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Tiny robotic hands could deliver drugs, assist surgeons. Robots are getting more nimble and clever all the time, but the fundamental difficulty in creating robotic hands has kept them from being useful on the small scale.

Tiny robotic hands could deliver drugs, assist surgeons

Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs? They have mastered the art of poker, helped write a cookbook and can cope with a basic conversation.

Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs?

The decision by a Japanese bank to staff their frontdesk with a bevy of robots is just the latest in a series of advances and predictions that at times appear to suggest we will all be replaced, professionally and socially, by automatons. Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, has estimated that robots will reach human levels of intelligence by 2029, purportedly leaving us about 14 years to reign supreme.

So, how far are we along this trajectory? The increase in computing prowess during the past decade has expanded the kinds of tasks computers can undertake independently. Nautical Robot. The modular design of our robot allowed the parallel assembling of many parts.

Nautical Robot

Separate sub teams were created to construct the base unit, the fin cases, the fins themselves and an outer shell to provide sufficient buoyancy. We're Sexist Toward Robots. Last month, Toshiba unveiled a prototype robot capable of sign language.

We're Sexist Toward Robots

Automata Trailer Shows Off A Robot Action Movie That Gets Robots Right. Over 1,000 robots swarm together in Harvard lab. Should Robotics Companies Help The Workers They Displace? 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? 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). 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. Actually, the origins of the songs are pretty cool, as the Physics arXiv Blog reports. They start with sentiment analysis, a field in computer science that got hot not long after Twitter did. The same techniques computer scientists use to analyze Twitter are also able read the feels in any text. 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. "Increasingly present in our daily lives and used to perform various tasks, robots will be able to either catch or dodge complex objects in full-motion, said Aude Billard, head of LASA. The ability to catch flying things requires the integration of several parameters and reacting to unforeseen events in record time. 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? InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer. 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. The firm is aiming to build general purpose artificial-intelligence systems. Last month, DeepMind revealed that it had developed an AI algorithm that was able to learn how to play iconic early video games like Breakout and Pong. 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.

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. Gadgets to Help the Party Host. Artificial muscles could allow robots to lift 80 times their own weight.

Lely Astronaut A4 milking robot lets cows milk themselves. Robots will make us sexist. As technologists frequently remind us, the singularity, a time when the realization of smarter-than-human computers irrevocably alters our future, is nearer every day. Futurists take this prospect very seriously. They gather to discuss what it means at the annual Singularity Summit, a meeting hosted by the Singularity University, dedicated to exploring the “disruptive implications and opportunities” of the evolution of artificial technology.

Roblog: Robots are for Kids Too. Roblog is a weekly column dedicated to understanding the world of robotics. Personal Robots. How to build socially engaging robots and interactive technologies that provide people with long-term social and emotional support to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better. Meet the amazing robots that can move like animals, communicate with humans and even dance and draw. The International Living Machines conference showcases an array of machines that help scientists understand nature by trying to replicate itWhiskered touch systems, machines powered by slime and artistic humanoids are on display at the Science Museum todayBiological and artificial sciences are converging as technologists realise that natural and engineered systems share common principles.

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