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by ,   -   November 23, 2016
Credit: "Brewing Beer with Robots" Brew Age/YouTube
Credit: “Brewing Beer with Robots” Brew Age/YouTube

Craft brewing could be the perfect industry for collaborative robots. But, does automation mean losing your artisan status? We find how craft breweries can use robotics to scale-up their business without compromising on quality.

by   -   November 16, 2016
Source: HBO, Westworld
Source: HBO, Westworld

Please note: The following article may contain spoilers up to Episode 5 of Westworld.

HBO’s Westworld (on Sky Atlantic here in the UK) is progressing nicely, though even now at five episodes in it’s probably a little too early to start speculating about what is going on exactly. However, at the risk of casting wild speculations that hindsight later proves naive, one character that is particularly interesting: Anthony Hopkin’s Dr. Robert Ford.

by   -   November 11, 2016
Credit: University of California - San Diego
Credit: University of California – San Diego

A new U.S. Robotics Roadmap released Oct. 31 calls for better policy frameworks to safely integrate new technologies, such as self-driving cars and commercial drones, into everyday life. The document also advocates for increased research efforts in the field of human-robot interaction to develop intelligent machines that will empower people to stay in their homes as they age. It calls for increased education efforts in the STEM fields from elementary school to adult learners.

by   -   November 10, 2016

Self-driving scooter demonstrated at MIT complements autonomous golf carts and city cars.

by   -   November 8, 2016
Banksy robot and barcode graffiti in New York, USA.
Banksy robot and barcode graffiti in New York, USA.

Let’s stop talking about bad robots and start talking about what makes a robot good.

by   -   November 3, 2016
Source: YouTube
Source: YouTube

In October, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission released a reportChina’s Industrial and Military Robotics Development, prepared by the Defense Group, Inc. at the Commission’s request. The report examines the development of China’s unmanned industrial, service, and military robotics systems, such as drones and driverless cars, and the economic and national security implications of these trends for the United States.

by   -   October 27, 2016

artistbook_inlove_25-10-2013loveherve-veronese-centre-pompidou-2-3The OPLINE Prize is the first online contemporary art award, where the audience vote for the winner out of 10 nominated artists. The winning artist receives 4,000 Euros and exhibitions. The winner also gives away a work of art to a random voter. The OPLINE Prize process in itself reflects on innovative digital culture and the engagement of the broader community in art.

by   -   October 25, 2016

MIT's James Kirtley discusses the transition from gas to electric motors and the impact these motors have had on modern technologies.

by   -   October 21, 2016
Photo: Gretchen Ertl
Photo: Gretchen Ertl

Sarah Hensley is preparing an astronaut named Valkyrie for a mission to Mars. It is 6 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds, and is equipped with an extended chest cavity that makes it look distinctly female. Hensley spends much of her time this semester analyzing the movements of one of Valkyrie’s arms.

by   -   October 14, 2016
Source: RoboGabby/YouTube
Source: RoboGabby/YouTube

Gabby has five goals to achieve this school year. The first goal sounds like any other young middle schooler: get straight As in her classes. Goal number two: get accepted into her school’s robotics team, followed closely by number three: to own her first VEX IQ Robotics kit. That’s when you may realize, Gabby is an extraordinary middle schooler!

by   -   October 3, 2016

By “programming” customized soft materials, the CSAIL team can 3-D print safer, nimbler, more durable robots.

by   -   September 26, 2016

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Michigan’s Senate are reviewing several bills related to automated driving. SB995, 996, 997, and 998 are now out of committee, and SB 927 and 928 are not far behind. These bills seem to be a mixed bag. Critically, they are in desperate need of clarification followed by thoughtful discussion.

Editor’s note: Please note that this article refers to the versions that came out of the senate before moving to the house, where they have been slightly modified.

by   -   September 22, 2016

Mobile robots can be a great help in search and research missions, especially in dangerous environments. However, there are restrictions in how far they can travel due to battery capacity. This research team is developing an algorithm for robots to collectively manage their energy, forming an energy supply chain to help push explorer robots further into environments without needing to come back and recharge.

by ,   -   September 16, 2016

The new AI100 report explores how AI could affect life in a typical North American city in 2030.

by   -   September 6, 2016

People with disabilities are often disappointed with their devices' performance, and choose not to use them. To encourage innovation, a new competition tests assistive technologies.





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