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A team of academics has won a $10m grant for a five-year project to develop robots that can be designed and manufactured by anyone within 24 hours. “Our goal is to develop technology that enables anyone to manufacture their own customized robot. This is truly a game changer,” said Professor Vijay Kumar, who is leading the team …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Asimov's little known Fourth Law...

    ...4. A robot is no bloody good unless it can make and deliver a decent cup of tea.

    1. jake Silver badge

      Re: Asimov's little known Fourth Law...

      I thought that was The Douglas Adams Extension ...

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Asimov's little known Fourth Law...

        Seriously? I did search for this before I posted it, just in case.

        1. jake Silver badge

          Re: Asimov's little known Fourth Law...

          I was joking, Mahatma.

          Lyuben Dilov added a fourth law, and Nikola Kesarovski added a fifth.

          Harry Harrison pitched in with another fourth law about a decade later.

          A toast to all who came before us :-)

          1. dotdavid

            Re: Asimov's little known Fourth Law...

            "A toast to all who came before us "

            We'd better modify that fourth law to include something a little more alcoholic than tea then...

    2. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Asimov's little known Fourth Law...


      I thought that was Bracewell's Ironsides. "WOULD! YOU! LIKE! A! CUP! OF! TEA!"

  2. Winkypop Silver badge

    Trojan attacks of the future...

    ...might actually include actual (printed robot) trojans!

    1. frank ly

      Re: Trojan attacks of the future...

      Remember to disconnect the printer from the network before you go to bed!

    2. James Micallef Silver badge

      Re: Trojan attacks of the future...

      What's this thing that's appeared in the printer overnight?

      Ooooh, loook, it's a horse! I wonder what's inside it?





  3. Crisp

    What kind of DRM are these robots going to have?

    I don't want a robot that's going to laser me in the crotch every time I can't authenticate myself.

  4. Francis Boyle

    Origami Robots?

    I will be awaiting the rise of the machines - with a large bucket of water.

  5. tony2heads


    These are not the droids you are looking for

    1. PerrKele

      Re: Obligatory

      hehe,.... one of the best coinages ever, eh what? Thanks. ;)

  6. Alister

    They look like Stargate Replicators to me

    1. Crisp

      Luckily for Earth

      We have a severe shortage of neutronium.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not Penn State

    "... the goal for the team from Harvard, Penn State and MIT ..."

    The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) is not the same as Pennsylvania State University (Penn State).

  8. Jamie Peterson

    Bah, old news

    Lego mindstorms has been doing this for more than a decade. Except the 3D printing bit, you have to do that by hand.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Kiss my shiny metal ass"

    as the robots that hop from the DMLS machine will say before making their way to the couch to drink all your beer…

  10. Richard Scratcher

    Tunnel envisaging?

    "They envisage local 3D printing workshops, where anyone could come in, pick an off the shelf robot design, customize it on-screen to suit the task at hand and then have it printed and assembled in the shop for pickup or delivery."

    Or maybe (just maybe) they could stay at home and use...ooh I dunno... some futuristic new information-super-origami-highway thingy to pick a robot via a web page and have it delivered. Sheesh!

  11. PerrKele

    [soothing feminine voice...]

    Next stop- Skynet. Our next stop is Skynet, in .... 3....min.

  12. Tom 11
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    $10,000,000 for '3D' printing of 'robots'??? It's not even 3D printing, it's bloody 2D printing which someone has folded along the dotted lines and glued a circuit board on. You might as well just ring the geek who works at Maplins circuit component section and ask him to solder one of the maze solving robot kits up they have, and you'd actually have a proper robot rather than paper animatronics, and it would cost 0.0001% of the cost of this so far.

    What a con, Vijar, i salute your most excellent blag of 10mil USD, the BOFH woud be pleased.

  13. islandmonkey

    I'll be back...

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