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Alphabet’s Mineral moonshot wants to help farmers with robotic plant buggies

October 23rd, 2020 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

The tech could lead to more sustainable farming practices.  In 2018, Alphabet’s X lab said it was in the process of exploring how it could use artificial intelligence to improve farming. On Monday, X announced that its “computational agriculture” project is called Mineral. The Mineral team has spent the last several years “developing and testing […]

GITAI aims to bring autonomous robot workers to space

October 15th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

An artist’s rendering brings to life GITAI’s vision of robots working on the International Space Station. GITAI will conduct a technical demonstration of autonomous robot, S1, aboard the ISS in 2021. Upon hearing the phrase, “robots in space,” one might have an image flash of a corny 60s sci-fi movie, but startup GITAI has its […]

Robot reapers and AI: Just another day on the farm

October 13th, 2020 at 9:17 am » Comments Off

Pressures on agriculture have forced a technological revolution that are driving a new age of farming. The agriculture industry has hit a turning point. Faced with a massive labor crunch and environmental instability, aggressive technology deployments are no longer an option for outliers in the sector, but a necessary and critical element in the success […]

Insect-inspired robots that can jump, fly and climb are almost here

October 6th, 2020 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

Roboticists who designed these robots, called Tribots, took inspiration from the real-life trap-jaw ant’s locomotion strategies. Did you envision a giant machine assembling cars, Data from “Star Trek,” C-3PO from “Star Wars” or “The Terminator”? Most of us would probably think of something massive — or at least human size. But a whole arm of […]

The future is cyborg: Kaspersky study finds support for human augmentation

September 27th, 2020 at 2:39 pm » Comments Off

  LONDON (Reuters) – Nearly two thirds of people in leading Western European countries would consider augmenting the human body with technology to improve their lives, mostly to improve health, according to research commissioned by Kaspersky. As humanity journeys further into a technological revolution that its leaders say will change every aspect of our lives, […]

Future autonomous machines may build trust through emotion

September 26th, 2020 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Future autonomous machines may build trust through emotion Army researchers found that the effect of emotion expressions is moderated by strategy. People will only process and be influenced by emotion expressions if the counterpart’s actions are insufficient to reveal the counterpart’s intentions. Army research has extended the state-of-the-art in autonomy by providing a more complete […]

Self-learning robot autonomously moves molecules, setting stage for molecular 3D printing

September 25th, 2020 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

If you know even just a little bit about science, you probably already know that molecules are often referred to as “the building blocks of life.” Made of a group of atoms that have bonded together, molecules make up all kinds of materials, but behave totally differently in regards to macroscopic objects than atoms do. […]

Robot dogs join US Air Force for major exercise, could be ‘key to next-gen warfare’

September 20th, 2020 at 2:53 am » Comments Off

US Air Force exercised robot dogs last week The robot dogs — four-legged, headless, mechanical creatures — were made to exit an aircraft and look for signs of danger at Nellis Air Force Base in the US state of Nevada. New Delhi: In a bid to increase use of artificial intelligence in the military, the […]

New silicone 3D printing opens up applications for robotics, medicine, wearables

September 12th, 2020 at 12:41 am » Comments Off

The fabrication of soft devices is evolving further, with the completion of recent research performed by US scientists. With the results published in “3D printable tough silicone double networks,” the authors explain how soft materials can be fabricated with micron resolution for complex systems like robotics, as well as new types of wearables. Soft materials […]

This tiny robot tank could one day help doctors explore your intestine

September 11th, 2020 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

With a bulky, armored appearance, heavy duty treads for gripping, and a claw arm on the front, the Endoculus robot vehicle looks like it belongs on the battlefield. In fact, it’s just 3 cm wide, 2.3 cm tall, and designed for an entirely different kind of inhospitable environment: Your intestine. “[This] robotic capsule endoscope, Endoculus, […]

New autonomous sustainable robots could mine the deep sea

September 11th, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Pliant Energy Systems says its C-Ray robot could be used as a less invasive ocean mining tool. Mining companies are ready to tackle two new frontiers like never before: space and the deep sea. The deep ocean is a place that’s not only rich in sea life, vast swathes of it are also abundant in […]

Scientists create a robot made entirely of living cells

September 8th, 2020 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

A Xenobot, 650-750 microns in diameter. The “legs” help it shuffle around in the petri dish.  ’Xenobots’ could be used to clean up microplastics or deliver medication in the body Scientists have unveiled the first ever “living robot,” an organism made up of living cells, which can move around, carry payloads, and even heal itself. […]

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