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Beware Uber Drivers! The Robot Cars Are Coming

Posted on September 15th, 2016.

Uber announced that that the world’s first self-driving Uber cars are on the road in Pittsburgh, the Steel City. The road ahead is still long, but the implications are staggering.

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Biotech

Interview: The Makers of a Robotic Hand That Can ‘Feel’

Posted on November 23rd, 2015.

Human engineering is often seen as the pinnacle for technological achievement, be it the wheel, the steam engine or the space rocket. Human-engineering has also come a long way, especially in recent times. While the reality of fiction such as RoboCop is still beyond this present time, significant strides are currently being made in the...

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Artificial Intelligence

Consumer Drones Outfitted With Geofences Around Restricted Air Space

Posted on November 18th, 2015.

A project called Airmap has made life easier for two of the major consumer drone producers, DJI and 3D Robotics. The purpose of Airmap is to provide real-time, reliable access to no-fly-zone data. In the case of consumer drones, this can mean a lot more than simply military bases and airport areas. A football arena can be off-limits...

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Artificial Intelligence

Samsung Enters New Market With Pre-Ordering of Gear VR

Posted on November 11th, 2015.

The new Samsung Gear VR looks futuristic. It is not the first of its kind, but it is the first consumer-focused VR headset, which requires the user to insert a preferably Samsung brand smartphone to do virtual reality. The headset is powered by Oculus, the VR company dominating the space. The headset only costs $100, so it appears to be...

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Fun Hacks

Hacked 3D Printer Becomes a Precision Tattooing Robot

Posted on November 5th, 2015.

Want to get tattooed by a robot? Meet “tatoue,” the 3D tattoo printer. Tatoue was born when a group of enterprising design students in Paris were looking for a way to do something unique. Their story can be found on Appropriate Audiences website, a design group that takes its name from the title of the movie previews that precede major...

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Robotics

Australian Miner Found Employing Driverless Trucks

Posted on October 29th, 2015.

In an all-time first, Australian mining giant Rio Tinto is using two fully automated driverless truck fleets at its massive iron ore mines. It has to be said that the trucks themselves are massive as well, besides operating without a driver! While Europe decides to regulate driverless trucks on roads with Mercedes-Benz providing a...

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Opinion

If You’re Worried About Robots Taking Your Job, Maybe You’re An Idiot

Posted on October 26th, 2015.

It’s true. Let’s face it. If you can’t do things beyond the capacity of a robot, you’re probably an idiot. Fear of a robot planet litters the artistic record. For instance, in his first novel, Player Piano, Kurt Vonnegut paints a dystopia that is nearly completely mechanized. In this near-feature, there is no need for human laborers. The...

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Artificial Intelligence

The end of Jobs is Near and Capitalism as we Know It is Over

Posted on September 1st, 2015.

More and more news headlines and opinion pieces predict the end of jobs and the end of capitalism as we know it. The logic is simple: technology destroys more jobs than it creates. Automation is rapidly becoming cheaper and better than the labor of both blue and white collar workers, which therefore will be replaced by industrial robots...

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Communication

MIT Researchers Build Robots To Serve Beer

Posted on August 24th, 2015.

The Terminator world has dominated the general public’s thinking on humanity’s robotic future. MIT researchers, in the meantime, have solved a more important problem: how to get robots to serve beer.  MIT engineers designed and programmed a team of robots to pour and deliver beers. The mechanized bartenders were developed by researchers...

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Robotics

Video: How to Build a 3D Printer

Posted on August 3rd, 2015.

In the below video, Ben Heck takes you through the basics of building your own 3D printer. To follow his instructions exactly, you would need to buy all the same supplies he uses. These supplies are considerably cheaper now, considering the age of the video. The best place is probably Heck’s sponsor, Element 14. It is also possible...

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Artificial Intelligence

SETI Could Find Super-Intelligent Robots, Warns Astronomer Royal

Posted on July 24th, 2015.

British cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees believes that machines powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) will inherit the Earth – and the stars. He is also persuaded that advanced aliens could be inconceivably different from life as we know it, as different from us as we are from a bacterium.

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Robotics

Watch: Australian Team Wins 2015 RoboCup in Soccer

Posted on July 23rd, 2015.

The finale of the 19th annual RoboCup is wrapping up in Hefei, China today. The gathering showcases a robot football tournament but also contains three other gauntlets: RoboCup Rescue, [email protected], and [email protected] There are sponsored events, as well, such as RoboCup Logistics Sponsored by FESTO. Some of this year’s competitions...

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Artificial Intelligence

Flying Gun? Armed Drone Robbery? Amateur Weaponized Drone Built (Video)

Posted on July 17th, 2015.

An unidentified, unverified video has been circulating on the Internet for the past couple of days, depicting a drone firing what appears to be a Glock-style pistol four times. Most interesting about the clip is that the drone adjusts itself after the recoil of each shot, giving it time to reposition on the target. The video does not...

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Biotech

Coming Soon – Robots With Bacteria-Controlled Brains

Posted on July 16th, 2015.

Warren Ruder, an assistant professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, and doctoral student Keith Heyde, used a mathematical model – a computer simulation – to demonstrate that bacteria can control the behavior of an inanimate device like a robot.

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Artificial Intelligence

First “Unmanned” Factory Now Operating in China

Posted on July 15th, 2015.

A factory in southeastern China has begun the process of replacing all human labor. After recent upgrades to robots operating in the factory in Dongguan, there are just 60 workers, many of whom have no role besides monitoring work being conducted by the robots. The city is a manufacturing hub in China, and other factories will follow...

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Artificial Intelligence

The Robots Are Coming, Stock Analysis Jobs At Risk

Posted on July 14th, 2015.

Each day, Wall Street produces millions of words encouraging investors to buy or sell stocks, bonds and mutual funds. In the future, more of those words might not be written by humans, warns The Wall Street Journal in a provocative article titled “Can You Tell the Difference Between a Robot and a Stock Analyst?“

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Artificial Intelligence

Tesla and Uber – When Disruptive Technical and Social Innovations Collide

Posted on July 9th, 2015.

Tesla and Uber are two companies at the forefront of disruptive technical and social innovation. Their businesses may come together in disruptive synergy bigger than the sum of its parts, which will revolutionize whole industries.

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Robotics

Swiss Post To Start Testing Drone Delivery

Posted on July 8th, 2015.

Swiss Post announced that it will soon start testing the commercial use of flying drones for delivery, in partnership with Swiss WorldCargo, the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines, and US drone manufacturer Matternet. The three companies will be carrying out drone tests in July 2015 to investigate specific applications...

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Hacking Matter

Meet Bricasso, The Awesome LEGO 3D Printer

Posted on July 4th, 2015.

A new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 machine can scan an image and then print out a LEGO mosaic of it. Dubbed Bricasso, the LEGO 3D printer is constructed entirely out of LEGO parts, even down to the clips that hold the image in place, and the printing head that grabs each part and puts it in place.

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Artificial Intelligence

Telepathy is the Ultimate Communication Technology, says Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg

Posted on July 2nd, 2015.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is persuaded that we will become telepathic species. The technology of social networks like Facebook will, someday, become so advanced that people will be able to exchange thoughts directly, brain to brain, just like we exchange pictures of cats today.