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Two Strikes For South Korea’s Space Launch

KARI_sealSouth Korea’s second space launch attempt proved unsuccessful when a rocket exploded just after lift-off. World Politics Review interviewed the Center of New American Security Fellow, Abe Denmark, about some of the progress and problems South Korea’s space program has had:

WPR: What is the current state of South Korea’s space program?

Abe Denmark: To date, the ROK’s satellite development program has been rather successful. Its National Space Program, most recently updated in 2005, calls for an ambitious program including the development of 13 satellites by 2010 and the ability to lift a 1.5 ton satellite into low-earth orbit (LEO) by 2015. South Korea’s first indigenously produced satellite, KOMPSAT-1, was launched in 1999 aboard a Russian-produced rocket. Since then, Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) has launched several advanced communications, imaging, and weather satellites.

In contrast to its satellite program, the ROK’s rocket program has been to date a disappointment. South Korea is largely dependent on foreign — often Russian — launching platforms.

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A Robot In Every Home Within 10 Years in South Korea?

Robot MaidsVia h+ magazine:

Korea has a stated goal of “a robot in every home by 2020,” and Samsung has already developed a robot maid that “recognizes people, can turn on microwave ovens, washing machines and toasters, and also pick up sandwiches, cups and whatever else it senses as objects.”

This progress report notes that one Samsung researcher has already worked with Georgia Tech on mathematical emotion models for humanoid robots “adapted to the particular requirements of … interactions with humans.”

After a government-sponsored forum on “Convergence of Biological and Physical Intelligence,” AI researcher Ben Goertzel reports gracefully moving, biologically-inspired robots (plus in-depth discussion about AI’s ability to forecast power failures on their smart grid). And he even raises the possibility Korea may develop an “internet of things,” with communication and connectivity between every smart object!

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Robot Future Arrives in South Korea?

Flag_of_South_KoreaSouth Korea’s government is investing $750 million to become the world robot leader within the next eight years.

They plan to get a service robot in every home within a decade, and they’re developing English-teaching robots to replace up to 30,000 human instructors at language institutes. The demilitarized zone even inspired an “Intelligence Surveillance and Guard” robot “that detects and interrogates intruders, sounds alarms, and can fire with a Daewoo K-3 machine gun.”

And finally, they’re building “Robot Land” – a combination grad school, R & D robotics center, and theme park with 340 robots, including the 364-foot tall Robot Taekwon U – “Voltar the Invincible”.

Plus, South Korea also has 3,000 computer specialists just to counter online attacks from North Korea…

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