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Announcing the final agenda for Robotics + AI — March 3 at UC Berkeley

TechCrunch is returning to U.C. Berkeley on March 3 to bring together some of the most influential minds in robotics and artificial intelligence. Each year we strive to bring together a cross-section of big companies and exciting new startups, along with top researchers, VCs and thinkers. In addition to a main stage that includes the likes of Amazon’s Tye Brady, U .C. Berkeley’s Stuart Russell, Anca Dragan of Waymo, Claire Delaunay of NVIDIA, James Kuffner of Toyota’s TRI-AD, and a surpris...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Y Combinator, Softbank, Disney, Samsung, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Software, United States, Olympics, Nvidia, Machine Learning, Tokyo, Toyota


Join the Q&A with top speakers at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI (March 3)

Over the past four years, TechCrunch has brought together some of the biggest names in robotics: founders, CEOs, VCs and researchers for TC Sessions: Robotics+AI. The show has provided a unique opportunity to explore the future and present of robotics, AI and the automation technologies that will define our professional and personal lives. While the panels have been curated and hosted by our editorial staff, we’ve also long been interested in providing show-goers and opportunity to engage wit...
Tags: Softbank, Samsung, Tech, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Sony, Nvidia, ARM Holdings, Robotics, Qualcomm, TechCrunch, New Enterprise Associates, Shasta Ventures, SoftBank Group, Stuart Russell, Zetta Venture Partners


Where top VCs are investing in construction robotics

Venture capital has been flooding the various subverticals under the robotics umbrella in recent years, and the construction space is one of the largest beneficiaries. Last November, we surveyed 13 of the top robotics-focused VCs to find out which areas of robotics are exciting them most going into 2020. One of the most common areas of attention respondents highlighted were startups focused on construction and manufacturing. In 2019 alone, the robotics space saw roughly 600 venture-backed fundra...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Real Estate, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Construction, Robotics, Buildings, True Ventures, Building, Matt Murphy, Menlo Ventures, Nea, Felicis Ventures


MIT showcases soft robotic sensors made from flexible, off-the-shelf materials

A team at MIT’s CSAIL demonstrated a new kind of “skin” designed to bring a sense of touch and place to soft robotic arms. The findings, which debuted in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters this week, find the researchers covering a soft robotic “trunk” in flexible sensors made from material used for “electromagnetic interference shielding.”   The usually rigid material was reconfigured into a “kirigami” configuration, lasercut and reassembled into chain linked rows, so it can be stretch...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Mit, Robotics, Csail, Soft Robotics, Daniela Rus, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters


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


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


NVIDIA VP Claire Delaunay will discuss empowering robotics startups at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI

Robotics, AI and automation are the future of business. This much seemingly everyone can agree on. Finding the resources to implement these technologies, on the other hand, is a different question entirely. Resource strapped startups and even established companies with sufficient know-how may find it difficult to adapt to changing technologies. NVIDIA’s VP of Engineering Claire Delaunay will be returning to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI at U.C. Berkeley on March 3 to discuss the component giant...
Tags: Google, TC, Technology, Articles, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Nvidia, Robotics, Robot, Isaac, U C Berkeley, Joshua Wilson, Delaunay, Scott Phoenix, Vicarious, Claire Delaunay


Students: Score $50 tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

Are you a student enthralled by robots and the AI that powers them? Do you live within striking distance of UC Berkeley? Ready to learn from the greatest minds and makers in the field? Then we want you at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020 on March 3 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. We’re investing in the next generation of makers by making our day-long conference super-affordable. Buy your $50 student pass right here. If you’re not familiar with our Robotics/AI session, listen up. It’s a full day...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Technology, Articles, Events, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Cybernetics, Robotics, Berkeley, Uc-berkeley, Eric Migicovsky, Kelly Chen, Stuart Russell, Joshua Wilson, Scott Phoenix


CrunchMatch simplifies networking @ TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

