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Fraser
2008-Mar-24, 10:40 PM
As Endeavour departs from the International Space Station on Monday, the space shuttle crew leaves behind a two-armed robot, the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), which the astronauts affectionately refer to as Dextre. Any reference to robots in space brings to mind other famous, albeit fictitious, machines that have interacted with humans [...]

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KaiYeves
2008-Mar-24, 10:48 PM
Actually, Dextre is a lot more like R2-D2. Dextre could be considered the first real astromech. He's a robot, he's in space, and he fixes and builds things.

Disinfo Agent
2008-Mar-25, 08:44 PM
Cynthia Says:
March 24th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Isn't it more like Dextre versus Huey, Duey, and Louey?Agreed.

Noclevername
2008-Mar-25, 11:56 PM
And, with the recent passing of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, one famous machine named HAL particularly comes to mind, especially when you factor in that Dextre is what’s called a “telemanipulator.”

?? If it's a telemanipulator, then HAL isn't a good comparison at all. It's more like a high-tech version of those long-reach "grabbers" that you use to reach high shelves...