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November 25th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Artificial intelligence is not a threat, it’s a tool

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It’s a mistake to worry about us developing malevolent AI anytime soon.

Rodney Brooks - There has been several articles in the press recently, and several high profile people who are in tech but not AI, speculating about the dangers of malevolent AI being developed, and how we should be worried about that possibility. Should we be worried?

 

 

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November 3rd, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Top 9 TED talks on the future of tomorrow

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TED talks have become an integral forum in airing ideas about tomorrow’s world, and how the likes of transport and energy will be revolutionized in the future. Here are nine of the most thought-provoking discussions on what the transformation of tomorrow will entail. (Videos)

 

 

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September 19th, 2014 at 8:00 am

MIT cheetah robot can run and jump untethered across grass

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MIT cheetah robot

Researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah. The robot sprinted up to 10 mph, even continuing to run after clearing a hurdle in experiments done on an indoor track. The MIT researchers estimate that the current version of the robot may eventually reach speeds of up to 30 mph — half the top speed of the natural cheetah, the fastest land animal on Earth. (Videos)

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August 16th, 2014 at 8:15 am

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

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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 and back of house duties at the hotel, assisting staff in delivering amenities to guest rooms and other tasks.

 

 

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August 15th, 2014 at 8:26 am

Momentum Machines burger robot is poised to disrupt the fast food industry

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Momentum burger-bot

Momentum Machines is cooking up burgers with a robot and they’re serious about fast food productivity. “Our device isn’t meant to make employees more efficient,” cofounder Alexandros Vardakostas has said. “It’s meant to completely obviate them.”

 

 

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August 14th, 2014 at 8:36 am

Shipyard workers will be outfitted with robotic exoskeletons to give them superhuman strength

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Shipyard workers in South Korea will wear robotic exosckeletons.

AT a sprawling shipyard in South Korea, workers building the world’s biggest ships could be wearing robotic exoskeletons to lug around 100-kilogram hunks of metal as if they’re nothing.

 

 

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August 8th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

RoboBees will pollinate crops instead of real bees

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As soon as 10 years from now these RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops.

Honeybees pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat but they have been dying at unprecedented rates because of a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). The situation is so dire that in late June the White House gave a new task force just 180 days to devise a coping strategy to protect bees and other pollinators. The crisis is generally attributed to a mixture of disease, parasites, and pesticides.

 

 

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July 17th, 2014 at 8:10 am

Jibo – the world’s first family robot for the price of a tablet

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Jibo

Jibo is the world’s first family robot. He can relate to you and will become part of your family. Jibo looks like a sleekly designed minimalist version of R2-D2. Jibo is stout with a big round glassy face and turns to greet you when you walk in the door. (Video)

 

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July 12th, 2014 at 8:10 am

Yura – a flying drone bartender that can make your favorite cocktail

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Yura

Herman Haydin, a student at the Kyiv National University Of Construction And Architecture in the Ukraine, has designed a robot bartender that comes in the form of a flying drone called the Yura.

 

 

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July 10th, 2014 at 10:46 am

Shadow’s robotic hand uses AI to grip any object

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Shadow’s Dexterous Hand

It’s not easy to build a robot that can compete with that astounding piece of machinery called the human hand.  But the UK company Shadow has a solid contender. And while its robotic hands imitate nature, why keep nature’s limitations? Shadow’s Dexterous Hand “sees” the shape of the object approaching it to help it determine how to hold it. (Video)

 

 

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