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Tags results for 'robotics'

Developing robots that collaborate with people

Posted in Software on 30th Oct, 2013 03:59 AM
by AlexMuller
National Robotics Initiative invests $38 million in next generation robotics.

Superfast rock-paper-scissors robot wins every time

Posted in Hardware on 5th Nov, 2013 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
A robot developed by Japanese scientists is so fast it can win the rock-paper-scissors game against a human every single time.

Pal Robotics unveils its 3rd gen humanoid robot

Posted in Hardware on 18th Nov, 2013 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
PAL Robotics was contracted to build a robot that could stand next to the likes of Honda's ASIMO. Now, after nearly a decade, the company has unveiled its third generation robot.

Singularity University plots hi-tech future for humans

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2013 09:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Singularity University believes it will change the world, from digital manufacturing to biotechnology, from robotics to artificial intelligence.

Google robots may pose challenge to Amazon drones

Posted in Business on 5th Dec, 2013 01:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has revealed it has taken over seven robotics companies in the past half a year and has begun hiring staff to develop its own product.

Google buys Boston Dynamics, maker of spectacular robots

Posted in Hardware on 15th Dec, 2013 01:51 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has acquired robotics engineering company Boston Dynamics, best known for its line of quadrupeds with funny gaits and often mind-blowing capabilities.

Why Does Google Need So Many Robots?

Posted in Hardware on 16th Dec, 2013 01:33 AM
by AlexMuller
To Jump From The Web To The Real World.

Robotic surgery is no better than the alternative, but it is more expensive

Posted in Hardware on 21st Dec, 2013 01:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Robotic surgery might be a growing trend among hospitals, but it isn't any better than conventional approaches, according to new research.

Google's Robot Recruits Dominate DARPA's Rescue Challenge

Posted in Business on 23rd Dec, 2013 01:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Two companies acquired by Google demonstrate remarkable feats of agility and dexterity (albeit slowly) at a competition held in Florida.

Why Robots Are Better Than Humans At Testing Human User Experiences

Posted in Hardware on 24th Dec, 2013 03:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Device testing robots type, draw and play games on the gadgets they’re testing.

Where is Google’s robotics "moonshot" taking us?

Posted in Hardware on 25th Dec, 2013 02:11 AM
by AlexMuller
None of this is ready for prime time, but Google is one of the few companies with deep enough pockets to dream this big.

The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society?

Posted in Business on 6th Jan, 2014 05:19 AM
by AlexMuller
One labour market expert argues that a 'second machine age' will test our ability to spread the rewards fairly.

Robots test their own world wide web, dubbed RoboEarth

Posted in Online on 15th Jan, 2014 01:03 AM
by AlexMuller
A world wide web for robots to learn from each other and share information is being shown off for the first time.

Army to replace 25 percent of soldiers with robots by 2030

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jan, 2014 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
In what might come as a shock to many enlisted individuals out there, The U.S. Army has recently declared that it is cutting troop levels.

Google Acquires Artificial Intelligence Company DeepMind

Posted in Software on 27th Jan, 2014 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
The tech website Recode reported that Google paid $400 million for the startup based in London. DeepMind describes itself as a "cutting edge artificial intelligence company".

Google’s Grand Plan to Make Your Brain Irrelevant

Posted in Software on 29th Jan, 2014 04:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Google is on a shopping spree, buying startup after startup to push its business into the future.

Robots with Insect Brains: Learning to Navigate Guided by External Stimuli

Posted in Hardware on 7th Feb, 2014 05:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The scientists used the relatively simple nervous system of the honeybee as a model for its working principles.

Dyson invests £5m in robotic vision lab with Imperial

Posted in Hardware on 9th Feb, 2014 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Dyson, the engineering company best known for its bagless vacuum cleaners, is to invest £5m in a robotics lab at Imperial College, London.

Robot army 'to help alleviate future floods'

Posted in Hardware on 14th Feb, 2014 12:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Working like termites, the robots can build castles, pyramids and towers similar to the insects' soil cathedrals.

Amazon electric fish inspire underwater robotics

Posted in Science on 16th Feb, 2014 04:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Electric fish from South America are opening up new ideas in robotics.

World's strongest robot muscles made from everyday fishing line

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Feb, 2014 12:48 AM
by AlexMuller
For roughly a thousandth the cost of carbon nanotube muscles, fishing line muscle is capable of lifting objects 100 times heavier than natural muscle of the same size.

Foxconn's Pivot to America: Reverse Outsourcing With Robots

Posted in Business on 24th Feb, 2014 04:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Foxconn said they would replace a million Chinese workers with robots. Now, the firm says they plan to transfer capital-intensive and high-tech manufacturing to the US.

How these social robots are helping autistic kids

Posted in Hardware on 9th Mar, 2014 01:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers found that autistic children are more comfortable looking at a robot than a human therapist.

Robots with muscle memory can learn the same way toddlers do

Posted in Hardware on 13th Mar, 2014 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
With a trio of soft, rubber pincers at its end, the bionic trunk could perform simple tasks like plucking produce off the vine and opening doors.

Google rejects military funding for its advanced humanoid robot

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Mar, 2014 10:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The tech giant wants to distance itself from the military research lab DARPA, and the feeling is mutual.

