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Robot Managed Render Farm

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This will be a self regulating robot managed business. A program will advertise render farm space and take money from people via the web who upload their images to be rendered. It will also adjust pricing due to supply and demand and use a portion of the money for advertising. When there is more demand than supply, the program will send out an order for more rendering computers. When it arrives, a robot will answer the door, take the computer and plug it into the internet so that more business can be acquired.
leinypoo13, Dec 15 2009

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       Oh thank god.   

       I was imagining a fully roboticized cattle rendering plant. I'd just starting forming nightmare images of a "server malfunction" somewhere in the bowels of the mainframe circuitry.   

       You've put me at ease.   

       Now what were we saying?
outloud, Dec 16 2009
  

       Wouldn't these machines need to fixed from time too?   

       I don't think we are at the stage of a robot being able to configure and install a PC (for example) yet but we can't be far off, especially if the computer was of a known type for the receiving robot.
Aristotle, Dec 16 2009
  

       21 Quest, - although, I quite like the idea of a Reindeer Managed Robot Farm.
Ian Tindale, Dec 16 2009
  

       Robot Reindeer Ménage Forum
hippo, Dec 16 2009
  

       //I don't think we are at the stage of a robot being able to configure and install a PC (for example) yet but we can't be far off, especially if the computer was of a known type for the receiving robot.   

       Along as the system was designed to manage the robot's flaws, i.e. (same computer type, shipping people take out of box and put the computer in a slot; peripherals in another), I think this could be built with current technology.   

       //Wouldn't these machines need to fixed from time too?   

       I suppose, but lets say you spend a couple years designing and building the system, and it takes the robot a year to breakdown, it would be interesting to see how far the business could grow in that time.   

       Perhaps, in times of slack business, the program could also sell of computers to gain capital, which the robot would them put in the mail.
leinypoo13, Dec 16 2009
  

       I'm glad this isn't one of those lucky items you hang from your genitals, only one that's been abused by a gentleman of the road - Yes that's right, a Hobo Ravaged Gender Charm.   

       I think the idea's a great one - but it's certainly not a new one.   

       This is called "Progress" or "Industrialisation" and while a render farm is a tiny example of this process in action - the goal of Man's Progress is to eventually have everything sort itself out, by itself.
zen_tom, Dec 16 2009
  

       Sounds like something you could put a SIMS front-end on and let a teenager manage it
MoreCowbell, Dec 18 2009
  
      
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