I Robot Now

By on December 19, 2003

I Robot Now.

Introducing the world’s first fully automated domestic assistant. The NS-5. What will you do with yours?

Wonder if this is for real. Here’s a real gem from the Web site…

With over 456 moving parts, three pounds of processing circuitry, two miniature nitrogen cooling tanks, and almost one mile of aluminum wiring, the NS-5 is a mechanical marvel. It’s ability to maneuver any type of terrain (from sand to concrete), lift weights up to 800 pounds, and even bake a tuna casserole, put its capabilities far beyond those of current robotic technology.

Lift 800lbs and bake a tuna casserole?

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Comments

  1. This is a piece of marketing material for ‘I, Robot’, a movie coming out in the summer based on Isaac Asimov’s book of the same name.

    There was a preview for this film before LOTR: Return of the King. If you are someone who reads this site, you really REALLY need to go see Return of the King

    At any rate, if a machine that could perform complex household tasks truly existed, I would certainly have it cook something better than a tuna casserole.

  2. Hello, I’m a 17 year old and I was just wondering if this NS-5 is real because it sounds sort of fishy to me, but I just keep on getting opinions that its going to be a movie or that its just a teaser or something like that. Away the whole thing just got me interested since I saw it on Return of the King previews. If anyone knows this Dr. Peter Bogerts email I would like to get that ok. thanks! Jonathan

  3. Yes, Jonathan, the website is just a promo for the movie that’s coming out next Summer. I pulled a dusty copy of “I, Robot” off the shelves this weekend & re-read it, and much of the NS-5 promotional material on the website can be found somewhere in Asimov’s book; positronic brains, The 3 Laws, etc… Dr. Bogert is one of the characters in the book.

    What Asimov wrote in “I, Robot” is pretty amazing, considering that he wrote it 60 years ago. Should be an interesting movie!

  4. cool well thanks for answering me so quickly I was kind of hoping it was real, because I thought it would be awesome. I just kept wondering when I went to that site what I was going to do with mine(just joking) really I was actually wondering how much they were going to charge for one. I’m sort of mad now because I thought it was real and my friend that I was looking at it with kept telling me its going to be a movie. Oh well take it easy thanks! Jonathan Smith

  5. Why does it say on the site that the NS-5 will not be available until July, but we can sign up and be notified when the pre-order window is available?

  6. It says that it will be available in July because that’s when the movie comes out =). This is a very nice marketing ploy for the movie…I remember them doing something really similar for the Blair Witch Project. You know, making it sound real and such. I have to admit, I was looking at the website going, wow, I feel like I am in the future or something…this is amazing… Well, I was right! I would have had to have been in the future! It’s not real! They got me… Oh well.

  7. Reading this thread, the fact that we’re sitting here talking about it like this is ample testament to the effectiveness of the marketing campaign. I’d say the ad agency won this round handily.

  8. I’m so excited about the upcoming film, ‘I Robot Now’. ‘I Robot’ (By Issac Asimov who also wrote the book that Disney’s ‘Bicentenial Man’ was based on) is one of my favorite sci-fi books. When I saw the preveiw for it before LOTR part 3 i thought it was a real robot. The website is brilliantly set up like a sales advertisement for the NS-5. I love it. I’m absolutely giddy with excitement!!!

    The only think I know about the cast of the film is that Will Smith has a lead role.

  9. I saw the ad in the LOTR previews like everyone else, and it intrigued me. I had heard about the movie with Will Smith called I Robot Now, and figured that it was just a promo for that. Though the idea still does sound cool. I went to that site also, and it does look real, I wonder how far off are we from these things, and like the other teenager, how much would they cost.

  10. I saw the ad in the LOTR previews like everyone else, and it intrigued me. I had heard about the movie with Will Smith called I Robot Now, and figured that it was just a promo for that. Though the idea still does sound cool. I went to that site also, and it does look real, I wonder how far off are we from these things, and like the other teenager, how much would they cost.