US Navy tests humanoid robotic fire-fighters

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Apr, 2014 03:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Fire-fighting robots designed to withstand intense heat are to be tested by the US Navy this summer.

DARPA's shooting robots into space to build satellites

Posted in Hardware on 8th Apr, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
The purpose of Phoenix is to send robots into outer space with everything they’d need to build satellites. Then have those robots build said satellites.

Google invests in yet more robots

Posted in Hardware on 10th Apr, 2014 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Google's investment arm has taken a financial stake in a robot-maker that is seeking to disrupt the service industry.

NASA's Robonaut Legs Headed for International Space Station

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
NASA is sending a set of high-tech legs up to the International Space Station for Robonaut 2, the station's robotic crewmember.

Improving the human-robot connection

Posted in Hardware on 15th Apr, 2014 02:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at the University of British Columbia enlisted the help of a human-friendly robot named Charlie to study the simple task of handing an object to a person.

Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates

Posted in Hardware on 27th Apr, 2014 04:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Even conventional industrial robots are becoming safer to work around, making them more likely to collaborate with humans.

China set to become world’s largest robot market

Posted in Business on 5th May, 2014 12:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Robots are playing an increasingly important role in the manufacturing sector, especially after the severe labor shortage in eastern China.

'Killer robots' to be debated at UN

Posted in Software on 10th May, 2014 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Killer robots will be debated during an informal meeting of experts at the United Nations in Geneva.

Google unveils ten-year plan to build its robots of the future

Posted in Hardware on 18th May, 2014 10:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Rubin has bought up seven robotics companies and says that using their technology a mobile robot dexterous enough for manufacturing or supply chain management can be built.

The Robots Are Coming, And They Are Replacing Warehouse Workers And Fast Food Employees

Posted in Hardware on 26th May, 2014 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
What in the world are we going to do when robots start taking millions upon millions more of our jobs?

Robot does mechanical surgery to heal itself outside the ISS

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2014 11:50 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time in history, a robot out in space has used its own mechanical dexterity to fix itself without any assistance from astronauts on the scene.

Robotic hand uses AI to specialize its grip for any object

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2014 01:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Shadow’s Dexterous Hand “sees” the shape of the object approaching it to help it determine how to hold it.

Crowdsourcing for robots

Posted in Online on 1st Jul, 2014 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Humans acting like robots teach robots to act like humans.

Collaborative learning for artificial intelligence and robots

Posted in Software on 8th Jul, 2014 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
New algorithm lets independent agents collectively produce a machine-learning model without aggregating data.

Apple manufacturer Foxconn starts deploying robots to assemble iPhones

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jul, 2014 01:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn is replacing some of its employees with robots.

Robot Olympics planned for 2020 powered by Japan's robot revolution

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Aug, 2014 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
"In 2020, I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills."

Robotic brain 'learns' skills from the internet

Posted in Online on 26th Aug, 2014 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
An intelligent robotic "brain" that can learn new skills by browsing millions of web pages has been developed by US researchers.

MIT's electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus

Posted in Hardware on 16th Sep, 2014 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
We've seen MIT's super-fast four legged Cheetah bot sprint on a treadmill many times, but it seems that the team at MIT is finally ready to let the thing outside.

Robot to perform brain surgery through cheek

Posted in Medicine on 18th Oct, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A new technique in which a robot performs the surgery by entering through the cheek. This could minimize how invasive the procedure is and reduce recovery time.

Your Retirement May Include a Robot Helper

Posted in Hardware on 29th Oct, 2014 08:33 PM
by AlexMuller
As industrial robots become more capable, they could start helping out around the home.

PenguinBot Infiltrates Penguin Colony:

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
One of the ways study animals behaviors is to watch them in their natural environment. But even the most passive act of observation can change the way an animal behaves.

Robots Are Still Toddlers; But They’re Growing Up Fast

Posted in Software on 22nd Nov, 2014 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Today’s most advanced robots are still toddlers. But dont expect that to last long. A few underlying drivers are pushing their development forward.

The Day You’ll Prefer Robots to Humans

Posted in Software on 2nd Dec, 2014 12:26 AM
by AlexMuller
There’s a Cambrian explosion in robotics, with species of all sizes, shapes and modes of mobility crawling out of the muck of the lab and onto the terra firma of the marketplace.

Does AI threaten humanity?

Posted in Software on 5th Dec, 2014 03:32 AM
by AlexMuller
But is the risk real? Once humans code the first genuinely smart computer programs that then goes on to develop its smarter successors, is the writing on the wall for humans?

Can AI save us from AI?

Posted in Hardware on 15th Dec, 2014 01:51 AM
by AlexMuller
While we don’t know exactly when artificial intelligence will rival human intelligence, experts believe there is a good chance it will happen at some point during the 21st century.

Future of Work: What Skills Will Help Us Keep Pace?

Posted in Software on 26th Dec, 2014 04:46 PM
by AlexMuller
From the growing clamor of voices warning robots will take away our jobs, it is clear we are focusing more on the problems of AI, robotics, and automation than the solutions.

Robots can now learn to cook just like you do: by watching YouTube videos

Posted in Online on 4th Jan, 2015 02:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have come up with a new way to teach robots how to use tools simply by watching videos on YouTube.

Elon Musk donates $10M to keep AI beneficial

Posted in Software on 17th Jan, 2015 01:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has decided to donate $10M to the Future of Life Institute (FLI) to run a global research program aimed at keeping AI beneficial to humanity.

