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by   -   January 19, 2015

The world “parking” means many things, and the many classes of parking problems have varying difficulties.

by   -   January 16, 2015

Robot-DNA_evolution

Evolutionary robotics has been around for about 20 years: it’s about 15 years since Stefano Nolfi and Dario Floreano published their seminal book on the subject. Yet, surprisingly the number of real, physical robots whose bodies have been evolved can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

by   -   January 2, 2015
photo: http://blog.udot.utah.gov/
photo: http://blog.udot.utah.gov/

Yesterday’s note on Here’s maps brought up the question of the wisdom of map-based driving. While I addressed this a bit earlier let me add a bit more detail.

A common first intuition is that because people are able to drive just fine on a road they have never seen before that this is how robots will do it. They are bothered that present designs instead create a super-detailed map of the road by having human driven cars scan the road with sensors in advance. After all, the geometry of the road can change due to construction; what happens then?

by   -   January 1, 2015

I see new articles on robocars in the press every day now, though most don’t say a lot new. Here, however, are some of the recent meaningful stories from the last month or two while I’ve been on the road. There are other sites, like the LinkedIn self-driving car group and others, if you want to see all the stories.

by   -   November 28, 2014

A recently released US Department of Defense report, DTP 106: Policy Challenges of Accelerating Technological Change, sets out the potential benefits and concerns of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and associated technologies. The authors call for policy choices to be made sooner rather than later.

by   -   November 25, 2014

Data from our latest poll suggest that readers are optimistic about the role of robots as care assistants for senior members of their families. The majority of our participants were of the opinion that robots will enable seniors to socialize with other people better, using teleconferencing systems such as Skype/FaceTime. However, opinions are split on whether robots themselves will be able to keep seniors company.

by   -   November 24, 2014

A new book on artificial intelligence as an existential risk - titled SuperIntelligence, Paths, Dangers, Strategies - has been in the headlines since Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an interview that AI is nothing short of a threat to humanity. But Artificial Intelligence may be one of the areas where we overreact.

by   -   October 18, 2014

The boomer generation, which took over the suburbs and exurbs, have nice houses but minimal transit options. Without the ability to drive, many seniors fear being shut in, and find themselves forced to leave their homes.

by   -   October 1, 2014

Bathing is typically a private activity, and having a robot to accommodate that privacy could be a good thing. But how much does this trump over the need to control the robot?

by   -   September 29, 2014

While 75% of readers said that they’d want a robot “to help me with house chores” vs. only 19% who said they would want one as a companion for themselves or their family, the majority see the whole family, including their parents/grandparents and children, as benefitting from home robots in the future.

by   -   September 24, 2014

auto_insurance

Today between 08:30-17:00 CET This live webstream by the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue brings together a comprehensive spectrum of perspectives and expertise on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving, and their potential impact on the re/insurance industry.

by   -   September 9, 2014

This is not what you might describe as a high-speed contest. The robots walk to take a kick or a tackle and, really, waddle might be a more apt word for their approach. But the game is far from boring ...

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   -   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.