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Robots will build robots in $150 million Chinese factory

November 5th, 2018 at 10:59 am » Comments Off

Swiss firm ABB is investing big money to conquer the Chinese robotics market. Swiss robotics company ABB has revealed that it’s spending $150 million to build an advanced robotics factory in Shanghai — one that will use robots to build robots. The company will rely on its YuMi single-arm robots, which it once used to […]



Robot masters human balancing act

November 2nd, 2018 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

Mercury, a biped robot developed in Cockrell School of Engineering professor Luis Sentis’ Human Centered Robotics Lab, is able to maintain balance when hit unexpectedly or when force is applied without warning. AUSTIN, Texas — When walking in a crowded place, humans typically aren’t thinking about how we avoid bumping into one another. We are […]



Scientists built a terrifying robot snake that can climb ladders

October 24th, 2018 at 1:32 pm » Comments Off

Snakes and ladders used to be a board game, now it’s an integral part of our shared robot dystopian future. Can’t wait! We tend to oversell the “scariness” of robots, right? The Boston Dynamics robot does a backflip or parkour and we’re cracking jokes about the revolution and our potential robot overlords. But honestly, how […]



The first ever fund managed by a robot is here. So far it’s beating the market

October 23rd, 2018 at 9:25 am » Comments Off

As if professional mutual fund managers didn’t have it hard enough. Not only do they have to contend with the growing popularity of low-cost index funds, which simply buy and hold the entire market, but now here comes another threat: robot stock pickers. That’s right. The San Francisco firm EquBot has launched the first retail […]



This start-up created the first farm in America run entirely by robo

October 21st, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Start-up Iron Ox created a fully autonomous farm in San Carlos, California. The hydroponic indoor farm relies on two robots to plant, care for and harvest produce. One of the robots is 1,000 pounds and about the size of a car. It picks up the trays of plants and transports them around the greenhouse. A […]



Watch this humanoid robot install drywall

October 9th, 2018 at 11:07 am » Comments Off

The HRP-5P is a humanoid robot from Japan’s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology institute that can perform common construction tasks including — as we see above — install drywall. HRP-5P — maybe we can call it Herb? — uses environmental measurement, object detection and motion planning to perform various tasks. In this video we see […]



This “Robotic Skin” can turn pretty much anything into a robot

October 6th, 2018 at 10:58 am » Comments Off

Inanimate objects coming to life — the stuff of nightmares? Not so when you can control the objects thanks to “robotic skin.” Then it’s just really, really cool. You don’t have to take our word for it, either. Yale researchers have actually created this robotic skin, and they posted a video of it in action […]



Culturally sensitive robots are here to care for the elderly

October 2nd, 2018 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Humans are living longer, healthier lives. That’s great, but there’s a downside — the growing elderly population requires an entire industry of (expensive) caregivers, and we’ll likely need even more of them in the future. Care robots might be able to do some of that work. Researchers suspect robots could help elderly people with everything […]



When will we have Artificial Intelligence as smart as a human? Here’s what experts think

September 30th, 2018 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Robots in the movies can think creatively, continue learning over time, and maybe even pass for conscious. Why don’t we have that yet? “Star Wars,” “Her,” and “iRobot.” What do all these movies have in common? The artificial intelligence (AI) depicted in there is crazy-sophisticated. These robots can think creatively, continue learning over time, and […]



How AI is reshaping marketing

September 12th, 2018 at 9:18 am » Comments Off

Machine learning software and artificial intelligence have come a long way since their inception – and is only continuing to intensify. Taking over many industries, AI is swiftly changing the way professionals go about their business. So, what does this mean for marketing? Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way since its inception. The […]



Award-winning robot travels through water pipes to detect leaks

September 8th, 2018 at 2:35 am » Comments Off

It sounds unbelievable, but each day around 20 percent of clean water produced in the world is lost as the result of leaky pipes. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, this amounts to an estimated 6 billion gallons of clean water per day in the U.S. alone. The problem is exacerbated by current […]



Kids will build ’emotional bonds’ with robots and ignore their parents, futurologist predicts

September 3rd, 2018 at 10:43 am » Comments Off

Children will soon have their own ‘cute’ artificial intelligence-equipped robot toys and will pay more attention to the machines’ advice than guidance issued by their parents. That’s the warning from futurologist Ian Pearson, who was speaking at an event by the tech firm Beko held at the IFA 2018 conference in Berlin. He said robots […]



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