Thursday, April 12, 2018

4/12/2018 BLAST ROBOT NEWS REVIEW


Robots have been making our lives easier and more efficient for years. We've gotten used to telling the iPhone's Siri to give us directions, look up restaurants, and remind us of appointments. A machine named Alexa sits in many homes, turning appliances on and off, playing music, and occasionally ...
The automation revolution is here and millions of human workers could be replaced by machines over the next decade. Most of us will adapt or find new positions, say the experts. But new research indicates the most vulnerable segment of the human workforce might be entry-level workers, such as ...
As robotics technology advances and becomes more accessible, its applications for foodservice are mounting. Machines designed to help in both the front and back of the house can help operators increase safety and efficiency, and allow staffers to shift their focus to the customer experience. Four in five ...
Daniela Rus challenged the audience to imagine a world where robots free us to be more creative by taking care of all our physical tasks—from playing with our pets to performing surgery without an incision. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University ...
Come meet The 74 in person at our social media storytelling booth — 2nd floor, Seaport Foyer. There are #74millionreasons to be an education innovator. We want to know yours. Tweet us your story for a chance to be featured on The 74. When thousands of education and workforce experts gather in ...
“Given their potential benefits, the Postal Service may someday consider incorporating delivery robots into its operations and, if so, would want to perform the usual feasibility assessments that would come along with such an idea,” the Postal Service Inspector General wrote in an April 9 report on the ...
There is a new wave in robotics that is helping tech savvy manager leverage technology to optimize shifting operational constraints. Over a period of time, robotics technology has seen a significant improvement with AI and machine learning being baked into the systems, leading to increased mobility ...
There have been plenty of concerns raised about whether robots will replace people in the workplace. Indeed it seems as though barely a day goes by without a new forecast outlining what particular professions are most likely to be wiped out by automation. The reality is of course more complicated than ...
One of the most interesting features of the gecko is its sticky toes, which enable it to climb things by sticking to them, and scientists have figured out how to harness this feature and put it to use in robotic arms. Researchers have described new applications for a previously-developed gecko-inspired ...
Many predictions of the future have humans working with robotic doctors, nurses, teachers, and co-workers. Even your boss may be a robot. But this only happens if the robot-human interaction and communication improve. Researchers that suggest the current state of interaction between humans and ...
Most of the collaborative robot applications we hear about are not in heavy industrial manufacturing. Recent examples of collaborative robot use that have been shard with us are in medical device manufacturing, injection molding and 3D printing—none of which would be considered a heavy industrial ...
ECONOMISTS, politicians and business leaders are all singing the praises of computers, artificial intelligence (AI) and robots. But are these really revolutionising the economy? There doesn't seem to be much evidence of that so far, according to Roger Josefsson, an economist with the Swedish data firm ...
In contemporary sci-fi—HBO's “Westworld,” for example—sentient machines take up arms against humanity. In the real world, intelligent—and increasingly autonomous—robots are being created with weapons already in hand. More than 16 countries (not to mention terrorist groups like the Islamic State) ...
European States agreed on Tuesday at Digital Day in Brussels that they need to come up with a joint strategy to control smart robots, noting that artificial intelligence has boundless possibilities, but also risks. After a first Digital Day in Rome last year, the European Commission repeated the experience ...
Maybe you're tired of hearing about robotics lately. Too bad, I'm going to write about it anyway, but from a slightly different perspective. I was involved in the FIRST Robotics competition this past weekend because of the Chamber. We played a small role in the overall event by managing some lodging ...
An AMR navigates via sensors, cameras, and software built into the robot itself, without the need for external sensors or guides. Once the robot has learned its surroundings – either by uploading a facility blueprint or by piloting the robot around the plant to develop its own map – it will recognise its ...
Levi Strauss & Co. is introducing robotic software to its finance function as the company's efforts to automate the production of its iconic jeans have extended to the back office, said Chief Financial Officer Harmit Singh. “We are introducing bots where it makes sense,” he said. “The idea is not to eliminate ...
Some of the more optimistic forecasts on robots forecast that it's not jobs that will vanish, but tasks. That is, about half of the things that make up current occupations are automatable, according to a recent report by McKinsey, however that just means the workers will retrain and transform those jobs into ...
The duties of civil engineers in the Air Force, from mowing grass along runways to spending hours scanning the flight line pavement for cracks, fissures or pocks that could derail an entire operation, falls squarely within the space where robots work best — in jobs that are “dirty, dangerous or dull,” said ...
Whether physical or virtual, the Robotics Innovation Center will be a chance for the Training and Doctrine Command's Maneuver Robotics and Autonomous Systems Office to work with other Defense Department groups, academia and industry. The center might not bring these groups together physically, ...
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap Jr. offers a good roundup of his thinking and that of some others on autonomous weapons. As I read him, he thinks that they won't be as disruptive as some people think. I dunno. It seems to me that a merger of learning machines with weapons could be huge.
“Pardon me for breathing, which I never do anyway,” the paranoid android Marvin says in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. “So I don't know why I bother to say it. Oh God, I'm so depressed.” An American neuroscientist believes that the intelligent robots and computers of the future might experience ...
And when the robot age does arrive, the impact on New Zealand — in jobs and economic disruption — may not be as apocalyptic as some future ... The goal of his group is that after eight-10 years, New Zealand developed robots will be available for a range of duties in the indoor manufacturing and ...
Rolling along at a cautious pace, a robot about the size of a milk jug maps its surroundings in a toy-size city. It pauses, spins and records more information about its environment – a fence here, a wall there – all while keeping watch for animals in need of rescue. The robots and their rescue mission are all ...
Immediately people took to social media to comment on his stoic nature and robotic tendencies - which are nothing new but drew increased scrutiny after the testimony. One meme that seemed to light up Twitter was a zoomed-in photo of Zuckerberg's face next to a surprising doppelganger: Data, the ..
