Wednesday, April 11, 2018

4/11/2018 BLAST ROBOT NEWS REVIEW


Conflate that airport experience with London Gatwick airport's recent announcement of a driverless bus to take its staff around the airport and the future of robots, not least transportation, looks like a very good thing. Others are less optimistic, not least the OECD. According to a report last week, up to 66 ...
In the not-so-distant future, video game characters might practice kung-fu kicks in a digital dojo before bringing their moves into the latest video game. AI researchers at UC Berkeley and the University of British Columbia have created virtual characters capable of imitating the way a person performs ...
Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn't so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fuelling our imagination about artificial humans and autonomous machines. Real-world ...
Humans have spent thousands of years successfully constructing buildings on their own, but sometimes it's nice to get a little help from our robotic friends. In a new exploration of digital fabrication, researchers at Swiss university ETH Zurich partnered with Gramazio Kohler Research and ERNE AG ...
Robots are getting ever closer to outperforming humans in all aspects of life - even when it comes to learning about how the world works. Researchers at Toyota are using artificial intelligence to speed up the discovery of the ideal chemical makeup for electric car batteries. AI-powered robot arms ...
A new device allows robots used in warehouses and third-party logistics (3PL) facilities to draw power or recharge batteries wirelessly while in operation. The technology could have a big impact on the capabilities of mobile industrial robots, potentially freeing them from limitations imposed by modern ...
He had an interesting technology whereby a robotic arm would mimic the movement of a controller operated by a person. This design went a step further by offering what Brett is calling Posi-feel. This is feedback to the controller so the person picking up an object with the remote robotic arm can feel the ...
Whatever your thoughts on sex robots and the complicated ethics surrounding them, it's clear that one day we'll have to seriously grapple with their role in our world. In fact, we've already started to consider how technology like this might factor into our own lives. In 2017, for example, Match.com's Singles ...
Real-world robots remain surprisingly dysfunctional, although they are steadily infiltrating urban areas across the globe. This fourth industrial revolution driven by robots is shaping urban spaces and urban life in response to opportunities and challenges in economic, social, political and healthcare ...
Scientists are using small submersible robots to listen to the wind out at sea. The 1.5m-long, 50kg sea-gliders carry hydrophones that pick up the noise underwater being made by the weather at the surface. The researchers say the robots can provide additional information on wind and storm patterns ...
Thus far, no fully autonomous weapons are known to have been unleashed in the battlefield, although the development of precursors is well underway, with growing degrees of autonomy and intelligence — even the ability to learn. In this video below, the Coalition to Stop Killer Robots make its case to ...
DS Dolls, a firm based in Dalian, north-west China, is also offering its customers “penis and vagina attachments” for the trans robots and reckons the move will appeal to the female market. But Sari Cooper, a sex therapist and sex coach, told Sun Online they will instead allow straight men to copy what ...
Robots are the great bogeymen of the 21st century. With their superhuman strength and non-stop work ethic many feel they are gunning for our jobs. But these fears may be overblown. The first comprehensive look at automation on the German economy suggests that robots created more jobs than they ...
“To prevent a future of killer robots, we must have a legally-binding treaty. Nothing less will do,” says Miriam Struyk of PAX. She is in Geneva to attend a week of UN meetings on lethal autonomous weapons, also known as killer robots. “We expect states to show their determination to avoid dehumanizing ...
Killer robots could be on battlefields within a year if the UN fails to arrange an international treaty limiting their development. That's the claim of Professor Noel Sharkey, who says early wartime machines could cause mass deaths and they will not be able to tell the difference between enemies and ...
Ground and aerial robots are changing the way dismounted troops fight in fundamental ways, experts say. ... destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, a foundational concept for combat arms, especially the leading edge of the Army and Marine infantry, is being dissected with the employment of robots.
A being that knows fear and joy, that remembers the past and looks forward to the future and that loves and feels pain is surely deserving of our embrace, regardless of accidents of composition and manufacture — and it may not be long before robots possess those capacities. Yet, there are serious ...
