If you are tired of killer robots murdering humans for no real logical reason, then you might like Robot & Frank - but be warned the robot learns some pretty evil stuff.
This new movie is pro robots and pro old jewel thieves:
Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
The robot is an Asimo-style "shorty" humanoid robot that has a lot of character and plenty of easy to short-circuit software goals. It learns to pick locks and generally steal things, all while looking after the old guy.
What is really ground breaking about this movie, however, isn't so much the robot - but who wouldn't want to grow old just to get their hands on one - but the way the young things are presented as over-privileged morons just right to be exploited by a thief and his robot accomplice.
Yes, the old should be revered - but probably only by robots.
The first issue of a new open access journal with the title The Art, Science, and Engineering of Programming is now available on arxiv.org. It is published under the auspices of AOSA in conjuncti [ ... ]