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Machine realization of Monty Python's sketch "Society for putting things on top of other things."
While an inexpensive toy robotic arm is simply hardwired
no computer controllable interface is generally provided,
wouldn't it be neat to use such an arm as the basis for a
machine reenactment of the Monty Python sketch [I'll
as] the "Society for putting things on top of other
machine vision, computer interfaced relays and the proper
algorithms for sizing up, sorting (as in largest on the
and stacking any assortment of flat objects set before it,
would be performance art. As a grand flourish at the end,
arm would knock everything down and start over.
Conceptually, that's how I roll, baby, without the slightest
chance I'll ever be able to do this.
Add note: stacking identical sized blocks is apparently
'child's play' for the robotics gurus. Plenty of robotic arms
stacking things found on YouTube:
|Add a hidden speaker, or perhaps an animatronic mouth,
playing the audio from the original sketch, and you have
my bun. Aw, hell, have it anyway. Do I just set it down
here, or do I have to hand it to the machine?
|I like the idea of the blockstacking bot, and then a snickering human adds a pyramid or a sphere to the pile.
|This would be a good "color" feature for a robot character in a scifi show: it likes to have things stacked on top of each other. I envision the character at its console with a small stack of items off to the side, different in each episode. When the character is thinking or talking, it is also stacking objects on top of each other. Sometimes the other characters take their things back out of the pile.
|I'm picturing an advanced AI-controlled 'bot that exhibits
an obsessive/compulsive stuff-stacking behavior. Its
designers are proud as piss with their creation, but unable
to eliminate the 'bug'. Hilarity ensues.
|I like this. It's definitely one of your three best
|How many blocks would a stackbot stack if a
stackbot would stack blocks?
|Baked: SHRDLU. OK, it predates Monty Python, but it was precisely what you describe: a small robot arm, whose entire world consisted of putting things on top of other things.
|SHRDLU's arm, like it's world, was virtual. This
proposal is for a real arm. Of course, maybe the
distinction between real and virtual isn't so
|I thought they did a version with a real arm ... my mistake.