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Real life Ironman suits

July 21st, 2015 at 6:32 pm » Comments Off

Exoskeletons are gaining a foothold in the real world.  Panasonic recently announced that it will start selling an exoskeleton designed to help workers lift and carry objects more easily and with less risk of injury.  

Drones: more than ‘dramatic shots’

July 7th, 2015 at 3:35 pm » Comments Off

Last week the comprehensive local regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or as more commonly referred to, drones, went into effect.  Drone technology has far-reaching benefits for many industries despite that most of the media coverage has focused on what regulated drone usage will do for “dramatic shots” in film.  

Man Vs Machine: Bricklaying robot can place 1,000 bricks an hour

July 2nd, 2015 at 6:23 pm » Comments Off

Almost as old as human civilization itself, building houses of brick has been perfected over the millennia.  Placing over 700 bricks an hour, the fastest human bricklayers are pretty fast.  

Tokyo hosts first Robot wedding

July 1st, 2015 at 9:24 pm » Comments Off

Two robots, Frois and Yukirin, married this past weekend in Tokyo, even sealing their union with a kiss.  

The Great Mannequin Vs. Fashion Model Showdown

June 30th, 2015 at 9:29 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  If it weren’t for their glowing eyes, I would have sworn they were live fashion models dancing in the store window. Moving smoothly to match the music playing in the background, each of the seven perfectly proportioned mannequins swayed to a carefully choreographed set of moves designed to draw attention to the […]

Surviving the robot apocalypse

June 30th, 2015 at 9:22 pm » Comments Off

At first glance, these things might not seem connected:  the struggling economy, our struggling democracy, the income gap, and technology and artificial intelligence.  but upon closer inspection, I find they’re all part of one impulse, and together they create the web of humanity—and our future.  

Can the rapid advances in technology create a jobless future?

June 17th, 2015 at 8:38 am » Comments Off

“We are interested in robots that create and are creative,”  Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions. Lipson is an engineering professor at Cornell University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence and robotics. His research projects provide a peek into the intriguing possibilities of machines and automation, […]

Look what’s coming down the robotics pike

June 16th, 2015 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Amazon has 15,000 robots in warehouse jobs to work beside humans. In his latest article, futurist speaker Thomas Frey states, “we are less than a decade away from workerless factories, robots with their own bank accounts, Watson-like judges dolling out sentences in court, and having wars filled with robots fighting other robots.”  

Dutch designer plans to 3-D print a steel bridge in mid-air

June 16th, 2015 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

Dutch designer Joris Laarman will build a bridge in 2017 by wheeling a robot to the brink of a canal in Amsterdam. He will push an “on” button and then walk away. When he returns in two months, the Netherlands will have a new, one-of-a-kind bridge, 3-D printed in a steel arc over the waters. […]

Creating Humanless Distribution Networks

June 8th, 2015 at 2:56 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  A couple weeks ago I was asked to speak at the 8th annual Turkish Postal Symposium in Antalya, Turkey on the future of the postal industry. This was a fascinating gathering of thought leaders to discuss next generation postal service. I focused my talk around a central question – “How long will it be […]

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