Knowledge-exchange between robots The RoboEarth project targets at building a “World Wide Web for Robots” where robots with their programmers can collectively build “action recipes”. These libraries of action recipes that are shared between robots will drastically reduce the efforts for building new robot applications. Within the RoboEarth project, our group investigates the knowledge representation and processing mechanisms for uploading, exchanging, downloading and applying action recipes.
Professor warns machines will be used to “kill people” Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Following Professor Noel Sharkey’s warning that the fleet of robots being developed for DARPA will ultimately be used to “kill people,” Boston Dynamics has released a new video showcasing how its LS3 robot is able to autonomously track humans over rugged terrain.
Machines to be used for “defense missions” Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com Thursday, September 6, 2012 One of the robots under development by DARPA for the purpose of “emergency response” and humanitarian missions has beaten the human world speed record set in 2009 by athlete Usain Bolt. “The Defense Advanced Research Project’s (DARPA) Cheetah managed to reach 28.3 mph, said the agency on Sept. 5.
The development of humanoid robots has made significant progress in recent years.
After years of research, the first bionic eye has seen the light of day in the United States, giving hope to the blind around the world. Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has helped more than 60 people recover partial sight, with some experiencing better results than others. Consisting of 60 electrodes implanted in the retina and glasses fitted with a special mini camera, Argus II has already won the approval of European regulators.
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from http://www.dp.upenn.edu/street/032097/ : T h i r t y - F o u r t h See Jack. See Jack run. And slam dunk, do the limbo, and even test drive an Apache helicopter. But Jack's more than just your average computer simulation; he's the latest generation of an incredibly ambitious project: building a virtual human being -- not a robot, but rather a computer model of man.
In early incarnations Jack was never seen without sunglasses--a convenient ploy to hide his creators' failure to provide him with eyes. The lack, however, posed no problem for Jack, who technically couldn't see in any case; he still managed to walk around his virtual world with a single- minded intensity and stiff-legged gait reminiscent of John Wayne on the corners and Clint Eastwood on the straightaways. In those early days Jack--whose name is now a registered trademark--was built like a high-tech, computerized crash dummy. He had stubby cylindrical fingers like Dorothy's Tin Man and wore tight-fitting blue slacks and a green John Deere baseball cap in honor of the company for which he was first commercially employed. That job entailed sitting in the virtual three-dimensional cabin of a virtual John Deere bulldozer and establishing that a real, flesh-and-blood driver of a real John Deere vehicle would be able to see the blade tips, front and rear--assuming, of course, he had eyes.
What better way to get back into writing a futurist blog than to talk about cute robots, eh? Last weekend, I had the opportunity to go and check out the Robotville exhibition that was taking place at the Science Museum here in London. The exhibition was billed as ‘the most cutting edge in European robot design and innovation’ and although I seriously doubt that claim was terribly genuine, it was definitely something that any futurist would want to have a look at. Unfortunately the exhibition was far too crowded, so it was difficult to get much time with any of the robots or their creators (it’s kind of hard to push your way passed wide-eyed kids enjoying an educational day out with their parents…).
Thousands of budding engineers and roboticists from around the world converged in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome this past weekend to see whose robot was the best of the best in the 19th annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) championship. The tournament’s three different robotics competitions were the culmination of months of hard work and commitment for the students and their mentors. Beach Cities Robotics from Redondo Beach, Calif., The HOT Team from Milford, Mich., and Bobcat Robotics from South Windsor, Conn., formed an alliance that took the top spot among 340 teams in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). FRC—open to students in grades nine to 12, ages 14 to 18—challenged teams to build robots from a kit of hundreds of parts in six weeks.
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Robots in movies has always been a fascinating subject. On the one hand Robots carry that machine like mystique that enables them to do things that we humans can’t.
The summary in the IFR World Robotics 2008 report, just out, says robots are everywhere.
The Kuratas Mecha robot is an art/aspirational nerd project by Suidobashi Heavy Industry. This full-sized Mech robot features a ride-in cockpit, “rocket” launchers, and a “smile controlled” BB Gatling gun. That’s right: when you smile, this thing unleashes thousands of tiny plastic BBs.
What's the Big Idea? "Hacking the physical" is how Dale Dougherty described the burgeoning DIY Drone movement to Peter Daimandis in his book Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think . Dougherty, the founder and publisher of Make magazine, was describing the broad trend that has enabled individuals to construct homebrew versions of sophisticated machines at a fraction of the cost. In the case of unmanned air vehicles (or UAVs), 90 percent of the functionality of a military drone was accomplished for just 1 percent of the military's price.