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Can emotional AI make Anki’s new robot into a lovable companion?

August 12th, 2018 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

Known for its hyperactive toys, the company spent years developing technologies to tackle its greatest challenge yet–subtlety. If there’s a robot uprising anytime soon, it seems unlikely to start in our living rooms. Robotic vacuums like Roomba sell well because they are so handy. But other types of home robots–pets and companions from Sony’s Aibo […]

OpenAI creates Dactyl robot hand with “unprecedented” dexterity

August 9th, 2018 at 7:18 am » Comments Off

Open AI — a non-profit started by Elon Musk — has found a way to programme a robot hand so that it can nimbly manipulate an object using human-like movements it has taught itself. “We’ve trained a human-like robot hand to manipulate physical objects with unprecedented dexterity,” said OpenAI of its Dactyl system, which is […]

Disney invented a robotic stuntman that could put humans out of a job

August 7th, 2018 at 10:26 am » Comments Off

This dexterous robot could put stunt doubles out of a job. Disney’s Imagineering Research and Development lab built a robotic stuntman that can perform daring flips 60 feet in the air. The robot uses a combination of lasers, accelerometers and gyroscopes to track and adjust its position in midair to mimic the actions of a […]

DARPA’s insect-sized SHRIMP robots could aid disaster relief

July 22nd, 2018 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Meet the tiny, versatile robots built to navigate high-risk environments. DARPA’s efforts to propel military technology forward often manifest in a diverse fashion, spanning everything from drone submarine development to a biostasis program that aims to buy more time to rescue soldiers on the battlefield. The SHRIMP program, short for SHort-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms, is […]

Rolls-Royce is developing tiny ‘cockroach’ robots to crawl in and fix airplane engines

July 21st, 2018 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

The U.K. engineer said the miniature technology can improve the way maintenance is carried out by speeding up inspections and eliminating the need to remove an engine from an aircraft for repair work to take place. To explore the concept, the Rolls-Royce has teamed up with robotics experts at Harvard University in the U.S. and […]

America’s robot geography

July 18th, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

Robots, it seems, are everywhere these days. They clean our floors, mow our lawns, make many of our industrial products, and are even being trained to give hugs and serve as pets. As robots increasingly become a part of our daily lives, a growing chorus of commentators warns that they may take away our jobs […]

Why China is spending billions to develop an army of robots to turbocharge its economy

July 12th, 2018 at 8:31 am » Comments Off

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a robot revolution in manufacturing to boost productivity. Wages in China are rising, and it’s becoming harder to compete with cheap labor. An aging population in China also necessitates automation. The working-age population, people age 15 to 64, could drop to 800 million by 2050 from 998 million […]

Cobots are transforming the factory floor — but they’re not replacing humans

July 7th, 2018 at 9:37 am » Comments Off

Combining human creativity and automation is unlocking new efficiencies. The increased presence of robots on factory floors has been a boon to manufacturers, who have embraced automation as a way to increase efficiency and cut costs. But there’s been less optimism among human workers, who worry that the rise of robots will render human workers […]

Don’t worry, robots aren’t going to steal your job — yet

June 24th, 2018 at 4:27 pm » Comments Off

One author says we have plenty of time before robots take over humans’ jobs. As technology has advanced, Thomas Malone has watched his old family farm change drastically. The farm he grew up on once employed 15 people full-time and another 30 or 40 seasonally. Now, five people and many more machines farm about three […]

These robots use living muscle tissue to mimic human fingers

June 5th, 2018 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

As if the line between human and machine wasn’t already blurry enough, researchers in Tokyo have developed a new method for using living rat muscle tissue in robotics. The “biohybrid” design, described today in the journal Science Robotics, simulates the look and movements of a human finger. Video shows how it bends at the joint, […]

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