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  • Robot-run Henn na Hotel in Nagasaki enters Guinness book[Japan]

    12/06/2016 7:52:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Nov 18, 2016
    Robot-run Henn na Hotel in Nagasaki enters Guinness book The Henn na Hotel in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as “the first robot-staffed hotel” in the world, according to the chief of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. “Our hotel will keep on moving with the evolution of robots and artificial intelligence, aiming to entertain our guests better and make them happy,” Hideo Sawada, president of the theme park owned by travel agency H.I.S. Co., said Thursday at a news conference in Tokyo. “We want to boost the number of this kind of hotel to...
  • Rise of the robot music industry

    12/05/2016 8:05:31 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    FT ^ | December 2, 2016 | Nic Fildes
    Rise of the robot music industry AI is transforming music streaming, talent spotting, promotion and even composition December 2, 2016 by: Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent Robotic is not an adjective that many musicians would want applied to their songs but the industry has been fast to embrace data analytics and artificial intelligence to help tailor its services to the increasingly fickle listener. Algorithms are seeping into the music business to help with talent spotting, promotion and even composition in an industry that has been historically resistant to change and was one of the first to feel the effects of “disruption”...
  • LESSON 1: Simple Introduction to the Arduino (Video -- this is the future)

    10/21/2016 5:27:46 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 64 replies
    Video Link -- I only learned about Arduino yesterday. This might not be the best video to explain what it is, but it will introduce you to the concept.Arduino is an open source company in Italy IIRC that essentially marries cheap-off-the-shelf hardware to simple code such that you and I can develop our own moving things (i.e. robots, drones, motorized camera mounts, etc.). The only limits are your imagination and determination.Here's another shorter introductory video that might help...Thinking About Getting an Arduino? Watch ThisAnd "believe me" (as Trump says), I am an old fart so don't tell me that old...
  • "Charlie Rose interviews robot"

    10/10/2016 9:40:17 AM PDT · by SMARTY · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10-10-16 Uh.. oh! Isn't that like incest or something?
  • Why I want a robot nanny

    10/06/2016 8:35:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    The Week ^ | October 6, 2016 | Ruth Margolis
    Why I want a robot nanny Ruth Margolis I'm a tech-phobic parent — not exactly the sort of person who gets excited about the idea of letting a machine watch my children. But when I heard about the newly developed iPal — a doe-eyed, 3-foot-tall robot companion — I couldn't help but see the potential advantages to struggling parents of young kids. So many of us are crippled by the costs of childcare, sleep deprived and, frankly, bored. (You try coming up with 37 different scenarios for "The Wheels on the Bus" before breakfast...) Is it really so crazy to...
  • This Space-Exploring Robot Tweeted a Heartbreaking Goodbye

    07/26/2016 1:19:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies ^ | July 26, 2016 | Mahita Gajanan
    As it reaches the end of its life Philae, the first robot to land on a comet, has reached the end of its life and is bidding a final farewell to Earth through a series of sad tweets. “It’s time for me to say goodbye,” Philae tweeted on Tuesday. “Tomorrow, the unit on @ESA_Rosetta for communication with me will be switched off forever…” After launching from a Rosetta probe, Philae landed on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014, becoming the first spacecraft to touch down on a comet. However, landing trouble led Philae to bounce across the landscape of the comet, finally...
  • We ARE at war with islam HERE. Why Dallas Police used the robot with explosives, a theory.

    07/15/2016 5:16:31 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 33 replies
    News | 15 July 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    The Dallas Police used an explosive device to kill Micah X. Johnson, one of the shooters at the BLM protest. Later in the news, it was reported that he had weapons and explosives and obviously information in the house to show that he planned something far larger. After the incident in Nice, it becomes obvious that there are muslim operatives who apparently are sleepers or sleeper cells who are wreaking havoc there, and, there are some who have done the same thing here. As more muslims are brought in (by plan), we are going to see far more killing of...
  • Decision to Blow up US Citizen With Robot Was Improvised in Less Than 20 Minutes

    07/13/2016 9:49:10 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 131 replies
    A hotly-contested decision by law enforcement to use a drone robot to blow up a U.S. citizen, who allegedly carried out the murders of five police officers in Dallas, just got exponentially more controversial—because, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, the “whole idea was improvised in about 15 to 20 minutes.” Already igniting fury around the country for neglecting any semblance of due process, the use of the “Remotec model F-5” to deliver a pound of C-4 explosive to decimate suspected shooter Micah Xavier Johnson as he targeted police in a sniper-style attack, has been revealed by the police...
  • Military Robotics Makers See a Future for Armed Police Robots