With just about 1 month until go-time, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020 (March 3 in Berkeley, Calif.) is going to be a true powerhouse event. Prepare to spend the day engaging with the leading innovators, makers and investors bent on shaping the future of these two game-changing technologies. Don’t have a ticket yet? Beat the price hike at the door and book your ticket now. Last year 1,500 attendees packed the house, and we’re on track to surpass that number come March. Talk about an opportunity ...
Tags: Startups, Technology, California, Articles, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Hyundai, TechCrunch, Emerging-technologies, Berkeley Calif, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020


Uber issued permit to test self-driving vehicles on California public roads

Uber Advanced Technologies Group has been issued a permit that would allow the company to put its autonomous vehicles back on public roads in California nearly two years after the company scaled back its testing program following a fatal crash in Arizona that killed a pedestrian. Uber doesn’t have immediate plans to put its autonomous vehicles on public roads in San Francisco, where it was previously testing. The company says it will notify key local, state, and federal stakeholders before it...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Technology, California, Washington, Toronto, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Spokesperson, Automotive, Automation, Arizona, DMV, Self-driving Cars


Watch experts from Boston Dynamics, Built, Dusty and Toggle discuss robotic construction at TC Sessions: Robotics

After recently doing a survey of the top robotics investment rounds, it became pretty clear: construction is going to be huge for this industry. Global construction is expected to hit $13 trillion by 2022 (with China alone hitting that number in 2030), and there are plenty of dull, dirty and dangerous jobs that seem well positioned for potential automation. With that in mind, we’ve put together a fantastic — and packed — panel set to examine how robotics, AI and automation are poised to tran...
Tags: TC, Technology, China, Global, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Culture, Robotics, Robot, Lidar, Boston Dynamics, Imaging, Daniel Blank, Built Robotics, TC Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020, Boston Dynamics Built Dusty and Toggle


What robotics’ biggest raises tell us about the industry’s future

I visited Boston last week and met with a number of robotics researchers, startups and established companies — more on that later — in the lead up to TechCrunch’s fourth annual TC Sessions Robotics + AI in early March. A big part of prepping for that event and my recent trip involved surveying some of the biggest funding raises from the past year. A quick survey of these trends finds most investments concentrated in a handful of key categories. From there, we can get a pretty clear view of w...
Tags: Startups, Boston, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Recent Funding, Berkshire Grey


Construction startup Scaled Robotics raises a €2M seed round

Industrial robots are expensive. But, then, so are construction mistakes. Being off by an inch here or there adds up quickly, and too often crews need to correctly costly errors. There’s a reason construction has become the next great target of the robotics and automation industries, with a number of startups vying to create solutions that can constantly monitor sites to detect mistakes before it’s too late. TechCrunch’s Disrupt Berlin Berlin Battlefield winner Scaled Robotics this week is am...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Barcelona, Construction, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Battlefield, Recent Funding, Scaled Robotics, Berlin Berlin Battlefield, Construct Venture, Stuart Maggs


Maxar and NASA will demonstrate orbital spacecraft assembly with a new robotic arm

NASA has awarded Maxar an estimated $142 million contract to demonstrate in-orbit spacecraft refueling and assembly of new components using a custom robotic platform in space. The space infrastructure dexterous robot, or SPIDER, program will be part of NASA’s Restore-L mission to demonstrate automation of proposed orbital tasks like reconfiguring or repairing a satellite or manufacturing new components from scratch. The first thing the Restore-L spacecraft will do is show that it can synchron...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Hardware, Government, Tech, Nasa, Robotics, UC Berkeley, Aerospace, Red Planet, Maxar


SoftBank-backed startups are bleeding, as investors tighten up scrutiny over loss-making business models. Here's a running list of all the Japanese giant's major investments in tech.

