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Google’s DeepMind achieves machine learning breakthroughs at a terrifying pace

It’s time to add “AI research” to the list of things that machines can do better than humans. Google’s Alpha Go, the computer that beat the world’s greatest human go player, just lost to a version of itself that’s never had a single human lesson.<p>Google is making progress in the field of machine …

Artificial Intelligence

This robot-run 3D printing farm is the future of light manufacturing

Even small businesses are now running lights-out facilities using robots and automation<p>A 3D printing farm in Brooklyn needed to scale up to handle …

Robots

Filled with liquid metal, this robot skin is more sensitive than the real thing

Skin doesn’t just exist to keep our insides in; it’s also an incredibly useful material for sensing. Rather than having to rely on visuals to confirm …

Robotics

Soft robotics will pick fruit with finesse and save your life too

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a robot? Bender from Futurama? R2D2? Well yes, you’re not wrong, however, I want to introduce a new breed of robots that might change the way you think about them entirely.<p>‘Soft robots’, unlike their old, rigid counterparts, are simply …

Robotics

This Robot Tractor Is Ready to Disrupt Construction

Zipping around like a bumblebee, the little black-and-yellow tractor claws its bucket into one of San Francisco’s few vacant lots, kicking up a puff …

Robots

The Cue robot delighted my children and scared the crap out of my cat

When I received my review unit of the Cue robot from Wonder Workshop it had a lot of hype to live up to. We’ve reviewed the company’s products before and enjoyed them, so my expectations were high. I’m happy to report I was not disappointed.<p>The Cue is designed for ages 11 and up and features an AI …

Robots

Stretchable 'skin' gives robots the sense of touch

Robots show a lot of promise as first responders, but they can't effectively dismantle bombs or perform delicate first aid procedures if they can't <i>feel</i> what they're touching. To remedy that problem, a team of engineers from the University of Washington and UCLA have developed stretchable skin that …

Robotics

Octopus-Inspired Camouflage for Soft Robotics

There are many reasons to admire the octopus, including its ability to instantly pop up tiny protrusions of various shapes from its skin to match the …

Robotics

How To Stop Worrying And Love The Great AI War Of 2018

Artificial intelligence is the biggest opportunity in business since mobile, for tech giants and upstarts alike. It’s also the most confusing. We’re here to help.<p>On a recent Monday morning, Elon Musk busied himself on Twitter by predicting how World War III would start.<p>Inspired by news that …

Artificial Intelligence

Meet Mark, the MegaBot built to destroy all other machines

Meet Mark. Standing 4.9 metres tall and weighing 12 tonnes, it was built by Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein to do one thing: destroy other machines. …

Robots

Here Come the Drones

Our love/hate relationship with tiny mechanical flying things<p>Last weekend, while hiking with my wife on an otherwise beautiful Sunday, a drone buzzed by.<p>I don’t know about you, but these days we’re frequently seeing amateurs flying the things in parks, at the beaches, and in school yards. A few …

This Robotics Startup Wants to Be the Boston Dynamics of China

Chinese startup Unitree Robotics unveils Laikago quadruped robot Photo: Unitree RoboticsOf all the legged robots built in labs all over the world, …

Robots

The robots of the future will hide in your garden under this pulsating silicone skin

Say goodbye to the garden gnome<p>The next generation of soft robots might be able to hide in plain sight, thanks to a newly developed, camouflaging skin that can rapidly transform from a flat silicone sheet to a 3D shape.<p>The new camouflage, described this week in the journal <i>Science</i><i>,</i> could help …

Robotics

The giant robot battle of your dreams is actually happening

Yes, this is real. Two gigantic robots will battle each other <i>Gundam</i>-style for our amusement — and it will be streamed.<p>On Oct. 17, the colossal robots …

Robots

Drones, Phones, And Automation: The Future Of Home Security

It flies around inside your house, ready to respond to any emergency, to ward off any intruder, and even to feed your pets when you’re away. No, it’s …

Automation

Mattel Launches Kamigami Build and Code Robots for Kids

Kids will be able to build the robot in an hour, program its behavior using a free app, and then start playing and battling them with friends.<p>PCMag …

Robots

Kamigami is a cute robot bug you build yourself

There are plenty of products out there that teach STEM skills, from robots you can code to kits for building musical instruments or games. But the "fun" is often short-lived. Most of the activity is rooted in the building process, and the final product is often too basic or simplified to be very …

Robotics

Mattel releases biologically inspired foldable robot bugs

Mattel’s been taking great pains to update its product lines for a plugged-in generation of kids. Last month, the toy maker teamed up with Osmo for an iPad-ready update to its popular Hot Wheels line, and now the company is enlisting the help of another tech startup, Dash Robots. The pair’s first …

Robotics

How Quantum Computers Will Revolutionize Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning And Big Data

We produce 2.5 exabytes of data every day. That’s equivalent to 250,000 Libraries of Congress or the content of 5 million laptops. Every minute of every day 3.2 billion global internet users continue to feed the data banks with 9,722 pins on Pinterest, 347,222 tweets, 4.2 million Facebook likes …

Big Data

Not content with just cars, Google wants to build autonomous ships as well

After spearheading the development of autonomous self-driving cars for several years, Google Inc. is now turning its attention to commercial …

Alphabet Inc.

GM Buys a Laser Startup to Help It Deliver Your Self-Driving Car, ASAP

General Motors just took another step to prepare itself for the future of driving, acquiring a startup that makes what could prove a key technology …

Transportation

Distinguished scientist on the mistakes pundits make when they predict the future of AI

Rodney Brooks -- eminent computer scientist and roboticist who has served as head of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory …

Intelligence

This AI robot will strengthen your ping-pong skills and your relationship with your daughter

With all the recent talk of AI posing existential risks to humanity and our privacy, Japanese company Omron is taking a softer, more innocuous approach. Specifically, with its table tennis robot Forpheus, which strives to pursue “harmony of humans and machines” by patiently teaching us how to play …

Table Tennis

Our Reactions to the Treatment of Robots

Most of us have seen employees of Boston Dynamics kicking their robots, and many of us instinctively react with horror. More recently I’ve watched my …

Robots

Zume Pizza lands $48 million in funding for robotic pizza delivery

If the Uber of pizza is successful, it will change the way fast food chains operate<p>A robotics startup called Zume Pizza, which is automating en route …

Robots

Sony back in the robotics game with new version of Aibo

Sony is bringing back its dog-robot Aibo after more than a decade.<p>Japanese technology company Sony will return to the robotics field with a refreshed …

Robots

This Robot Duster Could Also Entertain Your Cat

Unless you're a certified germaphobe, you've likely dropped the ball on doing housework at one point or another. This furry robot cleaning ball will …

Robots

These soft robot fingers are also edible

Care for a nibble?<p>Why make robots edible? Well, it’s not to give humanity an advantage during future robot uprisings. Instead, researchers from Swiss research institute EPFL imagine digestible bots being put to a number of uses — from exploring our bodies (before being disposed of by our guts) to …

Robotics

How artificial intelligence & machine learning produced robots we can talk to

What is a Chatbot?<p>You've likely talked to a robot already without even knowing it. And you might have even heard the term "chatbot" in the news. But what is a chatbot? How do chatbots work?<p>Essentially, a chatbot is just a robot chat that imitates human conversations through voice commands, text …

Chatbots