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Jibo – the world’s first family robot for the price of a tablet

July 17th, 2014 at 8:10 am » Comments Off

Jibo Jibo is the world’s first family robot. He can relate to you and will become part of your family. Jibo looks like a sleekly designed minimalist version of R2-D2. Jibo is stout with a big round glassy face and turns to greet you when you walk in the door. (Video)  

In the future artificial intelligence will write bestseller fiction

July 12th, 2014 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

Robots will write stories that read as if they were written by a human. Kris Hammond is chief scientist and co-founder of Narrative Science, a company with an artificial intelligence product called Quill that can turn data into stories that read as if they were written by a human.    

Will killing robots with artificial brains be unethical in the future?

July 10th, 2014 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

In the future it’s possible we will be able to create artificially human brains that emulate a real human. Imagine that in hundreds of years in the future it becomes possible to create an exact replica of any human brain on Earth. How should the copy be treated? Should scientists be allowed to experiment on […]

Shadow’s robotic hand uses AI to grip any object

July 10th, 2014 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Shadow’s Dexterous Hand It’s not easy to build a robot that can compete with that astounding piece of machinery called the human hand.  But the UK company Shadow has a solid contender. And while its robotic hands imitate nature, why keep nature’s limitations? Shadow’s Dexterous Hand “sees” the shape of the object approaching it to help it […]

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall was built entirely by robots

July 9th, 2014 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall As part of the ‘Robotics in Timber Construction’ research project at the University of Stuttgart, the peanut-shaped pavilion, Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall, was created. Constructed entirely by a robotic prefab building system, it showcases the current developments and innovations in computational design and robotic fabrication for lightweight timber construction. (Video)    

Advances in emotional computing will give businesses an unfair advantage

July 9th, 2014 at 8:27 am » Comments Off

Pepper will understand human emotions. Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son announced last week they have developed an amazing new robot called Pepper. The most amazing feature isn’t that it will only cost $2,000, or that Pepper is intended to babysit your kids and work the registers at retail stores. What’s really remarkable is that Pepper is designed […]

Jobs lost to automation may not be all doom and gloom

June 23rd, 2014 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

Arrival of human level automated systems marks a transformative time in history. Nearly half of U.S. jobs could be at risk of computerization over the next two decades, according to a new study from the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology. This does not necessarily need to be bad news, says futurist Thomas […]

Intel’s robot you can customize with a 3D printer

June 12th, 2014 at 8:53 am » Comments Off

Jimmy is a $16,000 research robot powered by a Core i7 chip. Last week, Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich showed off a pair of robots claiming that one of them, powered by its embedded Edison processor, would be available for sale by the end of the year. (Videos)    

Robots that self-assemble when heated up

June 7th, 2014 at 8:20 am » Comments Off

Printable robotic components that, when baked, automatically fold into prescribed three-dimensional configurations. MIT researchers have developed some printable robotic components that fold into a specific 3D shape when they are ‘baked’ under heat. The team, led by Professor Daniela Rus, has introduced the “bakeable robots” in the hope that they lead to a variety of […]

Sanaria will use robots to mass produce a promising new malaria vaccine

June 6th, 2014 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

SporoBot would increase the speed of production 20 – 30 times over. What if you had developed a vaccine for malaria that, in early trials, was 100% effective. But you couldn’t get the funding you needed to produce enough of the vaccine to market it because of political wrangling over the budget. What would you […]

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