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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 5, 2014

Should an autonomous car be able to drive around by itself? What if it's carrying a passenger who is drunk?

by   -   August 3, 2014

Humanoid robots are nowhere close to having the “brain” and motor control of a human.

VIDEO: The smartest people in the world have spent millions on developing high-tech robots. But even though technology has come a long way, these

Even though robot technology has come a long way, and will advance further still through the DARPA Robotics Challenge, humanoid robots are nowhere close to having the “brain” and motor control of a human. Why is that? MIT+k12 Videos takes a look behind the motor control processes in the human brain, and explains how cutting-edge research like that taking place at the MIT School of Engineering and CSAIL – MIT is trying to implement it in robots. Helios, MIT’s Atlas robot for the DARPA challenge plays a starring role. (MITK12 videos)

Microbots, Robot Swarms, And Other News From The Future

Many experts believe that we are nearing a tipping point where robots will emerge from industrial settings and soon enter our homes, workplaces, and public spaces. With that will come questions such as if and when robots will steal our jobs, surpass us in intelligence, or pose a threat to our privacy and security. (Interview with Sabine Hauert and Hallie Siegel of Robohub)

Building Robot Companions for Children

Some day, robot “personal trainers” will teach kids to speak, read, exercise and eat their vegetables, say Yale researchers. A $10 million federal grant is funding the five-year project. “The need for this technology is driven by critical societal problems that require sustained, personalized support that supplements the efforts of educators, parents, and clinicians.” (The Washington Free Beacon)

Robots need to be able to effectively sense and navigate whatever might be thrown at it

“Robots need to get less expensive, lighter (you don’t want a robot that weighs 300 lbs to fall on you), and softer in case they make unintended contact. But even if you gave me one of those tomorrow, we would still have to do research on how to make it do useful tasks.” (Robotics Industries Association) Hat tip: Andre Montaud.

The technology and jobs debate – we can learn a lot from the 1960’s

Economists, struggling to disentangle the effects of technology, trade, and other forces, don’t have a certain answer to the question of whether this time is different. David Autor, an MIT economist who is one of the leading researchers in the field, argues that trade (imports from China and elsewhere) has increased unemployment, while technology has reshaped the job market into something like an hourglass form, with more jobs in fields such as finance and food service and fewer in between. (Wilson Quarterly)


by   -   July 31, 2014

According to the European Union Commission, by 2020, service robotics could reach a market volume of more than 60 billion euros per year and are forecasting 240,000 new jobs in the EU alone backed by an investment of Euro 2.8 billion during this period.

by   -   July 28, 2014


Want to create human-equivalent AI? Well, broadly speaking, there are three approaches open to you: design it, reverse-engineer it or evolve it. The third of these - artificial evolution - is attractive because it sidesteps the troublesome problem of having to understand how human intelligence works.

by   -   July 24, 2014

There are two broad schools of thought on the path of robocar technology and the timeline for its adoption: the aggressive school and the conservative school, and neither is likely to be entirely right.

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 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

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 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.

by   -   July 2, 2014

It’s better to be prepared than caught out. My advice to young people: now is a good time to join the robot sector.