supporting job creation. Please accept my apology if you were being a bit sarcastic!

Here are a few examples (source):

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The internal combustion engine, while creating thousands of new jobs in the nascent automobile industry at the beginning of the twentieth century, wreaked havoc on the carriage-making industry: between 1909 and 1919, carriage-making employment fell from 70,000 to 26,000. Employment in the new automobile industry, however, soared from 85,000 to 394,000, far outstripping the job losses in the displaced carriage industry.

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Employment in the telegraph industry peaked at 87,000 workers in 1929 and then declined to a mere 24,000 workers by 1970. Did those jobs just disappear? Glance over to the telephone industry, which by 1970 had created 536,000 new jobs.
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I do find the whole thing amazing. Walking, definitely. The robot recognized that the orchestra was a group of people and responded by waving. Equally, if they waved first, he would've recognized the gesture and waved back. Lots of interesting, and frightening, robots on YouTube.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=WbFFs4DHWys&feature=related
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