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Video Predicts Robots Will Wipe Out Human Work
08/21/14 — You're probably getting tired of hearing that robots will take your jobs (and, ugh, ours) in the future over and over again. But, here's the deal: perhaps it's necessary keep repeating it so it sinks in, because there's a huge chance that it'll actually happen. The video below explains how the event mirrors the industrial revolution, when machines replaced a lot of manual laborers. See, those robots that are supposed to put us all out of jobs are already here: some of them (general-purpose robots, like Baxter in the image above) still need quite a lot of work, but others…


Robots Cook, Serve Food at Restaurant in China
08/21/14 — It's more teatime than Terminator — a restaurant in China is electrifying customers by using more than a dozen robots to cook and deliver food. Mechanical staff greet customers, deliver dishes to tables and even stir-fry meat and vegetables at the eatery in Kunshan, which opened last week. "My daughter asked me to invent a robot because she doesn’t like doing housework," the restaurant's founder Song Yugang says. Two robots are stationed by the door to cheerfully greet customers, while four short but humanoid machines carry trays of food to the tables. In the kitchen, two large blue robots with…



1,000 Kilobot Swarm Shows the Future of Robotics
08/21/14 — The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. "Form a sea star shape," directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. "Now form…

Hitchhiking Robot Completes Trip Across Canada
08/21/14 — Three weeks and 3,700 miles later, the hitchhiking-robot appropriately named hitchBOT has completed its journey through Canada, having relied entirely on the kindness of strangers and its tablet-and-Arduino brains. The robot's adventure, which began in Halifax on July 27, ended in Victoria on Saturday. Despite the journey having taken only 21 days,…

J Group Robotics Creating 3D Printed Medical Pills
08/21/14 — 3D Printing has been making its way into medicine, in more ways than one. We have seen it come to the aid of surgeons who use the technology to print out replicas of organs, bones, and other body tissue, prior to performing live surgery. These replicas allow the surgeons to…

WiFi-Equipped Robots Have X-ray Vision to See Through Walls
08/21/14 — These robots from the labs of a University of California, Santa Barbara professor might not be able to outrun anyone, but they sure have a special ability of their own: they can see through walls using only WiFi signals. For the technique to work, the machines work in pairs, with…

Robo-AO Autonomous Telescope Hunting for Planets
08/14/14 — Tracking down Earth-like exoplanets with a terrestrial telescope is no easy feat because our planet's atmosphere makes distant solar systems even harder to see. Adaptive optic technology can help make things go a little faster, but it does so at a snail's pace - requiring up to 10 minutes per…

FANUC M-410 Robots Help Snack Maker Increase Production
08/14/14 — FANUC Robotics has assisted a snacks manufacturer in increasing its output of packed crisp boxes with the installation of six M-410 robotic palletising systems. Palletising over 5,000 boxes of crisps per hour the robots have been integrated into all of the six packing lines within the company's factory enabling them…

Clearpath Pledges Not to Make Killer Robots
08/14/14 — Waterloo-based robotic vehicle manufacturer Clearpath Robotics is the first robotics company to sign on with the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots, "an international coalition of non-governmental organisations working to ban fully autonomous weapons."The aptly-named Campaign To Stop Killer Robots seeks legislation and regulation that would block people from having access…

Engineers Designing More Agile Robotic Legs for Uneven Ground
08/14/14 — Horses and other animals inspire new designs for smarter, faster, more agile robotic legs. One of the major challenges in robotics is designing robots that can move over uneven, loose or unexpected terrain.With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), computer engineer Luther Palmer and his team at the Biomorphic…

SaviOne Robot Butler Working at California Hotel
08/14/14 — When Sunnyvale, Calif.-based robotics startup Savioke announced a $2 million seed round of funding in April 2014, the company said it would use the money to develop and build its first autonomous robot for the services industry. However, no further details about the robot were shared. Until now, as The…

Fast Food Robot Makes Burgers in 10 Seconds
08/14/14 — I saw the future of work in a San Francisco garage two years ago. Or rather, I was in proximity to the future of work, but happened to be looking the other direction. At the time, I was visiting a space startup building satellites behind a carport. But just behind…

Robots Coming for White-Collar Jobs, Too
08/06/14 — The robots are coming, even for the boss's job. Up until now, robots and other smart machines have been used to replace blue-collar workers. But a new study by The Pew Research Center and Elon University, released Wednesday, says that while artificial intelligence will continue to replace jobs in factories…

Inside the FAA’s First Dual Drone Flight
08/06/14 — The 319th Operations Support Squadron supported a milestone in unmanned aerial vehicle aviation Aug. 1. For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration authorized two UAVs to operate simultaneously in a traffic pattern of unrestricted airspace. "This is the result of a year and a half of planning between the…

Exoskeletons Give Shipbuilders Extra Lift
08/06/14 — At a sprawling shipyard in South Korea, workers dressed in wearable robotics were hefting large hunks of metal, pipes and other objects as if they were nothing. It was all part of a test last year by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, at their facility in Okpo-dong. The company, one…

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles to Track Endangered Whales
08/06/14 — Sleek yellow gliders will soon cruise the waters off Nova Scotia in a high-tech bid to track down one of the world's most endangered marine mammals and possibly provide clues to an ecological mystery. Canadian and American scientists are getting ready to deploy autonomous underwater vehicles around the Scotian shelf…

Researchers Developing Mind-Controlled Robotic Legs
08/06/14 — Thought-controlled robotic legs may still seem like the stuff of sci-fi, but for a group of scientists at the University of Houston in Texas, it is already a reality. A research group led by electrical and computer engineering expert Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal is working on a brain-machine interface that could…

Korean Baseball Team Fills Stands with Robot Fans
08/06/14 — A Korean baseball team that's down on its luck has found a new way to fill seats at games: robot fans. The Hanwha Eagles recently unveiled robot proxies called "fanbots," which enable fans to watch and cheer at games remotely. Based in the city of Daejeon, the Eagles have lost…

Israel Deploys Tunnel Robots to Find Hamas’ Weapons
07/31/14 — The Israeli Defense Forces have introduced new robot technology to help aid in excavating Hamas' vast tunnel network and a mobile radar system designed to warn against short-range mortar shelling. Defense News featured the Micro Tactical Ground Robot, developed by Roboteam, a Tel Aviv-based start-up that beat more established U.S.…

Robot Learns How to Walk with Broken Leg
07/31/14 — Engineers have taken a step towards having machines that can operate when damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg. Using "intelligent trial and error," their six-legged robot learned how to walk again in less than 2 minutes. "This new technique will…




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