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Festo Corporate - Bionic Learning Network. Highlight of the Bionic Learning Network 2014: the BionicKangaroo Learning from nature: in the Bionic Learning Network, a cooperation between Festo and renowned universities, institutes and development companies, principles from nature provide inspiration for technical applications and industrial practice.

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Energy-efficient jumping based on a natural model. Robots Are the Next Revolution, So Why Isn't Anyone Acting Like It? This robot can fetch you a beer.

Robots Are the Next Revolution, So Why Isn't Anyone Acting Like It?

But it will cost you $400,000. Back in 2006, when Bill Gates was making his tear-filled transition from the PC industry into a tear-filled career as a philanthropist, he penned an editorial on robotics that became a rallying cry for… no one. Titled "A Robot in Every Home," Bill Gates highlighted the obvious parallels between the pre-Microsoft PC industry and the pre-anybody personal robotics industry. News: MLD Test Moves Navy a Step Closer to Lasers for Ship Self-Defense. For Immediate Release: April 8, 2011 By Geoff S.

News: MLD Test Moves Navy a Step Closer to Lasers for Ship Self-Defense

Fein, Office of Naval Research. 5 Axis Robot Carves Metal Like Butter (Video. The speed and precision of modern industrial machining robots puts humans to shame.

5 Axis Robot Carves Metal Like Butter (Video

Industrial robots are getting precise enough that they’re less like dumb machines and more like automated sculptors producing artwork. Case in point: Daishin’s Seki 5-axis mill. The Japanese company celebrated its 50th anniversary last year by using this machine to carve out a full scale motorcycle helmet out of one piece of aluminum. No breaks, no joints, the 5-Axis mill simply pivots and rotates to carve metal at some absurd angles. Machines will achieve human-level intelligence in the 2028 to 2150 range: poll. How similar will machine intelligence be to human intelligence?

Machines will achieve human-level intelligence in the 2028 to 2150 range: poll

(credit: A. Sandberg & N. Bostrom/Future of Humanity Institute) Machines will achieve human-level intelligence by 2028 (median estimate: 10% chance), by 2050 (median estimate: 50% chance), or by 2150 (median estimate: 90% chance), according to an informal poll at the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) Winter Intelligence conference on machine intelligence in January.

“Human‐level machine intelligence, whether due to a de novo AGI (artificial general intelligence) or biologically inspired/emulated systems, has a macroscopic probability to occurring mid‐century,” the report authors, Dr. Herding Swarms of Microrobots. Imagine a swarm of microrobots—tiny devices a few hair widths across—swimming through your blood vessels and repairing damage, or zipping around in computer chips as a security lock, or quickly knitting together heart tissue. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, Dartmouth College, and Duke University have shown how to use a single electrical signal to command a group of microrobots to self-assemble into larger structures. The researchers hope to use this method to build biological tissues. But for microrobots to do anything like that, researchers must first figure out a good way to control them. “When things are very small, they tend to stick together,” says Jason Gorman, a robotics researcher in the Intelligent Systems Division at NIST who co-organizes an annual microrobotics competition that draws groups from around the world.

“A lot of the locomotion methods that have been developed are focused on overcoming or leveraging this adhesion.”