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We should start taking artificial intelligence seriously

September 6th, 2014 at 8:07 am » Comments Off

AI is no longer just for technology companies. Intelligent machines have arrived, only they don’t look at all like we expected. They aren’t HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and they certainly aren’t Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice in “Her.” Intelligent machines are more akin to what happens when insects, or even fungi, do when they […]



Are adjustable ethics setting for robotic cars a terrible idea?

September 2nd, 2014 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

With ethics settings in cars we create new responsibility for ourselves to get it right. Do you remember that day when your autonomous car saved the lives of five people you aimed for with your car when you temporarily lost your mind?  By the time you realized what you were doing, it was too late to […]



192 Future Uses for Flying Drones

September 2nd, 2014 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: The thought occurred to me that mounting a video projector to a flying drone could give it unusual capabilities.    



New nanobots hunt down and destroy cancerous tumors

August 30th, 2014 at 8:10 am » Comments Off

Small weaponized robots, swarm into the human body, hunt down malignant tumors and destroy them. An army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumors and destroying them from within sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel. But research in Nature Communications today from the University of California Davis Cancer […]



Are robots people, too?

August 27th, 2014 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

“When we create our future, we recreate ourselves.” “Humans Need Not Apply,” a new online video about automation says, “this is an economic revolution.” The premise of the video is that human work will soon be all but obsolete. “You may think we’ve been here before, but we haven’t,” says CGP Grey, the video’s creator. […]



Top 26 robotic innovations in healthcare

August 26th, 2014 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

Brain-operated bionic hand. We are living in a time where the concept of robotic healthcare isn’t as foreign as it might seem.  In regard to healthcare, the surge of innovation is supported by a strong attention to the world of technology and robotics. The evolution of the healthcare market is astonishing. We are becoming more […]



Pew Research: AI, robotics, and the future of jobs

August 19th, 2014 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

How will AI and robotics impact the economic and employment picture in the future? A majority of people who responded to the Pew Research 2014 Future of the Internet canvassing anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of daily life by 2025. They anticipate there will be huge implications for a range […]



Humans need not apply for most jobs in the future

August 18th, 2014 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

The robots are here. Robots are here now. There is proof of this concept in the amount of working automation in labs and warehouses right now. The video below combines two thoughts that reach an alarming conclusion: “Technology gets better, cheaper, and faster at a rate biology can’t match” + “Economics always wins” = “Automation […]



A swarm of 1,000 mini-robots assemble into shapes (Video)

August 16th, 2014 at 8:25 am » Comments Off

Kilobots Mike Rubenstein of Harvard University and his colleagues have created the world’s largest robotic swarm using small, simple bots. For the first time, an army of more than 1000 robots has autonomously formed complex 2D shapes like stars or letters of the alphabet. (Video)    



Aloft Hotel in California to test ‘Botlr,’ a robotic bellhop

August 16th, 2014 at 8:15 am » Comments Off

A.L.O. the Botlr Starwood brand, Aloft, aims to deliver a fresh approach to the traditional hotel landscape, offering a tech-forward experience and modern style for the next generation of traveler. They recently announced a new member of its Cupertino team, A.L.O., the hotel brand’s first Botlr (robotic butler). This cyber associate will perform both front […]



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