  11. what the hell!? i wanted one until i just figured out its not real. i was curious, and got suspicious when there was no price, and with knowledge of attempting to program robots, walking the dog would be slightly hard to program…because of hazards like cars, other dogs, etc. this suks, i wanted one too..once i turn 28, i get 2mil too, which means by any means i could get one. blah!

    im disappointed, genius marketing for the movie though, i still think theres a possibility of it being real, thats how good it is. maybe im not thinking it, but just hoping it.

  12. I haven’t read any Asimov, so I admit though I knew there was NO way the robot could be real when I saw the ad before LotR 3, I nontheless today decided to check out the site. And I’ve got to say I was fooled for a moment. Good thing I foudn this site and learned it was for a movie! Now everythign makes sense, and it wuld explan why it was shown in the ‘previews’ portion of the movie. The ad contradicted everything I know about the current state of robotics. For example, only in the last few weeks has Sony gotten humanoid robotics to the point where a robot can ‘run’. And the stuff they’re talking about in that ad? We are way way far away from that. Still, great site, well done – looks very believable. Good use of Flash and whitespace to emulate the current societal vision of future minimalism.

    Of course, just having gone back to the site, I should’ve gone earlier to the ‘Innovators’ section, where I would have realized those ‘doctors’ work for companies that don’t exist.

  13. WOW! I was really sucked into the whole fantasy when I first went on the I Robot website! I was skeptical, but I signed up and even started to try and find the company that produced the robots to look into investing in it, which is when I found this site and learned that 28 years on this planet doesn’t disqualify me from being a sucker. MEGA BRAVO to the marketing team on this one. Excellent website and the teaser trailer had me searching for about 30 minutes for the website since I couldn’t remember the name. I’m somewhat disappointed, but I’m hopeful for an excellent movie and it’s about time a new science fiction flick shows such promise.

  14. WOW! I was really sucked into the whole fantasy when I first went on the I Robot website! I’m studying electrical engineering and really want to be at the forefront of this kind of technology. Mostly, the story was believable to me because the Segway transport device is an engineering marvel that I had never heard of until it was ready for sale. I was skeptical (particularly with the “positronic brain”), but I signed up and even started to try and do research on the company, which is when I found this site and learned that 28 years on this planet doesn’t disqualify me from being a sucker. MEGA BRAVO to the marketing team on this one. Excellent website and the teaser trailer had me searching for about 30 minutes for the website since I couldn’t remember the name. I’m somewhat disappointed, but I’m hopeful for an excellent movie and it’s about time a new science fiction flick shows such promise.

  15. This message is for anyone who thought that the robot might be real…

    Are you for real?!!!?! Come back to reality – the fantasy world you are living in makes it difficult for people to interact with you and that is why you are so lonely. Work on your personality and spend less time alone inside your head – it isn’t good for you and has made you a complete moron. Happy New Year!

  16. I’d say Asimov’s “I robot” is well above AI. The very first page of the book introduces the three laws of roboics which play the book’s creed from there on…

    What’s so good about I Robot is the approach on robotics… Asimov doesn’t bother to tell how or why they work, except by a few certain mentions of some important parts’ tasks… But the main idea is how the laws enter in conflict with the world surrounding the robots.. The tasks they’ve been given and how some times the three laws aren’t quite enough to keep men safe. And obviously a very important part is the psychology of the robots themselves, how they reach conclusions and come up with theories about their own existance or their relationship with mankind.

    The very last chapters feature a thrilling story on the incursion of robots in society, undercover of course, and how they take control not only not disobeying the 3 laws, but seeking their fulfilling.

    I robot isn’t a series itself, but a very shocking episode of what awaits mankind on the path of deciding how far to go into robotics, especifically artificial intelligence.

    However, other of Asimov’s books, the robots of dawn is a very complete series that will, just as I robot, keep you on the very edge of your seat. Asimov wrote several other stories about robots, about the Sci-Fi genre and about the craft of writing Sci-Fi itself. Always, proving very advanced to his era and foreseeing quite successully how much there is to robotics and ai that many even today don’t even think about.

  17. The info on the ns5 is just too extreme. 800 lbs and all the other crazy stuff should be an obvious red flag showing that something just isnt right. Come on now.

