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by   -   August 18, 2014

How do people feel about autonomous cars driving around the city streets without a passenger? What if the passenger is drunk or under the influence of drugs? Our poll results find that more people are supportive of a drunk or high passenger riding in a fully autonomous car (one that never requires human input) than having an autonomous car roam the streets without any passengers.

by ,   -   August 11, 2014

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“Why We Love Robots” is a 5-minute short documentary film co-directed by UC Berkeley Prof. Ken Goldberg and his wife, award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. The film was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a “Botscar” (Robot filmOscar) at the 2014 Robot Film Festival, and explores the human fascination with robots and new research trends in the field.

During the monthly meeting in July, the board of directors of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists decided to take action and formally comment on the Federal Aviation Administration (of the United States) interpreting rules for model aircraft.

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 4, 2014

A significant percentage of people today take pleasure in driving and a sense of control it provides; on the other hand, many of us are ready to shift gears to a safer and more efficient passenger experience.

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 30, 2014

Maps Made Easy provides up-to-date maps out of stitched imagery, that are accurate enough even for GIS professionals. Now being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.

by   -   July 29, 2014

What is a mind, but a pattern? My mind or yours. Man or machine. Simply an arrangement of atoms. Each of us, a unique expression of the mind of the universe.

by   -   July 28, 2014

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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 25, 2014

Insurance underwriter Lloyd’s of London report that the age of self-driving cars could spark

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 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.

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