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Rodney Brooks: AI Systems “Very Narrow Tools”
By Steve Crowe · 4 September, 2015 • Rodney Brooks, co-founder of iRobot and founder, chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics, says AI systems "don't have the intentionality, really, even of an insect, let a lone a small mammal. People hear AI and they think they're these smart machines with wants and desires and capabilities. They don't have any of that. I wish they did, but that's not what we've been able to do in the last, really, 55 years of AI research."
You Should Be More Scared of Smartphones Than Robots
By Steve Crowe · 3 September, 2015 • Gill Pratt, one of the top roboticists in the world, says people should not fear robots because they have legs. He says you should be more worried about all the data you carry around on your cellphone, and who has access to it.
Why Shooting Down Drones is a Federal Crime
By Steve M. Hogan · 2 September, 2015 • A drone is an aircraft under the Federal Aviation Regulations, which means destroying a drone is legally the same as destroying a 747. No matter where you go, the bottom line is clear: shooting down drones is a crime.
Why Do Cops Need Weaponized Drones?
By Steve Crowe · 27 August, 2015 • Bill 1328 just passed, making North Dakota the first state in the US to legalize police use of drones equipped with rubber bullets, pepper spray, tasers and more. The police, however, say they'll only use the drones for search and rescue missions and to photograph crimes scenes. So, remind us again, why do we need weaponized drones?
Narrow Roads No Problem for Self-Driving Cars
By Brad Templeton · 24 August, 2015 • Self-driving cars face many unsolved problems. But contrary to popular belief, narrow roads are not a problem for self-driving cars. In fact, it's a scenario in which the robot cars can far outperform humans
4 Reasons Programming Robots is Difficult
By Jason Ernst · 21 August, 2015 • Initiative such as the Robot Operation System and OpenCV are making it easier to program robots, there is a need for standard methods for connecting sensors, motors, actuators, cameras and other components to robots. The state of robotics software is somewhat like computers before “plug-and-play” was invented.
Like It or Not, Drone Licensing Is Coming
By Stephen Mann · 21 August, 2015 • Drone licensing is going to happen. Just look at all the hysteria that surrounds every drone sighting. That's why drone hobbyists need to get ahead of the game and propose reasonable licensing now before politicians force unreasonable licensing terms on us.
Rank the Creepiest Humanoid Robots
By RT Staff · 20 August, 2015 • Humanoid robots continue to get creepier and creepier. We need your help to determine which is the creepiest of all time. Vote in our interactive list and let us know which humanoid keeps you up at night.
18 Pros and Cons of Google’s Restructuring for Self-Driving Cars
By Brad Templeton · 14 August, 2015 • Brad Templeton, once a consultant for Google's self-driving car team, offers some insight on how Google's recent restructuring might impact its robocars division.
3 Problems with Amazon’s Drone Airspace Plan
By Jonathan B. Rupprecht, Esq. · 10 August, 2015 • Amazon has a nice plan to safely integrate delivery drones into the air, but it's proposal doesn't exactly line up with the FAA's outlook.
Sullenberger: Drones Will Cause Plane Accidents
By Steve Crowe · 7 August, 2015 • Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who safely landed a plane on the Hudson River in 2009, says a drone will cause a plane accident. Sullenberger says, "It's not a matter of if it will happen. It's a matter of when it will happen."
4 Questions About the Future of Drones
By Steve Crowe · 7 August, 2015 • An expert answers some burning questions about solar-powered drones, Amazon delivery drones, and the impact on the insurance and tourism industries.
Eye in the Sky: Why Pilots May Not See Your Drone
By Michael Carlini, Southern Oregon Drone · 7 August, 2015 • In certain conditions, commercial pilots fly solely by instrument, meaning they might not see drones until it's too late.
How Robotics is Impacting Education
By Ricky Ye, CEO, DFRobot · 6 August, 2015 • Over the next five years, STEM education will have an even bigger impact on the knowledge structure for innovation, spurring the next generation of innovators. As STEM courses become core curriculum, robots will serve as the central force.
4 Challenges Holding Back Robotics
By Jason Ernst · 31 July, 2015 • We examine some of the biggest challenges holding back robotics adoption, including fragmented platforms, interoperability, and ease of programming.

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