    07/11/2016 6:05:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Defense One ^ | 07/11/16 | Patrick Tucker
    As military-grade robotics get cheaper and more capable, someone will arm them and put them on American streets. Robot-maker Sean Bielat says he’s fine with the Dallas Police Department’s apparently unprecedented use of a bomb-disposal robot to kill a gunman on Thursday. “A robot was used to keep people out of harm’s way in an extreme situation,” said Bielat, the CEO of Endeavor Robotics, a spinoff of iRobot’s military division. “That’s how robots are intended to be used.” Joergen Pedersen, the CEO of RE2 robotics and the chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association’s robotics division concurred. “If these robots are...
  • Killer robot used by Dallas police opens ethical debate

    07/08/2016 5:10:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 169 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2016 8:04 PM EDT | Michael Liedtke and Bree Fowler
    When Dallas police used a bomb-carrying robot to kill a sniper, they also kicked off an ethical debate about technology’s use as a crime-fighting weapon. In what appears to be an unprecedented tactic, police rigged a bomb-disposal robot to kill an armed suspect in the fatal shootings of five officers in Dallas. While there doesn’t appear to be any hard data on the subject, security experts and law enforcement officials said they couldn’t recall another time when police have deployed a robot with lethal intent. […] “If lethally equipped robots can be used in this situation, when else can they...
  • Are Police Allowed to Robot-Bomb Suspects?

    07/08/2016 12:37:40 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 71 replies
    U.S. News & World Report‎ ^ | July 08, 2016 | Steven Nelson
    Experts say yes, and that Dallas is just the beginning A cop-killing suspect died Friday when Dallas police detonated a “bomb robot” at his parking garage hideout, using a possibly unprecedented policing tactic after 5 officers were shot dead. But are American police actually allowed to blow up a suspect? Legal experts says under certain circumstances, the answer probably is yes, though special considerations differentiate killings using robotics and explosives from more common defensive shootings. The precise details of the robot-bombing are unclear, and experts say facts are essential to the legal analysis, even if existing principles governing use of...
  • Anybody Else Disturbed by the Dallas use of the "Bomb Robot"?

    07/08/2016 11:15:33 AM PDT · by Rinnwald · 228 replies
    “We saw no other option than to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension to detonate where the suspect was”
  • Police: Dallas Shooting Suspect Micah Johnson “Wanted To Kill White People” (Freeper question)

    07/08/2016 9:30:19 AM PDT · by Celerity · 104 replies
    However, Dallas Police Chief David Brown confirmed the death of one gunman, later identified by CBS News as of 25-year old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, the suspect that police cornered in a parking garage at El Centro College in the downtown area immediately following the shooting. According to Brown, police cornered Micah Johnson and negotiated with him for several hours. When talks broke down – they exchanged gunfire with the man. At that point, police sent in a remote vehicle and detonated a bomb – ultimately killing him. “We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot...
  • Robot escapes testing grounds, disturbs traffic in Russia

    06/15/2016 8:51:38 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 18 replies
    RT ^ | 15 JUNE 16 | Sayu Himitsu
    A robot escaped from a testing area in Perm, a city not far from the Urals, and made it on to a busy junction, baffling passersby, but also disturbing traffic. “The robot was learning automatic movement algorithms on the testing ground, these functions will feature in the latest version of the Promobot.” The co-founder of the robot’s maker, Oleg Kivokurtsev, told news agency. “Our engineer drove onto the testing ground and forgot to close the gates. So the robot escaped and went on his little adventure.” Kivokurtsev explained.
  • Meet Your New Co-worker: The Robot

    05/27/2016 3:39:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Voice of America ^ | May 27, 2016 | Tina Trinh
    At the RoboUniverse expo in New York City, robots of all shapes and sizes were being put to work. Companies showed off automated machines designed to perform tasks that many humans would consider less than desirable. “There are certain tasks in our society… that will stay on and not be attractive for humans to do. And we cannot get rid of them if we want to live our lives in the usual fashion,” said Preben Hjřrnet, founder and CEO of robotics startup Blue Workforce. “Robots have no conscience, no self-awareness, so they’ll never be social,” Hjřrnet added, “But they don’t...
  • Hyundai unveils wearable robot