SoftBank has invested hundred of millions of dollars in technology-forward companies since 2008. The company's portfolio includes acquisitions of big names like Boston Dynamics and ARM. Its most recent reported acquisition is WeWork, the embattled coworking startup. In the wake of the WeWork debacle, several other SoftBank startups have also begun to bleed under closer scrutiny of their profit-losing business models. Oyo, Rappi, Getaround and Zume laid off a combined total of 2,600 employees i...
Tags: Uber, Asia, South Korea, Japan, UK, Indonesia, China, Ipo, India, Softbank, Digital, US, Trends, Sprint, Alibaba, WeWork


Last day for early-bird tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

Today’s your last day to score early-bird pricing on tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020, which takes place on March 3. If you want to keep $150 in your wallet, beat the deadline and buy your ticket here before the clock strikes 11:59 p.m. (PT) tonight! Our one-day conference dedicated to robotics and AI — the good, the bad and the challenging — features interviews, panel discussions, Q&As, workshops and demos. Join roughly 1,500 experts, visionaries, creators, founders, investors, resear...
Tags: Startups, Events, Tech, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Robot, Pyka, Built Robotics, Noah Ready Campbell BUILT Robotics, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020, Dusty Robotics, Noah Ready-Campbell, Lewis Anderson Traptic, Sebastien Boyer Farmwise, Michael Norcia


Scientists Turned a Normal Jellyfish Into a Speedy Cyborg Jellyfish

Jellyfish are the most efficient swimmers in the ocean, albeit fairly slow ones. Researchers at Stanford University made a jellyfish swim three times faster by sticking a motor to it, creating a biohybrid robot with the jellyfish as the “scaffold.” Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Robotics, Biomimetics, Stanford University, Jellyfish, Cyborgs


One day left for early-bird tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

No one ever wants to pay more, and that’s as true for well-financed companies as it is for early-stage startup founders on a shoe-string budget. So if you love robots and machine learning, why spend more on your ticket to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020? Prices go up on January 31, which means you have just one day left to buy an early-bird ticket. You’ll save a tidy $150 in the process. Sweet! On March 3, roughly 1,500 attendees will spend the day delving into the future of robots, the AI that ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Speaker, Machine Learning, Robotics, Robot, Joshua Wilson, Diligent Robotics, Vivian Chu, Mike Dooley, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020, Labrador Systems, Freedom Robotics


UCSD hospital gets a drone delivery program powered by Matternet and UPS

Drone delivery may not make a lot of sense for food or parcel delivery yet, but for hospitals it could be a lifesaver. A new test program is being inaugurated at UC San Diego’s Jacobs Medical Center, where Matternet drones operated by UPS will fly blood samples and other items to and from other nearby facilities. The new program will be the third under Matternet’s belt; An earlier partnership with UPS has made some 1,900 flights at WakeMed hospital in North Carolina, and flights with SwissPos...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Tech, UPS, Drones, Robotics, North Carolina, Aerospace, Zurich, Drone Delivery, Jacobs, UC San Diego, UCSD, WakeMed, Matternet


Stanford’s Doggo quadrupedal robot and siblings Pupper and Woofer are coming to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI

Animal-like, four-legged robots have been a crowd pleaser since Boston Dynamics’ BigDog, and Stanford’s Doggo shows how the technology can be made open source, accessible, and educational. Doggo’s creators will bring the diminutive robot, plus its smaller and larger siblings Pupper and Woofer, to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI on March 3. P.S. Early bird ticket sales end this Friday – book your tickets today and save $150. We first heard of Doggo last year when the Stanford Robotics Club showed off...
Tags: Python, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Education, Stanford, Events, Tech, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Culture, Robots, Robotics, Robot, Sri Lanka, Stanford University


48 hours left on early-bird pricing to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

Just two days stand between you and serious savings on tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020. This annual day-long event draws the most innovative and visionary technologists, researchers and investors from two game-changing industries — last year we hosted 1,500 attendees. Make a smart investment. Buy an early-bird ticket before prices go up on January 31 and save $150. Looking for exposure? We have two fantastic ways to put your early-stage startup in front of a highly influential group of ...
Tags: Startups, California, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, University Of California Berkeley, Robotics, Uc-berkeley, University Of California, SRI International, Karen Myers, TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020, Stanford Robotics Club, Karl Capek, Trevor Darrell Krishna Gade, Mark Pauline Survival Research


