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Video Friday: Self-Driving Potato, NASA at Mars, and Autonomous Sumo Robots

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Image: Marek Baczynski via YouTubeVideo Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, …

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Scientists created a robot that will iron your clothes for you

First there was the Roomba — a disc-shaped robot that wheels across the floor and sucks up dust by itself. Now, an anthropomorphic robot named Teo …

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Mars Curiosity Rover Autonomously Samples Rocks With Incredible Precision

As cars here on Earth begin to drive themselves and robots autonomously roam sidewalks delivering food and nearly running over dogs, over on Mars, …

Watch a robot that irons clothes (and dream)

Commentary: Spanish robot TEO does something that you've always wished someone else could do for you.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Large brains create so many small and useless things.<p>I wasn't specifically thinking of fidget spinners, …

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Amazon has applied to patent a beehive-like drone tower

Amazon has applied to patent a multi-level beehive-like tower that would deploy and receive delivery drones.<p>The patent was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office and published on Thursday.<p>In the patent, Amazon describes the tower as a "multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial …

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Are Telepresence Robots the Best Way to Explore Other Worlds?

The most efficient way to exploring other planets may be sending humans to orbit, and letting robots do everything else Image: NASA/GSFCThe most …

Wisconsinites can now (legally) get 20 pounds of cheese and beer delivered by robot

Wisconsin has joined the land of autonomous delivery. If you live in the Badger State, you can now legally have your award-winning cheeses delivered to you 20 pounds at a time inside Starship Technologies' delivery bots.<p>The state is the third in the United States to legalize sidewalk delivery by …

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HEBI is trying to make building custom robots as easy as playing with LEGO

The X-Series Actuator doesn’t look like much. Actually, if I’m being honest, it kind of looks like a red metal scotch tape dispenser with ribbed sides and a couple of ethernet ports. The product is scattered all over HEBI’s one-room Pittsburgh office in various states of disarray. The palm-sized …

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The Robot Apocalypse Has Already Started

Digital Trends<p>You probably things are going pretty bad. While people don’t agree on much these days, we all know stuff at least looks bad. Where it’s …

Is it unethical to design robots to resemble humans?

Three men deliver an endless assault of kicks as the victim lies motionless on the grass. With venom in their eyes, one of the perpetrators delivers a crushing blow with a wooden bat. Another gets down on his knees and delivers a flurry of fists.<p>The printer is dead. Plastic parts and microchips are …

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CARNAC program to put robots in the pilot's seat

Unmanned aircraft are generally either built from the ground up, with robotic systems integrated from the earliest design stages, or are existing …

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Sphero's new company wants to bring intelligent robots into your home

Sphero is mainly known for its connected toys, and, of course, <i>Star Wars'</i> BB-8 Droid (which it also turned into a very popular gadget). But the company has also been working on grander plans all the while. Today, Sphero announced that it's spinning off its advanced robotics division into a new …

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What Will The Rise of Conscious Machines Mean for Human Beings?

Zombies and aliens may not be a realistic threat to our species. But there’s one stock movie villain we can’t be so sanguine about: sentient robots. …

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Researchers train drones to use Wi-Fi to look through walls

A new system by University of California, Santa Barbara researchers Yasamin Mostofi and Chitra R. Karanam uses two drones, a massive Wi-Fi antenna, and a little interpolation to literally see through solid walls.<p>The system is two-fold. The one drone blasts Wi-Fi through the structure and another …

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The company that builds the robots that make Teslas wants to build home robots

In less than 10 years, the market for domestic robots is expected to grow to $4.4 billion.<p>Industrial machines that build cars and the machines that work in your home are worlds apart.<p>But the CEO of Kuka, one of the biggest industrial robot makers, said in an interview in the Financial Times on …

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In China, a robot has started delivering packages to people

Jingdong, or JD.com, China’s second-biggest e-commerce company after Alibaba, sent robots to deliver items for the first time yesterday (June 18), on the last day of a two-week-long shopping bonanza that recorded sales of around $17.6 billion, according to a spokesman with the company.<p>Designed by …

Check out how easy it'll be to hail one of Airbus' conceptual autonomous flying taxis

Hailing a flying taxi will someday be as easy as pulling out your phone and pressing a button.<p>That's the future presented by a number of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft projects, and major transportation movers and shakers, most notably Uber and its partners, have outlined plans to …

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This robot chef is learning to make pizza

Robotic Dynamic Manipulation, known as RoDyMan, could soon become the first robot chef to make a pizza, Scientific American reports. Currently, the …

Artificial Intelligence Could Speak Its Own Language Soon

Grounded language is a new step towards Artificial Intelligence revealed by OpenAI.<p>The article is about a system that invents a language which is …

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Five robots that are changing everything

From robot simians that can clean up nuclear accidents, to powered exoskeletons that enable you to lift huge objects, robotic technologies are developing incredibly quickly. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, chief engineer at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks us through five robots that are changing the …

It’s really hard for robots to pick things up but this one is great at it

While businesses like Amazon are using robots to move things around their factory floors, getting them to identify and then actually pick up awkwardly-shaped objects “remains a difficult challenge” because most everyday objects aren’t uniform.<p>Berkeley scientists however, have invented a robot that …

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How the Uncanny Valley Works

It's the year 2053, and you're visiting the doctor's office. Moments after you enter the examination room, a young woman in a white coat steps …

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Toshiba Has Unveiled a Swimming Robot to Assist in the Fukushima Cleanup

The 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima Da-Ichi nuclear power plant was a disaster of outrageous proportions. Triggered by a massive earthquake, the …

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BBC News

AFP<p>When a tsunami devastated parts of Japan's coastline in 2011, killing more than 18,000 people, it also hit the Fukushima nuclear power plant, triggering the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Parts of the damaged reactors are still highly contaminated with radiation and robotics are …

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This colonoscopy robot will haunt your dreams

Robots come in all shapes and sizes, but even if your nightmares of an eventual robot takeover of the Earth conjure images of heavily-armed battle …

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Estonia is first in the EU to let cute delivery bots on sidewalks

Starship Technologies' delivery bots have been dropping off lunches in Europe and the US with increasing regularity, and governments are slowly warming to the idea. State legislatures in Virginia and Idaho recently granted official permission for small delivery robots to operate on sidewalks, and …

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Artificial Intelligence Can Talk to Each Other in Secret

On Wednesday, Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research division (FAIR) released a fascinating new study aimed at giving A.I. chatbots some of the …

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Scientists use simple materials to create semi-soft robots

At the beginning of the decade, George Whitesides helped rewrite the rules of what a machine could be with the development of biologically inspired …

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Stanford Robots Load a Hovering Drone, Solve a Marble Maze, and More

Students in Stanford’s experimental robotics class teach industrial robots new tricks Photo: Tekla PerryRobots that sketch, play ping pong, solve …

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