robots

  • MIT’s remote control robot system puts VR to work

    MIT’s remote control robot system puts VR to work

    MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has come up with a use for virtual reality headsets that goes beyond firing them up, checking out a new game, muttering “cool” briefly after 5 minutes of use and then putting them back in the closet: Controlling robots remotely for manufacturing jobs. The CSAIL research project combines two things with… Read More

  • JD X taps Nvidia for drone deliveries, rescue and agricultural use

    JD X taps Nvidia for drone deliveries, rescue and agricultural use

    GPU maker Nvidia has announced that it will work with retail giant JD.com to help with an outdoor robotics initiative that sprung out of JD X, the commerce company’s innovation lab. JDrone and JDrover are two new robots, the former aerial and the latter ground-based, and both Nvidia’s Jetson platform for embedded AI-based navigation intelligence. JDrover is going to be put to use… Read More

  • Watch industrial robots play traditional instruments

    Watch industrial robots play traditional instruments

    Robots are stealing jobs, the narrative says, and, according to this video, robots are stealing the arts too. The video shows several industrial robotic arms playing the piano, guitar, drums and a keyboard. Through some stellar music production, it sounds amazing too. Read More

  • Can robots help the U.S. get its economic mojo back?

    Can robots help the U.S. get its economic mojo back?

    We only have to look at the top three most competitive countries to understand what’s driving economic growth for their businesses and prosperity for their citizens; the common thread is aggressive adoption of automation. These countries consider robots the fuel that will ignite business growth, enable humans to do more productive and meaningful work, and expand overall economies. Read More

  • This vacuum-activated modular robot is equally nasty and neat

    This vacuum-activated modular robot is equally nasty and neat

    Soft robots are a major area of research right now, but the general paradigm seems to be that you pump something (a muscle or tube) full of something else (air, fluid) causing it to change its shape. But a robot from Swiss roboticists does the opposite: its little muscles tense when the air in them is removed. It’s cool — but it also looks kind of gross. Read More

  • Industrial hack can turn powerful machines into killer robots

    Industrial hack can turn powerful machines into killer robots

    When we imagine the existential threat to humanity posed by automation, we usually think of the negative impact on the workforce, not robots literally bludgeoning us to death. In a post titled “Exploiting Industrial Collaborative Robots,” security researchers at IOActive detail how popular models of consumer and industrial robots have already been compromised in such a way that… Read More

  • These tiny modular ‘microbots’ can change shape to capture single cells

    These tiny modular ‘microbots’ can change shape to capture single cells

    In a video out of North Carolina State University and Duke, five tiny cubes float freely under a microscope. Suddenly two pairs snap together, before all five combine into a single unit. Once together, they bend around a hinge, snapping together like Pac-Man’s jaws. The cubes approach a small, circular object — a single yeast cell — using the opening and closing motion to… Read More

  • The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

    The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

    The next time you’re swimming in Lake Geneva, don’t be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss researchers that autonomously swims around bodies of water and tests them for toxins and other factors. Read More

  • Four robot demos you missed at TC Sessions: Robotics

    Four robot demos you missed at TC Sessions: Robotics

    TC Sessions: Robotics featured robots for as far as the eye could see, and several took the stage for special demonstrations. We were honored to play host as these innovative companies and teams showed off their latest creations. The videos are below are well worth your time. The latest version of MIT’s Cheetah robot made its stage debut at TC Sessions: Robotics. It’s a… Read More

  • MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot is built to save lives

    MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot is built to save lives

    The latest version of MIT’s Cheetah robot made its stage debut today at TC Sessions: Robotics in Cambridge, Mass. It’s a familiar project to anyone who follows the industry with any sort of regularity, as one of the most impressive demos to come out of one of the world’s foremost robotics schools in recent years. Earlier versions of the four-legged robot have been able to run… Read More

  • Innovate 2017 | Andrew McAfee
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    Does Silicon Valley have a moral responsibility to stop developing robots?

    Should Silicon Valley exercise its moral authority to stop developing this job-killing technology? Andrew McAfee, author of “The Second Machine Age” and the just published “Machine, Platform, Crowd” says absolutely not. Over the next fifty years the economy will become “massively automated”, but at the same time society will have had half a century to… Read More

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