  18. When I first saw the preview, I was quite excited at the prospect of this great movie (I don’t get how so many people were hooked into thinking it was real). It looked like happyfun! the privacy policy clued me in to the fact that it was by FOX, so I went to foxmovies.com. To save you the time, THIS is what I found:

    –quotation– Will Smith stars in this action thriller inspired by the classic short story collection by Isaac Asimov, and brought to the big screen by dynamic and visionary director Alex Proyas (Dark City, The Crow). In the year 2035, robots are an everyday household item, and everyone trusts them, except one, slightly paranoid detective (Smith) investigating what he alone believes is a crime perpetrated by a robot. The case leads him to discover a far more frightening threat to the human race. I, ROBOT uses a spectacular, state-of-the-art visual effects technique to bring a world of robots to life. –/quotation–

    a crime thriller? Not what I’d hoped for. About the three laws breakage… I kind of guessed that, as they mention it being “safe” SOOO much on the website and conspicuously in the preview. Still, I look forward to the movie. I should read the book.

    By the way, I caught one moment in the preview that looks SUPERCGD. In this moment, it’s so obvious that it’s animated. Go to the part near the end of the preview where the camera is inside the bot’s head (you can see the cables from its eyes, frame-by-frame helps, as it’s the last few of these frames. in fact, it’s maybe the last two frames of the inner bot views). Those cables and the surrounding metal are clearly not real. They’re kind of polygonal, and not shaded realistically. And at the bottom of the right socket? The edge of one small cable is HANGING OFF. Oh well, they tried. And they did a d•mn good job.

    See you in the future.

  19. Didn’t any of you believers notice that the preview was just that, and had a “this PREVIEW is suitable for all audiences” ??? You know, those green screens they throw up before all the previews…gee.

  20. First of all obviously its cg, the camera movements inside the body and such would not have been able to be possible. guarenteed. Also can’t they be like sued big time for false advertisement and crap. The website is completely false as it says nothing about a movie and such. It pissses me off!

  21. Ya, after reading this list, I beleive its just a movie. But I would happen to say that it is more possible now than ever. Minus the fact that Vision systems have not been perfected. I will go get my idea patented, and in 1 or 2 years we will see more practical applications of robotics. The polymer muscles wear out in 5 years, so unless university professors have come up with something better in the last 4 years since last research into it, it would kind of bite to have to replace the muscles.

  22. GAH! I was fooled, too. I was definitely skeptical, but the site got me. Well, I’m glad I did the research and found this site. I am looking forward to that movie. And, did someone say Will Smith’s in it?! Of course, maybe one day, 50 or 60 years down the line, we could possibly have made something similar to that robot? Who knows. ^_^

  23. Will wonders ever cease?

    I think not. This movie preview has really brought on much hype and speculation of our future and the integration of robotics in it. I too found myself Envisioning the use of Positronic brains, nano-technology, imagining my life with a robot assistant similar to the one described on the ‘I Robot Now’ site and recalled my thoughts of what the relationships of humans and robots would be from other movies like ‘A.I.’ and ‘Bicentennial Man’.

    However, there is one thing, (followed by a longer list of things) that we all seem to over look. With a personal assistant that can do all of our household task for us, leaving us with so much time to do other things, what would we do when we get that time? It seems that no mater how many inventions we come up with to budget our time and to cut down on the time it takes to handle task, we always seem to find a way of filling that empty space with more task for us to do.

    Would we travel more? Would we be forced to work longer hours since it is know that we have more time? Would we take up more hobbies? Would we spend more time with family? Or would we even do anything at all but lay around?

    It seems as though every day we all go to work (except for the 2million dollar boy) to pay our bills for all the stuff we have and always seems to want more stuff in the hopes that it will make us happy. Will a robot that does everything for us really make us happy? I can see it now… Either, no one at this home they work so hard to have, or no one seen out of there home because there watching TV or playing video games all day or some other useless time waster.

    It was once said, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”, “The most amazing thing about man is there will to preserver over adversity”, “Man is it his best when things are at its worst”.

