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by   -   July 22, 2014
We’d like to know what you think. Will you miss driving your non-autonomous car? Why or why not?

by   -   July 21, 2014

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Given a choice between crashing into a motorcyclist wearing a helmet vs. a motorcyclist who isn’t wearing one, which one should an autonomous car be programmed to crash into? What about the choice between crashing into an SUV vs. a compact car?

These are some of the dilemma situations Professor Patrick Lin brought forth in his WIRED article, The Robot Car of Tomorrow May Just be Programmed to Hit You.


by   -   July 21, 2014

Entertainment users of robots include movie studios (e.g., “Gravity”), entertainers (e.g., Blue Man Group), rides (Disney Epcot Center), resorts (Wynn) and bartenders (Bicardi and Coca Cola).


by   -   July 20, 2014

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JIBO, a 2013 Boston startup, launched an IndieGoGo campaign last week and is off to a rousing start, lots of favorable press, and, as of the time of this writing, has raised more than $700,000 over their $100,000 goal.


by   -   July 16, 2014
Despite the popular belief that research vehicles are consumer-ready, the path from research to production is long—and yet alternative deployment models will blur testing and operation in a way that merits more contextual regulation.

by   -   July 16, 2014

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CIROS, the China International Robot Show held last week in Shanghai had record crowds, record numbers of exhibitors, 168,000 sq ft of exhibition space, and exuded confidence in a thriving up-and-coming Chinese robotics industry.


by   -   July 14, 2014
With housing and automotive markets slowing, and nominal growth in developed nations stagnating at 1-2%, will robotics help spur global economic growth, or will it hinder? How should governments prepare?

by   -   July 11, 2014
Researchers are forecasting expansion of the agricultural robot market from $817 million in 2013 to an anticipated $16.3 billion by 2020, but farmers have been slow to embrace robotics. Will they do so in time?

by   -   July 11, 2014
Facebook’s algorithms are making decisions about what kind of person you appear to be to your ffriends.

by and   -   July 11, 2014
Ugobe created Pleo, a life-like robot using our “LifeOS” technology that animates robots with life-like movements similar to living creatures. After countless experiences of watching people transform into proud pet owners through interactions with Pleo, I am absolutely convinced that people want to connect with robots in a meaningful way that touches our hearts.

by   -   July 9, 2014

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by Ryan Gariepy

I recently spent over a week in Montreal talking with – and learning from – the Canadian field robotics community, first at the Computer and Robot Vision (CRV) conference and then at the NCFRN Field Trials.


by   -   July 9, 2014
The VLAB Collaborative Robots forum on Thursday May 29 was a masterclass for robot startups.

by   -   July 8, 2014
Our latest reader poll prods at the intricate challenges and implications of developing collision optimization algorithms for autonomous cars.

by   -   July 7, 2014
If you were around in the '80s you probably remember Michael Knight talking to his car KITT in Knight Rider. How do people today envision interacting with the autonomous cars of the future? Find out in our reader poll results.