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Meet China’s growing fleet of automated delivery drones

December 8th, 2018 at 3:21 am » Comments Off

Meals being air freighted, plus armies of delivery robots. As part of its multi billion-dollar plan to build a nationwide network of automated logistics, China’s JD.com is testing its tri-copter drones in testing zone in Shaanxi. Chinese companies are going all-out on unmanned systems for delivery logistics. A fleet of new autonomous cargo drones, robotic […]



WA’s Fastbrick robot building home in three days a ‘world-first’

December 4th, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

PERTH-based Fastbrick Robotics has achieved what it says is a world-first with the fully automated construction of a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in less than three days. The ASX-listed company says civil and structural engineers verified that the structure — completed on Monday in WA by a robotic arm from a 3D model — met relevant […]



This AI outperformed 20 corporate lawyers at legal work

December 1st, 2018 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

Technology is revolutionizing the work we do and how we do it. Increasingly, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots are taking over menial and repetitive tasks, leaving humans to concentrate on work that requires critical thinking. But as machines become better at imitating human intelligence, they’re beginning to do more and more thinking for us.



Ford teaming up with Walmart and Postmates on robot deliveries

November 21st, 2018 at 3:43 am » Comments Off

Self-driving vehicles delivering groceries in Miami Ford is joining forces with Walmart and Postmates to create a grocery delivery service using self-driving vehicles in Miami, the companies announced Wednesday. Ford has been using Miami as a test bed for its self-driving vehicles since earlier this year. And more recently, the auto giant joined with Postmates […]



Micro-drones with winches can open doors and lift 40 times their own weight

November 9th, 2018 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

Micro-drones are nifty little things: small, fast, and agile. But they’re not the strongest machines around, and are barely capable of exerting more force than a small mouse head-butting your ankle. Until now. Scientists from Stanford University and EPFL in Switzerland have created a micro-drone with a built-in winch that’s capable of lifting up to […]



Honda is giving cars the ability to see around corners to avoid accidents

November 1st, 2018 at 7:17 am » Comments Off

Traffic accidents are an unfortunate reality, and what may be most frustrating about these sometimes fatal incidents is that they can often be avoided. Honda has a plan to help cut down on accidents in one specific and common road feature: intersections. The Japanese auto manufacturer is introducing, in a limited capacity, its “Smart Intersection” […]



Inside Silicon Valley’s newest, most autonomous farm yet

November 1st, 2018 at 6:12 am » Comments Off

Iron Ox’s robots are currently planting, growing, and harvesting lettuce in a California warehouse. Inside Silicon Valley’s newest, most autonomous farm yet Inside a former commercial warehouse in San Carlos, California, a robotic arm is carefully transplanting tiny sorrel plants from one large tray to another. In another corner of the room, a larger robot […]



Scientists built a terrifying robot snake that can climb ladders

October 24th, 2018 at 1:32 pm » Comments Off

Snakes and ladders used to be a board game, now it’s an integral part of our shared robot dystopian future. Can’t wait! We tend to oversell the “scariness” of robots, right? The Boston Dynamics robot does a backflip or parkour and we’re cracking jokes about the revolution and our potential robot overlords. But honestly, how […]



Google AI claims 99% accuracy in metastatic breast cancer detection

October 24th, 2018 at 9:36 am » Comments Off

Above: Left: a slide containing lymph nodes. Right: LYNA identifying the tumor region. Metastatic tumors — cancerous cells which break away from their tissue of origin, travel through the body through the circulatory or lymph systems, and form new tumors in other parts of the body — are notoriously difficult to detect. A 2009 study […]



U.S. to allow cars without steering wheels

October 16th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Cars without steering wheels will be allowed under certain conditions, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said today in an 80-page report. The report gives guidelines, which are voluntary. Precise rules, which are binding, have yet to be spelled out. But the policy clearly is to cut rules whenever possible while reserving the […]



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