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by   -   July 20, 2015

At Singularity U, we’re releasing a new video series answering questions about our future technology topics that come from Twitter. My segment is one of the first, and while regular readers of my blog will probably have seen me talk about most of these issues, here is the video …

by   -   July 16, 2015

Close up, in 3D, what jumps out at you is not just how astonishing today’s humanoid robots are, but also how miraculous the human body they mimic is. National Geographic’s Robots 3D is showing in big screen, IMAX and digital cinemas throughout the world this summer. It presents an authentic and fascinating glimpse into the work of replicating some of our most challenging human characteristics.

by ,   -   July 14, 2015
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image: Madeline Gannon/flickr

To discover the impact of robots on the average manufacturing worker, we analysed their effect in 14 industries across 17 developed countries from 1993 to 2007. We found that industrial robots increase labour productivity, total factor productivity and wages.

by   -   July 13, 2015

The press were all a-twitter about a report from Reuters that there had been a near miss between Delphi’s test car and one of Google’s, though it was quickly denied that anything happened.

by   -   July 10, 2015

SoftBank announced that their little Pepper robot will be available for sale beginning August 1st at the rate of 1,000 per month after selling out their first 1,000 Peppers in one online minute in June. They also released a new promo video that evokes Pepper's emotional connection with people.

by   -   July 8, 2015

Jibo_Prototype_Andy_AtkinOur most recent video update comes from our VP of Engineering Andy Atkins. Take a sneak peak inside the minds of our engineers as they finish our newest Jibo P2s, to find out what kinds of challenges and hurdles we have overcome in the past year.

by ,   -   July 3, 2015

It may be low budget, but sci-fi adventure Robot Overlords is an action-packed feast full of technical prowess. Learn about the tech and VFX that made these robots so convincing on the silver screen.

by   -   July 3, 2015

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Xi Jinping, China’s President, last year called for an “industrial robot revolution.” Since then China has created policies giving value added tax refunds and subsidies to companies making robots, and robot user companies can qualify for tax breaks.

by ,   -   July 2, 2015

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Almost one year ago, Leka won the Grand Prize at the 2014 Robot Launch competition for Moti, a robotic toy that helps autistic children learn to regulate their own emotions through play. Leka cofounder and CEO Ladislas de Toldi writes about where Leka is now.

by   -   June 25, 2015

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Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, Rise of the Robots; Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future and Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the Amercan Dream – new books that have recently come to market. You may find some or all of them of interest.

by   -   June 20, 2015

The July/August issue of Foreign Affairs magazine has a number of dispatches from the frontlines of the robotics revolution.

by   -   June 19, 2015

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In a strategic move sure to have long-term ramifications, Foxconn and Alibaba each invested $118 million for a combined 40% share of the new SoftBank Robotic Holdings Group, an entity which holds Aldebaran, Pepper and the Pepper SDK software group. Starting June 20, Pepper robots will go on sale to businesses and consumers in Japan. 

by   -   June 16, 2015
Gemma Chan plays the synth Anita in Humans. Source: Channel 4
Gemma Chan plays the synth Anita in Humans. Source: Channel 4

There are two very good reasons to watch Humans, the new robot-themed drama series that premiered in the UK on Sunday. Firstly, it’s a well-made high-energy thriller with a pacy storyline, focusing on a domestic future not unlike the present –  only with robots. Secondly, it tackles the questions we should be asking about that future.

by   -   June 11, 2015
Photo credit: John Eckman via Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeckman/6183019560
Photo credit: John Eckman via Flickr.

A reader recently asked about the synergies between robocars and ultracapacitors / supercapacitors. It turns out they are not what you would expect, and it teaches some of the surprising lessons of robocars.

by   -   June 11, 2015
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Earlier this week Baidu announced they will be collaborating with BMW to launch an autonomous vehicle prototype later this year.

Here’s a roundup of news stories in the field of robocars.

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