Meet RX-78, the 60-feet-tall Gundam robot replica from Japan

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Source: Meet RX-78, the 60-feet-tall Gundam robot replica from Japan - Times of India
Imagine a sixty-feet tall and 25-tonne robot walking in front of you. Will you be amazed, excited, scared or intimidated?
The Gundam factory located in Japanese city of Yokohama just did that. The machine named RX-78 or the Gundam robot replica was taken for a ride, and the video of the same has become a huge hit among netizens.
A report in The Guardian said that the robot is 'modelled on one of the robots from the hugely popular 1970s anime series Mobile Suit Gundam'. The report further said that the port city of Yokohama is the new home for the robot.
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Life-sized Gundam in Yokohama is now in testing mode.https://t.co/51HVoraPb7
— Catsuka (@catsuka) 1600702893000
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Shared by Catsuka, a website about animation, the video has been seen more than 5 million times. Catsuka wrote 'Life-sized Gundam in Yokohama is now in testing mode,' while sharing the video. This beautiful machine can move its arms and legs with ease. Gundam also kneels down and then points fingers towards the sky in the video, and it looks awesome.
The robot was supposed to be a part of Gundam Factory's Special Experience preview 'event scheduled to begin this July and postpone our grand opening scheduled for October 2020.' It seems the official unveiling has to wait. 'We expect to have our grand opening within the year. Details will be announced as available,' said the manufacturer in a statement.
This is how Twitteratti reacted to the video
This may be the most spectacular waste of money in human history https://t.co/Z1xKzZUARe
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) 1600778048000
You know this is an unstoppable weapon @un @realDonaldTrump y’all let someone make one of these things and fully bu… https://t.co/lxXzehMt2U
— Deandre Lamont Solomon (@SaviorOfMen22) 1600769050000
Japan went to war with us 79 years too early https://t.co/mrABoFy4U1
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) 1600739137000
This is the kind of robot takeover I want, not Social Dilemma https://t.co/igHnYg0AYs
— Gene Luen Yang (@geneluenyang) 1600737133000
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I've been watching the construction videos as and when they're released. I knew about it when it was announced back during the 35th anniversary.

I'm glad that this is being made, but a bit disappointed that it's not freestanding :(
 

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I've been watching the construction videos as and when they're released. I knew about it when it was announced back during the 35th anniversary.

I'm glad that this is being made, but a bit disappointed that it's not freestanding :(
Bipedal robots are extremely inefficient and works in anime, cartoons and movies only :(
 
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Bipedal robots are extremely inefficient and works in anime, cartoons and movies only :(
Only because our current understanding of robotics is not good enough, anything that can exist in nature(aka bipedal) can also be replicated in robots given enough advancement in robotics.
 
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Nature is inefficient.
Opposite, nature is the most efficient. Evolution is a optimization software running for millions & billions of years producing most outstanding results. Spiders can create threads stronger than steel & mantis shrimp can punch with a force of .22 caliber bullet.
 

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Opposite, nature is the most efficient. Evolution is a optimization software running for millions & billions of years producing most outstanding results. Spiders can create threads stronger than steel & mantis shrimp can punch with a force of .22 caliber bullet.
True, machines are just replicating how humans are walking as the way humans walk is sooooooo efficient.
 

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Opposite, nature is the most efficient. Evolution is a optimization software running for millions & billions of years producing most outstanding results. Spiders can create threads stronger than steel & mantis shrimp can punch with a force of .22 caliber bullet.
That...is not how it works. Nature moves in a direction of whatever is reasonably suitable to the changing environment. The extinction of billions of species with time is a testament to that. Life on the whole tends to be durable, but the reality is that the constituents of life are not.

In any case, the term efficiency has to be put into context. If we look at it from the perspective of energy in vs energy out, by and large nature will lose to the specialised engineering that humans have created.
 

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Opposite, nature is the most efficient. Evolution is a optimization software running for millions & billions of years producing most outstanding results. Spiders can create threads stronger than steel & mantis shrimp can punch with a force of .22 caliber bullet.
nature is both efficient and inefficient. it goes, whichever way it works. but when stuff are not efficient anymore, it makes things obsolete, by means of natural selection of the eligible.

Bipedal robots are extremely inefficient and works in anime, cartoons and movies only :(
bi-wheeler robots are easier to manage than bi-pedal robots.