How to sell the robot revolution

Posted in Reviews on 30th Jan, 2015 04:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Are we finally ready to enter the age of the home robot?

As the Powerful Argue, Might Superintelligence Arise on the Fringes?

Posted in Software on 1st Feb, 2015 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Bill Gates is voicing concern over AI, even as a chief of research at Microsoft said AI doesn’t worry him. It’s a hotly debated topic. Why?

World’s first robot-staffed hotel to open in Japan

Posted in Business on 8th Feb, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
A robot-staffed hotel, said to be the world’s first, is set to open in Japan where guests will be greeted and served by remarkably human-like robots.

The New Era of Artificial Intelligence

Posted in Software on 20th Feb, 2015 06:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Horvitz says that we are in a resurgence of optimism and hope as it relates to solving some of the core problems in artificial intelligence and there is much to look forward to.

Google is building a robotic surgery platform with Johnson & Johnson

Posted in Business on 29th Mar, 2015 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Robotic surgery can refer to machines that act autonomously, but it frequently means tools that surgeons can 'pilot' from a computer screen.

Spiderlike Robots Could Build Giant Space Structures

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2015 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Humanity could soon be building huge structures in space one piece at a time, the way spiders spin their webs here on Earth.

Artificial muscles set for a stretch in space

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2015 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
In addition to better prosthetic devices, it is hoped the material could find applications in robots on deep space missions.

Robotic tentacle targets keyhole surgery

Posted in Hardware on 15th May, 2015 05:53 PM
by AlexMuller
Italian engineers have built a robotic arm, aimed at improving surgical operations and inspired by the octopus.

Brain-controlled bionic legs are here

Posted in Hardware on 21st May, 2015 01:30 AM
by AlexMuller
This is a bigger breakthrough in the field of robotics and advanced prosthetics than it might appear.

Robots master skills with 'deep learning' technique

Posted in Hardware on 24th May, 2015 08:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed new algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks by trial and error, using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn.

Medical millirobots offer hope for less-invasive surgeries

Posted in Science on 1st Jun, 2015 06:22 PM
by AlexMuller
To advance minimally invasive treatments, researchers have proposed using tiny robots, driven by magnetic potential energy from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners.

Pepper, the emotional domestic humanoid robot, sells out in one minute

Posted in Software on 22nd Jun, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
The robot is currently sold in Japan, but is scheduled to hit global markets next year.

Audi helping to make a rover for Google's Lunar Xprize

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Audi has announced that it's teaming up with Part-Time Scientists, a German team working to put its rover on the moon.

Pepper robot gets helping hand from Foxconn and Alibaba

Posted in Business on 28th Jun, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, predicts a future when robots will become smarter than humans, saying robots connected to the internet will be the future of innovation.

Opinion: Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Erase Jobs in Nearly Every Industry

Posted in Business on 8th Jul, 2015 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Vivek Wadhwa describes the technology advances that are happening now, which will bear fruit in the 2020s.

Hawking and Musk Warn Of the 'Virtually Inevitable' AI Arms Race

Posted in Software on 29th Jul, 2015 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and over 1,000 AI and robotics researchers have signed a letter suggesting a ban on AI warfare.

Similar to the consumer model, 'Pepper for Biz' to launch for enterprise

Posted in Software on 30th Jul, 2015 11:37 PM
by AlexMuller
SoftBank has announced that its emotionally intelligent robot, Pepper, will be making its mark in the enterprise with preorders from October.

Why it's time to prepare for a world where machines can do your job

Posted in Business on 5th Aug, 2015 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Changes in employment patterns are on the way as artificial intelligence takes on many routine, repetitive tasks currently performed by people.

Will it soon be time for robots in our homes?

Posted in Software on 7th Aug, 2015 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A lot can happen in two minutes. In the world of robotics 120 seconds is all it took for 2,000 units of the robot Pepper to be sold online.

Engineers Create Brain-Machine Interface for Controlling Robot Exoskeleton

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of engineers from Germany and Korea has developed a brain-machine control interface for a lower limb exoskeleton.

Top 5 Emerging Technologies In 2015

Posted in Software on 31st Aug, 2015 10:04 PM
by AlexMuller
New tech is arriving fast and holds the promise of solving many of the world’s challenges such as food and water security, energy sustainability and personalised medicine.

The First Permanent Astronaut Aboard the ISS Could Be a Robot

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2015 11:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Robots don’t need food or water or comfort, and can work on the station for as long as need be.

Originally developed for Japan, Pepper the robot is going to Learn the American way

Posted in Software on 19th Sep, 2015 04:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Robot Pepper is getting a personality adjustment for its launch in the United States.

Inside Google's Efforts to Create a General-Purpose Robot

Posted in Hardware on 8th Oct, 2015 01:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Behind the scenes, the company is laying the groundwork for intelligent, multipurpose robots.

Google Doubles Down On AI In Europe As It Takes A Stake In DFKI Research Center In Germany

Posted in Software on 9th Oct, 2015 10:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Google has been investing in building out its artificial intelligence, deep learning and robotics capabilities.

People 'prefer bored robots'

Posted in Science on 13th Oct, 2015 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
People warmed to a robot if it made mistakes and showed human-like emotions, such as boredom.

