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Inversion: The billionaire thinking skill you were never taught in school

“All I want to know is where I’m going to die, so I’ll never go there.”<p>These are the famous words of Charlie Munger, the business partner of Warren …

Self-improvement

​Graphene tech: What if five minutes were enough to charge your battery?

Catalan startup Earthdas says its graphene battery charges 12 times faster than lithium-based tech.<p><i>Video: Samsung to make batteries charge faster and</i> …

Graphene

Inside the Mad Lab That's Getting Robots to Walk and Jump Like Us

I stand in front of a lanky two-legged robot stomping along a treadmill. I watch, all impressed, until the researcher next to me tells me to trip it. …

Robotics

Free 29-part course to learn Machine Learning

Machine Learning is everywhere. Like Mathematics and Computer Science, it is quickly becoming a tool which is widely used to make everything more …

Machine Learning

Israeli cyber company beats hackers in unique competition

The competition was open to hackers from across the globe and hundreds participated.<p>><br>• ><p>A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on …

Cybersecurity

Meet Jetson Xavier: Nvidia says this AI chip will be brains of new wave of smart robots

Nvidia's new robotics chip has six processing units to help machines perceive the world.<p><i>Video: Machine learning: What it is and why it …

Machine Learning

The strawberry-picking robots doing a job humans won't

<b>With strawberry picking season well under way - but migrant labour in short supply in several countries - we look at the various robots being developed around the world to help producers harvest this most popular fruit.</b><p>Next time you buy strawberries take a look a good look in the punnet. Do the …

Robotics

Two winners announced for "Nobel Prize" of robotics

A female statistician and a male inventor take home Engelbergers, the top honor in industrial robotics<p>Two winners have been announced for the 2018 …

Robotics

SpotMini: headless robotic dog to go on sale in 2019

Former Google robotics outfit Boston Dynamics, famed for its advanced humanoid and canine automatons, has announced that it will begin sale of its headless robotic SpotMini next year.<p>At a robotics conference in California, the company’s founder Marc Raibert announced that the slightly creepy …

Robotics

An Amazon home robot may be coming to a living room near you

Amazon might be developing a home robot.<p>On Monday, Bloomberg reported on a secret project called "Vesta" after the Roman goddess of the hearth, citing anonymous sources familiar with the plans. The device could reach consumers as early as next year, though it may also be scrapped during …

Smart Homes

Google’s voice-generating AI is now indistinguishable from humans

Humans have officially given their voice to machines.<p>A research paper published by Google this month—which has not been peer reviewed—details a text-to-speech system called Tacotron 2, which claims near-human accuracy at imitating audio of a person speaking from text.<p>The system is Google’s second …

This robot has a musculoskeletal structure that mimics a human's

A small team of Japanese engineers has created two humanoid robots that mimic the human body with an unprecedented degree of anatomical fidelity …

Scientists Have Built a Robot That Actually Sweats While Exercising

Someone give that thing a gym towel.<p>Kenshiro and his younger "sibling" Kengoro are two robots that were built with unprecedented similarity to human …

Self-Healing Robot Muscles Are Stronger, Faster and More Flexible Than People—and They Only Cost 10 Cents to Make

<i>Updated</i> | Scientists have created nimble robotic muscles as strong as an elephant and as bendy as an octopus. These soft but powerful new artificial …

Sophia the robot takes her first steps

With a new set of legs, this humanoid robot now has enough mobility to take a few steps and even bust out some dance moves.<p>It's one small step for Sophia, one giant leap for robot-kind.<p>Sophia is a humanoid robot built by Hanson Robotics that debuted in 2016. Thanks to the addition of legs from …

Finally, a robot at CES that punches other robots

Robots, if the hype at CES this year is to be believed, are moving progressively further into our daily lives. From cleaning up around the house, to …

Terrifying four-legged robotic ‘praying mantis’ unveiled at CES 2018 is the stuff of nightmares

It’s faster and taller than a human with a name inspired by one of the most famous predators in the insect kingdom.<p>So you’d be forgiven for feeling …

Robotics

CES Showcases Robots (Again) And Demonstrates How They Can Provide Amazing Customer Service

You check into a hotel. You get into your room and call the front desk to ask for some extra towels to be sent up. Several minutes later, your phone rings and you are told there is a delivery outside your door. You open the door, but you don’t see a hotel employee. Instead, you see a robot … with …

Robotics

This tiny, self-folding robot could one day be part of a large ant-like swarm

Call it a misspent youth playing with Optimus Prime and Megatron toys if you want, but there’s just something about transforming robots that always …

Robotics

The Legend of Chimp, the Vaguely Humanoid Robot

Even in retirement, Chimp the robot’s still got it. The giant red humanoid crouches down like a Transformer to roll on all fours, then stands up and …

Robotics

Self-healing electronic skin will help robots have a sense of touch like humans

In the future, your robot babysitter will be able to tell if your child has a fever.<p>Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder say they’ve developed the first fully rehealable and recyclable electronic skin, or <i>e-skin</i>. The technology mimics the functions and mechanical properties of human …

Breakthroughs

The Skydio R1 might be the smartest consumer drone in the sky

Autonomous features in commercially available drones are nothing new. Heck, I'm old enough to remember when DJI Phantoms didn't even offer follow-along technology. Shorter version: Most every drone worth its rotors possesses some level of autonomy. But then there's Skydio's R1, which ratchets …

Drones

We're told to fear robots. But why do we think they'll turn on us?

The robot uprising is a myth.<p>Despite the gory headlines, objective data show that people all over the world are, on average, living longer, contracting fewer diseases, eating more food, spending more time in school, getting access to more culture, and becoming less likely to be killed in a war, …

Artificial Intelligence

milliDelta, A Small Origami-Inspired Robot Developed at Harvard That is Super Fast and Precise

Researchers at the Wyss Institute and Harvard SEAS has developed a millimeter-scale origami-inspired delta robot, called the milliDelta, that is …

Robotics

This 13-foot robot cost over $100 million to develop and looks like it's straight out of a sci-fi movie

Giant human-controlled robots aren't just for Hollywood anymore.<p>CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin tried out the Method-2, a 1.6-ton, 13-foot tall robot made …

DeepMind's new robots learned how to teach themselves

The minute hand on the robot apocalypse clock just inched a little closer to midnight. DeepMind, the Google sister-company responsible for the smartest AI on the planet, just taught machines how to figure things out for themselves.<p>Robots aren’t very good at exploring on their own. AI that only …

Robotics

Researchers just taught robots to predict your every move

In a few years time the Droids from Star Wars are going to seem like relics. Today’s robots might be better suited for sewing clothes and building cars, but tomorrow’s could be as indispensable and ubiquitous as our smartphones are.<p>A group of researchers in Europe recently published a white paper …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers are already building the foundation for sentient AI

Few sci-fi tropes enthrall audiences more reliably than the plot of artificial intelligence betraying mankind. Perhaps this is because AI makes us confront the very idea of what it means to be human. But from HAL 9000 to Skynet to the robots in <i>Westworld</i>’s uprising, fears of sentient AI feel very …

Little Caesars patents a pizza-making robot

Robots can already complete a wide variety of tasks for their human overlords, but they may soon be about to conquer the final frontier: making …

Don’t Bother Trying to Outrun This Creepy Spiderbot That Transforms Into a Rolling Wheel

If the only thing more terrifying to you than a spider is a spider chasing you, you’re not going to want to watch this video of Festo’s latest …