 
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That...is not how it works. Nature moves in a direction of whatever is reasonably suitable to the changing environment. The extinction of billions of species with time is a testament to that. Life on the whole tends to be durable, but the reality is that the constituents of life are not.

In any case, the term efficiency has to be put into context. If we look at it from the perspective of energy in vs energy out, by and large nature will lose to the specialised engineering that humans have created.
True but we can similarly argue that engineering of humans is even less lasting than nature.e.g.if you just leave a machine/structure outside/natural environment without maintenance for decades then it will most likely fail. Even from the perspective of energy in vs energy out I think if we consider the overall picture then nature wins(e.g.a nuclear reactor has much more efficiency than a plant leaf but it also needs a lot of resources to run in terms of raw material, maintenance, human input etc).
 

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That...is not how it works. Nature moves in a direction of whatever is reasonably suitable to the changing environment. The extinction of billions of species with time is a testament to that. Life on the whole tends to be durable, but the reality is that the constituents of life are not.
Umm.... Say for example we run out of fuel, like it did in the great oxygenation event for the anaerobic organisms. Then, extinction of machines at large scale will occur.

PS. I don't think that durability of electronics should be even compared with life, but here are some arguments


Nature had a lot more time than we did, its folly to challenge it. Human had what? At best 1.8 million years, and at worst 200.

Also, if our tools are so damn great how come a single (type of), in a way DEAD, organism is able to elude even the best tools we have had? Can human ever even dream to construct a robot to kill all of 'em?

Even if efficiency argument is eventually proven wrong by humans : Yes. Every organism is less efficient than a mindless robot, which would be not even here without very inefficient nature.


Even from the perspective of energy in vs energy out I think if we consider the overall picture then nature wins(e.g.a nuclear reactor has much more efficiency than a plant leaf but it also needs a lot of resources to run in terms of raw material, maintenance, human input etc).
Also : Turns out nothing is more efficient than nature, though its not what you might think
 

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True but we can similarly argue that engineering of humans is even less lasting than nature.e.g.if you just leave a machine/structure outside/natural environment without maintenance for decades then it will most likely fail. Even from the perspective of energy in vs energy out I think if we consider the overall picture then nature wins(e.g.a nuclear reactor has much more efficiency than a plant leaf but it also needs a lot of resources to run in terms of raw material, maintenance, human input etc).
Umm.... Say for example we run out of fuel, like it did in the great oxygenation event for the anaerobic organisms. Then, extinction of machines at large scale will occur.

PS. I don't think that durability of electronics should be even compared with life, but here are some arguments


Nature had a lot more time than we did, its folly to challenge it. Human had what? At best 1.8 million years, and at worst 200.

Also, if our tools are so damn great how come a single (type of), in a way DEAD, organism is able to elude even the best tools we have had? Can human ever even dream to construct a robot to kill all of 'em?

Even if efficiency argument is eventually proven wrong by humans : Yes. Every organism is less efficient than a mindless robot, which would be not even here without very inefficient nature.



Also : Turns out nothing is more efficient than nature, though its not what you might think
Again you guys are comparing a collective entity to an individual entity. When you say nature you're automatically comparing life at large rather than individual constituents. Man-made products last centuries when they're well made or well-maintained, while individual lifeforms, save for tortoises and a few other examples, rarely survive for more than 100 years even with a high degree of care.

An example of spider silk was mentioned earlier. Let me ask you this: do you know of any processes by which you can produce it in bulk so as to bring about practical application of the material? Of course you don't. Researchers are still unraveling the complexity of the structure and methods to mass produce it don't exist. Meanwhile high-strength fibres like Kevlar and carbon fibre are already in production in industrial quantities.
 

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individual constituents
Well, I save you several "immortal" animals (individuals), that can live forever, so........
even with a high degree of care.
That's where it gets a little sketchy, the work that humans do every seconds of their life far outweighs the work any machine do, and well, if we just cryo-freeze human, ie stop humans like we stop machines , we can extend the life even . The life of nature is just like machines, some are made to last a year ,some a decade and some a century and some much more than that, it all depends on the product made.
An example of spider silk was mentioned earlier. Let me ask you this: do you know of any processes by which you can produce it in bulk so as to bring about practical application of the material? Of course you don't.
Yeah ofc he dosen't. See it wasn't made for us just like if a laptop suddenly decided to make use of fast cutting electric chopper.

But we are trying to do here exactly what we did with birds , we try to always fly........
 
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