Samsung aims to build bots who work for less than Foxconn staffers

Posted in Hardware on 21st Oct, 2015 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
South Korea's target is smartphones and other kit that currently requires human hands.

Service robots are finally starting to catch on

Posted in Hardware on 1st Nov, 2015 03:43 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the new categories to emerge in the last year is the humanoid helper, kiosk robot or retail robot.

New batch of Pepper robots sell out in 1 minute

Posted in Business on 2nd Nov, 2015 12:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Softbank has upgraded the Pepper robot to memorize and store data on human responses by using cloud technology-based artificial intelligence applications.

Skype founders invent self-driving robot that can deliver groceries

Posted in Business on 3rd Nov, 2015 01:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The new self-driving robot, Starship, promises to shake up the local delivery market.

Toyota to spend $1bn on artificial intelligence project in Silicon Valley

Posted in Software on 7th Nov, 2015 11:59 AM
by AlexMuller
The investment, which will be spread over five years, comes on top of $50m Toyota announced earlier for artificial intelligence research at Stanford and MIT.

Why a fruit sorting robot could disrupt industrial automation

Posted in Hardware on 8th Nov, 2015 12:52 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the biggest challenges with general robotics has been the inability to cope with natural variations in objects.

Robots Will Change World Beyond Recognition Says BoA

Posted in Business on 9th Nov, 2015 03:16 PM
by AlexMuller
The Bank of America has voiced their opinion that robots may shatter the global economic order within a decade.

Nvidia launches Jetson TX1 GPU module to handle AI on drones and robots

Posted in Hardware on 11th Nov, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
The NVIDIA Jetson TX1 is teraflop computing in a credit card size form.

Artificial intelligence in healthcare to replace jobs

Posted in Medicine on 27th Nov, 2015 09:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Technological innovations not only reinforce change but they also transform the future of industries, whether we like it or not

AI and robotics will redefine jobs rather than eliminate them in the short term

Posted in Software on 2nd Dec, 2015 05:03 AM
by AlexMuller
A study claims that even the highest-paid occupations have a significant amount of activity that can be automated.

Robots could learn the same way babies do

Posted in Hardware on 5th Dec, 2015 12:32 PM
by AlexMuller
They are the best learners on the planet, so how could we design robots that learn as effortlessly as a child?

China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots

Posted in Business on 7th Dec, 2015 09:56 PM
by AlexMuller
China needs advanced robotics to help balance its economic, social, and technological ambitions with continued growth.

New Organization Hopes to Push for Responsible Use of Robotics

Posted in Business on 16th Dec, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The explosion in the use of automation has prompted a world leading multidisciplinary group of technology scholars to form The Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR).

Xprize with $7M in prizes to map the ocean floor with robots

Posted in Hardware on 16th Dec, 2015 12:53 AM
by AlexMuller
"Ninety-five percent of the deep sea remains a mystery to us; We have better maps of the surface of Mars than we do of our own seafloor."

5 Robot Trends to Watch for in 2016

Posted in Business on 2nd Jan, 2016 05:36 PM
by AlexMuller
We saw significant advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence in 2015. Here’s what we’re watching closely in 2016.

Pepper is getting an AI boost from IBM's Watson

Posted in Software on 7th Jan, 2016 12:17 PM
by AlexMuller
"In terms of hands-on interaction, when cognitive capabilities are embedded in robotics, you will see people benefit from this technology in exciting ways."

IARPA wants human-like robot brains; at least, brain-like computers

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2016 11:00 AM
by AlexMuller
IARPA is the far-future research projects arm of America’s intelligence agencies, much like DARPA is for the Pentagon.

Europe will send humans to the moon by 2030, ESA says

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2016 06:35 PM
by AlexMuller
"This return to the Moon envisions human missions starting in the early 2020s that would see astronauts interact with robots on the lunar surface from orbit."

Quanergy Announces $250 Solid-State LIDAR for Cars, Robots, and More

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jan, 2016 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
According to Quanergy, the S3 is better than traditional LIDAR in every way, and will make it easier for robots of all kinds to sense the world.

Will the robot revolution bring economic meltdown?

Posted in Software on 1st Feb, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Uber and Airbnb. Self-driving cars and Drones. You don't have to be a Silicon Valley veteran to notice that tech seems to be eating everything these days.

Impact of automation puts up to 85% of jobs in developing countries at risk

Posted in Software on 9th Feb, 2016 06:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Most investors by surveyed by Citi feel automation poses a major challenge to societies, but automation will boost productivity.

The robots are coming for jobs that pay $20 an hour or less, White House finds

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Feb, 2016 09:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The question is whether the current pace of automation may in the shorter term increase inequality.

Alphabet-Google Shows Off New Humanoid Robot

Posted in Hardware on 24th Feb, 2016 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The new Atlas is smaller than its predecessor and not tethered to a power cord, suggesting the device is progressing in its journey from the lab to market.

Creating a Wikipedia resource for Robots to share knowledge and learning

Posted in Software on 24th Feb, 2016 09:08 PM
by AlexMuller
People have learned to pool their knowledge. We need to help machines do the same.

Pepper robot will make first appearance in U.S. businesses this year

Posted in Business on 25th Feb, 2016 11:30 AM
by AlexMuller
After its debut in July 2014, there are now more than 10,000 Pepper robots in use in other countries, primarily Japan.

