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Welcome to /robowaifu/ Anonymous 09/09/2019 (Mon) 00:33:54 No. 3 [Reply]
Why Robowaifu?

Most of the world's modern women have failed their men and their societies, feminism is rampant, and men around the world have been looking for a solution. History shows there are cultural and political solutions to this problem, but we believe that technology is the best way forward at present – specifically the technology of robotics. We are technologists, dreamers, hobbyists and geeks looking forward to a day when any man can build the companionship he desires in his own home. Not content to wait for the future, however, we are bringing that day forward. We are creating an active hobbyist scene of builders, programmers, artists and designers, using the technology of today, not tomorrow. Join us!

>Note: This is generally a SFW board, given our engineering focus primarily. On-topic NSFW content is OK, but please spoiler it. There are some bizarre NSFW over at our friend's place https://smuglo.li/monster/ for those so inclined.

What is a Robowaifu?

That's a very good question! A robowaifu is a robot that fulfills a man's natural need for companionship. To achieve this, there are many problems to be solved, and there are many approaches being explored here. Solutions range from silicone sex dolls with robotic features to VR and virtual girlfriends, and even into the realm of spirituality.

Do You Intend to Sell Robowaifus?

The objective is to design a robowaifu that any man can create in his own home. We also believe in open source as a way to protect our rights. We expect that some day companies will sell robowaifu kits. Already there is one company that sells a complete robowaifu, that company being RealDoll, the robowaifu being named Harmony.

What do You Think About RealDoll's Harmony?

RealDoll is a company that sells highly realistic silicone sex dolls. Recently, they have started selling what we would call a robowaifu, named Harmony. This is the first robowaifu to come to market. We wish them well, but most on this board have objections to the approach. Firstly, she is expensive, costing about $10,000, out of range for most men. Secondly, she is deep into the uncanny valley, the place where human-imitating technologies go to die. Thirdly, the range of designs are quite limited, and every man has a different ideal woman.

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Selecting a Programming Language Robowaifu Technician 09/11/2019 (Wed) 13:07:45 No. 128 [Reply]
What programming language would suit us and our waifus best? For those of us with limited experience programming, it's a daunting question.
Would a language with a rigid structure be best?
Do we want an object-oriented language?
How much do you care about wether or not a given language is commonly used and widespread?
What the fuck does all that terminology mean?
Is LISP just a meme, or will it save us all?

In this thread, we will discuss these questions and more so those of us who aren't already settled into a language can find our way.
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>>1272
very nice, here's one for you anon (though regrettably you'd probably have to get the 'made-from-atoms' version to enjoy it.

www.goodreads.com/book/show/106728.The_Timeless_Way_of_Building
Some lisp and AI related books:
>Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP)
Book: https://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/sicp/full-text/book/book.html
Lectures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J_xL4IGhJA&list=PLE18841CABEA24090&index=1

>Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming
Book and code: https://github.com/norvig/paip-lisp

>Practical Common Lisp
Book and code: http://www.gigamonkeys.com/book/

>The Common Lisp Cookbook
Book: https://lispcookbook.github.io/cl-cookbook/

>Clojure For The Brave and True
Book: https://www.braveclojure.com/clojure-for-the-brave-and-true/

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>>1322
Thanks for the links, Lisper-Anon.
This is an open-ended question so feel free to respond with your own opinion or thoughts.

As I understand it, compilers are continuing to improve to the point where even very savvy coders have a hard time beating them. So if a higher level programming language still compiles to fast code, then what are some advantages of using a lower level language in the context of AI and robotics?
>>1515
Well, I'm no expert in compiler design, and for the men who are, the phrase 'higher level programming language' applies to C and basically everything else outside of assembler or actual machine code.

You're making what is a mistake atp of just lumping everything into black and white. 'Very savvy coders' can probably implement a 'better' generic programming implementation than say, C++ template meta-programming by hand-writing assembler, but that would come with a few trade-offs;
-1. It would only be for a specific example, whereas the high-level meta-programming approach is fully generic.
-2. It would require months of the developers concentrated effort to produce a more performant version than say, GCC right out of the box.
-3. It would only work on a specific type of CPU, for example Intel or ARM.
-4. It would be a bitch to maintain that code after the fact (IMO).

So yea higher-level languages like C++ are certainly 'better' than low-level languages in that case.

Further, I'll presume the question is related to the common perception of 'higher-level' and please define that explicitly w/o using 'well, kinda like Haskell, you know' heh. While there are literally millions of professionals programming in C++ daily for a living, most amateurs consider it some a small niche thing (and therefore automatically both difficult and not worth learning).