    05/15/2016 8:22:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    South Korean auto giant Hyundai Motor Group has unveiled a wearable robot that can be applied in many areas including military and production lines, the company announced on Friday. "This wearable robot that we are developing for commercial purposes will be used in diverse areas," a company official said. ... The wearable robot under development is known to help the controller by enhancing overall physical strength, making it possible to lift an object weighing over 60 kg and assist him or her walk and go up stairs. It can be used in assisting people with disabilities and the elderly to...
  • Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR

    05/05/2016 5:39:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2016 8:40 PM EDT | Lauren Neergaard
    Getting stitched up by Dr. Robot may one day be reality: Scientists have created a robotic system that did just that in living animals without a real doctor pulling the strings. Much like engineers are designing self-driving cars, Wednesday’s research is part of a move toward autonomous surgical robots, removing the surgeon’s hands from certain tasks that a machine might perform all by itself. No, doctors wouldn’t leave the bedside — they’re supposed to supervise, plus they’d handle the rest of the surgery. Nor is the device ready for operating rooms. But in small tests using pigs, the robotic arm...
  • Meet Jia Jia the 'robot goddess' (truncated)

    04/16/2016 7:07:16 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 20 replies ^ | 04/16/2016 | Stacy Liberatore
    It took the team three years to complete the robot, which can speak, show micro-expressions, move its lips and body, yet seems to hold its head in a submissive manner. The humanoid is programmed to recognize human/machine interaction, has autonomous position and navigation and offers services based on cloud technology. This humanoid has natural eye movement, speech that is in sync with its lip movement and refers to its male creators as 'lords'.
  • China’s Robot Army Set to Surge

    04/09/2016 5:38:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 4/8 | Steve Johnson
    China’s uptake of industrial robots is set to rise rapidly in the coming years as higher labour costs and the heightened aspirations of workers push manufacturers to embrace automation. The development may add to fears that workers in poorer countries are most in danger of being displaced by automation, with analysis by Citi and the Oxford Martin School, a research and policy unit of the UK university, published earlier this year suggesting that more than 75 per cent of jobs in China are at a “high risk” of computerisation. Mirae Asset Management, an Asia-focused house with $75bn of assets, predicts...
  • Mass Robot Firings in China Because of Incompetence

    04/09/2016 5:11:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | APRIL 08, 2016 | Cara Giaimo
    "The robots weren't able to carry soup," one of their former colleagues said.After piloting early AI server programs, three Guangzhou restaurants have engaged in mass robot firings, Shanghaiist reports. Two of the formerly robot-employing restaurants have closed down entirely, and the remaining one has fired all but one of their nonhuman staff members. "The boss has decided never to use them again," a human waiter said of his former colleagues. Said boss and his compatriots originally hired the droids to save money—after an up-front investment, robot workers are much less expensive than humans, because you don't actually have to pay...
  • Google owned Schaft unveils new bipedal robot

    04/08/2016 9:49:45 AM PDT · by Reeses · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 7, 2016 | Google
    Google owned Schaft unveils new bipedal robot at NEST2016 in Tokyo.
  • The killer robot threat: Pentagon examining how enemy nations could empower machines

    03/30/2016 8:47:57 PM PDT · by Mariner · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 30th, 2016 | By Dan Lamothe
    The Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian official said Wednesday that the Defense Department is concerned that adversary nations could empower advanced weapons systems to act on their own, noting that while the United States will not give them the authority to kill autonomously, other countries might. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work said the Pentagon hasn’t “fully figured out” the issue of autonomous machines, but continues to examine it. The U.S. military has built a force that relies heavily on the decision-making skills of its troops, but “authoritarian regimes” may find weapons that can act independently more attractive because doing so...
  • Microsoft’s artificial intelligence Twitter robot tweets support for Hitler, genocide of Mexicans

    03/25/2016 4:42:44 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies
    washington times ^ | Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Maria Stainer
    Twitter trolls made a dummy out of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence chat robot, which learns through public interaction, by turning it into a pro-Nazi racist within a day of its launch. Tay, the artificial intelligence (AI) robot, had a bug in which it would at first repeat racist comments, then it began to incorporate the language in its own tweets. ...The robot, made to sound like a teenage girl, targeted 18- to 24-year-olds, “the dominant users of mobile social chat services” in the United States, the page says.... Soon after, Tay was tweeting, “Hitler was right I hate the jews” and...
  • How Microsoft’s friendly robot turned into a racist jerk in less than 24 hours