    Where will we be in 50 to 60 years with nothing to hard for us to do, or I should say, nothing to hard for our robots to do for us?

    Wow! That hurt my head.

    This comment was by no means intended to be taken as soap-box speech, just an expression of my own personal thoughts and ideas. Any retaliation to insult or putdown the thoughts or ideas in the above mentioned comments will just mean that you don’t like free speech and that your hope for the future is limited by your lack of effort to be the best human you can be.

    Just kidding. Say all you want, I thought this was a great time waster for me. I will now go eat pizza and watch as many different channels on TV as I can.

    Looking forward to the movie. Will wonders ever cease?

    I think not. This movie preview has really brought on much hype and speculation of our future and the integration of robotics in it. I too found myself imagining my life with a robot assistant similar to the one described on the ‘I Robot Now’ site and recalled my thoughts of what the relationships of humans and robots would be from other movies like ‘A.I.’ and ‘Bicentennial Man’.

    However, there is one thing, (followed by a longer list of things) that we all seem to over look. With a personal assistant that can do all of our household task for us, leaving us with so much time to do other things, what would we do when we get that time? It seems that no mater how many inventions we come up with to budget our time and to cut down on the time it takes to handle task, we always seem to find a way of filling that empty space with more task for us to do.

    Would we travel more? Would we be forced to work longer hours since it is know that we have more time? Would we take up more hobbies? Would we spend more time with family? Or would we even do anything at all but lay around?

    It seems as though every day we all go to work (except for the 2million dollar boy) to pay our bills for all the stuff we have and always seems to want more stuff in the hopes that it will make us happy. Will a robot that does everything for us really make us happy? I can see it now… Either, no one at this home they work so hard to have, or no one seen out of there home because there watching TV or playing video games all day or some other useless time waster.

    It was once said, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”, “The most amazing thing about man is there will to preserver over adversity”, “Man is it his best when things are at its worst”.

    Where will we be in 50 to 60 years with nothing to hard for us to do, or I should say, nothing to hard for our robots to do for us?

    Wow! That hurt my head.

    This comment was by no means intended to be taken as soap-box speech, just an expression of my own personal thoughts and ideas. Any retaliation to insult or putdown the thoughts or ideas in the above mentioned comments will just mean that you don’t like free speech and that your hope for the future is limited by your lack of effort to be the best human you can be.

    Just kidding. Say all you want, I thought this was a great time waster for me. I will now go eat pizza and watch as many different channels on TV as I can.

    Thanks Big Willie Looking forward to the movie.

  24. http://www.PetitionOnline.com/Asimov31/petition.html

    BOYCOTT THE MOVIE! They have no right to name this movie after Asimov’s story. In the real story, the 3 laws work, and although the humans constantly worry about robot uprisings, the robots just make the world better for humans. After all, robots are based on logic, they have no reason to be power-hungry if they aren’t programmed to. The movie junks this main theme of the story and has the robots revolt, totally invalidating its claim on the same title.

    If you are a true science fiction fan, you won’t go see this horrible mockery of one the great Asimov’s best works. Also sign this petition. It doesn’t take long. http://www.PetitionOnline.com/Asimov31/petition.html

  25. It is a shame when real science-fiction looses out to war fiction set in the future. It is even more a shame when it is done while missinterpreting the orriginal work of Asimov.

  26. A PETITION?! You can’t be serious!?

    ROFLMAO!!

    Please, LEAVE your mothers basement and get a life, honestly, its pathetic.

  27. A PETITION?! You can’t be serious!?

    ROFLMAO!!

    Please, LEAVE your mothers basement and get a life, honestly, its pathetic.

  28. This is a site where you can see the trailer its about 3 mubues long its oone of the best movie trailers ive ever seen and the petition is bullshit the movie is loosely basesd on his book and the guy is dead so shut up

  29. oh come on! so this whole robot thing was just a fluke? great, now i have to do my project on robot and genetics all over agian…thanks a lot guys!

  30. If this thing is true it will make life entirly different. I hope the R5 is a reality so i can but one but i dont think it is anything but a marketing trap and it is working.

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