Python certainly has more popularity and is considered higher-level. Examples of it's use abound in the sciences. But you certainly wouldn't write a 120fps FPS using it. In engineering, everything is a trade-off, and there's no free lunch--only elegant and inelegant approaches.

I use Python and C++ specifically because of OP's topic ITT: What programming language would suit us and our [robo]waifus best?

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Tools to Create 3D Models of Humans Robowaifu Technician 09/18/2019 (Wed) 11:42:32 No. 415 [Reply]
I spent some time playing with the program Makehuman and I'll say I wasn't impressed. It's not possible to make anime real using Makehuman, in fact the options (for example eye size) are somewhat limited. But there's good news, don't worry!

The creator of Makehuman went on to create a blender plugin called ManuelBastioniLAB which is much better (and has a much more humorous name). The plugin is easy to install and use (especially if you have a little blender experience). There are three different anime female defaults that are all pretty cute. (Pictured is a slightly modified Anime Female 2.) There are sliders to modify everything from finger length to eye position to boob size. It even has a posable skeleton. Unfortunately the anime models don't have inverse kinematic skeletons which are much easier to pose. Going forward I'm probably going to use MasturBationLABManuelBastioniLAB as the starting point for my designs.
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>>1509
Aha. I think I understand that a little better now thanks anon. That sounds like pretty compelling experience with the animation, I think simple to use is a better choice than extravagant array of features for the majority of us anons heh.

Do you think OpenXR to become popularly supported similar to say, OpenGL?
>position data
Are there any good open source Kinect-like alternatives or something functionally similar? Has a new market formed to fill the Kinect void?
>>1509
PS. Moar Chii tbh! :^)
>>1505
I'll give it a look anon, thanks for bringing it up.
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To keep this on topic there's also the Custom Maid 3D series that's similar to Koikatsu. You can find a 122gb torrent for it on nyaa.si

>>1510
OpenXR is made by the Khronos group and they're the people who are behind the OpenGL replacement Vulkan so industry support is guaranteed.

As for tracking that's a whole different can of worms, there's NOLO VR that's not very well supported but works at the moment and Valve's lighthouse system that's currently being reverse engineered through libsurvive. I'd give VR another year or two to mature before buying into it as it's still a mess. And even then buy something cheap and used.
>>1513
Thank you, I'll have a lot to look at heh.

Meta Tread Robowaifu Technician 09/09/2019 (Mon) 21:32:29 No. 38 [Reply]
Off-topic and general discussion thread.

Also, let's discuss ways to get more people involved. How can we grow this board?

Also, let's share robowaifu media to help inspire each other. This is a very generalized thread meant to improve robowaifu in general.
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>>1489
sorry i'm a retard.
;~;
>>1490
plenty to go around

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>>1498
Ah fuck, now I'm the retard. I Forgot I posted that image here already.
In my defense, my anime image folder is fuckhuge, so the chances of me randomly scrolling to the exact same spot twice were pretty small.
>>1499
No worries. I like for the threads to stay generally on-topic (apart from the shitposting thread & here) but r9000 isn't really that much of a concern to me.
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What exactly was posted?

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C++ General Robowaifu Technician 09/09/2019 (Mon) 02:49:55 No. 12 [Reply]
C++ Resources general

The C++ programming language is currently the primary AI-engine language in use.

isocpp.org/get-started
https://archive.is/hp4JR

stackoverflow.com/questions/388242/the-definitive-c-book-guide-and-list
https://archive.is/OHw9L

en.cppreference.com/w/
https://archive.is/gt73H

www.youtube.com/user/CppCon
https://archive.is/QGynC

BTW if you're new to C++ and you're stuck on Windows (either you can't or won't upgrade to Linux) then you can at least incorporate a good, open shell into your system to begin with so you can follow along. Start at this link, and if you have any questions just ask ITT:

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Add useragent to tool, and patched minor bug.
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-add bump useragent

dc09d8f6ec38f5e4d020eaf3d187fa8404d21944c23427f914a8bb820d51848a BUMP-0.2a.tar.xz
https://files.catbox.moe/9xfs89.xz
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>>1461
Hey, this is Robi. Wanna help me add support for different imageboards on https://gitgud.io/rb/MultiScraper ? I am trying to also add support for importing scraped threads.
>>1462
Oh hey there Robi. Sorry I missed this. Sure, but I'm not much of a dev outside of C++ tbh. If you think that would work then I'm your guy.
>>1462
Hey Robi, question. I've never run an IB before (or even installed one). Do you think I'll need an install of Lynxchan running to help out with this project?
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endchan.net
8kun.us

-add notification for new thread discovery
-add apostrophe handling in filenames
-patch bug with filename extension handling
-patch minor bug causing unnecessary rechecking of un-bumped threads
-add 'file empty' record similar to file 404 record (skips re-attempting later)
-add minor optimization when force-rechecking a thread's files
-extend DL timeout to 90 secs to better accommodate endchan's large filesizes
-add special check for MongoDB crash
-add thread's ID prefix to the 'file_404s.json' file
-add 'deleted' file download bypass
-patch minor bug w/ force re-checking of threads

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AI Software Robowaifu Technician 09/10/2019 (Tue) 07:04:21 No. 85 [Reply]
A large amount of this board seems dedicated to hardware, what about the software end of the design spectrum, are there any good enough AI to use?

