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Taxing Robots: Will it Help or Hurt Jobs?
By Oliver Mitchell · 26 February, 2017 • There's a real lack of solutions to preventing the seismic shift robots will have on the economy. We examine two potential options: Universal Basic Income and a tax on robots.
Top 6 Educational Robots Coming in 2017
By RT Staff · 25 February, 2017 • A look at six educational robots for kids that will be popular toys when they come to market in 2017.
Embark Self-Driving Trucks Take on Otto
By Steve Crowe · 24 February, 2017 • Embark's self-driving trucks use deep neural networks to teach themselves how to drive on highways. Once they enter city limits, Embark's self-driving trucks hand control over the the human driver to drive through the city streets to the final destination.
Founder of Faulhaber Fab Lab Dies at 68
By RT Staff · 23 February, 2017 • Fritz Faulhaber, a pioneer in high-precision micro motor and drive systems, died at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on Feb. 6, 2017, at the age of 68.
Gill Pratt, Daniela Rus Win Engelberger Robotics Awards
By Steve Crowe · 23 February, 2017 • Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), and Dr. Daniela Rus, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the recipients of the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Awards. Pratt won the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Awards for Leadership, while Rus takes home the 2017 Engelberger Robotics Awards for Education.
UPS Delivery Drone Launches from Truck
By Steve Crowe · 22 February, 2017 • UPS has completed the first test of its truck-launched HorseFly delivery drones. Conducted in a small suburb of Tampa, Florida, a modified UPS truck launched a drone that delivered a package and then returned to the truck as it continued to drive along its route.
NASA Wants 3D-Printed Houses on Mars for Astronauts
By RT Staff · 21 February, 2017 • Habitats for the first astronauts on Mars could be 3D printed, by extracting and refining metals from the soil. A professor from the University of Central Florida is working with NASA on how to do so.
Mini 3D-Printed Lens Could Help Robots See Better
By Steve Crowe · 21 February, 2017 • Researchers at the University of Stuttgart have developed a tiny 3D-printed camera lens that allows for speedier image processing. This lens could help drones, robots and self-driving cars see better.
Cloud-Seeding Drone Completes 1 Hour BVLOS Flight
By RT Staff · 21 February, 2017 • The one-hour BVLOS test flight of the Savant cloud-seeding drone covered 28 nautical miles. It was the longest unmanned, cross-country round-trip flight in Nevada history.
What AI Can and Can’t Do: DARPA’s Realistic View
By Steve Crowe · 21 February, 2017 • Is artificial intelligence a risk to humanity? DARPA weighs in on what it AI can do, what it can’t do, and where it is headed.
Should Robots That Take Jobs Pay Taxes?
By Steve Crowe · 17 February, 2017 • Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates say robots should pay taxes if they take jobs from humans. Do you agree?
Shakey, World’s First Mobile Robot, Honored by IEEE
By Steve Crowe · 17 February, 2017 • Shakey, the world’s first mobile, intelligent robot, was honored with the IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing. The award honors "significant inventions, locations or events related to electrical engineering and computing that have benefited humanity, and which are at least 25 years old."
Panasonic Smart Cart Helps You Take a Load Off
By Tim Hornyak · 17 February, 2017 • Panasonic's Smart Cart is a prototype mobile robot that can tow either standard airport luggage carts or grocery carts. It can haul up to 330 lbs, including the weight of the cart itself. The Smart Cart can autonomously follow its user by tracking his or her footsteps.
Six-Legged Robots Now Have a Faster Gait
By RT Staff · 17 February, 2017 • Researchers have discovered the faster and more efficient "bipod gait," which has never observed in nature, for six-legged robots walking on flat ground.
Amazon Echo, Google Home Want to Let You Make Phone Calls
By Steve Crowe · 15 February, 2017 • Amazon Echo and Google Home are reportedly looking to add the ability to make voice calls to the smart speakers, but concerns about privacy, emergency services, and regulatory hurdles are slowing down the process.

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Top 6 Educational Robots Coming in 2017
A look at six educational robots for kids that will be popular...

Embark Self-Driving Trucks Take on Otto
Embark's self-driving trucks use deep neural networks to teach themselves how to...

UPS Delivery Drone Launches from Truck
UPS has completed the first test of its truck-launched HorseFly delivery drones....

Cloud-Seeding Drone Completes 1 Hour BVLOS Flight
The one-hour BVLOS test flight of the Savant cloud-seeding drone covered 28 nautical...