Worldwide spending on robotics to reach US$135 billion in 2019

Posted in Business on 26th Feb, 2016 11:07 AM
by AlexMuller
IDC forecasts global spending on robotics to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17% from more than US$71 billion in 2015 to US$135.4 billion in 2019.

Archinaut, a 3D Printing Robot to Make Big Structures in Space

Posted in Business on 3rd Mar, 2016 05:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Made In Space is partnering with Northrop Grumman and Oceaneering Space Systems to build a combination 3D printer and robotic arm that will operate in orbit.

The Multi-Billion Dollar Robotics Market Is About to Boom

Posted in Business on 7th Mar, 2016 02:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Robotics as a technology has reached its tipping point. Worldwide spending on robotics will nearly double by 2019.

Deep learning helps robots perfect complex tasks and skills

Posted in Software on 9th Mar, 2016 03:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The new use of deep-reinforcement learning strategy opens the way for training robots to carry out increasingly complex tasks, such as housework.

Rodney Brooks Gives 3 Tips for Young People Interested in A.I.

Posted in Business on 13th Mar, 2016 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
The former director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab has some interesting suggestions on how to advance the field:

The Robot Revolution: Breakthroughs You Should Watch For

Posted in Software on 15th Mar, 2016 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Soon, robots will be commanding professions where accuracy and patience are key.

Google's Eric Schmidt says robots will take our jobs and the rise of AI is a natural progression

Posted in Business on 16th Mar, 2016 02:10 PM
by AlexMuller
"There's no question that as AI becomes more pervasive, people doing routine, repetitive tasks will be at risk."

Google may be looking to sell robotics company Boston Dynamics

Posted in Business on 18th Mar, 2016 07:17 PM
by AlexMuller
According to Bloomberg, possible acquirers of Boston Dynamics include Toyota Research Institute and Amazon, two companies that have experience using robots.

DARPA's satellite repair robot makes house calls

Posted in Hardware on 28th Mar, 2016 02:26 AM
by AlexMuller
DARPA has a vision of a mobile robotic servicing system designed to rendezvous with and repair ailing telecommunications satellites.

'Pepper's father' ready for new robotic challenge

Posted in Business on 4th Apr, 2016 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Kaname Hayashi, who led the team that developed the Pepper robot, is again in the spotlight as he recently set up a venture firm to create a new robot.

IBM putting Watson into Softbank Pepper robot

Posted in Business on 11th Apr, 2016 05:36 PM
by AlexMuller
IBM and SoftBank Robotics plans to offer a version of Watson for SoftBank Pepper robots, aimed at global enterprise customers.

Researchers Work to Make Programming Robots Less Complicated

Posted in Software on 26th Apr, 2016 12:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers are working on a project called PRINTEPS, a framework for creating practical applications of AI, and putting it to use.

Robot betters expert surgeons at soft tissue stitching

Posted in Hardware on 5th May, 2016 05:41 PM
by AlexMuller
"No significant differences in erroneous needle placement among all surgical techniques, suggesting that STAR was as dexterous as expert surgeons in needle placement"

NASA is working on a humanoid robot to send to Mars

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2016 05:05 PM
by AlexMuller
The Humanoid called Valkyrie is one of the most advanced robots by NASA, created for a trip to Mars. It is also said to be the most advanced in the world.

These Five Exponential Trends Are Accelerating Robotics

Posted in Hardware on 12th May, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Five exponential trends are shaping and accelerating the future of the robotics industry.

SoftBank is opening its humanoid robot Pepper to Android developers

Posted in Software on 20th May, 2016 10:45 AM
by AlexMuller
At Google I/O, Softbank announced it was opening a new Android developer portal enabling custom applications to extend Pepper's capabilities ahead of the US launch.

Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers dropped from just one factory as China turns to artificial intelligence

Posted in Hardware on 24th May, 2016 12:25 PM
by AlexMuller
The manufacturing hub for the electronics industry, Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, is seeking a drastic reduction in labour costs.

SoftBank's humanoid robot Pepper is getting a job at Pizza Hut

Posted in Hardware on 25th May, 2016 10:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Pizza Hut Asia and MasterCard are partnering to bring Pepper robot to restaurants by the end of 2016.

China plans to expand artificial intelligence products market to $15 billion

Posted in Software on 26th May, 2016 01:29 PM
by AlexMuller
China will speed up the development of its AI sector and create a market worth more than $15.26 billion over the next three years.

Pepper Robot receptionists introduced at hospitals in Belgium

Posted in Hardware on 14th Jun, 2016 07:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Pepper the humanoid robot has started work as an assistant on the reception desk in hospitals in Liege and Ostend.

3 of the world's 10 largest employers are now replacing their workers with robots

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jun, 2016 09:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Three of the world's 10 largest employers are already replacing tens of thousands of their workers with robots:

OpenAI says it will build a robot that can do housework as well as other intelligent agents

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jun, 2016 11:35 PM
by AlexMuller
'We’re working to enable a physical robot to perform basic housework'

Toyota will spend a billion dollars on a 5 year project to make affordable helper robots

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Jun, 2016 11:02 AM
by AlexMuller
'My thought is, if the Toyota production system can be applied to cars, maybe it can also be applied to robots, because they’re quite similar'.

