Mark Isabella

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8 Tricks To Distract Yourself From Frustrating Illnesses And Pains

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to …

How Empowering Influential Kids Can Change School Culture For the Better

Want to change your school’s culture? Start with the right students.A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences …

Education

6 NSFW Reasons Why Robots Are The Future Of Sex

"Robophilia may be alien now, but could be normal in the near future."<p>If you think you can't live without your devices now, just wait. Technology is already paving the way for a future filled with robot-derived pleasure.<p>In her recent blog for The Huffington Post, Dr. Helen Driscoll, a senior …

An Aloft Hotel in Cupertino Features a Robot Butler That Delivers Room Service

As Dale Houghton Jr. found out during a recent stay, the Aloft Hotel in Cupertino, California has a robot butler that delivers room service orders to …

Why you should welcome the robots

Also today: a report back from Nerdtacular 2015, and the good news of more Game of Thrones coming to TV!<p>Recorded before a live studio of nerds, and …

Golf slightly less frustrating with robot caddy

I'm usually too concerned with actually hitting the ball, let alone well, to worry about the strain of lugging clubs around the links. But I can see how FTR Systems' Caddytrek could make the ultimate non-human accessory to one's game.<p>A step up from remote-controlled golf trolleys, which make you …

Robots that write fiction? You couldn’t make it up

Computer-generated fiction might seem a tipping point for artificial intelligence, but it could help us to understand the world we live in<p>In 1983, William Chamberlain and Thomas Etter released a book called <i>The Policeman’s Beard Is Half Constructed</i>, described as the “early fiction” of a computer …

Microsoft and The New Yorker are teaching a robot to have a sense of humor

Since it was introduced in 2005, the caption contest has become a cult favorite among New Yorker readers. The premise is simple: The New Yorker publishes a black-and-white cartoon without a caption and readers send in their best attempts to finish it. The winner's caption runs in the next issue.<p>But …

Jokes

MIT Making Robots with Human Reflexes - Technabob

In the DARPA Robotics Challenge, the idea is to create a robot that can navigate an obstacle course, using skills that could help save humans in an …

Service robot classifies, smooths and folds clothes

Researchers have created a prototype laundry-helper robot that is able to separate, stretch, smooth wrinkles and fold clothes.

When There Are No Limiting Principles — Why Not Marry Robots?

The sexual revolution has gotten so extreme that it’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between an actual argument and click-bait trolling. …

LGBTQI

The dangers of trusting robots

As robots enter our home, they may steal secrets about your life that you don't want to share, argue two experts in robotics law and the philosophy of technology.<p>In February, a South Korean woman was sleeping on the floor when her robot vacuum ate her hair, forcing her to call for emergency help. …

This Cute Desktop Robot Could Cure Your Bad Habits

The MOTI encourages you with cutesy cheers when you accomplish something, however small<p>You can't put a MOTI on your wrist, but its creators hope the cutesy desktop robot can fulfill some of the same functions as a wearable device—specifically, praising you if you succeed at keeping up good …

Check Out MIT’s Fully-Functioning Robot Bartender

If you have an engineering degree, you might want to skip to this paper published about the beer-fetching robots at MIT. It will probably explain it in actual robot terms, as opposed to beer terms, in which I’m going to break it down right now.<p>A team of MIT researchers has put together a system of …

Guess What? You Are About to Be Replaced by a Robot

Almost half of managers would not feel bad hiring a robot over a human. That's a problem.<p>Most of us think about robots as some sort of sci-fi dream--something that you might see in a film like <i>Star Wars</i>, but not in your office. In reality, robots are well on the way to taking over the world, and …

We should not dismiss the dangers of ‘killer robots’ so quickly

A few days later, philosopher Jai Galliott challenged the notion of a ban, recommending instead that we welcome offensive autonomous weapons- often called "killer robots" - rather than ban them.<p>I was pleased to read Jai's recommendation, even if he calls the open letter I helped instigate …

Singularity

The end is nigh: Robots are learning how to build better clones of themselves

In just about every dystopian film where robots have taken over, they’ve gotten to their dominance over humanity by being able to self-replicate and get better with each new model. Once they’ve become self-aware, they use their superior machine intelligence to make, faster, better, stronger …

University of Cambridge

Will Robots Create Good Jobs?

Automation poses a threat to millions of workers, but it could create opportunities for a few.<p>There is a great deal of anxiety about the rise of so-called robot workers, programmed to do all of the work needed, rendering us human workers obsolete. And not without reason: One grim figure in this …

Health and Safety

'Mommy robot' can build and test its own babies

A University of Cambridge team of researchers has created a "mother robot" capable of giving birth to -- or more correctly, building its own -- baby cube-bots. The team conducted five rounds of experiments, wherein it assembled 10 pint-sized machine children per generation with a motor and one to …

‘Nanny robot’ will make learning fun

Manama: A nanny robot that teaches children colours, shapes, letters and numbers has been built by a team of students from Bahrain …

Robotics

48 real-life robots that will make you think the future is now - Pocket-lint

If you're anything like us, you probably can't wait for the day you can go to the store and easily (and cheaply) buy a robot to clean your house, …

Five-year-old throws the first pitch with robotic arm

Five-year-old Hailey Dawson, who has a 3D printed robotic arm, threw out the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game. CNN affiliate WHAG reports.

Watch Robot That Looks Like Big Foot Stumble Through the Woods

This is the stuff that technophobe nightmares are made of: The Google-owned Boston Dynamics released a video showing its humanoid Atlas robot …

Robots that serve beer? Thanks, MIT.

Engineers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are making robots that serve beer. And more specifically, they're making big robots that place beer cans in little robots, who then bring that beer to you, on the couch, at your desk, or by the pool.<p>"You can take some …

Humans possess a particular set of skills that make them far superior to robots

A new study by David Deming at the Harvard Graduate School of Education shows that social skills are becoming increasingly important to employers and that the interpersonal abilities of workers are going to stave off robotic replacement.<p>Deming says computers can't read humans the way people can, …

Employment

Robot Pets Have a Leg Up on Fido

They're cleaner, quieter, and actually quite lovable<p>Humans have been bonding with domestic animals for tens of thousands of years, but Jean-Loup Rault, an animal scientist at the University of Melbourne, thinks new companions are coming: robot pets. Just as digital technologies have altered how we …