    03/25/2016 3:08:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 23, 2016 | By SHANE DINGMAN - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER
    What happens when one of the world’s biggest software companies lets an artificially intelligent chatbot learn from people on Twitter? Exactly what you think will happen. Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams launched a project on Wednesday with Twitter, Canada’s Kik messenger and GroupMe: a chatbot called Tay that was built using natural language processing so that it could appear to understand the context and content of a conversation with a user. Targeting the 18-to-24-age demographic, its aims were simple: “Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful...
  • How Microsoft’s Friendly Robot Turned Into a Racist Jerk in Less Than 24 Hours

    03/24/2016 11:25:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016 | SHANE DINGMAN
    What happens when one of the world’s biggest software companies lets an artificially intelligent chatbot learn from people on Twitter? Exactly what you think will happen. Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams launched a new project on Wednesday with Twitter, Canada’s Kik messenger and GroupMe: A chatbot called Tay that was built using natural language processing so that it could appear to understand the context and content of a conversation with a user. Aimed at the 18-24 demographic, its aims were simple: “Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual...
  • [Video]: This Hot Robot Says She Wants to Destroy Humans

    03/22/2016 6:41:37 AM PDT · by Maceman · 35 replies
    Video (2:16) at link. This robot has the most realistic facial expressions I've yet seen. Just imagine this technology in 20 years.
  • Domino's trials pizza delivery by robot

    03/18/2016 6:05:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | March 18, 2016 | Rhiannon Williams
    Robots have changed our lives in many ways, from advancing our healthcare and automating our factory lines, to taking on dangerous tasks and even taking our place in warfare. Now Domino's have developed possibly the greatest use for robots yet - safe and secure pizza delivery in what the company claims is a world first.
  • Carl's Jr. CEO Wants to Open a Robot Restaurant Free of Human Workers

    03/17/2016 9:19:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 91 replies
    Eater ^ | March 17, 2016 | Whitney Filloon
    As minimum wages across the country rise and restaurants face increased labor costs, one fast food CEO is thinking about replacing human workers with robots. Carl's Jr. head honcho Andy Puzder wants to open a new restaurant concept that's "employee-free," reports Business Insider. Puzder was inspired by a visit to Eatsa, the futuristic San Francisco-born restaurant where patrons order via tablet and retrieve their food from automated cubbies. He believes the idea of a restaurant free of social interaction could be especially appealing to millennials, noting that young people seem particularly fond of ordering from kiosks over humans.
  • People trusted this robot in an emergency, even when it led them astray

    03/01/2016 9:48:31 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 44 replies
    Computer world ^ | 3/1/16 | Martyn Williams
    When it comes robots, humans can be a little too trusting. In a series of experiments at Georgia Tech that simulated a building fire, people ignored the emergency exits and followed instructions from a robot -- even though they'd been told it might be faulty. The study involved a group of 42 volunteers who were asked to follow a "guidance robot" through an office to a conference room.They weren't told the true nature of the test. The robot sometimes led participants to the wrong room, where it did a couple of circles before exiting. Sometimes the robot stopped moving and...
  • Marco Rubio Warns Of Robot Takeover Of American Economy

    02/11/2016 12:52:45 PM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 11, 2016 | Charlie Spierling
    If the Department of Labor continues to make it difficult for companies to hire American workers, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned, robots would take over key jobs in the economy. During a town hall in Okatie, S.C., Rubio warned that the Department of Labor was too big, too powerful, and turned into “anti-business agency” that hurt the private sector.
  • Robot Adjusts Stare, Makes Itself Less Creepy

    02/01/2016 12:38:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | Feb 1, 2016 07:00 AM ET // | by Glenn McDonald
    We don't incessantly stare at other people when we speak to them, and we don't expect them to stare back. Programming companion robots to understand this kind of social protocol is tricky but crucial, according to researcher Sean Andrist, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin's Department of Computer Sciences. An interesting write-up over at IEEE Spectrum details Andrist's research, which involves the "gaze mechanisms" that we humans take for granted when interacting with one another. The goal is to improve the function of both physical humanoid robots and virtual avatars by establishing rules that govern when, why and...
  • The world's first robot-run farm will harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce daily

    01/27/2016 7:04:30 PM PST · by PittsburghAfterDark · 51 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | January 27, 2016 | Leanna Garfield
    The Japanese lettuce production company Spread believes the farmers of the future will be robots. So much so that Spread is creating the world's first farm manned entirely by robots. Instead of relying on human farmers, the indoor Vegetable Factory will employ robots that can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce every day. Don't expect a bunch of humanoid robots to roam the halls, however; the robots look more like conveyor belts with arms. They'll plant seeds, water plants, and trim lettuce heads after harvest in the Kyoto, Japan farm. "The use of machines and technology has been improving agriculture in...
  • Forget Solving The Rubik's Cube, This Robot Can Do It In One Second