Google seems to be working on warehouse robots

Posted in Business on 24th Jun, 2016 05:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The patent outlines a series of robots that could be used in a warehouse, and a system for controlling how quickly they move to ensure that these bots can safely load cargo.

Japanese Software Company Develops Forex Trading App for the Pepper Robot

Posted in Software on 2nd Jul, 2016 03:26 PM
by AlexMuller
The Forex Robotics Corporation trading app will be using Pepper's AI to make trades on the OANDA FxTrade currency trading platform.

Sony is Getting Back into Making Robots

Posted in Business on 3rd Jul, 2016 07:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Sony is planning to get back into the robot business with machines capable of forming emotional bonds with humans, the company’s CEO has said.

The artificial intelligence bots are about to get emotional

Posted in Software on 25th Jul, 2016 10:13 PM
by AlexMuller
'Artificial intelligence must be socially and emotionally responsive and able to think and learn like humans.'

Robots are getting a sense of self-doubt: introspection is the key

Posted in Software on 3rd Aug, 2016 10:47 AM
by AlexMuller
For robots and drones to thrive in the real world, they need to realize their limits.

Adorable Robot Assistant Pepper Now Available in the US

Posted in Business on 19th Aug, 2016 03:48 AM
by AlexMuller
For the first time, SoftBank Robotics' Pepper, the adorable and tiny humanoid robot helper, will be available to purchase in the US.

With PeppAR Waiter, SoftBank’s cute robot shows you your food in 3D before you order

Posted in Software on 12th Sep, 2016 10:15 AM
by AlexMuller
We've seen Pepper used as a restaurant waiter before but the addition of AR turns things up a notch

Builders to lose jobs as machines take over, says construction boss

Posted in Business on 28th Sep, 2016 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Skyscrapers in the City of London could soon be built by robots rather than by people, according to the boss of one of the UK’s biggest construction firms.

Google's next big step for AI: Getting robots to teach each other new skills

Posted in Business on 4th Oct, 2016 09:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Robots haven't reached human intelligence yet, but Google's researchers are showing how they're closing the gap.

Work in the World of Tomorrow: AI technologies to Replace 7% of Jobs by 2025

Posted in Software on 11th Oct, 2016 08:25 AM
by AlexMuller
By 2025, jobs in customer service, trucking, and taxis will be taken over by technology. We will begin to truly feel the impact in 5 years.

Humans need new skills for post-AI world, say MPs

Posted in Business on 12th Oct, 2016 07:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Robotics and AI have "huge potential" to reshape the way people work and live, but the government needs to do more to address the issues raised by such technology.

The white house sizes up the future of artificial intelligence

Posted in Software on 14th Oct, 2016 02:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The policy paper suggests retraining workers so they can work alongside artificial intelligence, rather than keeping jobs that the machines will explicitly do better.

Foxconn reaches 40,000 robots of original 1 million robot automation goal

Posted in Business on 15th Oct, 2016 11:53 AM
by AlexMuller
In 2011, Foxconn had announced a plan to replace 500,000 mainland Chinese workers with 1 million robots over the next 3-5 years.

Researchers: AI Could Take Over Much More Than Blue Collar Jobs

Posted in Business on 23rd Oct, 2016 05:34 PM
by AlexMuller
There's a standing belief that some human experts, like doctors, lawyers, and accountants, cannot be replaced by robots equipped with artificial intelligence (AI).

MIT claims they are programming humanoid robots to help explore Mars

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2016 05:43 PM
by AlexMuller
When it comes time for astronauts to set foot on the Red Planet, they will be looking for robots to help them with some of the legwork.

AI predicts outcome of human rights cases

Posted in Software on 25th Oct, 2016 12:20 PM
by AlexMuller
An artificial intelligence system has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights, researchers have claimed.

The AI Conversation Has Exploded This Decade With Big Advances

Posted in Software on 27th Oct, 2016 04:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Discussion of AI has skyrocketed since the end of the last decade, according to a new analysis looking at public perception of the technology.

Robot surgeon can operate finely enough to remove cataracts

Posted in Medicine on 5th Nov, 2016 11:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Axsis, a system developed by Cambridge Consultants, is a small, teleoperated robot designed to operate on the eye with greater accuracy than a human.

5G and Robotics Market is to Reach Around $6.2 Billion by end of 2022

Posted in Hardware on 8th Nov, 2016 12:53 PM
by AlexMuller
China is one of the countries exhibiting solid growth owing to huge production of robots in China and growing technological innovations.

Foxconn's profit is up as increased deployment of robots improves cost control

Posted in Hardware on 13th Nov, 2016 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Foxconn has been working to expand automation on its campuses, including the iPhone assembly facility in Zhengzhou.

The UK is ill-prepared for the fourth industrial revolution, manufacturers warn

Posted in Software on 1st Dec, 2016 04:24 PM
by AlexMuller
The UK is ill-prepared for the next industrial revolution, in which robots and artificial intelligence will make millions of jobs obsolete.

Most US manufacturing jobs lost to technology, not trade

Posted in Business on 4th Dec, 2016 11:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Increasing protectionism is unlikely to override forces of automation.

New journal Science Robotics is established to chronicle the rise of the robots

Posted in Software on 8th Dec, 2016 12:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Robots have been a major focus in the technology world for decades.

