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by   -   May 1, 2015

Amazon_picking_Challenge

As sales via online retailers steadily increase, so too does the speed with which customers want their goods delivered. Amazon, eBay, and Google all have massive and speedy warehousing operations attempting to meet those needs.

by   -   May 1, 2015

When most people think of AI getting out of control, they almost always point to Terminator or HAL. In ‘Transcendance,’ Johnny Depp, plays Dr. Will Caster, whose work in AI creates PINN, (physically independent neural network), the core of which is used to create a transcendent Caster after he dies of radioactive poisoning from a terrorist group.

by   -   April 30, 2015
Faungg via wikimedia commons.
Photo: Faungg via wikimedia commons.

April has seen Chinese VCs acquiring robotic ventures, buying out competitors, seeking funding to scale up production, and shoring up industry gaps.

by   -   April 29, 2015

ErinBeam

Melonee Wise, Erin Rapacki, Katherine Scott, Steffi Paepcke, Dale Bergman. What do these five women have in common? Aside from robotics, not much – they are all role models in robotics in quite different ways. (And that means that there are many opportunities for other women to make robotics their area.)

by   -   April 29, 2015

SUASBExpo2014

The sUSB is livestreaming from San Francisco, featuring top names in the unmanned and remote sensing field, including Patrick Egan, Chris Anderson, Whitney Brooks, Michael Drobac, and Andra Keay, and many others. Livestream below. 

by   -   April 29, 2015

If we wish for robotic technologies to flourish, it would be foolhardy to accept the STEM fields’ gender ratio status quo.

by   -   April 27, 2015

In a video interview for The NY Times, Peng Zhang, Vice Director of the Economy, for Shunde (a city of 2.4 million) in Guandong Province, China, says that he is administering a project to replace humans with robots. Zhang said that the half of Shunde's population comprised of immigrant workers from other Chinese provinces cannot continue to grow.

by   -   April 20, 2015

BRL NAO with Stereo Headset_PGibbons

Yesterday I looked through the eyes of a robot.

It was a NAO robot fitted with a 3D printed set of goggles, so that the robot has two real cameras on its head (the eyes of the NAO robot are not in fact cameras). I was in another room wearing an Oculus Rift headset. The Oculus was hooked up to the NAO’s goggle cameras, so that I could see through those cameras – in stereo vision.

by   -   April 17, 2015
Dry California riverbed. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Dry California riverbed. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Groundwater levels in California’s Central Valley are down to historic lows and reservoirs have been depleted following four consecutive years of severe drought in the state. California is set to introduce water rationing in the coming weeks, and though the new rationing rules will focus on urban areas and not farms for the time being, they serve as a warning bell to farmers who will inevitably need to adapt to the effects of climate change on food production. Long term solutions are needed to help make agriculture drought resistant. How could robotics help?

by   -   April 14, 2015

The University of Michigan recently released some advance research about motion sickness rates for car passengers. Press coverage of the study tended to conclude that this will be a barrier to self-driving cars. But does this have to be the case?

by   -   April 10, 2015
Photo by Paul Ridgeway.
Photo by Paul Ridgeway.

Should robots be allowed to make life and death decisions? This will be the topic of heated debate at the United Nations (UN) Palais des Nations in Geneva next week (April 13-17th, 2015). As part of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), experts from all over the world will gather to discuss questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems.” Take our public survey on the topic to voice your opinion. 

by   -   April 8, 2015

Last week Bloomberg News asked the question: What's destroying middle-class wages? and suggested three hypotheses: robots, unions and China. This week SingularityHUB launched a series exploring the topic of The Future of Work. It's a subject near and dear to everyone even tangentially involved in the robotics industry.

by   -   April 8, 2015

The Delphi drive from San Francisco to New York has been completed. Few teams have tried to do such a long course that involved so many different roads - over 3.5K of them

by   -   April 8, 2015

Autonomous vehicles, whether air, land or sea are flourishing. Investment dollars are flowing. And ideas such as Dominos' won't just be an April Fools Day joke for too much longer.



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