Ploughe and his colleagues see robots as one way to lessen that burden. SRP Canal map VIEW LARGER Map of the Salt River Project canal network. (PHOTO: Courtesy of SRP). “If it can be done in an autonomous way, with robotics or UAVs or something, then it makes things a lot more efficient.”.
Stockholm: Economists, politicians and business leaders are all singing the praise of computers, artificial intelligence and robots. But are these really revolutionizing the economy? There doesn't seem to be much evidence of that so far, according to Roger Josefsson, an economist with the Swedish data ...
The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) sector is evolving. New technology is enabling the development of a new generation of ROVs that are 'resident' offshore – a concept that will reduce costs significantly by eliminating the need for ROV support vessels to deploy and operate them. Looking even further ...
"It takes a lot of resources to dispatch individuals, their trucks, the sampling equipment, to a remote location," said Mike Ploughe, a senior scientist with SRP water quality and waste management services. Ploughe and his colleagues see robots as one way to lessen that burden. "If it can be done in an ..
A new round of talks on the use of so-called killer robots reopened at the United Nations yesterday, with a focus on defining the characteristics of autonomous lethal weapons. The world body hosted the first-ever killer robot negotiations last year and agreed to move forward, even if a treaty governing the ...
The future is coming to the workplace. Professors and fellows at the University of Cincinnati have been conducting research into the potential for robots to work alongside humans in select industrial work environments. Catherine McGhan, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering and engineering ...
The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is a global coalition of non-governmental organisations that have been working since April 2013 to pre-emptively ban fully autonomous weapons, also known as lethal autonomous weapons systems. South Africa is participating in the International Disarmament ...
Stockholm — Economists, politicians and business leaders are all singing the praise of computers, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots. But are these really revolutionising the economy? There does not seem to be much evidence of this so far, according to Roger Josefsson, an economist with the ...
Automation, robotics and the Internet of Things, and to a lesser extent artificial intelligence, are also viewed as disruptors to the business. "The agribusiness sector offers fertile ground for a confluence of technology trends" from automated tractors to big data and drones, the report said. "Yield-boosting ...
Inside a lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a robot arm lifts a bottle filled with chemical reagents and carries it over a bank of test tubes, where it dispenses a precise number of drops into each one. The arm swivels, replaces the bottle, swivels again, and picks up another container.
When you make your name building sex robots, people are going to ask questions about your own love life. Robotics expert Dr Sergi Santos takes down the assumption that sex robot users and makers are single and lonely – not only has he been married to his partner Maritsa Kissamitaki for 16 years, ...
The system is also exploring the possibility of fitting plastic caps to each emitter that could be turned and adjusted by a robotic arm and a “grasping hand” attached to the mobile bot. Stefano Carpin, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, told IEEE: “I'm a roboticist, so whenever ...
The robots are used for a variety of surgeries and can work out of an incision just a centimeter long. “What we're doing with our fingers, the instruments do the same thing inside the body,” Dr. Manpreet Grewal, chief of general surgery and colorectal surgery at St. Vincent's, said. Dr. Grewal performs two ...
A new trailer for the upcoming apocalyptic thriller Future World has been released, and it must be seen to be believed. Directed by James Franco and Bruce Thierry Cheung, the film stars Jeffrey Wahlberg as a young man who must traverse a desert wasteland to find a near-mythical medicine that will ..
The top 160 out of the 508 FIRST Robotics teams in Michigan will compete on four different fields. Some of the teams include: Dow High's Team 2619, The Charge; Midland High's Team 5509, Like a Boss; Bullock Creek's Team 3770, BlitzCreek; and the Midland homeschool team, Team 5424, Rogue ...
During a series of experiments, the gecko-inspired adhesive allowed an air-powered robotic hand to grip a wide range of objects, from pipes to mugs. The adhesive was also strong and versatile enough to allow the robot to grasp objects at many different angles. The gripper also manipulated volcanic ...
