Robots you can't outrun

By Andrew Milmoe | Roombas and Asimos are cute and all, until they run faster than you.

Taking his last stand against AI, humanity’s best Go player says the robots have already won

It’s not looking good for humanity.<p>Earlier today, AlphaGo, an artificial intelligence program developed by Google’s DeepMind team, defeated Ke Jie, the world’s reigning top-ranked player of the board game Go. The AI won by half a point, the smallest margin possible. Two more games are slated for …

Artificial Intelligence

First Robocop to join Dubai Police ranks

If any place in the world is moving towards a <i>Bladerunner</i>-esque, sci-fi future, it's Dubai. From a fleet of supercars that enlist the assistance of …

Robots

Journal | ELIMINATING THE HUMAN

I have a theory that much recent tech development and innovation over the last decade or so has had an unspoken overarching agenda—it has…

Soldiers Could Soon Get Robotic Legs

It's basically the lower half of Iron Man's suit, minus rocket boosters and armor.<p>Machine gunners, mortarmen, and other soldiers that carry heavy equipment on the battlefield could soon get a little help from FORTIS. The FORTIS Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD) boosts leg capacity, increasing the …

Lockheed Martin

DARPA robot lands (simulated) Boeing 737

A robot has successfully landed a Boeing 737 simulator ... and it did it one handed. Built and operated by Aurora Flight Science as part of DARPA's …

U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Georgia Tech Just Solved the Problem with "Drone Swarms"

Here’s a terrifying image: A “swarm” of drones dart through the open sky, thinking and moving as one group using a shared A.I. Imagine if the birds …

Drones

This Machine Gun Robot Will Probably Lead the Uprising One Day

Do you ever wonder what tomorrow holds? Some people are pretty convinced that the future will be filled with flying cars and jetpacks and robot …

Robots

This Robot Completes a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Doc Bot<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the world, …

Robots

Elon Musk: Robot software will make Tesla worth as much as Apple

Elon Musk thinks his robot software can make Tesla Inc. worth as much as Apple Inc. He has the chance to prove it very soon.<p>In three different facilities spread across America, Tesla’s (TSLA) robot-manufacturing prowess is about to show its worth. If Musk — who, to his credit, is building rockets …

Tesla

San Francisco is considering a once unthinkable measure to offset the threat of job-killing robots

The tech industry collectively face-palmed when Trump's treasury secretary said earlier this year that the threat of robots taking human jobs was "not even on our radar screen."<p>There is a growing evidence that robots and artificial intelligence could displace huge swaths of the American workforce …

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Robot exoskeletons are finally here, and they’re nothing like the suits from Iron Man

Hollywood set a high bar for exoskeleton suits. Technology imagined in <i>Iron Man</i>, <i>Aliens,</i> and <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> all endow humans with superhuman abilities. After years of tinkering and military adventures, the first exoskeleton suits are finally walking out of the lab and into the market. Rather than …

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Robotic fruit pickers may help orchards with worker shortage

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States.<p>That system eventually could change dramatically as at least two companies are rushing to get robotic fruit-picking machines to …

Agriculture

Watch a Robot Play That Ridiculously Dangerous Knife Game with a Trusting Human’s Hand

There’s a pretty good chance that as soon as you glimpsed the Stäubli TX40 (a six-axis industrial machine) armed with a knife, you thought of that …

Robots

Silicon Valley security robot beat up in parking lot, police say

The droid can scan 300 license plates a minute.<p>A 300-pound egg-shaped security robot was punched to the ground by an allegedly drunken man outside a …

Robots

Self-Driving Buggies Reach Historic Milestone

Tuesday, April 18, 2017<p><i>By Emily Durham</i><p><i>From left to right, Antonio Garcia-Smith, Danielle Quan, Sean Reidy, Abha Agrawal and Adam Zeloof are members</i> …

Robotic cheetah moves almost as efficiently as the real thing

The fastest land animal on Earth, the cheetah, has inspired a number of swift-footed robots. The latest has cropped up at the University of Twente, …

No one is prepared to stop the robot onslaught. So what will we do when it arrives?

You’ve heard about the robots—how they are on their way to vaporize the jobs of tens of thousands of bankers and brokers on Wall Street, in the City of London, and in trading hubs around the world. How they are bent on inflicting similar mayhem in law and accounting firms, and in …

The Air Force Turned an F-16 Fighter Into a Drone

"Have Raider II" provides manned aircraft with autonomous wingmen.<p>The U.S. Air Force turned an F-16 fighter into an autonomous combat drone capable of flying combat missions on its own and then returning to fly alongside a manned aircraft. The program, known as "Have Raider II," could lead to older …

Lipstick on the robot: why is everyone suddenly happy about tech unemployment?

Business leaders are suspiciously more chipper about the impact of robots and AI – and how much fun it will be<p>Call me suspicious but there appears to be a recent shift in how industry spokespeople are talking about the relationship between work and automation.<p>Suddenly, the conversation is no longer …

Tarzan the swinging robot could be the future of farming

Some farmers already use drones to monitor their crops, but a team of researchers from Georgia Tech have created a far more interesting alternative. Instead of designing yet another drone, they created a robot inspired by Kristen Bell's favorite animal: the sloth. However, they named it "Tarzan" …

Robotics

Why A Fleet Of 3-D Printing 'Spiders' Might Be Good For Business

Researchers at Siemens hope this 3-D printing bot will help them do more than just spit out spare parts.<p>It can say hello. It can crawl its way across a stage. And some day, it might print a working spare part, too.<p>Researchers at Siemens developed their first walking, talking 3-D printer last year. …

Robotics

Ukraine's Crowdfunded War Drones Are Ready for Flight

The volunteers fighting to save Ukraine from Russia-backed separatists realized early on they had a major vulnerability: they couldn’t see their …

Amazon’s Robot War Is Spreading - Bloomberg

It was Amazon that drove America’s warehouse operators into the robot business.<p>Quiet Logistics, which ships apparel out of its Devens, Mass., …

This Robot Will Haul Up to 1,500 Kilos Around a Warehouse for Nine Hours without Stopping

Need to move a heavy load around a warehouse? Forget the forklift: a robot will do your bidding.<p>Say hello to Freight 500, pictured, and its beefier …

Robots

This robotic octopus tentacle isn't creepy at all

The robotic tentacle is able to pick-up, hold and then put down items<p>German robotics company Festo has created a new bot that's inspired by an …

Robots Are Already Replacing Human Workers at an Alarming Rate

We all know, or at least suspect, that robots are taking people’s jobs, but new research shows the dramatic degree to which industrial robots are …

Is it a bird? Is it a bug? No it’s a biomimetic microdrone with flapping wings

UK biomimetic engineering startup Animal Dynamics is building a microdrone with wings inspired by the flapping flight of a dragonfly. The project, which started in June 2015 with a feasibility study, is being funded with £1.5 million from the UK Ministry of Defence, via DSTL, the Defence Science …

Drones

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says AI taking US jobs is '50-100 more years' away — but it's already beginning to happen

On Friday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin answered a slew of questions in an interview with Axios' Mike Allen about the global economy and US labor market, including about the threat of artificial intelligence (AI) affecting American jobs.<p>Mnuchin is not overly worried. Concerns about AI and …

Intelligence

Mind healing: why are we so afraid of robots?

Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI) and their embodiment – robotics – are occurring on almost a daily basis. Robots can now perform many human tasks, often more deftly than we could ever manage. They save us from having to carry out vast numbers of boring tasks, and they’ve revolutionised …

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