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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Meet Jia Jia the 'robot goddess' (truncated)

    04/16/2016 7:07:16 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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
    Discovery.com ^ | 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
    engadget.com ^ | 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
    computerworld.com ^ | 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;...
  • ALPHA 2, The World's First Humanoid Robot for the Family

    11/11/2015 2:22:05 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Alpha 2, The World's First Humanoid Robot for the Family. Intelligent, Interactive and Expandable!
  • The world's first robot 'actress': Talking android fitted with a human face is given star role..

    11/02/2015 8:03:20 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 1, 2015 | Julian Robinson
    The world's first robot 'actress': Talking android fitted with a human face is given star role in Japanese nuclear disaster film Android called 'Geminoid F' is the co-star in the Japanese film 'Sayonara' Designed to look and act like a human with rubber 'skin' and woman's face The robot is equipped with motorised actuators and controlled remotely By Julian Robinson for MailOnline Published: 22:29 GMT, 1 November 2015 | Updated: 00:25 GMT, 2 November 2015 Japanese film-makers have created a robot movie star - by casting an android 'actress' in a lead role. The robot co-stars alongside a human in...
  • 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...
  • The ultimate robo-butler: Two-armed machine is so dexterous it opens jars, uses scissors

    05/10/2016 10:24:30 AM PDT · by Reeses · 5 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 10, 2016 | Richard Gray
    Engineers have developed a machine with two highly dexterous arms that are capable of unscrewing even the trickiest of lids. The talents of the RE2 Robotics High Dexterous Manipulation System extend even to tying knots, opening zips, making balloon animals and cutting snowflakes out of folded paper. RE2, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said it has delivered one of its systems to the US Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Centre. The robot can be controlled either semi-autonomously, by following a series of set commands or with a remote controlled 'imitator' that causes it to mimic the actions of a human...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Boeing Echo Voyager Unmanned Submarine is similar in length to WW2 German U-boats (Coastal Type II)

    03/17/2016 1:32:53 PM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | March 13, 2016 | Staff
    Echo Voyager, Boeing’s latest unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV), can operate autonomously for months at a time thanks to a hybrid rechargeable power system and modular payload bay. The 51-foot-long vehicle is the latest innovation in Boeing’s UUV family, joining the 32-foot Echo Seeker and the 18-foot Echo Ranger. The size of the new Echo Voyager is in the middle of the German U-Boat lengths which were 40-60 feet long depending upon design. U-boats dominated the seas for several years due to the fact that thousands were produced. A militarized Echo Voyager could have a similar role if they were mass...
  • 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.
  • How robots will kill the 'gig economy'

    03/09/2016 1:07:14 PM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 9, 2016 | Harriet Taylor
    The so-called gig economy will cease to exist in 20 years, according to a new report from venture-backed start-up Thumbtack, an online marketplace that helps skilled workers find customers. The study predicts that logistics companies — from start-ups like Uber to tech giants like Amazon — will soon replace drivers and delivery workers with autonomous vehicles and drones. Highly skilled workers, such as lawyers and accountants — no longer guaranteed jobs at big firms — will be the new gig economy workers, the study finds.
  • A Plan in Case Robots Take the Jobs: Give Everyone a Paycheck

    03/03/2016 8:45:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2016 | Farhad Manjoo
    Let’s say computers come for most of our jobs. This may not seem likely at the moment; computer scientists and economists offer wildly varying ideas for how deeply automation will affect future employment. But for the sake of argument, imagine that within two or three decades we’ll have morphed into the Robotic States of America.
  • Would you bet against sex robots? AI 'could leave half of world unemployed'

    02/13/2016 11:24:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | February 13, 2016 | Alan Yuhas
    Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday that artificial intelligence’s threat to the economy should not be understated. Expert Moshe Vardi told the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): “We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task.
  • Cooki: a Desktop Robotic Chef That Does Everything

    01/07/2016 9:46:43 AM PST · by Reeses · 36 replies
    IEEE ^ | Jan 6, 2016 | Evan Ackerman
    CES has only officially been open for like 5 minutes, and already we've found something too awesome not to share immediately: a cooking robot from a startup called Sereneti that can handle everything for you, from cooking to stirring to adding ingredients at the right time.
  • Is a Robotic Cat the Purr-fect Gift for Your Favorite Elder?

