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Robot 3D Printing Spiders Are Being Developed to Handle Large Scale Projects

May 2nd, 2016 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

If two hands are better than one, then think of how much better it would be to have eight, especially when it comes to mass production. Engineers from electronics manufacturer Siemens have protyped a 3D-prinitng robot, that looks like a spider, and could be used to build car bodies and airplane fuselages. These robots could cut […]

Robot Snakes are making underwater maintenance a whole lot easier

April 26th, 2016 at 10:45 am » Comments Off

The new Eelume robot is a self propelled aquatic mechanical snake. The Eelume is designed to do subsea repair and inspection work that is difficult or impossible for humans to do. This robot is perfect for the task because it emulates something that actually lives under the sea.

Why Gendered Robots Could Be Problematic

April 23rd, 2016 at 7:08 am » Comments Off

A gender designed robot is a deception and can lead to confusion and deception of vulnerable users. Designing robots to resemble men, women, boys or girls is immoral, and breaks one of the five principles of robotics, that robots should not be designed to be deceptive or exploit. Thier machine nature should always be transparent.

Contact with robots can sometimes be arousing

April 6th, 2016 at 7:40 am » Comments Off

Researchers in California have determined that touching a humanoid robot can produce a physiological response in humans. Volunteers were put in a room with a small robot creature with human like features and could give commands to either touch or point to it.

Robot could completely replace humans on the Internet

March 17th, 2016 at 3:06 pm » Comments Off

Master roboticist Simone Giertz has already invented machines that serve breakfast and machines that chop vegetables. However, she has outdone herself with her latest project: a robot that writes insightful commentary on blog posts and automatically generates social media postings of the highest caliber.

Jobs for humans in the robot era: Big data deep divers, time hackers, and more

March 8th, 2016 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

The robots are coming! They’ll be taking millions – maybe billions – of jobs away with them. Yoram Yaakobi, head of the Microsoft Israel R&D center, says not to worry.

Starship Technologies develops self-driving robot that can deliver groceries for $1.50

November 6th, 2015 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

Starship is a new company that is promising to disrupt local delivery with the launch of a self-driving robot that can deliver groceries to customers’ doors in under 30 minutes for less than $1.50 (£1). The Starship robot has been developed by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis. It drives on pavements at an average speed […]

Yamaha unveils Motobot, a motorcycle-riding robot

October 30th, 2015 at 1:46 pm » Comments Off

Yamaha has unveiled Motobot, a motorcycle-riding robot at the Tokyo Motor Show. Yahama claims that the robot will eventually be able to ride an unmodified motorbike at over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour). (Video)

The future of humans plus machines

October 23rd, 2015 at 5:49 pm » Comments Off

Humans plus machines will drive society forward. This was the central message conveyed by Dr. John Kelly, senior vice president of IBM Research, at the Augmenting Human Intelligence Cognitive Colloquium, which took place in San Francisco.

In the future programming robots to hate may be a necessity

October 22nd, 2015 at 7:25 pm » Comments Off

The topic of artificial intelligence has been thrust into the mainstream in recent years. No longer just the domain of sci-fi fans, nerds or Google engineers,  but the topic at parties, coffee shops and even at the dinner table.

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