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China is opening a new quantum research supercenter

The country wants to build a quantum computer with a million times the computing power of all others presently in the world.<p>On 37 hectares (nearly 4 <i>million</i> square feet) in Hefei, Anhui Province, China is building a $10 billion research center for quantum applications. This news comes on the heels …

RoboHow is translating the internet for robot use

RoboEarth. No, it's not a lame SNES game from 1994, it's a cloud network that lets robots learn from the actions of other bots. It started over three years ago, and now, a new, related project has sprung from that initiative at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bremen …

A Prominent Lawyer Is Calling For A New Federal Agency To Regulate Robots

Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, he called for the creation of a new governmental agency that would oversee the safe development and maintenance of new robotic applications.<p>This has happened in the past for other breakthrough technologies — just consider the FCC for radio, the FAA for …

Robots

Foxconn prepares to replace workers with robots in iPhone 6 assembly process

Foxconn is preparing to enhance its assembly process with a new line of robots, the CEO of the iPhone manufacturer’s parent company said during a shareholder meeting. According to the executive, Apple will be the first company to reap the benefits of the new process, likely indicating that the …

If death by autonomous car is unavoidable, who should die? Reader poll results

Image credit: Craig Berry<p>Life and death decisions make interesting thought experiments. When you throw an autonomous car into the mix, things get …

Global trends in robotics from patent analysis

120,000 robotics patents have been published in the last 10 years, tripling in rate from 2004 to 2013, according to the UK Intellectual Property …

Google Announces Android Auto, Promises Enabled Cars By The End Of 2014

Today in its sprawling keynote at its I/O event, Google announced Android Auto. The version of Android will be “completely voice enabled” according to the company, and will help users navigate, communicate and listen to music in their cars. The system will be “contextually aware,” Google says, and …

Oculus to buy Carbon Design, the firm behind Xbox 360 controller

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Oculus Rift<p>In the ’90s, virtual reality looked like this:<p>Advertisement<p>Today, it is much sleeker, lighter and, well, …

The heat is on: Honeywell is finally challenging the Nest thermostat

The idea of a connected home — one smart enough to know your schedule, your routines, when you come and go, and adjust itself to meet your every need — is a decades-old concept. But in a world where companies are making refrigerators that you can send tweets from, we’re still sorely missing truly …

We are designing the robots that will eventually kill us

In the movie <i>Transcendence</i>, which opens in theaters on Friday, a sentient computer program embarks on a relentless quest for power, nearly destroying humanity in the process.<p>The film is science fiction but a computer scientist and entrepreneur Steven Omohundro says that “anti-social” artificial …

Singularity

The robot is ready - so when will deep sea mining start? | Reuters

NEWCASTLE, England/LONDON (Reuters) - The world’s first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea (PNG) - when a wrangle over terms is solved.<p>Employees of Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) work on a …

Meet The Six Different Types Of 'Evil' Robots

In other words, Omohundro is hypothesizing that Hollywood's common "robot uprising" trope holds some water in a very real way. Autonomous robots will soon be "approximately rational," meaning that they will have a new degree of awareness of their goals and will take steps to ensure they can …

Robotics

There Are Only 3 Ways To Stop The Inevitable Robot Uprising

Because robots are only getting more and more advanced, they will one day be imbued with what Omohundro calls "approximate rationality." This is a way of saying that the robots of the future will have a certain degree of awareness of their goals, and will be able to react and compensate when …

Storms

This Law School Professor Believes Robots May Lead To An Increase In Prostitution

He also offers this easily understood summary of it for the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies.<p>The paper lays out two contrasting hypotheses: one in which robots dominate the sex industry; and another in which robot use actually leads to an increase in human sex work.<p>In both scenarios, …

The Future

Somebody Built A Life-Size, Fully Functional Wall-E Robot

Michael McMaster has three capital M's in his name, that's pretty cool. Plus he and a group of friends spent the last five years building this full …

The Problem Isn't The Robots, It's Us

Richard Feynman was a legend in scientific circles. One of the preeminent physicists of the 20th century—even other top minds considered him a magician—he is almost as well known for his jokes and pranks as he is for his groundbreaking discoveries.<p>When Feynman was a young scientist, Eugene Wigner …

Oppo Find 7 pre-order date April 7th

It was last week we saw the Oppo Find 7 officially go up for sale in its homeland of China. Offered up in 2 versions, Oppo announced that the regular …

Samsung Galaxy S5 camera detailed: 16MP w/ new software features

We've had a good feeling Samsung would put an emphasis on improving the camera tech in their Galaxy flagship. In fact, it was only yesterday Samsung …

Huawei Ascend P7 leaks ahead of Mobile World Congress

Huawei's next flagship bubbles to the surface only days ahead of the annual conference.<p>We may have a first glimpse of Huawei's next flagship, thanks to a leaked picture.<p>Web site Nowhereelse.fr has a supposed image of the the Ascend P7. The phone could make its debut at next week's Mobile World …

Mobile Technology

Car emissions hurt you more than electricity generating: Here's why

MIT study blames automotive emissions, more than power generation, for air pollution-related deaths.<p>As an electric car owner, you're probably used to the accusatory look people give you when they inquire as to where your electricity comes from.<p>The answer they're looking for is power stations, of …

Pollution

HTC's leaked 'Desire 8' mid-ranger looks big and beautiful

Despite HTC's recent blast of Desire phones, the company admitted that it still needs to push harder in the lower price tiers. Lo and behold, here's a leak of an upcoming "New Desire 8" series mid-range device, courtesy of Chinese site <i>MyDrivers</i> and with confirmation from our own sources. This …

Leaked image might reveal Galaxy S5 design

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Sonny Dickson<p>Mobile World Congress is less than two weeks away, but Samsung might have nothing new to show by then if …

What If BlackBerry’s Patents Aren’t So Valuable After All?

BlackBerry’s patent portfolio is believed by some to be among the company’s most valuable assets. But what if it’s not? What if its worth to a …

TiVo to Gain $490 Million in Patent Settlement With Google, Cisco

TV set-top box maker TiVo Inc. said it will receive a lump-sum payment of $490 million from Google Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. to settle patent …

World Intellectual Property Day Celebrates Tomorrow’s Creators

Geneva, April 25, 2013<br>PR/2013/737<p>World IP Day posters at WIPO headquarters in<br>Geneva in honor of tomorrow's creators.<p>The theme of this year’s World …

China Intellectual Property Law

Google patents software solution to extending a phone’s battery life | Ars Technica

Reducing the display quality could help a device stay on a little while longer.<p>Google has been granted a patent for reducing the quality of a mobile …

Microsoft Launches Tool to Make It Easy to See All Its Patents

Just ahead of a self-imposed deadline, Microsoft on Thursday went live with an online tool to search and view the company’s patents.<p>General Counsel …