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To err is algorithm: Algorithm fallibility and economic organisation

Algorithmic fails Dig below the surface of some of today’s biggest tech controversies and you are likely to find an algorithm misfiring:[1] YouTube advertising controversy: The algorithm place...
18 May 2017, by

iRobot, KUKA and other robotic stocks exceed earnings expectations

iRobot (IRBT on the NASDAQ stock exchange) jumped from $70 to $80 per share on news that iRobot's quarterly earnings were so good that the company raised their forecast for 2017 to new highs. KUKA a...
04 May 2017, by

As DJI dominates camera and commercial drone sales, drone funding falls

According to AgFunder's 2016 AgTech Investing Report (supported by The Robot Report's own research), 2016 drone funding fell 64% from 2015 levels. Also, the type of companies getting funded were sens...
03 May 2017, by

Envisioning the future of robotics

Robotics is said to be the next technological revolution. Many seem to agree that robots will have a tremendous impact over the following years, and some are heavily betting on it. Companies are inves...
16 March 2017, by

5 global problems that AI could help us solve

There’s a great deal of concern over artificial intelligence; what it means for our jobs, whether robots will one day replace us in the workplace, whether it will one day lead to robot wars. But cur...
10 February 2017, by

How can swarm roboticists contribute to and benefit from the wisdom of other disciplines?

What can swarm roboticists learn from policy makers, systems biologists and physicists, and vice versa? It is already widely recognised that Robotics is an inherently interdisciplinary field and that ...
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Are agricultural robots ready? 27 companies profiled

Agriculture is one of our most important industries. It provides food, feed and fuel necessary for our survival. With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural production...
12 November 2014, by

Game of drones – extreme sports photography

“Yet another ‘follow me’ drone" says Chris Anderson – after three projects launched this weekend, including his own 3DRobotics’ open source ‘follow me’ feature for android. Extreme sport...
18 June 2014, by

Global trends in robotics from patent analysis

120,000 robotics patents have been published in the last 10 years, tripling in rate from 2004 to 2013, according to the UK Intellectual Property Office Informatics Team. Unsurprisingly, there was a h...
15 June 2014, by

The car in your driveway may be more autonomous than you think

[Jaguar XF, ESC test by EuroNCAP - photo: EuroNCAP ] Did you know that the majority of the cars we buy and drive today are able to act by themselves and maneuver themselves out of an accident? They...
11 June 2014, by

How do self-driving cars work?

Nissan’s autonomous car prototype - 2013, photo:Nissan Global Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, recently announced that the car manufacturer will produce self-driving cars within three years. Nissan has announ...
03 June 2014, by

Pure autonomy: Google’s new purpose-built self driving car

Google completed a major step in its long and extensive self-driving cars project by presenting its first purpose-built autonomous car, which is designed from scratch for its role and is not a modifie...
28 May 2014, by

The fate of jobs in relation to robotics is confusing

Will a robot take your job? Will a higher minimum wage cause job destruction? Or is it all media hype? What's the truth?...
10 February 2014, by

ShanghAI Lectures: Shaohua Tan “Qualitative modeling and analysis”

Guest talk in the ShanghAI Lectures, 2009-11-12 "It has increasingly been realized that some of the key characteristics underlying real-world complex dynamical systems (such as economical, financia...
28 November 2013, by

From precision farming to autonomous farming: How commodity technologies enable revolutionary impact

The popular conception of farming as low-tech is woefully out of date. Modern farmers are high-tech operators: They use GIS software to plan their fields, GPS to guide field operations, and auto-steer...
11 November 2013, by

AUVSI conference brings robots to drone debate epicenter

AUVSI returned to D.C. for 2013. Amidst a climate of fiscal austerity and vibrant debates over the growing importance of unmanned vehicles in foreign policy and homeland security, the 2013 AUVSI Unma...
23 August 2013, by

Visions of transformative research: Risk-reward, variation-selection, hot trends, exploration of the wild

Over the last 20 years or so, a sense that science has become conservative or incrementalist has developed, and calls for change in the approaches to public funding of research have been heard from va...
08 July 2013, by

Food delivery drones. But is it a business?

Food drone delivery ideas are taking off all over the place. But is it a business or just an advertizing stunt? Tacocopter was one of the first although still more of a theory than a practice. Stanfo...
18 June 2013, by

The uncanny valet (or, Notes on the design of robot psychology)

This article outlines the problems of today's phone and online help systems and offers solutions to conversational systems of tomorrow. The article is about the design of hearts and minds for robots, ...
04 May 2013, by

First controlled flight of an insect-sized robot

Researchers from the Wyss Institute and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard have developed a millimeter-scaled insect robot that can autonomously control its flight. Their findin...
02 May 2013, by

Intuitive Surgical, a manufacturer with almost no tangible assets?

Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) is a prime example of how robotics is similar to other IP intensive industries like software, biotech, and entertainment. In December my colleagues and I produced a...
01 May 2013, by

New funding sources for robotics

New funding sources for robotics seem to be popping up everywhere. Today’s launch of Genesis Angels, the new $100 million VC fund, which is based in Israel but operating globally, is hot on the heel...
19 April 2013, by

The great equalizer: How robotics frees manufacturers from consolidating in low-wage nations

These days it is hard to read an article about the future of robots that does not include a reference to jobs. As a pure roboticist I object to the constant connection between the two, but as a concer...
15 April 2013, by

Do industrial robots really have a positive impact on employment?

Do industrial robots really have a positive impact on employment? Of course they do and there are over 50 years of data proving that to be the case....
12 April 2013, by

Jobs for roboticists

During my Master studies in computer science, I had the opportunity to spend a year at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA. Most of my classes there were about robotics, I got to participate in Robo...
11 April 2013, by

Robohub focus: Robots and warfare

For the rest of this week, Robohub will have a special focus on the use of robots in warfare.  All kinds of robots are being developed for strategic defence and military action (in space, in the...
13 March 2013, by

The death of search (or, My dysfunctional relationship with Siri)

This article looks at the arrival of systems such as Siri, Google Now, and Watson and claims that these systems are the search engines of the next decade because they mine intimate data.  Since they ...
06 March 2013, by

ExOne IPO Successful: Shareholders Contribute Random Passers-by

Before I start bashing bankers, I’d like to congratulate the ExOne Company on a successful initial public offering (IPO).  I haven’t seen much about ExOne [NASDAQ:XONE] on the robotics sites, b...
21 February 2013, by

Thoughts about RoboBusiness 2012

I've read a wide range of reports and single-topic reviews about the presentations and about some of the exhibitors at last November's RoboBusiness Leadership Summit held in Pittsburgh. I didn't feel ...
19 February 2013, by

CES gets robots all wrong

In my opinion, the International Consumer Electronics Show used robots gratuitously, out of context and without benefit to robotics companies. It’s a category problem more than anything else and is ...
15 January 2013, by







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