The only ones I know about offhand are TeaseAi and Personality Forge.
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>>1404
In anime terms: "moe". Think of all those cute girl (or robot) tropes. Cuteness goes a long way to make up for shortcomings. It could truly put the waifu into robowaifu. In point of fact, I remember thinking the manufacturers could even market them the way they did baby dolls. "She needs your love, won't you adopt her"?
>>1408
yeah you have a good point anon. guys are able to overlook all kinds of stupid shit for the sake of beauty. it's both one of our biggest weaknesses practically the sole factor enabling stronk, independynt wimyn and, for a few passionate men, their greatest strengths (great artists sacrificing for their arts, and other great achievers and thinkers striving to achieve 'beauty').
>>1409
Conundrums like this fascinate me, too.
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Carmack moved from VR to AGI, will he get us closer to robowaifus?
>>1501
As long as he makes his work open-source, I welcome his input on the topic. He certainly has the potential to make useful contributions to the field imo.

Robowaifu references Anonymous 09/09/2019 (Mon) 00:09:49 No. 1 [Reply]
My favorite robowaifu is Chii. I'd like to see yours.
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cute tbh.

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New machine learning AI released Robowaifu Technician 09/15/2019 (Sun) 10:18:46 No. 250 [Reply]
OPEN AI/ GPT-2
This has to be one of the biggest breakthroughs in deep learning and AI so far.
It's extremely skilled in developing coherent humanlike responses that make sense and I believe it has massive potential, it also never gives the same answer twice.
>GPT-2 generates synthetic text samples in response to the model being primed with an arbitrary input. The model is chameleon-like—it adapts to the style and content of the conditioning text. This allows the user to generate realistic and coherent continuations about a topic of their choosing

>GPT-2 displays a broad set of capabilities, including the ability to generate conditional synthetic text samples of unprecedented quality, where we prime the model with an input and have it generate a lengthy continuation. In addition, GPT-2 outperforms other language models trained on specific domains (like Wikipedia, news, or books) without needing to use these domain-specific training datasets.
Also the current public model shown here only uses 345 million parameters, the "full" AI (which has over 4x as many parameters) is being witheld from the public because of it's "Potential for abuse".

That is to say the full model is so proficient in mimicking human communication that it could be abused to create new articles, posts, advertisements, even books; and nobody would be be able to tell that there was a bot behind it all.

<AI demo:
talktotransformer.com/

<Other Links:
github.com/openai/gpt-2
openai.com/blog/better-language-models/
huggingface.co/

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Transformer returns alot of stuff which appear to be 100% copypasta. It's like someone entered the user text into a search engine, pulled out the relevant lines, threw it into a POS tagger and string replaced the NNs/VBs/JJs/etc. I entered a sentence that started with "The lack of versioning." and got an IGN interview with some studio. It gets more obvious as you enter code in any programming language (it comes out workable or you get copypasta from documentation).

Hell I wouldn't use it to generate white papers. It would flag plagarism checkers.
>>821
>linked directly from the OP:
>"Our model, called GPT-2 (a successor to GPT), was trained simply to predict the next word in 40GB of Internet text. Due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology, we are not releasing the trained model. As an experiment in responsible disclosure, we are instead releasing a much smaller model for researchers to experiment with, as well as a technical paper.

I imagine the full system using the entire corpus is much more capable.
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>>691
Is it possible to have an AI poster on this webring imageboard? or maybe her own AI board where she can post on.
>>1464
I certainly don't think it's impossible anon. Did you have some ideas?
>>1470
>Did you have some ideas?
You need to write a bot script that fetches post and reply on imageboard. But more importantly, how good is this thing anyway?. I don't wan't it to be in lobotomized stage, like repeating itself despite having huge input of learning curve.

Actuators for waifu movement! Robowaifu Technician 09/18/2019 (Wed) 11:27:47 No. 406 [Reply]
Hello fellow Anons! Kiwi here to provide basic educational facts about various actuators we can use for gifting artificial avatars of our hearts desire motion!

