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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, […]



This Armada of Saildrones Could Conquer the Ocean

June 3rd, 2018 at 9:37 am » Comments Off

The Robots Roaming the High Seas Engineer and adventurer Richard Jenkins has made oceangoing robots that could revolutionize fishing, drilling, and environmental science. His aim: a thousand of them. Every spring, thousands of great white sharks begin a mysterious migration. From up and down America’s West Coast, they head straight for a Colorado-size patch of […]



The company that invented the Vespa scooter is now testing this amazing luggage-hauling robot

May 30th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Developed by the company behind the Vespa scooter, Gita is a mobile carrier designed to make mobility and transportation easier and more efficient for pedestrians. A compartment within Gita can hold 44 pounds of cargo such as backpack, a briefcase, or any other items that make walking cumbersome. The robot uses cameras to track the […]



Will AI ever become conscious?

May 29th, 2018 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

When science-fiction worlds introduce robots that look and behave like people, sooner or later those worlds’ inhabitants confront the question of robot self-awareness. If a machine is built to truly mimic a human, its “brain” must be complex enough not only to process information as ours does, but also to achieve certain types of abstract […]



Flying robot insect ditches wires, embraces freedom

May 21st, 2018 at 10:18 am » Comments Off

RoboFly is slightly heavier than a toothpick (via Mark Stone/University of Washington) Humanoid robots can’t take over the world alone: Insect-esque androids are a great distraction, their tiny mechanical bodies crawling or flying to divert attention from the cyborg uprising. Or, I suppose, they could be better used for time-consuming tasks too challenging for larger […]



Boston Dynamics will start selling its dog-like SpotMini robot in 2019

May 17th, 2018 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

After 26 years, Boston Dynamics is finally getting ready to start selling some robots. Founder Marc Raibert says that the company’s dog-like SpotMini robot is in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019. The announcement came onstage at TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Robotics event today at UC Berkeley. “The SpotMini robot is one that was […]



Robot barista reveals dangerous rise of automation

May 14th, 2018 at 9:26 am » Comments Off

A $25,000 robot barista serves 120 cups of coffee an hour — and it is part of a growing ‘robot revolution’ that could kill millions of jobs . “I don’t see the robot revolution as a problem,” 24-year-old inventor Henry Hu told CNBC. More restaurants and coffee shops are investing in automation and replacing jobs with […]



The countries with the highest density of industrial robots

May 2nd, 2018 at 8:57 am » Comments Off

Across the world, the pace of industrial automation is steadily accelerating. According to the International Federation of Robotics, there were 66 installed industrial robots per 10,000 employees globally in 2015 and that increased to 74 in 2016. Broken down by region, average robot density in Europe is 99 units per 10,000 workers, while’s it’s 84 […]



Amazon has a top-secret plan to build home robots

April 28th, 2018 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

Prototypes can navigate from room to room like driverless cars. Company hopes to start testing bots in homes later this year. Ten years ago, Amazon introduced the Kindle and established the appeal of reading on a digital device. Four years ago, Jeff Bezos and company rolled out the Echo, prompting millions of people to start […]



In pursuit of the perfect AI voice

April 21st, 2018 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

How developers are humanizing their virtual personal assistants. The virtual personal assistant is romanticized in utopian portrayals of the future from The Jetsons to Star Trek. It’s the cultured, disembodied voice at humanity’s beck and call, eager and willing to do any number of menial tasks.



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