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New artificial evolution research could finally prove Darwin was right

An international team of researchers may have just figured out why single-celled organisms such as the AIDS virus and cancer cells manage to be so incredibly successful. And, in doing so, they may also have unraveled the mystery behind the origin of life. Hooray for science! Life on Earth emerged as the result of a bunch of chemicals swirling around in a primordial ooze until they turned into amino acids, then proteins, and eventually cells. The spark of life happened at some point and those non...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Darwin, Neural


China Using Drones in Increasingly Dystopian Ways to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

Authorities in China have deployed drones to combat the spread of coronavirus in a variety of ways since the outbreak began, including disinfectant drones and drones that fly around with a loudspeaker to tell people they should keep their masks on. But there’s another way that police in China have started to use…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, China, Drones, Robots, Jetsons, Outbreaks, Children of Men, Tiktok, Coronavirus, Covid 19


The Coronavirus Robot Is Real Swole But Real Dumb

The coronavirus robot has one thing going for it: out of all the androids that have asked me if I’ve experienced diarrhea in the past seven days, this one is definitely the most swole. Sadly, the machine (called Promobot) is also a total himbo—ultimately just a laggy iPad attached to a large, imposingly muscular metal…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robots, Promobot, Coronavirus, Disruption Has Its Limits


Adam Savage Found the Perfect Reason To Spend Tens of Thousands of Dollars on a Robotic Dog

With a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars, Boston Dynamics’ Spot robodog was a tough sell when it officially went on sale last September. A real dog was much cheaper, and arguably more useful, but as an alternative to an electric car, Adam Savage might have found the perfect way to justify buying a robotic dog.Read more...
Tags: Science, Softbank, Robots, Robotics, Tested, Adam Savage, Boston Dynamics


‘Sensorized’ skin helps robots understand where the hell they are

Clumsy robots have been offered hope of improving their coordination after MIT researchers found a new way to help them find their bearings. The system gives soft robots a greater awareness of their movements by analysing motion and position data through a ‘sensorized’ skin. It works by collecting feedback from sensors on the robot‘s body. A deep learning model then analyses the data to estimate the robot‘s 3D configuration. [Read: Scientists used stem cells to create a new life-form: Organic ro...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural


Would These 5 Robot Couples Be a Match Made in Computing Heaven?

Many of our fictional robot friends are chronically dateless, but we think all robots are deserving of love. With Valentine’s Day approaching, the io9 video lab decided to run some experiments. We dimmed the lights, lit some candles, popped some champagne, and sat upon our rotating love bed to intently ponder:  Which…Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, Romance, Love, Robots, Valentines Day


Robot That Can Perform 'Supermicrosurgery' Passes First Test in Humans

A surgical robot capable of reconnecting vessels with diameters as tiny as 0.3 millimeters has been tested on human patients, and the results are promising. Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Robots, Surgery, Robotics, Robotic Surgery


Robots steady breast cancer surgeon's hands in first human trial

It is hoped delicate procedure to divert 0.3mm vessels could benefit more patientsDoctors have used a robot to perform extremely delicate surgical operations on breast cancer patients in the first human trial of the technology.Eight women had the robot-assisted procedure at Maastricht University Medical Center, in the Netherlands, to alleviate a common complication of breast cancer surgery. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Cancer, Society, Robots, Netherlands, Maastricht University Medical Center


Elon Musk to solve self-driving with a ‘Super Fun’ AI hackathon

Tesla CEO Elon Musk yesterday announced that he’s throwing a “Super Fun AI Party/Hackathon” with Tesla engineers and a select group of invitees. Tesla will hold a super fun AI party/hackathon at my house with the Tesla AI/autopilot team in about four weeks. Invitations going out soon. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2020 This comes on the heels of last week’s fourth quarter earnings call, where Business Insider reports Musk admitted Tesla was at least a “few months” from rolling out “feature...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Science, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Musk, Insider


A Robotic Swinging Spider-Man Is Coming to Disneyland This Summer

After first revealing what many speculated to be robotic stunt doubles several years ago, today the official Disney Parks Blog confirmed that Disney Research’s swinging, posing, self-contained animatronic trapeze artists will be used to create a real-life version of Spider-Man swinging over the upcoming Avengers CampusRead more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Robots, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Disney Research, Marvel Studios, Spider Man, Animatronics, Disney Parks Blog, Disney California Adventure, Avengers Campus


A History of Star Trek's Uneasy Relationship With Androids

Sci-fi has been fascinated with sentient synthetic life since its earliest days, but Star Trek, in particular, has had quite the tumultuous history with its own consideration of androids and their place in its far future. From classic interpretations of sinister ‘bots to one of the franchise’s most beloved characters,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Data, Star Trek, Robots, Explainer, Streaming, Cbs, Ai, Cbs All Access, Cyborgs, Androids, Star Trek The Next Generation, Sentience, Star Trek Picard, Star Trek The Original Series


