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5 Experts Who Think Artificial Intelligence Could End Humanity
By Victor Luckerson, Time · 2 December, 2014 • A growing number of experts agree that humans will eventually create artificial intelligence that can think beyond our own capacities.
Modular Robotics Helps You Achieve Your Robot-Building Dreams
By Alex Knapp, Forbes · 2 December, 2014 • The Modular Robotics MOSS Exofabulatronixx 5200 Kit contains cubes that you can connect together to create hundreds of different robot combinations.
For the Cat with Everything: A Robotic Mouse
By Jim Dallke, ChicagoInno · 2 December, 2014 • Startup, Petronics, is on their way to crowdfunding the first robotic cat toy, Mousr, as a means of aiding in the cat obesity problem.
Meet iCub: the Cute Italian Humanoid that is Stealing Hearts
By Junko Yoshida, EE Tiimes · 20 November, 2014 • STMicroelectronics introduced iCub at this week's Embedded Technology 2014 show in Japan, and as predicted, the Japanese are in love.
Robotic Bartenders and Entertainers Set Sail on Quantum of the Seas
By RT Staff · 6 November, 2014 • Not content with working as sales assistants and burger flippers, robots are landing jobs on cruise ships as bartenders and entertainers. Leading the way is Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, currently on its maiden voyage from Southampton to Bayonne, New Jersey.
Tiny Robotic Swimmers Could Travel Through Bloodstream to Deliver Drugs
By Bob Yirka, Phys Org · 6 November, 2014 • The scallop-like robotic swimmers require no engine or batteries, and may be used to treat a variety of human ailments.
Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot weighs 330 pounds and can balance on one leg
By RT Staff · 1 November, 2014 • Atlas is back. While the robot itself may be from Google-owned Boston Dynamics, the balance algorithm is from IHMC (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition) who's worked with the robotics company to get the six foot two biped walking better. IHMC has a strong track record in DARPA's Robotics Challenge, coming first in computer simulations and second in real-life field trials.
Robotics Scientists Ponder Possibility of Repurposing Robots for Ebola
By John Markoff, The New York Times · 30 October, 2014 • With the assistance of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, scientists are planning a series of brainstorming meetings to begin Nov. 7.
NJ Man Arrested After Shooting Down Neighbor’s Drone
By Jeff John Roberts, GigaOM · 2 October, 2014 • After shooting down his neighbor's camera-equipped drone, the man was arrested on unlawful weapons charges. The incident highlights an emerging issue as more drones take to the skies: how to balance the rights of drone owners against people's rights to privacy and self-defense.
3-Year-Old Receives 3D Printed, ‘Iron Man’ Hand for Free
By RT Staff · 2 October, 2014 • A three-year-old Hawaiian boy was born with fingers missing on one of his hands. But thanks to a non-profit company and 3D printing, he received an Iron Man-like robotic hand for free.
RFID Gives Robots Better Vision to Locate Items
By Michelle Starr, CNET · 25 September, 2014 • Robots are using small, ultra-high frequency RFID tags, stuck onto objects, to track in a room - even when the tag is hidden out of sight.
Anki Drive Robotic Cars Adding Android Support
By Nicole Lee, Engadget · 18 September, 2014 • Anki Drive has been iOS-only since its launch, but starting in October 2014 Anki will support Android. However, there is no cross-platform play, meaning iOS users can't race against Android users.
Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum Maps, Cleans Rooms
By Charles Arthur, The Guardian · 4 September, 2014 • The Dyson 360 Eye robotic vacuum has a machine vision system that maps an entire room from a single camera lens and a lightweight digital motor that enhances battery life. It can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app – and reports on where it has been.
Fast Food Robot Makes Burgers in 10 Seconds
By Jason Dorrier, Singularity Hub · 14 August, 2014 • Momentum Machines' burger robot can make a burger in 10 seconds. The company says the burger bot also reduces liability, management duties, and overall food preparation footprint.
Woman Makes Quadcopter/Drone Out of Chocolate—and It Flies!
By Kate Pearson, Co-Founder, MakerFlux · 24 July, 2014 • A newlywed and her husband decided to have the best of all worlds with their hobbies. Frozen chocolate forms the base (FYI, they also did a similar AUV all out of ice; presumably that's their high-summer drone) and it seems to work out beautifully ... make that deliciously.

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