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by   -   April 15, 2016

Over the past several years, neural network systems have gotten better than humans at things such as recognizing street signs in camera images, or identifying cancers in medical scans. These networks are also having an effect in robocar development by using vision systems for robotics and driving.

by   -   April 15, 2016
Dmitry Grishin at the Skolkovo Robotics conference in Russia.
Dmitry Grishin at the Skolkovo Robotics conference in Russia.

In 2012, Dmitry Grishin, co-founder and CEO of Mail.Ru Group, the largest Internet and social networking company in the Russian-speaking world, seeded a fund with $25 million of his own money to focus on robotic startups.

This month Grishin Robotics launched another fund with $100 million provided by institutional and individual investors from Europe and the U.S. to focus on companies involved in the “Hardware Revolution.”

by   -   April 14, 2016
Platooning. Photo: Dan Boman
Platooning. Photo: Dan Boman/Scania

A dozen trucks arrived in Rotterdam after traveling across Europe in the European Truck Platooning Challenge. Six different truck makers participated: Scania, Daimler, Volvo, IVECO, MAN and DAF.

by   -   April 14, 2016

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In March 2012, in an effort to make their distribution centers (DCs) as efficient as possible, Amazon acquired Kiva Systems for $775 million and almost immediately took them in house.

There was confusion after the acquisition whether Kiva would continue providing DCs with Kiva robots. Although Kiva said that they would continue selling their technology to other retailers it soon became clear that Amazon was taking all Kiva’s production and that, at some future date, Kiva would stop supporting their existing client base and focus entirely on Amazon – which happened in April 2015 when Amazon renamed Kiva to Amazon Robotics and encouraged prospective users of Kiva technology to let Amazon Robotics and Amazon Services provide fulfillment within Amazon warehouses using Amazon robots.

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.

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