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by   -   September 1, 2014

nursing_home_eldercare_senior_hands_caneRobotics is readily recognized as a technology of potentially key importance in helping the growing elderly population with their needs. In the US alone 8.5 million seniors require some form of assistive care; growing to 21 million over the next 20 years. 91% of nursing homes are understaffed. And there are at least 65.7 million family caregivers (31% of U.S. households); however, the number of potential family caregivers for each person is decreasing.

by   -   September 1, 2014

The idea of autonomous cars that can communicate with each other and organize themselves to better control the flow of traffic sounds interesting and possibly scary. Our results indicate that the majority (85%) support such technology.

Philip Grossman is perhaps the only person to ever fly a drone of any kind inside one of the most radioactively contaminated sites in the world.

by   -   August 29, 2014

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The Atlantic revealed the inside story of Google’s two-year secret X-labs drone-delivery project in a detailed story by Alexis Madrigal. Project Wing, as the drone-delivery venture is called, has already conducted test flights delivering small packages to rural areas of Australia. Watch the Google promo video:

by   -   August 28, 2014

“The future ain’t what it used to be” – MIT professor of economics David Autor believes the media vastly oversells the degree to which technology will displace highly skilled workers.

by   -   August 26, 2014

Superman tribute notwithstanding, contemporary commercial interests like Amazon are fascinated with the potential of drones. These cost-effective, utilitarian machines deliver data, products and reconnaissance at substantial savings. The FAA may fight the inevitable, but for businesses convinced that drones are indispensable to future success, there’s no turning back, and Amazon isn’t the only customer eager for drone technology.

by   -   August 22, 2014

Small_UAV_CoalitionLast week USA Today reported that Amazon, 3D RoboticsParrot and DJI had banded together to form a “Small UAV Coalition”, hiring DC-based lobbying firm Akin Gump to represent their interests before US regulators and ease the way for the commercial drone industry in that country. Akin Gump lobbyist Michael Drobac says that, since the USA Today report was first published, Airware and GoPro have joined the fold and others in the small UAV business will soon be following suit. But does the small UAV industry need its own lobbying effort, and how will the inclusion of retail giant Amazon impact its ability to represent the broader group?

by   -   August 22, 2014

At Automatica 2014 in Munich this year, the ECHORD++ project asked roboticists like Vijay Kumar, Uwe Haass, Pere Homs, and Christian Schlegel one simple question: “What do you think is the future of robotics?” Find out just how bright they think the future of robotics will be in this video.

by   -   August 20, 2014

Last week the Waterloo-based Clearpath publicly pledged not to develop lethal autonomous weapons in support of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. While the Campaign has garnered significant support since its launch, it has not previously had support from the for-profit robotics sector - making Clearpath's public statement a noteworthy demonstration of corporate responsibility, particularly given the company's background in military applications.

by   -   August 19, 2014

Imagine the future where your autonomous car can talk to other cars to decrease traffic flow perhaps. How would you feel about your car being a part of such network of autonomous cars?

by   -   August 18, 2014

Instead of worrying that robots will take our jobs, we might, given the world's ageing population, look to them as a means of maintaining current levels of productivity.

by   -   August 18, 2014

How do people feel about autonomous cars driving around the city streets without a passenger? What if the passenger is drunk or under the influence of drugs? Our poll results find that more people are supportive of a drunk or high passenger riding in a fully autonomous car (one that never requires human input) than having an autonomous car roam the streets without any passengers.

by ,   -   August 11, 2014

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“Why We Love Robots” is a 5-minute short documentary film co-directed by UC Berkeley Prof. Ken Goldberg and his wife, award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. The film was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a “Botscar” (Robot filmOscar) at the 2014 Robot Film Festival, and explores the human fascination with robots and new research trends in the field.