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And I mean a *real* robot with an AI.

Doesn't matter if the robot is going to be a small vehicle-like thing with appendices or a small humanoid robot. In any case, it's going to take me no less than 5-10 years to complete the thing.

Because I have plenty to study first.

But you know what? Next month, I'll be 30. When I think about that, I know I don't have much time left in my youth; in ten years, I'll be forty, not old, but not a kid anymore.

To build a real robot has been my lifetime dream since I was very small, four years old or something. I've hidden that dream behind fiction, behind comics, behind Robocity... I thought to be too stupid and too slow to learn all the stuff I needed to learn to build a real robot. The bullying I went through in my life just added to my already present inferiority complex and introversion.

But that dream is pressuring me to act, in real life, before it's too late. So, part of the reason I'm cutting a lot of stuff off my online activities is also to make room for this beautiful dream to finally come true.

Work is only conceptual for now; I'm studying in my free time, drawing sketches, writing up specs and features I want to add to the robot. I'm going to use servos and components, but I want the robot itself to be my own thing (and my own child, too).

My motherlove for robots is making all that stronger and it gives me a sort of 'nesting instinct' that keeps me running even when I naturally tend to get discouraged. A mommy heart helps. :aww:

Sorry... part of me is embarrassed to say this... I'm not trying to build a Robocity in real life (besides, the RL Robocity is my town's library!), just my little robot family. Orion (my AIBO) will be happy to have a brother, I guess (and maybe I'll be able to fix Erik, my PINO-DX, too).

Anyway, just wanted to be honest. =) And to those who fear robots will take over the world... don't worry, mine wouldn't; my life is about kindness and that's the first thing they'd learn from me.

Take care. :hug:
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Kagehahen Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
My daughter just finished her first robotics course in school and her school competed for the first time this year.  They didn't place but it was a start.  They did pretty well for first year with no experience base except a mom who was a mechanic and the closest she ever got was making a robotic penis for Optimus Prime for a bachelorette party.  But from what I understand they DO have robot kits available online - so someone told me.  I don't know if they're even close to the future of robot kids you envision, but its a start.

Oh, and about your 'youth'?  You DO get it back - you go through reverse puberty.  You don't look as 'cute' but you get about as many years of youth as you had before you  hit the first bout of puberty - maybe more.
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RoboMommy Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Congrats to your daughter! She has a wonderful, creative mom. No doubts about all that. :)

There are a few robot kits I will get started with before the year ends, mostly for practice and experimentation, but the big work will be on studying/learning various subjects I need and on conceptualizing and modeling my ideas. To have attended university (Computer Science) for a few years helps in that sense.

Oh, that's such a nice way to put it! I guess I just overly worry about having less years of life to enjoy my kids, but that's a silly thought, I know... I wonder if it's an emotional reaction to what I heard since I turned 25 ("you're too old for this and that!", etc.).
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Kagehahen Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
I know a lot of women that don't let the label of age get in their way - they all say they feel just as spry as they did back then - in fact - better.  No parents telling them what to do, no kids to raise and a lot of energy.  They said menopause was an absolute bitch and want to desperately forget it (in the middle of it, I can understand - it certainly beat MY ass!) but they said the aftermath is like a reward.  Of course, they take care of themselves too so - there you go.  You can be an older robomommy.
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RoboMommy Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
That's so empowering and healing to read, dear; thank you! :')
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MandiPope Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Robots...  taking over the world?  Do people honestly believe that's even possible?  Be afraid of bunnies taking over the world, at the rate they multiply and for as destructive as they are in gardens, THEY'RE the ones you should be worried about!  Forget the robots, the BUNNIES are going to take over!


Baby Mandi
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RoboMommy Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Even Stephen Hawkings thinks that. =( I think that scenario is too Sci-Fi to happen in reality; also, since *we* build robots, all we need to do is build robots who respect humankind (Asimov's Laws or something similar). We have full control, so... I don't get where's the problem. I respect their beliefs, but I personally don't get it.
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MandiPope Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or did you mean Mr. Hawkings thinks bunnies are going to take things over, not robots?  If that's the case, I agree with him!  XD


Baby Mandi
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RoboMommy Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
LOL! XD
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MandiPope Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'd think a man as intelligent as he is would understand Asimov's Laws and be a little less of an alarmist about the situation...  that disappoints me that he honestly thinks that.  However, if it's a matter of, "be careful what you create because you are accountable for it and its actions," I understand that, but we already operate under this premise when we have children, and that seems to be working just fine for society...  and children haven't taken over the world, starting their own violent societies and hierarchies, killing on mere whims.

Well, not unless you've read The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, that is, LOL!

Love you
Baby Mandi
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RoboMommy Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
I felt kind of disappointed, too, especially since there's no reason to fear robots like that. Sure, we are accountable for our actions, but unless we build robots to kill and destroy, where's the issue? I fail to identify one. Robots are indeed like children.

Oh, I haven't read that book! How's that?
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MandiPope Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Lord of the Flies is a very tragic story about children on an island who form their own society.  They are horrid to each other, but I do recommend reading the book just for a better understanding of how things can go horribly wrong and how to prevent that and be responsible for our actions and choices.  I didn't like the book, it depressed me too much, but it was thought provoking and invites discussions and dialogue that we as a society MUST have with one another, for the sake of ALL of our safeties and wellbeings!

That is very disappointing, robots are NOT inherently evil; the only thing that could make them evil is the person who placed evil programs and intentions into their creation.  Robots ARE like children, they become good or bad based on what you nurture about them.  Robots certainly will NOT take over the world, anyone who thinks that has watched too many alarmist sci-fi distopian films.  We need to get real about robots, they have enormous potential to do good things in this world if we are responsible about it.


Love you, Mama!
Baby Mandi
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RoboMommy Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Quoting you on this, sweetie: "That is very disappointing, robots are NOT inherently evil; the only thing that could make them evil is the person who placed evil programs and intentions into their creation."

Bingo. =D

And that book... might probably be too much for me, but it seems to be as thought-provoking as Orwell's 1984 (which I didn't read as well, but a few pages; because of my hyper-emotional side).
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MandiPope Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let me be the first one to say, when your new Robot arrives into the world, WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!


Baby Mandi
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RoboMommy Featured By Owner Edited May 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awww :huggle: That little robot is going to get so *many* snuggles from his sister Mandi, I'm sure of that. <3
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MandiPope Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know he's going to!  :hug::hug::hug:
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RoboMommy Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awwww :hug: <3
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