Brain-controlled robot lets physically challenged see the world

Posted in Medicine on 17th Jan, 2017 04:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The Teleport uses a simple off-the-shelf brain control interface to improve the lives of those with motor disabilities.

In 2017, China Is Doubling Down on artificial intelligence

Posted in Software on 19th Jan, 2017 06:42 PM
by AlexMuller
The country's Internet giants are focusing on AI research, and domestic venture capital funding is pouring into the field.

The Tiny Robots Revolutionizing Eye Surgery

Posted in Medicine on 21st Jan, 2017 04:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Machines that are capable of making precise operations inside the human eye will make it possible to perform entirely new procedures.

U.S. investors see more automation, not jobs, under Trump

Posted in Business on 22nd Jan, 2017 02:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Swapping robots and software for human labour has underpinned much of the productivity gains in the United States over the last 25 years.

51% of all job tasks could be automated by today's technology

Posted in Hardware on 25th Jan, 2017 03:50 PM
by AlexMuller
A new report from McKinsey finds that the future of work and automation isn’t quite the zero-sum game when it comes to jobs as some perceive.

Manufacturing jobs are finally returning to North America…for robots

Posted in Hardware on 28th Jan, 2017 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Automation threatens jobs on every continent.

Robots could help solve social care crisis, say academics

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2017 04:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Humanoid robots, with cultural awareness and a good bedside manner, could help solve the crisis over care for the elderly, academics say.

Factory Replaces 90% Of Workers With Robots, Sees 250% Production Increase

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Feb, 2017 07:08 PM
by AlexMuller
The trial for the robots is going so well that the general manager said that the number of human employees may drop to 20 someday.

Beneficial AI conference develops 'Asilomar AI principles' to guide future AI research

Posted in Software on 5th Feb, 2017 08:02 PM
by Alex Muller
The result was 23 Asilomar AI Principles, intended to suggest AI research guidelines.

Bill Gates Says Job Stealing Robots Need to Pay Taxes

Posted in Business on 20th Feb, 2017 04:29 PM
by Alex Muller
Bill Gates thinks that, as automation makes jobs obsolete, governments should impose a tax on robots.

UK robotics research gets £17.3m pledge

Posted in Hardware on 27th Feb, 2017 05:35 PM
by Alex Muller
Funding of £17.3m ($22m) for artificial intelligence and robotics research to be carried out by British universities is to be announced by the government.

People are Heated Over Whether or Not to Tax Robots over Automated Jobs

Posted in Software on 5th Mar, 2017 07:43 PM
by Alex Muller
Manufacturing, transportation, and even customer service industries stand to lose jobs to automation in the near future.

How robotic delivery will disrupt the grocery industry

Posted in Hardware on 6th Mar, 2017 07:47 PM
by Alex Muller
What may change is how you get your groceries and prepared foods.

Automation Could Cause America to Lose 35% of its Tax Base in the Next 20 Years

Posted in Business on 6th Mar, 2017 07:58 PM
by Alex Muller
The US is in danger of losing more than one-third of its tax base due to increasing automation in both manufacturing and service sectors.

Human brain scanning used to correct robot mistakes

Posted in Hardware on 9th Mar, 2017 07:50 PM
by Alex Muller
A new system from CSAIL uses EEG brain signals to detect if a person notices robots making a mistake.

The U.S. will be hit worse by job automation than other major economies

Posted in Business on 26th Mar, 2017 07:56 PM
by Alex Muller
A new study from PwC estimates that 38 percent of U.S. jobs could be lost to automation in the next 15 years.

Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up

Posted in Business on 27th Mar, 2017 07:48 PM
by Alex Muller
Recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are heightening concerns about automation replacing a growing number of occupations.

The looming jobs crisis the Trump administration must not ignore

Posted in Business on 2nd Apr, 2017 12:10 PM
by Alex Muller
The New York Times has reported on how Amazon's automation ambitions will be 'putting traditional retail jobs in jeopardy'

5 ways AI is already making a difference in society

Posted in Business on 10th Apr, 2017 02:05 PM
by Alex Muller
Many people have been questioning whether all this effort is worth it, and some are worried about future job losses.

Robots can handle a third of our workplace tasks, study finds

Posted in Business on 23rd Apr, 2017 03:47 PM
by Alex Muller
Just don't ask them to use their imaginations.

Alibaba’s Jack Ma predicts 30 years of pain as technology disrupts every industry

Posted in Business on 25th Apr, 2017 09:02 AM
by Alex Muller
Alibaba’s Jack Ma is predicting decades of social upheaval and “pain” across the globe as tech spreads its disruption.

Bonsai raises $7.6 million to help companies build their own AI

Posted in Business on 4th May, 2017 01:41 PM
by Alex Muller
The platform will focus on AI for fields like robotics but will also use AI to increase efficiency in supply chains in manufacturing and in industrial settings.

Some of the new jobs of the robot generation

Posted in Software on 14th May, 2017 03:31 PM
by Alex Muller
While some robots may be out to take our jobs, there’s a big skills gap in the AI-fueled services industry just waiting to be filled.