Using Force-Like Powers This Robotic Gripper Can Grab Things Without Touching Them

Engineers have developed robots that are capable of picking up objects as delicate as eggs or grapes without damaging them, but soon they could handle even the smallest and most fragile components using a new gripper design that can lift and manipulate objects without actually touching them.Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Robots, Eth Zurich, Acoustic Levitation, Marcel Schuck


This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching them

If robots are to help out in places like hospitals and phone repair shops, they’re going to need a light touch. And what’s lighter than not touching at all? Researchers have created a gripper that uses ultrasonics to suspend an object in midair, potentially making it suitable for the most delicate tasks. It’s done with an array of tiny speakers that emit sound at very carefully controlled frequencies and volumes. These produce a sort of standing pressure wave that can hold an object up or, if th...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Robots, Switzerland, Robotics, Eth Zurich, ETHZ, Schuck, Marcel Schuck


Scientists invent robot that climbs surfaces like Spider-Man

A pair of researchers from Zhejiang University in China have developed a device that allows humans or robots to scale walls like the Amazing Spider-Man. Researchers Xin Li and Kaige Shi developed a novel vaccuum suction unit capable of gripping rough, uneven surfaces. Until recently, if you wanted to suction-cup your way up a wall it’d have to be made of glass, slick marble, or some other unbroken surface. Standard vaccuum devices rely on an unbroken seal between the atmosphere and the gadget‘s ...
Tags: Startups, Science, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Zhejiang University, Xin Li, Kaige Shi


‘PigeonBot’ brings flying robots closer to real birds

Try as they might, even the most advanced roboticists on Earth struggle to recreate the effortless elegance and efficiency with which birds fly through the air. The “PigeonBot” from Stanford researchers takes a step toward changing that by investigating and demonstrating the unique qualities of feathered flight. On a superficial level, PigeonBot looks a bit, shall we say, like a school project. But a lot of thought went into this rather haphazard-looking contraption. Turns out the way birds fly ...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Stanford, Tech, Robots, Robotics, Aerospace, Stanford University, Chang, Lentink, Eric Chang, Science Robotics, David Lentink, Amanda Stowers, Laura Matloff


Scientists used stem cells to create a new life-form: Organic robots

Straight out of the 1990s and the plot of Jurassic Park, a team of scientists have successfully created an entirely new life-form using stem cells derived from frog embryos. The new species is called a xenobot and it’s unlike anything else in nature. The researchers call it a “living robot” because, though it’s made entirely of organic material, it’s not so much grown as “developed.” Joshua Bongard, a researcher from University of Vermont who co-led the research, said: These are novel living mac...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, University Of Vermont, Joshua Bongard


World’s First Living Robots Assembled from Frog Stem Cells

“These are entirely new lifeforms. They have never before existed on Earth,” Michael Levin, the director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, tells The Guardian. “They are living, programmable organisms.” Levin and other researchers in the US have created the first-ever living machines: robots composed of biological tissue, assembled from African clawed frog (xenopus laevis) stem cells and designed on …
Tags: Science, Design, Life, US, Tech, Robots, Stem Cells, Robotics, Linkaboutit, Tufts University, Levin, Michael Levin, Medford Massachusetts, Organisms, Allen Discovery Center, Xenobots


HBO Invited Us to a Westworld Dinner Party, Where We Were the Ones Roasted

“Ms. Cranz, would you prefer a tequila or vodka shot? Don’t worry. We know the difference.” With one question a Westworld “robot” had roasted me to a cinder and brought into relief everything cool and terrifying about HBO’s Westworld “activation” at CES. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Hbo, Science, Technology, Privacy, Robots, Westworld, Data Privacy, LARP, Cranz, Privacy And Security


Scientists use stem cells from frogs to build first living robots

Researchers foresee myriad benefits for humanity, but also acknowledge ethical issues Be warned. If the rise of the robots comes to pass, the apocalypse may be a more squelchy affair than science fiction writers have prepared us for.Researchers in the US have created the first living machines by assembling cells from African clawed frogs into tiny robots that move around under their own steam. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Technology, Education, Biology, US, Research, World news, Chemistry, Robots, Biochemistry and molecular biology


Walmart Wants to Build 20,000-Square-Foot Automated Warehouses With Fleets of Robot Grocery Pickers

Walmart has unveiled a new initiative that aims to make in-store fulfillment, one of the biggest challenges for its online grocery business, more efficient. Say hello to Alphabot, a robotic fulfillment system that uses human labor and robot speed to pick more than 800 products per hour. Read more...
Tags: Ecommerce, Science, Technology, Walmart, Robots, Alphabot, Walmart Wants to Build