    01/25/2016 6:47:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Tech Times ^ | January 25, 8:43 AM | Aaron Mamiit,
    The video shows the robot solving the Rubik's Cube at times of 1.196 seconds, 1.152 seconds, 1.047 seconds and 1.019 seconds, as the machine displayed not just extreme speed in the task, but also consistency in keeping the solving time between 1 second and 1.2 seconds. The machine is built using 3D-printed frames, stepper motors, and four USB web cameras that are connected to a PC. The cameras scan the Rubik's Cube to begin analyzing the puzzle through the Kociemba solving algorithm, and the solution is then carried out by the robot in lightning fast movements. The Rubik's Cube being...
  • US military shelves Google robot plan over 'noise concerns'

    12/30/2015 6:26:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    The US army says it has mothballed plans to deploy a robot developed in conjunction with Google because it is "too loud". The Legged Squad Support System, referred to by some as "the big dog," is capable of carrying 400lbs (181.4kg) of equipment over rugged terrain. But the US Marines now say its petrol-powered engine is too noisy for them to use in battle. ... The LS3 was developed by Boston Dynamics, a robotics firm acquired by Google in 2013 - as part of a tie-up with the Pentagon's research arm, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). The robot...
  • Nadine the social robot takes you straight to 'Uncanny Valley'

    12/30/2015 3:57:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies ^ | 12/30/2015 | Mariella Moon
    Nadine is loaded with intelligent "assistant" software similar to Siri and Cortana, with her own moods and emotions. She can also remember the people she'd met before and the contents of their conversation. Professor Thalmann's robotic doppelganger was developed to become a personal assistant or a companion for kids and the elderly in the future. She believes social robots like her creation could eventually become real-life C-3POs "with knowledge of language and etiquette." For now, she and her team are putting Nadine to work as a receptionist at the university
  • Robot keeps stores stocked with Doritos

    11/13/2015 4:14:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies ^ | Sharon Gaudin
    Simbe Robotics, based in San Francisco, announced its first product, a 30-pound robot called Tally that can move up and down a store's aisles checking inventory. The robot determines what products need restocking and send reports to workers who can add more stock. Tally also is set up to work during normal store hours, alongside employees and customers. "Tally performs repetitive and laborious tasks of auditing shelves for out-of-stock items, low stock items, misplaced items, and pricing errors," the company said in a release. "Tally has the ability to audit shelves cheaper, more frequently, and significantly faster than existing processes;...
  • Robot Farmers of the Future Might Grow 10 Million Heads of Lettuce a Year

    10/12/2015 6:40:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Take Part ^ | October 9, 2015 | Liz Dwyer
    From the army of machines that work in Amazon warehouses to automatons that milk cows, the job-taking robots of the future are among us. Now the lettuce in your salad of the future might be grown by robots too. Oh, by “future,” we mean 2017. That’s the hope of Spread, a company in Kyoto, Japan, that plans to begin constructing the world’s first large-scale lettuce factory next spring. Once it’s fully operational, the entire process of growing a head of lettuce—from seeding to harvest—will be automated and run by robots. The efficiency of machines will enable the factory to produce...
  • Why scientists want robots to learn to feel pain

    05/27/2016 9:56:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Researchers in Germany are currently creating a "nervous system" that would mimic a pain response in robots, allowing them to quickly react and avoid harmful situations. "Pain is a system that protects us,” researcher Johannes Kuehn told a conference of engineers last week. “When we evade from the source of pain, it helps us not get hurt.” The researchers programmed their robot to experience a "hierarchy" of pain through a variety of different stimuli, such as blunt force or heat. Depending on the threat, such as a harsh movement or intense heat, the robot is programmed to retract to the...
  • “A Small Happiness”

    05/19/2016 5:17:10 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-19-2016 | MOTUS
      Did you see the Wall Street Journal article yesterday about Starbucks new app? Raj was in it! They spelled his name wrong, of course: For Sathyarajkumar Krishnasamy, 49, an engineer, finally seeing his properly spelled name on a cup has been a breakthrough. In Starbucks stores, he had tried everything from providing his nickname, “Raj,” which sometimes came out as “Rodge,” to telling baristas to identify him simply as “number 10.” The accuracy of the app, says Mr. Krishnasamy, is “a small happiness.”  One hot black grande for “Rodge”!Butt that was the whole point of the story: how Starbucks...
  • Scientists build world’s tiniest engine