By 2025, the Army sees ground troops conducting foot patrols in urban terrain with robots — called Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport vehicles — that carry rucksacks and other equipment. Unmanned aircraft could serve as spotters, according to the Army's new strategy for robotic and ...
Aquabotix, which makes unmanned underwater vehicles, is commercializing swarm robots. The company's latest offering is a small vessel that operates on the surface or underwater. Paired with additional units, the robots can be controlled in a swarm by a single operator as if they were an individual ...
In the most likely scenario, it will involve the strategically orchestrated interplay between virtual agents and live ones. Machines and people will work in tandem to create a better customer experience than either could have accomplished alone. It is not robots vs. humans it is robots empowering humans.
The group known as the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots says fully autonomous lethal weapons that can strike selected targets are no longer within the realm of science fiction. The coalition says it wants pre-emptive action taken to ban them. Government experts will spend the next two weeks discussing ...
Mike Redding looks into the future — and he sees lots of data, the upside of artificial intelligence (AI) and a convergence of the real world with virtual reality. But for Redding — a futurist and managing director for Accenture Ventures (NYSE: ACN), a big global consulting and professional services firm in ...
These intricate robots are designed to perform tasks on an enclosed course. Also part of the competition, teams must identify a scientific problem (this year's theme is the way people use water) and make presentations on how they'd solve the problem. The challenges prompt participants to work together ...
The chips are meant for pretty much any camera that can make use of intensive processing features: sports cameras, security cameras, 360-degree cameras, and even robots (say, something like a Roomba) that need to navigate, among others. The chips support 4K video, multiple video streams at ...
As delivery robots have already begun to make an appearance – albeit in “test” mode – in the streets of cities in the US, Europe and Asia, the OIG decided to gauge the public perception of the technology using an online survey targeting a nationally representative sample of residents 18-75 years old in ...
It's five years this month since the launch of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a global coalition of non-governmental groups calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons. This month also marks the fifth time that countries have convened at the United Nations in Geneva to address the problems ...
They used specialized equipment called “Long-Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicles,” which are self-driving robots that are able to collect data and archive water samples from the swirling masses of water. It was the first time these drones have ever been used in the open ocean, and researchers ...
China's second largest lender has opened a branch staffed by two robots and no humans after cutting nearly 10,000 workers last year. China Construction Bank (CCB) claims its new branch on Shanghai's Jiujiang Road is the country's first fully automated bank. A robot at the doors greets customers, ...
“I think robots could do a much better job in many ways,” Santos said. “Women and men view sex in a ... As reported by The Sun, Santos plans to build a male sex robot. But, blinded by double standards, ... “I think I would feel jealous if she used the male sex robot,” he said. “If I found that she likes the ...
The couple, who are based in Catalonia, sells their randy robots for between $2,834 and $7,000. Kissamitaki told Barcroft that she doesn't see any problems with her husband having a robot on the side. “With couples, I think as long as there is trust in the relationship and mutual respect, then introducing ...
The little bug-inspired robots — each about the size of a bumblebee — would sport battery-powered wings and various sensors. They would make brief flights, sampling the thin Martian atmosphere and reconnoitering the terrain below before returning to their home base — probably a rover — to ...
CARSON, Calif., April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson Robots, the #1 SCARA robot manufacturer in the world, today announced it was presented with a Bronze Award in the Vision Systems Category at the Fourth Annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards presentation, held during The Vision ...
Marty the Robot is designed to educate the next generation of engineers and scientists by letting them get hands on experience with their very own walking robot. The robot, which was recently named a finalist in Made in Scotland Awards, has now received a sizable order from the Wise Club in South ...
Well, this fictional world has become a reality with AI and Robots being deployed rapidly across various industries and homes. And in the next five to ten years, they are sure to join us humans in the mainstream life. Humanity seems to be on a quest to improve itself, but at the same time, it seems to ...

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