4 Keys to Making the Robots of Our Imagination a Reality

Posted in Software on 19th May, 2017 02:07 PM
by Alex Muller
'The robots of reality are starting to get a lot closer to the robots of our imagination'

Softbank buys Boston Dynamics a leading robotics company

Posted in Business on 10th Jun, 2017 03:52 AM
by Alex Muller
A subsidiary of SoftBank has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics from Alphabet Inc.

Engineers Working Towards Self-Replicating 3D Printers to Build Lunar Bases

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jun, 2017 04:08 AM
by Alex Muller
The main application for such machine would be in building facilities in space.

Robots May Soon Be Able to Reason Like Humans Thanks to Google's DeepMind

Posted in Software on 11th Jun, 2017 07:12 PM
by Alex Muller
The latest player to enter the game is called Relational Networks.

DARPA Is Working to Make AI More Trustworthy

Posted in Software on 13th Jun, 2017 12:42 PM
by Alex Muller
In order to probe the AI mind, DARPA is funding research by Oregon State University that will try to understand the reasoning behind decisions made by AI systems.

How massive data growth is good for Artificial Intelligence (as well as a problem)

Posted in Software on 7th Jul, 2017 04:35 PM
by Alex Muller
Data growth is inextricably linked to the development of AI.

Rewired launches $100 million robotics fund

Posted in Software on 6th Aug, 2017 02:45 PM
by Alex Muller
Investments will be targeted at applied science and tech that explores a machine’s ability to interact with and understand the natural world.

Coursera cofounder Andrew Ng launches online deep learning courses

Posted in Software on 9th Aug, 2017 05:23 PM
by Alex Muller
The new courses will help distribute deep learning knowledge to more people so they’ll be able to implement advanced machine learning.

Study: Korea leading the way in robot density in manufacturing

Posted in Business on 22nd Aug, 2017 06:36 PM
by Alex Muller
The global robotics market, pegged as a key industry in the fourth industrial revolution, is showing signs of enormous growth following the financial crisis.

Aging Japan Wants Automation, Not Immigration

Posted in Software on 25th Aug, 2017 07:32 PM
by Alex Muller
A labor shortage could fuel the nation's next innovation boom.

China’s AI experts can beat Google and Microsoft at their own game by 2030

Posted in Software on 28th Aug, 2017 04:16 AM
by Alex Muller
China is capable of global AI leadership, but it will require a change in mindset to carry out and support groundbreaking research.

Robots and AI Will Take Over These 3 Medical Niches First

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Sep, 2017 04:20 PM
by Alex Muller
We’re no stranger to robotics in the medical field. Robot-assisted surgery is becoming more and more common.

Bill Gates’ Plan to Tax Robots Could Become a Reality in San Francisco

Posted in Software on 6th Sep, 2017 01:42 PM
by Alex Muller
Robots and automation machines are now handling a lot of work that used to be done by humans.

Banking sector will be ground zero for job losses from AI and robotics

Posted in Business on 12th Sep, 2017 06:07 PM
by Alex Muller
Those roles in finance where the knowledge required is systematic will soon disappear.

AI will eliminate 1.8M jobs but create 2.3M by 2020, claims Gartner

Posted in Software on 3rd Oct, 2017 10:01 AM
by Alex Muller
AI will augment workers and be a 'net job creator' by 2020 according to new research, which Gartner touted.

Is funding surge a sign of impending breakthroughs in AI and Quantum Computing?

Posted in Software on 15th Oct, 2017 03:02 PM
by Alex Muller
Artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, machine learning, and deep learning have been hot for a few years.

Eric Schmidt says America needs to 'get its act together' in AI competition with China

Posted in Software on 4th Nov, 2017 09:09 AM
by Alex Muller
Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt says the US is at risk of falling behind in the race to develop cutting-edge artificial intelligence.

New technology allows robots to visualize their own future

Posted in Hardware on 8th Dec, 2017 04:57 PM
by Alex Muller
A robotic learning tech that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objects they have never encountered before.

An investor’s view of AI in 2018

Posted in Software on 9th Dec, 2017 01:24 PM
by Alex Muller
AI has become a buzzword for investors of late, many of whom recognise its enormous potential to become the most game-changing technology since the industrial revolution.

X Prize announces $10 million competition to spur development of robot avatars

Posted in Business on 14th Mar, 2018 07:02 AM
by Alex Muller
There will be two milestone prizes in 2020 and 2021 worth $1 million each, and one grand prize worth $8 million.

The Smithsonian's new tour guide isn't human

Posted in Hardware on 2nd May, 2018 11:13 AM
by Alex Muller
Pepper the robot shows visitors around the museum while telling factoids, answering questions and posing for selfies.

Teaching robots to do household chores

Posted in Hardware on 31st May, 2018 02:05 PM
by Alex Muller
The future goal is to allow robots to learn by simply watching a YouTube video.

Why Prototypes are Important for the Robotics Industry

Posted in Hardware on 4th Jul, 2018 06:50 PM
by Alex Muller
Prototypes are suddenly easier and more affordable than ever with the introduction of things like 3D printing.

China Is Becoming an AI Superpower

Posted in Business on 5th Sep, 2018 02:44 PM
by Alex Muller
Last year, China’s government put out its plan to lead the world in AI by 2030.

Bright Machines raises $179 million for factory automation with robots

Posted in Hardware on 25th Oct, 2018 06:14 PM
by Alex Muller
Bright Machines operates on the belief that low-cost manufacturing in developing nations has reached its limits.

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