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The former Prime Minister of Norway says people will need to be 'taken care of' when robots take their jobs

Those that see their jobs displaced by robots in coming decades will need to be looked after, said Brundtland, who served three terms as Prime Minister of Norway (1981, 1986-89, and 1990-96).<p>"People who are not able to adapt or re-train into the society that is there have to be taken care of," said …

Robot sumo wrestling is all the fun of the original without the man diapers

Sumo wrestling features two gigantic humans sweating, grunting and trying to push each other out of a small-ish circle. The traditional Japanese sport is amazing to watch, but it’s a hard sell when trying to describe. Add the traditional attire, the ‘mawashi,’ which is essentially a giant diaper …

Introducing Deep Learning: Boosting Cybersecurity With An Artificial Brain

With nearly the same speed and precision that the human eye can identify a water bottle, the technology of deep learning is enabling the detection of …

Disney Produces Robot With "Very Fluid" Movement Thanks to Air-Water Actuators

These are a couple video demonstrations of Jimmy, a robotic puppet developed by Disney Research that moves with incredibly fluid motion thanks to …

GIF Animations

Don’t Panic, Sex Robots Aren’t Going To Totally Rewire Society Any Time Soon

It’s an increasingly common claim among futurists that sex robots are about to derail humanity. The basic idea is sound; the idea of an always ready, always willing sexual partner is the dream, right? If people can have selfish sex with a feelingless bot, who’s going to want to go on dates and buy …

Autonomous Tractor Concept Takes The Farmers Out Of Farming

More time managing farms, less time driving around them<p>Tractors revolutionized farming. We’ve written about tractors in <i>Popular Science</i> for a century, and like the use of domesticated animals before them, tractors greatly increased the amount of land a farmer could use, and because tractors ran on …

Turn Your 3D Printer Into an Injection Molder

One of the issues with using FDM/FFF 3D printers is the ability to print small objects. The extrusion widths of the deposited plastic are just too large to capture the fine details in a miniature print.<p>Molds, on the other hand, can capture every detail of an item they are trying to create. The …

3D Printing

The Open Source Snow Plow Robot: discovering the Firmware

Just a few weeks ago, we presented in this blog the maker version of a motorized snowplow, similar to those available in many bricolage shopping …

Arduino

Think Tank Publishes Report On Tanks That Think

How to talk about killer robots that make their own decisions<p>No military technology is perhaps more viscerally upsetting than the idea of a machine, armed with a gun, making the decision on its own to kill people. It's a theme throughout dystopian fiction and films, and it animates protests against …

Big Dog Robot Family Gets A Faster, Lighter Little Brother

Good luck kicking this dog down<p>One parking lot in Massachusetts is witness to a tremendous amount of robo-evolution: outside the office of Boston Dynamics, where the robot-building company routinely tests its latest creations.<p>Google bought Boston Dynamics in 2013, and its lineup includes Big Dog, a …

New iRobot App Lets You Control a 'Bot Army With an Android Tablet

You may be familiar with iRobot’s Roomba vacuums, but some the company’s other robots perform much harder (and more dangerous) tasks. There are …

Columbia University

At the Creative Machines Lab we build robots that do what you’d least expect robots to do: Self replicate, self-reflect, ask questions, and even be …

Researchers Unveil Exoskeleton That Fits Like Skinny Jeans - D-brief

By Carl Engelking | September 12, 2014 12:51 pm<p><i>(Credit: Wyss Institute)</i><p>You heard it here first: robotic exoskeletons are poised to become 2014’s …

Droidles: Little, social, autonomous robots. In Open Source.

Droidles are cute little robots which interact in what the creators call “the worlds largest computer intelligence experiment”. The objective of the …

The Ai.Frame, an Open Source Humanoid Robot

If there’s a chance you haven’t heard about this amazing robotics project you should because it’s soo cool:<p><i>Ai.Frame is an open-source,miniature</i> …

Robotics

A neuroscientist explains why artificially intelligent robots will never have consciousness like humans

Some of today’s top techies and scientists are very publicly expressing their concerns over apocalyptic scenarios that are likely to arise as a …

Lightweight Robotic Exoskeleton Approved By FDA

Power walking into the future<p>The Indego robotic exoskeleton has received approval from the FDA. The device, which is 26 pounds and designed to be easy to put on and take off from a wheelchair, was tested in an extensive clinical trial, assessing its safety on a variety of indoor and outdoor …

Watch: Meet Nadine, The 'Emotionally Intelligent' Companion Robot

She's here to look after you.<p>What will robots look like in the future? Will they retain obvious signs of their artificial nature, or will they …

Scientist Says: "Mankind is Undergoing a Major 'Evolutionary Transition!'

Share Us.<p>Are we evolving into a different SPECIES? By 2050? Researcher says that this change will be as significants as the evolution from monkeys to …

Evolution

Why Has History OVERLOOKED Nichola Tesla?

Share Us.<p>This Video Biography shows Tesla’s place in electrical history as an electrical inventor and visionary genius. In the movie Nikola Tesla is …

Tesla

The Age of Automation: Welcome to the Next Great Revolution

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Artificial Intelligence and Cyborgs: What Will Humanity Look Like a Century From Now?

The World of Tomorrow<p>Samsung has released its “SmartThings Future Living Report.” It’s a serious look at the topography of the future, at least in …

Scientists discover how to 'upload knowledge to your brain'

Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe.<p>Researchers claim to have developed a simulator which can feed information directly into a person’s brain and teach them new skills in a shorter …

Scientists Claim They've Invented a Matrix-Style Device That Instantly Uploads Skills to Your Brain

We wish.<p>If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This week, a team from California research facility, HRL Laboratories, announced that …

Inside the Artificial Intelligence Revolution: A Special Report, Pt. 1

Welcome to robot nursery school,” Pieter Abbeel says as he opens the door to the Robot Learning Lab on the seventh floor of a sleek new building on …

Don’t Pass Go: AI Will Beat You at Pretty Much Everything

If robots invite you to game night, prepare to lose.<p>Earlier this month, in a paper published in <i>Nature</i>, Google DeepMind researchers revealed that …

Artificial Intelligence Piece From "Her" Comes to Life in Sony Xperia

Say “hello” to Her<p>It’s not quite the “manic pixie dream girl” artificial intelligence that is pictured in the movie Her, but Sony’s Xperia Ear is …

This Star Trek Substance Just Became Real

If you saw the 1986 movie <i>Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,</i> then you may or may not have noticed the mention of a particular substance that was critical …

This Is the Most Amazing Biomimetic Anthropomorphic Robot Hand We've Ever Seen

Image: Movement Control Laboratory/University of WashingtonThere are two generalized schools of thought when it comes to robot hand design. You have …

Russian military developing humanoid robot to tackle dangerous jobs in outer space

Rather than risk the lives of their astronauts, Russian government scientists are now working to develop humanoid robots that can perform complex …