    11/19/2015 1:57:37 PM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 18, 2015 | Reem Nasr
    If a real cat isn't an option for you, this could be a way around that. Toy company Hasbro is offering a new adult toy, Companion Pets, targeted specifically for seniors. The "Joy for All" pets are robotic cats that "look, feel and sound like real cats," Hasbro says. There are three different-colored cats to choose from on the website. All are priced at $99.99.
  • Looking for a robotics education kit

    09/20/2015 10:07:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    09/20/2015 | E. Pluribus Unum
    I have been wanting to learn a little bit about robotics. I have been looking at the Lego Mindstorms kit, but they are kind of pricy. I can get a Lego NXT 2.0 Intelligent Brick on eBay for $60. Would that be enough to get started and use other components I salvage elsewhere? What are other good education kits?
  • Watch Google's terrifying humanoid robot running through a forest as firm pledges it will soon [tr]

    08/17/2015 1:38:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 58 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 17, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    It may have fared badly in the recent robo-olympics, causing hilarity with a series on unexpected falls, but Google has revealed its humanoid robot has been set free in the woods to learn how to run through terrain. The Atlas robot created by Google-owned firm Boston Dynamics is a formidable figure at 6ft 2in tall and weighing in at 330lb. In the video, it is shown struggling to stay upright - but managing to traverse a forest path without falling.
  • Drones and driverless tractors – is this the future of farming?

    08/05/2015 2:33:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 20 July 2015 | Peter Moore
    Drones and driverless tractors – is this the future of farming? With more than half of the British countryside being managed by precision farming methods, is the new agricultural revolution gathering pace? Peter Moore Monday 20 July 2015 07.30 BST Last modified on Monday 20 July 2015 07.33 BST On 7 July 1964 the Daily Express published a satirical cartoon, a send-up of Britain’s farming community as it struggled to adapt from its old, rustic world to a new, technological one. The cartoon was set at a Royal Show at a point in the near future. One side of the...
  • A World Without Work

    06/23/2015 6:28:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 23, 2015 | Derek Thompson
    1. Youngstown, U.S.A. The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for Youngstown, Ohio, one its residents can cite with precision: September 19, 1977. For much of the 20th century, Youngstown’s steel mills delivered such great prosperity that the city was a model of the American dream, boasting a median income and a homeownership rate that were among the nation’s highest. But as manufacturing shifted abroad after World War II, Youngstown steel suffered, and on that gray September afternoon in 1977, Youngstown Sheet...
  • South Koreans win DARPA robotics challenge

    06/07/2015 2:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 7, 2015 | Regan Morris
    The contest is a battle of robots on an obstacle course meant to simulate conditions similar to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Team Kaist's DRC-Hubo humanoid robot defeated 22 others to win the top $2m prize from the US Department of Defense's Darpa research unit. The robots had an hour to complete a series of tasks, such as a driving a car and walking up steps. The challenge involved a series of tasks for the robots to complete, somewhat autonomously, with intermittent connectivity with their operators to simulate real disaster conditions. The challenge was the first where robots performed...
  • The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014

    12/31/2014 5:52:51 AM PST · by Mellonkronos · 6 replies
    io9 ^ | December 29, 2014 | George Dvorsky
    [Most of these, except for a couple, are very positive achievements. Let’s work for more in 2015, Happy New Year!] The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True In 2014 By George Dvorsky As 2014 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on the most futuristic breakthroughs and developments of the past year. This year's crop features a slew of incredible technological, scientific, and social achievements, from mind-to-mind communication to self-guiding sniper bullets. Here are 15 predictions that came true in 2014. Technologically-assisted telepathy was successfully demonstrated in humans For the first time ever, two humans exchanged thoughts via mind-to-mind...
  • I, Robot … Was This The First Robot Ever Arrested?