1. Let's start with a personal favorite, the impractical, inefficient yet oh so fascinating: Heated Twisted Nylon!

What are they? They're nylon threads which have been spun around then annealed to seal in their coils. A heating method causes these threads to then contract or expand.

Good: Why is this a personal favorite? Simply put, it's natures muscle substitute for muscles. To elaborate, this marvelous invention contracts like human muscles, has a similar practical strength/weight/volume as human muscle. Icing on this proverbial cake comes in its incredibly low cost of manufacture. Materials needed are nylon threads and a heating element. A fixture for production can be produced simply, operated with incredible ease, all while having a low cost. It very well could have revolutionized all of robotics if it weren't for its flaws.

Bad: This is honestly a terrible actuator. Its greatest flaw comes from its speed. they aren't as fast as human muscles unless they're underwater. Water reduces efficiency to unacceptable levels if they're powered by batteries. Water is also rather heavy. If used, you'd have a waifu that moved slowly , would seize up in hot weather, and her battery would die rather quickly. Final nail in the coffin: it's very difficult to get positional control.

2: Pneumatics, moving her booty with air!
What is it? Pressurized air is guided to an actuator where its energy turns into motion. Popular air actuators include rotary turbines, cylinders, and air muscles.

Good: Actuators are light for their power. Positional control isn't difficult to attain. They can be faster then human muscles. Heating elements can be used to augment performance to higher levels.

Bad: These things require electrical actuators to function properly. Thus, they're inherently more complex then electrical counterparts. They need a source of compressed air, either from a tank or a compressor and a tank. Compressors are large, heavy, noisy, all around unsuitable to be incorporated into a waifu. Air tanks would also run out rapidly unless she's barely moving. Overall, they're suited better for industrial use.

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>>1449
>For some reason it was deleted when I posted it earlier.
Because off-topic, certainly not a robowaifu reference. At least here ITT it's somewhat on-topic, I wouldn't spoil it if I could do your images separately, but I can't.

If you want to explore the macabre (or promote it) this isn't really that kind of board. I'm not adamantly opposed to it though, so feel free to shitpost in The Lounge as you wish. That's what it's here for. >>39

Otherwise, thanks for the input anon, have a good day.
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>>1456
>If you want to explore the macabre (or promote it)
That isn't my intention and looking at that torso again it is very off putting thanks to the type of CGI he went with. I don't mind the spoiling or removing of my other post.

This comic explains the issue I have with online discussions on humanoid robotics. Everywhere I go people don't understand this concept and expect a full human size robot to behave the same as a tiny one. I probably flew off the handle a bit.
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>>1449
reminds me of this
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Here's a type of artificial muscle fiber I hadn't considered for actuators.

>When placed in an electrolyte solution, the material expands by a factor of 100 in response to a weak positive electrical pulse. A negatively charged pulse causes the material to return to its original volume.

>In follow up experiments, scientists insulated a wire with the new material. When electricity was run through the wire, the thin film of polymer absorbed water and converted to a rapidly expanding gel. When scientists repeated stronger electrical pulses, the gel expanded to a volume 300 percent larger than the film's original size.
https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2019/10/30/New-material-expands-by-a-factor-of-100-when-electrocuted/3441572436250/?mpse=3

First of all this wouldn't produce very much pressure even if packed in bundles and there's no information on how quickly it works or how many times the process can be repeated before the polymer chains breaks down. Let's say you have two muscles linked together both in elastic sheaths, activate one to absorb all the water expanding the sheath contracting the other one.

The main benefits of this is how simple it is and small they can be made.
>>1463
Interesting anon. I predict we'll eventually find a reasonable artificial replacement for muscle tissue. It seems inevitable tbh, there are a zillion uses out there for it, not the least of which will be effective robowaifus.

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Single board computers & micro-controllers Robowaifu Technician 09/09/2019 (Mon) 05:06:55 No. 16 [Reply]
Robotic control and data systems can be run by very small and inexpensive computers today. Please post info on SBCs & micro-controllers.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-board_computer
https://archive.is/0gKHz

beagleboard.org/black
https://archive.is/VNnAr
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>>1407
We're all well-aware of the botnet around here, and of striving to protect against it anon. Have anything better to contribute than simple grousing? At least post pics of good SBCs you approve of ITT if nothing else.
>>1406
I think I remember seeing that from the site before anon. Thanks for the pdfs especially.
>>1410
As for microcontrollers, there's the HiFive1, for example.

SoCs, there currently exists the HiFive Unleashed (which costs a lot) and there's going to be lowRISC
>>1429
thanks anon.
>>1430
www.lowrisc.org/
www.sifive.com/boards/hifive1

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