It works as a filter for our environment, cleaning and replenishing our atmosphere, while providing nutrients for our sea life. However, our knowledge of the ocean is limited. The first deep sea exploration only occurred in 1960, less than 60 years ago. That's why scientists are using modern robotic and ...
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to make it easier for the military to use a group of drones and robots to help it do its job. DARPA, the Defense Department's research and development arm, is looking to acquire the emerging technology needed to command a “swarm” of ...
Collaborative robots (co-bots) are a visible trend at this year's MACH exhibition. Vendors believe that these new products, designed specifically to work alongside people on production lines and in factories, are opening up new markets for robotics and applications that even machinery manufacturers ...
One of the things young and unemployed people hear a lot is “learn to code.” There's an idea that the best way to prepare for the age of automation is to become a coder – at least you'll have a job programming the robots that do all the work. There are two problems with this. First, there won't be enough ...
A research project led by NUI Galway has established that companion robots can have a positive impact on older people living with dementia. Such is the impact of this research, it has been featured in a new European Commission study analysing the impact on society of EU-funded research and ...
It's not enough that AI and robotics are exploring the future, but now we're talking about sex robots and how they're going to change things. Does no one else see a problem with this? AI itself has already been seen in various films to be a dangerous thing, especially if the final goal is to give them ...
The battle goes back to a paragraph of text, buried deep in a European Parliament report from early 2017, which suggests that self-learning robots could be granted “electronic personalities.” Such a status could allow robots to be insured individually and be held liable for damages if they go rogue and ...
“Pardon me for breathing, which I never do anyway,” the paranoid android Marvin says in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. “So I don't know why I bother to say it. Oh God, I'm so depressed.” An American neuroscientist believes the intelligent robots and computers of the future could experience their ...
This is according to PwC's Global Consumer Insights survey, which found that almost a third (32%) of global consumers are looking into buying an AI device such as robots or automated assistants, surveillance cameras and so on, with retailers watching closely as voice commerce develops in the home.
How to outdo the PPC robots in shopping ads. Contributor Frederick Vallaeys isn't ready for Skynet to manage his PPC campaigns just yet and shares seven ways account managers can use their experience to improve the performance of shopping ads. Frederick Vallaeys on April 11, 2018 at 10:53 am.
AI is already enabling cameras with object detection, tracking, classification and facial recognition, robotsthat avoid obstacles autonomously, and action cameras that learn and generate a video summary of your latest adventure, but this is really just the beginning," said Joseph Bousaba, vice president, ...
But perhaps most worryingly, this latest development shows just how quickly the robots are gaining on us. Botnik's previous attempt at literature was released in December 2017. The robot-penned Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash was written by ...
Research by the services company ADP found that one in three workers think their job will be automated in the next decade and one in ten believe a robot will take their job by 2020. Those responding to the survey also say they don't think they are being prepared for new kinds of employment. Half of the ...
A new documentary on BBC Three Sex Robots and Us explores the world of...well, sex robots, the clue is in the title, really. Presenter James Young sets off to find out more about the rise of the sex robots, but while doing so he stumbles across an even darker-side, which leaves him visibly upset, when ...
He noted that the company will soon deploy robotic driverless forklifts in its factory warehouse and “beyond that we have a vision which I call the lights-out factory — a fully automated box factory that operates in the dark because robots don't need lights.” Pratt stated that the rise of automation wouldn't ...
PepsiCo hires robots to interview job candidates ... PepsiCo has programmed Robot Vera, which uses advanced speech recognition software, to make calls to potential candidates, freeing up its recruitment team for other work. ... Candidates are greeted with the message: “Hello, I am Vera, I am a robot.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA), the North American arm of SoftBank Robotics Group (SBR), and Simbe Robotics today announced a global partnership to tackle the challenges retailers face in handling inventory dynamics in their stores. Simbe ...
EDINBURG – Standing on the table where decisions at Edinburg CISD are made, Milo, introduced itself to members of the media using hand gestures and different facial recognitions. With ease, Milo explained how its purpose is to teach social skills to students with autism. “My company, RoboKind has ...
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's (CSIRO) Data61 is on the hunt for a 3D printer to assist with research and support its growing robotics capability. According to the request for tender (RFT) published overnight, Data61 is seeking the high-end, multi-material 3D printer ...
A group of grade school students are helping Union County 4-H break new ground after receiving a jump start from the La Grande Masonic Lodge. The students are members of the Robo Pros, a Union County 4-H robotics club, now in its second year. The club, believed to be the first 4-H club of its kind ...
Most British people would rather punt for a lawyer made of flesh and bone than metal and circuits, according to new research. Automation software and technology has become more sophisticated and intelligent in recent years, intensifying the threat to human jobs. But research released earlier this week ...
The researchers say the Spatial Timber Assemblies robots should be able to design and build timber frames faster and more efficiently than other processes. Sound scary? Maybe a little. But the system is still in the testing phase, so don't worry too much about robot overlords snatching up construction ...
"They love the robots, because they are tiny and they get to see it actualized, so they're not just sitting in front of a computer," Luis said. "But the main goal is to teach these students how to use java scripts; java scripts is one of the main programming languages." "The beauty of the Tech Center is it's not ...
Consumers are open to the idea of having mail delivered by robot or robot helpers. Source: USPS What once was considered a crazy idea by Amazon to deliver packages via robot (in this case a delivery drone) has transitioned into an explosion of new projects and concepts for the delivery of goods to ...
Hexapod multi-axis motion and positioning platforms have been around for several decades. Initially used for exotic applications, these six-legged parallel-kinematic machines are now becoming popular in a wide range of industrial automation applications after “learning” how to directly communicate ...

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