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50 women in robotics you need to know about 2023

Celebrating International Women in Robotics Day October 4th.
04 October 2023, by and

A short guide to Multidisciplinary Research

How and Why would I consider colliding two opposite disciplines in my research.
27 September 2023, by

Tackling loneliness with ChatGPT and robots

In a recent study by the Surgeon General, more than half of the adults in the USA experience loneliness, with only 39% reporting feeling “very connected to others.”
05 September 2023, by

The Strange: Scifi Mars robots meet real-world bounded rationality

Did you like the Western True Grit? Classic scifi like The Martian Chronicles? Scifi horror like Annihilation? Steam punk? How about robots? If yes to any or all of the above, The Strange by Nathan Ballingrud is for you!
15 August 2023, by

Submersible robots that can fly

Following the news of the implosion of the Titan submersible, I reached out to Professor F. Javier Diez of Rutgers University for his comment on the rescue mission and the role of robots.
13 July 2023, by

Titan submersible disaster underscores dangers of deep-sea exploration – an engineer explains why most ocean science is conducted with crewless subm

Bringing people to the bottom of the deep ocean is inherently dangerous. At the same time, climate change means collecting data from the world’s oceans is more vital than ever. Nina Mahmoudian explains how researchers reduce the risks and costs associated with deep-sea exploration.
28 June 2023, by


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Flowstate: Intrinsic’s app to simplify the creation of robotics applications

Intrinsic (a spin-off of Google-X) has revealed the product they have been working with the help of the Open Source Robotics Corporation team (among others): Flowstate!
18 June 2023, by

Ranking the best humanoid robots of 2023

Is Rosie the Robot Maid from the Jetsons here yet? As more and more companies announce their work towards the affordable humanoid robot, I wanted to create a reference chart.
03 June 2023, by

Automate 2023 recap and the receding horizon problem

“Thirty million developers” are the answer to driving billion-dollar robot startups, exclaimed Eliot Horowitz of Viam last week at Automate.
01 June 2023, by

The 5 Laws of Robotics

I have been studying the whole range of issues/opportunities in the commercial roll out of robotics for many years now, and I’ve spoken at a number of conferences about the best way for us to look at regulating robotics.
11 May 2023, by and

We need to discuss what jobs robots should do, before the decision is made for us

This is an important time to discuss what roles we want robots and AI to take in our collective future – before decisions are taken that may prove hard to reverse. One way to frame this dialogue is to think about the various roles robots can fulfill.
29 April 2023, by

What is the hype cycle for robotics?

Robotics is a very fast moving field at the moment. From the perspective of the end user, it can be very difficult to know when a company is moving out of the hype cycle and into commercial maturity.
07 March 2023, by

Our future could be full of undying, self-repairing robots – here’s how

Could it be that future AI systems will need robotic “bodies” to interact with the world? If so, will nightmarish ideas like the self-repairing, shape-shifting T-1000 robot from the Terminator 2 movie come to fruition? And could a robot be created that could “live” forever?
01 February 2023, by

Year end summary: Top Robocar stories of 2022

Here's my annual summary of the top stories of the prior year. This time the news was a strong mix of bad and good.
10 January 2023, by

Five ways drones will change the way buildings are designed

It’s crucial that the ways drones are affecting our future are understood by the majority of people. As experts in design futures and mobility, we hope this short overview of five ways drones will affect building design offers some knowledge of how things are likely to change.
02 January 2023, by

Countering Luddite politicians with life (and cost) saving machines

Beyond aerial tricks, drones are now being deployed in novel ways to fill the labor gap of menial jobs that have not returned since the pandemic.
04 December 2022, by

General purpose robots should not be weaponized: An open letter to the robotics industry and our communities

After a lot of thoughtful discussion, deliberation, and debate with our colleagues, we have co-authored and signed an open letter to the robotics community.
07 November 2022, by

‘Killer robots’ will be nothing like the movies show – here’s where the real threats lie

Killer robots won’t be sentient humanoid robots with evil intent. This might make for a dramatic storyline and a box office success, but such technologies are many decades, if not centuries, away. It’s much simpler technologies we should be worrying about.
19 October 2022, by

50 women in robotics you need to know about 2022

Our Women in Robotics list turns 10 this year and we are delighted to introduce you to another amazing "50 women in robotics you need to know about" as we also celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. We have now profiled more than 300 women AND non-binary people making important contributions to robotics since the list began in 2013.

Tesla’s Optimus robot isn’t very impressive – but it may be a sign of better things to come

Musk has now unveiled a prototype of the robot, called Optimus, which he hopes to mass-produce and sell for less than US$20,000 (A$31,000).
04 October 2022, by

Have a say on these robotics solutions before they enter the market!

We have gathered robots which are being developed right now or have just entered the market. We have set these up in a survey style consultation.
24 September 2022, by

Shelf-stocking robots with independent movement

A robot that helps store employees by moving independently through the supermarket and shelving products. According to cognitive robotics researcher Carlos Hernández Corbato, this may be possible in the future. If we engineer the unexpected.
23 September 2022, by

RoboCup humanoid league: Interview with Jasper Güldenstein

We talked to Jasper Güldenstein about how teams transferred developments from the virtual humanoid league to the real-world league.
20 September 2022, by and

Peace on Earth (1987): Using telerobotics to check in on a swarm robot uprising on the Moon

Read this classic hard sci-fi novel and expand your horizons about robots, teleoperation, and swarms.
13 September 2022, by

Why household robot servants are a lot harder to build than robotic vacuums and automated warehouse workers

With recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics technology, there is growing interest in developing and marketing household robots capable of handling a variety of domestic chores.
09 September 2022, by

Robots will open more doors than they close

There is more that roboticists should be doing to advance the debate on robotic labor beyond the current obsessive focus on job-stealing robots.
14 August 2022, by and

The best sci-fi books that describe how robots really work

I have loved science fiction ever since I was a kid and read all my Dad’s ancient issues of Analog Science Fiction and Fact from the 1940s.
12 August 2022, by

It’s time to update 19th century terms for 21st century technology

Unmanned and master/slave are two terms that are offensive to many in the community. Such terms may once have been accepted by society, but not any longer, and we are pleased to see many organizations starting to use alternative terms.
04 June 2022, by and

A draft open standard for an Ethical Black Box

Within the RoboTIPS project, we have developed and tested several model of Ethical Black Boxes, including one for an e-puck robot, and another for the MIRO robot.
19 May 2022, by

Interview with Andrea Thomaz (co-founder of Diligent Robotics): socially intelligent automation solutions for hospitals

We sat down with Dr. Thomaz to talk about Moxi, how to manage people’s expectations about robots, and advice for young people and women in robotics.
16 April 2022, by and







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