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Robots are writing more news than you think

April 17th, 2014 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

Ninety percent of the news could be written by computers by 2030. Software is writing news stories with increasing frequency. In a recent example, an LA Times writer-bot wrote and posted a snippet about an earthquake three minutes after the event. The LA Times claims they were first to publish anything on the quake, and outside the […]

MIT building robots out of paper

April 15th, 2014 at 2:23 pm » Comments Off

Printed robot MIT lead researcher,  Ankur Mehta is working on a project that quite literally enables people to print robots on a standard piece of paper at home. It might sound crazy, but there’s a lot of complicated math to back up the fact that you can create nearly any shape you like by folding […]

Mini mobile robotic printer roams around the page laying down ink

April 15th, 2014 at 2:07 pm » Comments Off

Pocket Printer Most pocket-sized printers are really just smaller versions of what you’d see on your desk. But,  Zuta Labs’ upcoming Pocket Printer robot may liven things up a little. Instead of using an old-fashioned paper feed, it runs over the page laying grayscale ink. This Roomba-like approach isn’t just a party trick, though. Besides leading to a very portable design, […]

DNA computers deliver drugs inside cockroaches

April 13th, 2014 at 8:06 am » Comments Off

As much computing power as a 8-bit computer. Nano-sized entities made of DNA that are able to perform the same kind of logic operations as a silicon-based computer have been introduced into a living animal. A computer inside a cockroach.    

BionicKangaroo – a robot that mimics the movements of kangaroos

April 10th, 2014 at 8:58 am » Comments Off

BionicKangaroo A team of engineers in Germany have completed work on a new robotic kangaroo that mimics the movements of the real-life flesh and blood kangaroos. (Video)    

Is automation alone killing our jobs?

April 8th, 2014 at 8:12 am » Comments Off

Machines are often filling in for our smarts, not just for our brawn — and this trend is likely to grow. Although last week’s labor market report showed modest job growth, employment opportunities remain stubbornly low in the United States, giving new prominence to the old notion that automation throws people out of work.    

The Cubli: a cube robot that can jump up, balance, and walk

March 21st, 2014 at 8:20 am » Comments Off

Cubli robot Cubli is a cube-shaped robot made with off-the-shelf parts that can jump up, balance on a single corner and “walk” itself across a desk. (Video)    

Controversy brews over use of autonomous killer robots in war

March 15th, 2014 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

U.N. will begin to lay the groundwork for the role robots will play in war. People are promised their quality of life will improve with the advances of technology, and what could be a better example of that than sending robots instead of humans into dangerous situations? Robots can help conduct research in deep oceans […]

Top 5 technologies that are shaping the future of design

March 13th, 2014 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

The Sproutling Wearables for babies, theatrical robots and 3D bio printers are some of the types of technologies that might be “out there,” but they show off key enabling technologies that are pushing the future of design forward.  These types of technologies were highlighted at Bloomberg Business Week’s Design Conference in San Francisco this week. […]

Kuka robot plays table tennis world champion Timo Boll

March 12th, 2014 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Kuka Agilus robot We expected a fair fight when robot maker Kuka announced that it would be pitting its Agilus robot against table tennis star Timo Boll last month. Conditioned professional human athlete against a cold, merciless, bright orange mechanical arm on a small wooden field, both wielding the same armament: a miniature bat. Boll was once […]

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