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by   -   April 12, 2016

regulation_google-buggy_car_autonomous_robocar-(1)Sooner or later there will be fatal accident caused by a driverless car. It’s not a question of if, but when. What happens immediately following that accident could have a profound effect on the nascent driverless car industry.

by   -   April 7, 2016
What are you thinking? Robots and humans working together need to understand – and even trust – each other. NASA Johnson/flickr
What are you thinking? Robots and humans working together need to understand – and even trust – each other. NASA Johnson/flickr

If we are serious about long-term human presence in space, such as manned bases on the moon or Mars, we must figure out how to streamline human-robot interactions.

by   -   April 4, 2016

Robot-arm-factory_manufacturing_industrialThe robotics industry has graduated to be big business — at least for research firms. 47 different reports on subjects ranging from broad to very drilled-down views of the industry are analyzed and projected upon with widely differing forecasts.

by   -   April 4, 2016
Source: cbinsights.com
Source: cbinsights.com

Funding for robotics startup companies rose dramatically in 2015 reaching record highs in deals and dollars. CB Insights, a VC database provider, reported similar findings as seen in their quarterly financing chart.

Listed below are the results for March including two billion dollar acquisitions.

by   -   March 30, 2016

Tanya Anandan interviews Michael Oitzman, Sr. Product Line Manager at Adept Mobile Robots, about the applications for Adept mobile robotics in the service sector.

by ,   -   March 29, 2016

To create robots with feelings, researchers are programming them to learn and develop emotion the way human children do.

by   -   March 27, 2016

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Ben Casselman, writing on the website FiveThirtyEight, says that manufacturing jobs are never coming back. He warns candidates to not inflame voters with empty promises and provides facts to prove his point.

by   -   March 24, 2016

Cheap robotaxi service under 50 cents/mile will make personal car transportation economically accessible. If the calculated cost drops to 30 cents/mile, or even 10 cents/mile in poorer economies, there's potential for vast accessible to billions of new people. The market may already be saturated in the United States, which has vast car ownership, but the global average is about 15%. The car industry is facing a boom not a bust, from this technology.

by   -   March 22, 2016

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The maker of advanced humanoid and 4-legged robots (BigDog and Atlas), Boston Dynamics, is up for sale. According to the Financial Times, “this is one of those discordant moments that makes you question easy assumptions and the current state of Alphabet and of robots.”

by   -   March 18, 2016

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by: Meghan Hennessey

Walk into any manufacturing facility today. Forklifts and AGVs may be in operation serving specific parts of the manufacturing floor, but you’ll also see hundreds of people at work— pulling, tugging, and pushing goods from point A to point B. Why is it that we are still using humans — our most important asset — for materials transport? Yet, despite being the grease for the manufacturing wheel, materials transport remains an untapped opportunity for automation and innovation in most manufacturing establishments.

by   -   March 17, 2016

The British Science Association (BSA) conducted a survey to see how the public thought robotics and artificial intelligence will affect society and culture. The online survey, which had over 2,000 responses, shows there hasn't been much increase in positive attitudes towards robotics. However, there has been a slight increase in anxiety about robots displacing humans in the workforce.

by   -   March 15, 2016

After years of flying under the venture capital (VC) radar, the robotic industry is finally starting to see a remarkable growth in funding traction. In 2014, VC investments in robotics rose 36% to $341.3 million up from $250.7 million in 2013, according to Travis Deyle’s annual robotics review.

by ,   -   March 15, 2016
Studio shot of stack of Lego robot at computer. Photo: bigstockphoto
Lego robot at computer.

One day, robots will present difficult legal challenges. This seems to be the consensus among commentators. And who am I to disagree? I have myself argued, right here on the digital pages of Slate, that robotics will generate no fewer puzzles for the law than the last transformative technology of our time—the Internet. Future courts will have to decide, for instance, whether a home robot manufacturer is responsible for the apps that run on it and whether to hold anyone accountable for robot behavior no one intended or foresaw.

by   -   March 14, 2016

Parker's Indego exoskeleton received FDA clearance after completing a large clinical trial in the U.S. The study consisted of 1,200+ sessions where participants were able to walk safely on several in- and outdoor surfaces using the exoskeleton.

by   -   March 12, 2016

Many mass transit systems shut down at night, especially in places like the US. Demand is low, and that creates a big burden for the 'night people' of the world, who are left with taxis and occasional carpooling, or more limited night bus service. Should transit agencies make a deal with companies like Uber to operate their carpool services?

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