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Underwater robots reveal the cannibalistic all-you-can-eat-buffet of the deep sea

Bon appétit!<p>The deep sea is filled with scaly and gelatinous creatures feasting on each other — and now we have an unprecedented view into this cannibalistic all-you-can-eat buffet.<p>Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have analyzed 30 years’ worth of videos taken by …

Biological Species

Robots Are Fueling the Quiet Ascendance of the Electric Motor

If you were going to kick off a technological revolution, you’d be hard-pressed to do it with more pizazz than Tesla with its electric cars. Flashy, …

Electric Vehicles

A new sensor gives driverless cars a human-like view of the world

Eyes on the Road<p>We’re closer to making self-driving cars a reality than ever before, but at the moment the best options available to the public are …

Lockheed Martin

Robots are being used to shoo away homeless people in San Francisco

The San Francisco branch the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been ordered by the city to stop using a robot to patrol the sidewalks outside its office, the San Francisco Business Times reported Dec. 8.<p>The robot, produced by Silicon Valley startup Knightscope, was used to …

San Francisco

Can We Trust Robots? Futurists Share Provocative Insights

How can we coexist and work with robots in the future? Should robots be employed at all? If so, which jobs should go to robots? What can robots tell us about ourselves and how we value human life?<p>These are just some of the questions that were explored by noted futurists <b>Kai Goerlich</b>, Chief Futurist, …

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5 Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2018

In the original <i>Blade Runner</i>—set in 2019—technologists had already developed replicant humans and flying cars. Although I’m doubtful we’ll hit that mark in real life, I’d venture we’re not too far off. Indeed, artificial intelligence (AI) has already become an everyday part of life for most humans …

Artificial Intelligence

Honda to roll out robots at CES

The 3E Robotics Concept will consist of four cute-looking intelligent machines, each created to execute a specific task that Honda believes will make …

Robots

Will AI Ever Become Conscious, And How Would We Know if It Did?

We're not worried.<p>Forget about today's modest incremental advances in artificial intelligence, such as the increasing abilities of cars to drive …

Consciousness

This robotic manta ray may speed underwater search and rescue

The underwater bot can swim for up to 10 hours.<p>Manta rays are some of the sea’s most graceful creatures, capable of gliding almost effortlessly and able to swim efficiently even in turbulent water. Now, researchers at the National University of Singapore have created a robot that mimics the …

Robotics

Amazing Robot Table Uses Mechanical Actuators to Move Soccer Balls Along Programmed Paths

Intelligent Actuator put on quite the cutting-edge demonstration at the International Robot Exhibition 2017 in Tokyo, Japan when they presented their …

Amazing

Why Humanoid Robots Are Still So Hard to Make Useful

Picture a robot. In all likelihood, you just pictured a sleek metallic or chrome-white humanoid. Yet the vast majority of robots in the world around …

Robots

Honda’s cute new robot concepts only want to help

Self-driving mobility vehicles and a companion bot with empathy<p>What does the future of robotics look like? Nobody knows for sure, but Honda seems pretty certain it’ll be cute. At CES next January, the Japanese manufacturer will show off a quartet of new robot concepts, including a companion bot, an …

Robots

San Francisco Just Put the Brakes on Delivery Robots

San Francisco, land of unrestrained tech wealth and the attendant hoodies and $29 loaves of bread, just said <i>whoa whoa whoa</i> to delivery robots.<p>The SF …

Robots

Watch: This robot secret agent can change the behavior of a school of fish

Biomimicry has entered a new phase: Robots that learn from animals.<p>Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, a Swiss university, …

Robotics

Wandelbots wants to reinvent the way we program robots

Wandelbots has accomplished a lot for a startup that was founded officially only two weeks ago – the German company focuses on solving a key problem in robotics, using wearable technology and over two years of experience researching and designing adaptive software systems.<p>So what does Wandelbots …

Robots

Intel and Warner Bros. wants your future autonomous vehicle to feel like the Batmobile

When your car does all the driving what are you going to do in the meantime? That is the natural course the conversation since the race to achieving …

Batman

Could intelligent machines of the future own the rights to their own creations?

Intellectual property may be the legal term for creations, including literary or artistic, but there is something inherently human about it as …

Artificial Intelligence

Rise of the toy battle bots

Battle robots for consumers are gaining popularity, and they're more powerful than ever. Chinese company GJS Robot is trying to make competitive FPS and FPV battle robots mainstream.<p>Earlier this year, two massive mega bots battled it out in one of the most anticipated, expensive robotics events in …

Robots

New thought-controlled prosthetics restore the sensation of touch

Once More With Feeling<p>Researchers from the University of Utah have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that can simulate 100 unique touch …

Robotics

Turning workers into 'super workers' with robotic suits

<b>If you've watched the Iron Man film franchise, you'll know that a powered suit gives inventor Tony Stark superhuman strength to fight the bad guys.</b><p>But away from the the fictional world of blockbusting movies, robotic exoskeletons offer more prosaic and useful help for humans.<p>The military has been …

Lockheed Martin

GM says it will launch a robot taxi service in 2019

City TBD<p>GM says it will have a ride-sharing service featuring its line of self-driving Chevy Bolts ready to go by 2019. That would place the No. 1 US automaker ahead of its main rival Ford, which has said it plans to unveil its own self-driving car without pedals or a steering wheel by 2021.<p>GM’s …

Transportation

Ex-Googler Showed Us An R2D2-Like Robot Made to Replace TV and Home Gadgets

Good bot.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Google, Inventions, Startups & Video<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>The personal …

Robots

Velodyne’s latest LIDAR lets driverless cars handle high-speed situations

Discerning a butterfly from a broken tire at 70mph<p>Self-driving cars from Alphabet’s Waymo are currently cruising the streets of suburban Arizona, navigating around with no human at the ready to take the wheel should something go wrong. It’s some of the most advanced testing we’ve seen so far, …

Transportation

Artificial Intelligence Can Translate Languages Without a Dictionary - MIT Technology Review

The Download<p>What's up in emerging technology<p>November 29, 2017<p>Artificial Intelligence Can Translate Languages Without a Dictionary<p>Parlez-vous …

Singularity

Monkeys controlling robot arms with their minds show how brains can be reprogrammed

New research out of the University of Chicago shows a trio of rhesus monkeys controlling robotic arms with their mind. Each of the three primates are amputees, having had limbs removed after suffering injuries between four and 10 years ago. The monkeys learned to grasp a ball using the robotic limb …

The Brain

Controllable Cyborg Beetles for Swarming Search and Rescue

Robotics tries very hard to match the agility, versatility, and efficiency of animals. Some robots get very close in a few specific ways, but we’re …

Robotics

Grocery giant debuts picking and packing robot that uses computer vision to determine the best grasp

A British online supermarket chain is trialing a new automated grocery picking and packing system that uses computer vision to determine the best grasping mechanism to transfer goods.<p>By way of a quick recap, Ocado is among the world’s biggest online-only grocery retailers, and it has long embraced …

Robots

Artificial muscles give 'superpower' to robots

Inspired by the folding technique of origami, US researchers said Monday they have crafted cheap, artificial muscles for robots that give them the …

Robotics

MIT and Harvard create cheap artificial muscles with super strength

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has teamed up with Harvard’s Wyss Institute to create a super strong, affordable artificial muscle that could be used to create soft robots with “superpowers,” including the ability to lift up to 1000 times their weight.<p>The new soft …

Robotics