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We're Sexist Toward Robots. Last month, Toshiba unveiled a prototype robot capable of sign language.

We're Sexist Toward Robots

But the first thing you noticed likely wasn’t its 43 actuators or even its apparently “warm-hearted” personality. The first thing you probably clocked: It’s a girl. Automata Trailer Shows Off A Robot Action Movie That Gets Robots Right. Over 1,000 robots swarm together in Harvard lab. Ants, schooling fish and flocking birds all have something in common – they can achieve things by working together that they could never do on their own.

Over 1,000 robots swarm together in Harvard lab

With that in mind, researchers are now looking into ways of allowing "swarms" of communicating robots to accomplish tasks that are difficult or even impossible for single robots. Harvard University recently performed an unprecedented demonstration of that behavior, in which a batch of over 1,000 tiny Kilobots arranged themselves into a variety of pre-assigned two-dimensional shapes. Each individual Kilobot is only about the diameter of a US quarter-dollar coin, and moves via three rigid legs that are vibrated by two motors, allowing it to move left, right or straight forward.

A bottom-mounted wide-angle infrared transceiver shoots a light beam down at the smooth surfaces that the robot shimmies across, that beam reflecting up to be received by other nearby Kilobots. Should Robotics Companies Help The Workers They Displace? "The company recognizes that when a restaurant brings in its system, jobs will be eliminated; it wants the men and women who lose their jobs to become engineers and work to design more automated systems.

Should Robotics Companies Help The Workers They Displace?

" Yes, but how many engineers can an economy support? I've got a lot of friends who are engineers (Aeronautic, civil, electrical, mechanical, etc.) and they all told me it's a bit like the profession of law: sometimes there is an oversupply and that makes it harder to distinguish yourself in the job hunt. Self-Assembling Robots Are Here, And They Are Awesome. Bla, it doesn't really assemble itself. looks more like it just gets up and starts walking.

Self-Assembling Robots Are Here, And They Are Awesome

Whats the point of that? Think of how hard it is for you to do that every morning. I don't get what you are saying. Velociraptor-inspired robot can run almost as fast as DARPA's Cheetah. There's a new robot that's almost matched Cheetah's speed record, but it wasn't designed after another speedy cat.

Velociraptor-inspired robot can run almost as fast as DARPA's Cheetah

Instead, it takes cues from something more terrifying: a velociraptor. The two-legged machine named Raptor was created by scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, who've even outfitted it with a tail like the extinct reptile's for balance. In its current form, it can go as fast as 28.58 mph (46 km/h), just a bit slower than the famous mechanical cat's max speed of 29.2 mph (47 km/h). Compared to DARPA's robotic cat, though, Raptor's technology is a lot simpler, even using ordinary springs as tendons to be able to run fast more effectively.

Right now, Raptor's confined to running on a treadmill like Cheetah's older iterations, but its creators hope to make it more stable so it can run on any surface without a tether. New video shows range and versatility of professional service robots. Robot Reads Novels, Writes Songs About Them. If a robot read a novel, how would it feel?

Robot Reads Novels, Writes Songs About Them

You might get a sense from these little jingles. Below are some songs that were automatically created by a series of algorithms that turn the emotions in novels into short pieces of music. If the songs remind you, traumatically, of your untalented little sister practicing piano… well, you can't say I didn't warn you. Ultra-fast, the robotic arm can catch objects on the fly. 12.05.14 - A robot developed by EPFL researchers is capable of reacting on the spot and grasping objects with complex shapes and trajectories in less than five hundredths of a second.

Ultra-fast, the robotic arm can catch objects on the fly

With its palm open, the robot is completely motionless. A split second later, it suddenly unwinds and catches all sorts of flying objects thrown in its direction -a tennis racket, a ball, a bottle-. This arm measures about 1.5 meters long and keeps an upright position. It has three joints and a sophisticated hand with four fingers.

It was programmed at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory at EPFL (LASA) and designed to test robotic solutions for capturing moving objects. Run, robot, run – here comes the OutRunner. So, you already own little remote-control cars, planes, boats and submarines ... what else could there be?

Run, robot, run – here comes the OutRunner

Well, how about something that runs? That's just what the OutRunner does. It's being billed as "the world's first RC running robot," and hopefully you'll soon be able to get one for under $250. InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer. Gael Langevin, a French sculptor and model-maker, is developing a design for an open-source humanoid robot that you can make with your own 3D printer.

InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer

Langevin calls his robot InMoov, and he is making plans and digital files publicly available as portions of the design come to completion. InMoov is an ongoing project, and so far it is possible to build the robot’s arms and shoulders and to connect them with a torso unit. Google buys AI firm DeepMind to boost image search - tech - 27 January 2014. Google's shopping spree is far from over.

Google buys AI firm DeepMind to boost image search - tech - 27 January 2014

Today the firm confirmed it has purchased DeepMind Technologies, a machine-learning company based in London, for $400 million. The acquisition of the AI firm follows Google's purchase of eight advanced robotics companies in December and the smart thermostat maker Nest Labs earlier this month. It is not hard to see why Google might be interested. DeepMind Technologies employs machine-learning engineers led by Demis Hassabis, a former commercial video-game coder turned artificial-intelligence expert and neuroscientist. A New Scientific Model that Defines Alien Intelligence. I have two thoughts in response to this: 1) This is interesting, but humans have enough trouble applying concepts of diverse intelligences and diverse personalities to other humans, let alone other species.

It'll be a while before we can easily interact with or understand actual aliens. 2) I still think this is interesting, but... really, it would save a lot of time and energy if we could all just agree that any form of life is an expression of some sort of intelligence; and that therefore, it's all uniquely valuable and worthy of our respect—we're not superior to any of it, in any sense. The universe is full of (made of) ambient intelligence. ... it would save a lot of time and energy if we could all just agree that any form of life is an expression of some sort of intelligence; South Korea's plan for a robot-themed amusement park switches back on.

Since 2007, the South Korean government has dreamed of Robot Land, a robotics research park and themed destination with rides, exhibitions, shopping, and even housing. Although the originally planned open date of 2012 has come and gone, ground was officially broken for the 300-acre park last year and a new timeline seems to indicate that Robot Land may now be on target to deliver on its promise of a themed world dedicated to robots.

View all To be located in the city of Incheon in northwestern South Korea, the massive plan promises “Fun and fantasy with robot!” Australian startups plan on using UAVs to deliver textbooks. A Flirtey UAV near the Sydney Opera House Image Gallery (3 images) University textbooks can be quite expensive to purchase, so Australian startup Zookal now offers an increasingly popular option – textbook rentals. The problem is, some of the money that students save by renting just goes into shipping charges for the rented books. That's why Zookal has joined with another Ozzie startup, Flirtey, to offer free textbook delivery by drone. Gadgets to Help the Party Host. Artificial muscles could allow robots to lift 80 times their own weight.

It's a classic science fiction scene: an android is injured and its human-like exterior is laid bare to reveal the metallic gears and cables of its true mechanical nature. The future is, unsurprisingly, not likely to match this scenario as our ability to mimic biology with innovations like artificial muscles improves. The latest breakthrough in this field comes from the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Engineering where researchers have developed a “robotic” muscle that extends like real muscle tissue to five times its original length, has the potential to lift 80 times its own weight and holds out the promise of smaller, stronger robots capable of more refined movements. In the 1960s, John W. Lely Astronaut A4 milking robot lets cows milk themselves. If cow milking recalls a bucolic image of a farmer strolling out to the barn with a bucket and stool, then the 21st century will be a disappointment to those raised on James Herriot stories. A case in point is the Astronaut 4 from Dutch agricultural firm Lely.

With this robotic milker, the farmer needn't come any closer to the action than a readout on a smartphone, leaving the cows to get on with the milking themselves. View all. Robots will make us sexist. Roblog: Robots are for Kids Too. Personal Robots. Meet the amazing robots that can move like animals, communicate with humans and even dance and draw. © 2013 The Robot Report. RHex the Parkour Robot. RHex the Parkour Robot. OCTOPUS Integrating Project. Unleash the Kraken! Robot octopus learning to swim. OCTOPUS Integrating Project. Robotics forecast: cool with a chance of lost humanity. Want a Flying Drone? These Students 3D-Printed Their Own.

Software adds joints for 3D printed figures. From Tweet to Street: Anti-Poverty Campaign Takes Supporters' Messages to Camp David - News. The Robotic Future is Fast, Cheap and Out of Control. GRASP: The Startup Incubator For Soccer-Playing, Synchronized Flying Robots. Print Your Own Robots. Self-sculpting sand robots are under development at MIT.

MIT's 'Smart Sand' Can Duplicate Any Object, Creep Out Any Blogger. Tek RMD – Videos. Print-your-own-robots developed in US. One Per Cent: Robot jellyfish sucks up power from the water. The Snails of War, and Other Robotics Experiments. SAFFiR robot could be putting out fires on Navy ships.