How robots, AI, and drones are changing toy manufacturing

I’m a geek. And as a geek, I love my tech toys. But over time I’ve noticed toys are becoming harder to understand. Some modern toys resemble advanced devices. There are flying toys, walking toys, and roving toys. A number of these require “configuring” or “connecting.” The line between toy, gadget and professional device is blurrier than ever, as manufacturers churn out products including drones for kids and plush toys with hidden nanny cams. With such a variety of sophisticated, and sometimes o...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Syndication


Vector, the Little Robot That Could(n't Do Much) Is Back From the Dead

Vector, a tiny desktop companion robot that was both surprisingly endearing and unsurprisingly useless, met its demise earlier this year when its creator, Anki, ran out of money and shut down. But despite the robot failing to justify its $250 price tag, it apparently has its fans, and Vector is being brought back from…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Tech, Robots, Robotics, Cosmo, Anki, Consumer Tech, Vector, Digital Dream Labs, Jacob Hanchar


2010 – 2019: The rise of deep learning

No other technology was more important over the past decade than artificial intelligence. Stanford’s Andrew Ng called it the new electricity, and both Microsoft and Google changed their business strategies to become “AI-first” companies. In the next decade, all technology will be considered “AI technology.” And we can thank deep learning for that. Deep learning is a friendly facet of machine learning that lets AI sort through data and information in a manner that emulates the human brain’s neura...
Tags: Google, Startups, Science, Microsoft, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Andrew Ng


Poop-Spotting Cameras Could Be This Robovac's Secret Weapon

The biggest problem with even the smartest robovacs is that they’re not actually that smart. They can navigate your home and avoid collisions with large pieces of furniture, but smaller obstacles, like hazards left behind by pets, they’ll simply plow right through creating even larger messes. Lucy, a new robot vacuum…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Ces, Robots, Vacuums, Lucy, Consumer Tech, Robovacs, Trifo, CES2020


Gadget Hacker Solves the Biggest Problem With Robovacs by Making One That Flies

Even the most expensive robot vacuums—like those capable of emptying themselves so they can run autonomously for weeks—lack the ability to climb up and down stairs in order to clean multiple floors of a house. YouTuber Peter Sripol came up with a solution to that problem, but it’s a hack you probably won’t see as an…Read more...
Tags: Cleaning, Gadgets, Science, Drones, Hacks, Robots, Vacuums, Peter Sripol, Robovacs


This robot scientist has conducted 100,000 experiments in a year

Science is exciting in theory, but it can also be dreadfully dull. Some experiments require hundreds or thousands of repetitions or trials — an excellent opportunity to automate. That’s just what MIT scientists have done, creating a robot that performs a certain experiment, observes the results, and plans a follow-up… and has now done so 100,000 times in the year it’s been operating. The field of fluid dynamics involves a lot of complex and unpredictable forces, and sometimes the best way to und...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Robotics, CMU, ITT, Intelligent Tow Tank


Scientists developed a new AI framework to prevent machines from misbehaving

They promised us the robots wouldn’t attack… In what seems like dialogue lifted straight from the pages of a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Stanford claim they’ve developed an algorithmic framework that guarantees AI won’t misbehave. The framework uses ‘Seldonian’ algorithms, named for the protagonist of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series, a continuation of the fictional universe where the author’s “Laws of Robotics” first app...
Tags: Startups, Science, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isaac Asimov


U.S. Police Already Using 'Spot' Robot From Boston Dynamics in the Real World

Massachusetts State Police (MSP) has been quietly testing ways to use the four-legged Boston Dynamics robot known as Spot, according to new documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. And while Spot isn’t equipped with a weapon just yet, the documents provide a terrifying peek at our…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cops, Police, Massachusetts, Atlas, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Real World, Skynet, Ai, Robotics, Policing, Boston Dynamics, Spot, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Boston Police


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Architecture from Manhattan to Svalbard, protest art, artificial intelligence, cannabis laws and more from around the web Yaara Nusboim’s “Alma” Therapy Toys Israeli designer Yaara Nusboim created these wooden therapy toys in collaboration with child psychologists for kids to work through various struggles (including trauma) during play therapy. This kind of treatment was developed by psychoanalyst Melanie Klein some 80 years ago, and encourages children …
Tags: Psychology, Toys, Politics, Science, Design, London, Kids, Laws, Climate Change, Marijuana, Environment, Future, Artificial Intelligence, Therapy, Cannabis, Furniture


Researchers Create Trash-Talking Robot That Proves Machines Can Get Under Human’s Skin

Trash talk has long been an effective (but underhanded) tool when it comes to sports, gaming, and other competitive endeavors. But it’s been assumed that it’s a strategy that only works between humans who can deliver remarks with emotional weight. It turns out that’s not the case, as researchers from Carnegie Mellon…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Softbank, Research, Pepper, Robots, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Mellon, CMU



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