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Ice-bot cometh: Building self-reliant unmanned systems

Last June, a massive dust storm engulfed Mars and immobilized the most famous robots in the galaxy, Opportunity and Curiosity. This is not the first time that Martian dirt has prevented Opportunity fr...
23 August 2018, by

Recent Waymo announcements are slightly underwhelming

Waymo recently announced two new partnerships for their fleet of robotaxis....
09 August 2018, by

Autonomous robot evolution: from cradle to grave

A few weeks ago we had the kick-off meeting, in York, of our new 4 year EPSRC funded project Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE): cradle to grave. We - Andy Tyrrell and Jon Timmis (York), Emma Hart ...
31 July 2018, by

Robots may say NO to war

Robots become every day more 'intelligent'. What if robots were intelligent enough to say NO to war? This would be a happier future. This short film is a light-hearted comedy that aims to launch an...
31 July 2018, by

Will you need geeky glasses to avoid motion sickness in your robocar?

For a lot of people, being a passenger in a car can easily lead to motion sickness, particularly if they try to do something like looking down to read a book or stare at a phone. Not everybody gets th...

Disney launches new era of autonomy with gravity defying stickmen and more

Ever since the première of “Steamboat Willie” in 1928, The Walt Disney Company has pushed the envelope of imagination. Mickey Mouse is still more popular worldwide than any single human a...
25 July 2018, by


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How do we get robotaxi rides down to 30 cents/mile while Uber/Lyft charge 50 cents/mile to just connect you?

In discussion of the eventual cost of a robotaxi ride, I and others have forecast costs similar to the all-in cost of car ownership. Today that's 40 to 60 cents/mile (plus parking) and for a one pers...

Simulation-based internal models for safer robots

Readers of this blog will know that I've become very excited by the potential of robots with simulation-based internal models in recent years. So far we've demonstrated their potential in simple ethic...
16 July 2018, by

Fundings, acquisitions and IPOs, June 2018

Twenty-seven startups raised money in June to the tune of $2.1 billion, another great month for robotics! Also during June there were ten acquisitions and two IPOs. See below for details....
01 July 2018, by

Takeaways from Automatica 2018

Automatica 2018 is one of Europe’s largest robotics and automation-related trade shows and a destination for global roboticists and business executives to view new products. It was held June 19-22 i...
29 June 2018, by

Don’t watch TV while safety driving

The Tempe police released a detailed report on their investigation of Uber's fatality. I am on the road and have not had time to read it, but the big point, reported in many press was that the safety ...

What is artificial intelligence? (Or, can machines think?)

Here are the slides from my York Festival of Ideas keynote yesterday, which introduced the festival focus day Artificial Intelligence: Promises and Perils....
21 June 2018, by

WAZE for drones: expanding the national airspace

Sitting in New York City, looking up at the clear June skies, I wonder if I am staring at an endangered phenomena. According to many in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry, skylines across th...
14 June 2018, by

New battery technology is accelerating autonomy and saving the environment

If the robotics world had a celebrity it would be Spot Mini of Boston Dynamics. Last month at the Robotics Summit in Boston the mechanical dog strutted onto the floor of the Westin Hotel trailed by hu...
07 June 2018, by

Robotics fundings, acquisitions and IPOs: May 2018

Twenty-seven startups were funded in May for a total of $2.5 billion....
07 June 2018, by

Automating window washing

Three and half years ago, I stood on the corner of West Street and gasped as two window washers clung to life at the end of a rope a thousand feet above. By the time rescue crews reached the men on th...
01 June 2018, by

British robot-using online grocer licensing their technology to US Kroger chain

Ocado , the UK leader in home-delivered groceries from robot-run distribution centers, has established a licensing deal with US grocery chain Kroger (NYSE:KR) whereby Kroger w...
24 May 2018, by

Warehousing, fulfillment and DC transformation trends

E-commerce sales for 2017 were $453.5 billion in the U.S. and $1.1 trillion in China, an increase of 16.0% and 32.6% respectively over 2016. This upward trend is projected to continue for the next man...
07 May 2018, by

Robotic fundings, acquisitions and IPOs: April 2018

Twenty startups were funded in April 2018....
02 May 2018, by

Tesla’s fatal crash

Tesla can do better than its current public response to the recent fatal crash involving one of its vehicles. I would like to see more introspection, credibility, and nuance....
26 April 2018, by

Teradyne acquires MiR for $272M, continues robotics spree

In a surprise but smart move, Teradyne (NYSE:TER), the American test solutions provider that acquired Universal Robots in 2015 and Energid Technologies earlier in 2018, acquired Danish MiR (Mobil...
26 April 2018, by

MODEX 2018: Old and new have never been so far apart

MODEX, ProMat and CeMAT are the biggest global material handling and logistics supply chain tech trade shows. But as I walked the corridors of this year’s MODEX in Atlanta, I was particularly aware ...
24 April 2018, by

NHTSA/SAE’s “levels” of robocars may be contributing to highway deaths

The NHTSA/SAE "levels" of robocars are not just incorrect. I now believe they are contributing to an attitude towards their "level 2" autopilots that plays a small, but real role in the recent Tesla f...
11 April 2018, by

What’s all the fuss about AI, robotics and China?

In the constantly changing landscape of today’s global digital workspace, AI’s presence grows in almost every industry. Retail giants like Amazon and Alibaba are using algorithms written by machin...
11 April 2018, by

Comparing the Uber and Tesla fatalities with a table

The Uber car and Tesla's autopilot, both in the news for fatalities are really two very different things. This table outlines the difference. Also, see below for some new details on why the Tesla c...
04 April 2018, by

3 initial thoughts on Ready Player One

The long-anticipated, Steven Spielberg-helmed Ready Player One has just been released in UK cinemas this week, and as a film of obvious interest to DreamingRobots and Cyberselves everywhere, we went ...
04 April 2018, by

Robotics fundings, acquisitions and IPOs: March 2018

Twenty-four startups were funded in March 2018 raising a combined total of $350 million. That brings the 3-month total to $1.5 billion!...
04 April 2018, by

Thousands jam to see Jen-Hsun Huang’s keynote at GPU Developers Conference

In a 2+ hour talk that filled the Keynote Hall and spillover rooms at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center and had thousands of people in line for hours before, Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, in cha...
30 March 2018, by

Arizona bans Uber self-driving cars

The governor of Arizona has told Uber to "get an Uber" and stop testing in the state. With no instructions on how to come back....
27 March 2018, by

Almost every thing that went wrong in the Uber fatality is both terrible and expected

Today I'm going to examine how you attain safety in a robocar, and outline a contradiction in the things that went wrong for Uber and their victim. Each thing that went wrong is both important and wor...
26 March 2018, by







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