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Ford Projects A Fully Autonomous Vehicle for Ride Sharing in 2021

August 29th, 2016 at 6:37 am » Comments Off

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 16, 2016 – Ford today announces its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. To get there, the company is investing in or collaborating with four startups to enhance its autonomous vehicle development, doubling its Silicon […]



This robot makes sushi in seconds

August 29th, 2016 at 6:17 am » Comments Off

As robots get more advanced, they will likely take over many jobs in the future — including those of sushi chefs. For a sneak peak at this impending automation, look no further than a new creation from robotics manufacturer Kawasaki. The robot can make sushi in under a minute. First spotted by Gizmodo, the video shows a miraculous bot that assembles nigiri, the […]



The Robot Baby Project: Amsterdam researchers create robots that can mate and reproduce

August 25th, 2016 at 8:02 am » Comments Off

One of the trademarks that distinguishes robots from humans is the ability to reproduce. This dividing between man and machine just got blurrier. Researchers in Amsterdam have created robots that can mate and spawn offspring through a process similar to human reproduction. Robots have created quite a stir in the media recently, as more and more […]



VR and exoskeletons help paraplegics regain movement

August 24th, 2016 at 7:02 am » Comments Off

  After twelve months, eight patients and 2,052 sessions spread over 1,958 hours, Duke University is publishing some promising results from a study seeking to demonstrate the ability for brain-machine interfaces to help restore mobility in humans.



7 robots replacing farm workers around the world

August 24th, 2016 at 6:29 am » Comments Off

In the future, robots will increasingly replace farm workers, using artificial intelligence to plant, grow and harvest our food. In fact, many farms are already using fleets of robots, which can tend to fruits and veggies more efficiently than a human can. Here’s a look at seven machines that are currently aiding farmers around the world.



Wall-Crawling Robots Could Weave A Room For You

August 19th, 2016 at 7:17 am » Comments Off

Last May, researchers at ICD Stuttgart revealed the Elytra Filament Pavilion—a vast, carbon fiber structure woven with the industrial arm of a modified Kuka robot. Now, in a thesis project led by Maria Yablonina, the same lab has managed to shrink the scale, from massive industrial-line robots, to a pair of drones that can crawl up your wall […]



Ridiculous Japanese robot hotel is serious business – really!

August 6th, 2016 at 7:19 am » Comments Off

“My name is Yoshiyuki Kawazoe. This is my hotel.” The University of Tokyo’s associate professor of architecture gestures behind himself to a flat, two-story building that doesn’t really look like a hotel. “Two-hundred people were involved in making this happen,” he says. “Experts in environmental design, engineering, architecture, robotics and construction … it’s their hotel.” The […]



Robotic dinner plate with a human-like arm is revolutionizing lives

August 2nd, 2016 at 3:27 pm » Comments Off

Golf, offshore powerboat racing, sky diving: David Hare had led an active lifestyle. Then, in February 2011, he was diagnosed with ALS, a neurological disease that leads to rapid progressive degeneration of nerve cells, the loss of the ability to control muscle movement, and eventually death. The 56-year-old Michigan resident, who was told by doctors […]



Law firms will soon be filled with robot lawyers

July 26th, 2016 at 3:11 pm » Comments Off

It may be time to start rewriting lawyer jokes. Smart, time-saving computers are quickly elevating the profession.



Uber parking lot patrol robot is cheaper than a security guard

July 21st, 2016 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Uber drivers at the company’s inspection lot near Mission Bay in San Francisco will be met with a rather strange sight: a five-foot-tall, white, egg-shaped robot wheeling around the lot, on the look-out for trouble. This robot will be putting a few people out of a job soon.



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