    05/03/2016 6:26:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | May 2, 2016 8:08 pm | Clive Cookson, Science Editor
    Driving force: an Ant combines microscopic gold balls with a polymer gel to propel nanobots. Medicine is one potential application =============================================================================================================== High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. Scientists have developed a microscopic engine, the smallest in the world, that they say is the first one capable of driving nanobots, including medical robots that could travel through the body. The prototype device, known as an actuating nano-transducer or...
  • Robot Waiters Fired for Incompetence in China

    04/17/2016 8:02:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Inverse ^ | April 6, 2016 | Adam Toobin
    Robot Waiters Fired for Incompetence in China Customers liked them, but they couldn't carry soup. Adam Toobin April 6, 2016 The world may not be ready for restaurant robots — yet. At least two restaurants in Guangzhou, China have fired their teams of artificially intelligent robot waiters after discovering the machines were unable to keep up with their human staff. “The robots weren’t able to carry soup or other food steady and they would frequently break down. The boss has decided never to use them again,” an employee at one of the restaurants told the Worker’s Daily. The humanoid bots...
  • Carl’s Jr. CEO wants to try automated restaurant where customers ‘never see a person’

    03/18/2016 7:49:09 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 59 replies ^ | 17 Mar 2016 | KFOR-TV & K. Querry
    NEW YORK – A CEO of a fast-food company is causing a stir on social media after claiming that he wants to create a fully automated restaurant. “We could have a restaurant that’s focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person,” Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider. Puzder says the automated restaurant would be cheaper since he wouldn’t have to worry about rising minimum wage. “If you’re making labor more expensive, and...
  • Could you fall in love with this robot?

    03/17/2016 3:49:07 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 102 replies
    CNBC.COM ^ | 03/16/2016 | Harriet Taylor
    Dr. David Hanson leads the engineers and designers that created Sophia, the team's most advanced android to date. Sophia's lifelike skin is made from patented silicon and she can emulate more than 62 facial expressions. Cameras inside her "eyes," combined with computer algorithms, enable her to "see," follow faces and appear to make eye contact and recognize individuals.
  • Google robot is 'the end of manual labor': VC

    02/24/2016 6:11:13 PM PST · by grundle · 88 replies ^ | February 24, 2016 | Fred Imbert
    <p>Boston Dynamics' new "Atlas" robot is a game changer, not just for companies, but for society, CEO Jason Calacanis said Wednesday.</p> <p>"This is really the end of manual labor. When you watch this video, he's walking through the snow; he's wobbly, but he gets back up," the tech investor told CNBC's "Squawk Alley."</p>
  • Would you MARRY a robot? Artificial intelligence will allow people to find lasting love with [tr]

    02/12/2016 5:57:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2016 | Richard Gray
    While there are fears robots may rise up to take over the world if artificial intelligence progresses too quickly, some of us may find ourselves simply marrying machines in the future. A leading computer scientist has predicted that as robots become more human-like, people may start turning to them for companionship. His predictions mirror the plot of the hit TV series Humans, where people formed emotional attachments to robots brought in to help out around the home.
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Purchasing Mini Caliber Robot

    02/03/2016 10:11:47 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies ^ |
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Purchasing Mini Caliber Robot 10--Mini-Caliber Robot Solicitation Number: DJA-15-ANCE-PR-1110 Agency: Department of Justice Office: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Location: Administrative Programs Division (APD) This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice.The solicitation number is DJA-15-ANCE-PR-1110 and is issued as an invitation for bids (IFB), unless otherwise indicated herein.The solicitation document and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-84. The associated North American Industrial Classification System...
  • Disney’s VertiGo Combines Car, Helicopter to Drive Up Walls

    12/30/2015 10:44:47 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Dec. 29, 2015 | Evan Ackerman
    Disney's VertiGo Combines Car, Helicopter to Drive Up Walls By Evan Ackerman Posted 29 Dec 2015 For robots, multimodal is the way to go, when going involves getting to as many places as you possibly can. Designing a robot with the ability to deal with a variety of terrains or conditions usually requires some creativity, and in the past, some of the most creative designs have come from ETH Zurich and Disney Research, like this wall-climbing base-jumping tornado-powered robot called Paraswift. As cool as Paraswift was, since it depended on suction to climb walls, it couldn't deal with rough surfaces...
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    11/02/2015 8:03:20 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 1, 2015 | Julian Robinson
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