    09/20/2014 1:04:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 02/18/2014 | Annalee Newitz, Matt Novak
    Was This The First Robot Ever Arrested? On August 18, 1982 the Beverly Hills Police Department took a rather unusual perp into custody: a robot called DC-2. The crime? Illegally distributing business cards and generally causing a commotion on North Beverly Drive. It was probably the first time a robot had ever been arrested. When BHPD approached DC-2, the person operating it via remote control refused to identify himself to police. Officers searched the immediate area, but whoever was behind the thing was nowhere to be found. The bot's mysterious operator wasn't afraid of a little joking around though, despite...
  • Samsung SGR-A1 Robot Sentry Is One Cold Machine

    09/15/2014 12:48:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    ubergizmo.com ^ | 09/14/2014 | Edwin Kee on
    Samsung Group subsidiary has worked on a robot sentry that they call the SGR-A1, and this particular robot will carry a fair amount of weapons that ought to make you think twice about crossing the borders of South Korea illegally – as it has been tested out at the demilitarized zone along the border over with its neighbor, North Korea. The SGR-A1 will be able to detect intruders with the help of machine vision (read: cameras), alongside a combination of heat and motion sensors. The whole idea of the Samsung SGR-A1 is to let this military robot sentry do the...
  • New algorithm enables MIT cheetah robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass.

    09/15/2014 10:52:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    mit.edu ^ | Jennifer Chu
    Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it reaches a full gallop. Now MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah — a sleek, four-legged assemblage of gears, batteries, and electric motors that weighs about as much as its feline counterpart. The team recently took the robot for a test run on MIT’s Killian...
  • Ships without crew set for the seas

    09/11/2014 6:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | September 11, 2014
    Researchers based in Norway believe that in around 10 years time cargo ships will have the technology to sail the seas without the need of a captain or crew. Marintek, part of the SINTEF group based in Norway, is one of a number of partners working on developing systems which can operate without the need for humans. The "Seatonomy" project is looking to have ships sailing without human crews in the next 10 to 20 years. The 12 million kroner ($1.9 million) research investment by SINTEF could actually improve ship safety as human error causes more than 75 percent of...
  • Ready for the robot revolution?

    08/29/2014 7:37:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Ahmed Banafa
    Progress in robotics, from drones to medical applications, is starting to come at a fast clip. Do you want your robot to cook your food, or just deliver it?The days of drones filling the sky and robots roaming in our streets are not far removed from reality anymore, and scenes from movies like Star Wars, Minority Report and I, Robot will be common soon. Just consider some of the ways that robots have started to permeate our lives. Start with Amazon, which is taking to drones in a big way. The online shopping giant started a new phase in high-tech...
  • RoboBrain marks the dawn of cloud robotics

    08/26/2014 5:56:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Load The Game ^ | August 25, 2014 | Emily Smith
    RoboBrain marks the dawn of cloud robotics Posted by: Emily Smith August 25, 2014 in Tech RoboBrain is the new attempt of artificial intelligence researchers to create a cloud-based database that would help out existing and future robots. In theory, RoboBrain is supposed to be a massive database of all the information robots have been taught so far and offers the possibility of increasing that knowledge as well. The main idea behind RoboBrain is that the cumulative knowledge robots have been able to gather should be collected in the same place, namely cloud storage, and made available to every robot...
  • Robot Designed to Run Like a Velociraptor; Korea's 'Raptor' Speed Rivals Usain Bolt's

    05/31/2014 7:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Headlines and Global News ^ | 05/31/2014 | By John Nassivera |
    A team of researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have created a new sprinting robot inspired by a velociraptor. The robot, dubbed the Raptor, runs on two legs, and is capable of running 46 kilometers per hour (kph), or 28 miles per hour (mph), on a treadmill, according to CNET. Raptor can run faster than Usain Bolt, Olympic sprinter and the fastest known human, who has a recorded top speed of 44.7kph (27.44 mph). The robot is almost as fast as Boston Dynamics' Cheetah, which can run at 47kph (29.3 mph). Both Raptor and Cheetah...
  • Robotic invasion coming to downtown St. Louis from across the world

    04/23/2014 5:52:06 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 7 replies
    STL Today ^ | 23 April 2014 | Elisa Crouch
    ST. LOUIS • They’ve trounced hundreds of robotics teams at regional and state competitions. And Thursday, about 12,000 students in safety goggles will convene at the Edward Jones Dome and America’s Center for the chance at world champion status.It’s the fourth year in a row that U.S. FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — has held its top competition here, drawing competitors from 38 countries.The matches will be timed and intense. The crowds thick. The stands loud.Through it, thousands of students will demonstrate their knowledge of programming, and electrical and mechanical engineering.For self-proclaimed geeks, it’s a...