Moderne Ventures announces January 2020 Passport class

Seven new companies have been accepted into the venture investment fund's Passport Program, which provides brands with strategic guidance to optimize their products.
Tags: Radio, Venture Capital, Robotics, Industry News, Hom, Smart Tech, News Brief, Artificial intelligence (AI, Moderne Ventures, Addressable, NumberAI, Heretik, Aclaimant, Bendhsa, Suburban Jungle


72 hours left to save $150 on tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

We’re counting the days (35 to be precise) until TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020 takes place on March 3 in Berkeley, Calif. But we’re also counting the days that you can save on the price of admission. The early-bird pricing ends in just three days on January 31. Buy your ticket right here before that bird flies south, and you’ll save $150. This single-day conference features interviews, panel discussions, Q&As and demos with the leaders, founders and investors focused on the future of robotics ...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, California, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Mars, Robotics, Robot, Data Collective, TechCrunch, Eric Migicovsky, General Partner, Kelly Chen, Red Planet


Boston Dynamics’ new and former CEOs discuss future of the robotics pioneer

After more than a quarter century, Boston Dynamics has a new CEO. The transition (which quietly occurred late last year), saw founder Marc Raibert step aside to become chairman, as longtime employee Rob Playter took the reins.  The key personnel change comes at a pivotal time for the company, which recently began the process of commercializing a pair of its extremely advanced robots. Along with the C-level shift, Boston Dynamics also announced that it’s making the SDK for its Spot robot avail...
Tags: Tech, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Sdk, Mythbuster Adam Savage, Marc Raibert, Raibert, Rob Playter, Playter, GitHub Boston Dynamics


Boston Dynamics’ new and former CEOs discuss the future of the robotics pioneer

After more than a quarter century, Boston Dynamics has a new CEO. The transition (which quietly occurred late last year), saw founder Marc Raibert step aside to become chairman, as longtime employee Rob Playter took the reins.  The key personnel change comes at a pivotal time for the company, which recently began the process of commercializing a pair of its extremely advanced robots. Along with the C-level shift, Boston Dynamics also announced that it’s making the SDK for its Spot robot avail...
Tags: Tech, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Sdk, Mythbuster Adam Savage, Marc Raibert, Raibert, Rob Playter, Playter, GitHub Boston Dynamics


4 days left to save $150 on tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

The countdown to savings continues, and you have just four days left to score the best price on tickets to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020. Join 1,500 of the brightest minds and innovators in robotics and machine learning — technologists, founders, investors, engineers and researchers. Buy an early-bird ticket now before prices go up on January 31, and you’ll keep $150 in your pocket. Why spend more when you don’t have to? Get ready for a full day focused on the future of two technologies with t...
Tags: Startups, Technology, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, Olympics, Machine Learning, Tokyo, Robotics, Berkeley, Uc-berkeley, Emerging-technologies, Toyota Research Institute, James Kuffner, Stuart Russell


Watch a wild Silverback Gorilla and his family meet a robot gorilla

From BBC Earth's "Spy in the Wild" series. Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty robot!
Tags: Video, News, Gorillas, Animals, Bbc, Robots, Robotics, Silverback Gorilla


Early bird savings end next Friday on tickets to Robotics+AI 2020

TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020 is gearing up to be one amazing show. This annual day-long event draws the brightest minds and makers from these two industries — 1,500 attendees last year alone. And if you really want to make 2020 a game-changing year, grab yourself an early-bird ticket and save $150 on tickets before prices go up after January 31. Not convinced yet? Check out some agenda highlights featuring some of today’s leading robotics and AI leaders. Saving Humanity from AI with Stu...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Technology, Articles, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Cybernetics, Mars, Robotics, Robot, Uc-berkeley, TechCrunch, Don, Red Planet


As autonomy stalls, lidar companies learn to adapt

Lidar sensors are likely to be essential to autonomous vehicles, but if there are none of the latter, how can you make money with the former? Among the industry executives I spoke with, the outlook is optimistic as they unhitch their wagons from the sputtering star of self-driving cars. As it turns out, a few years of manic investment does wonders for those who have the wisdom to apply it properly. The show floor at CES 2020 was packed with lidar companies exhibiting in larger spaces, seemingly ...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Automotive, Robotics, Lidar, Innoviz


India’s space agency will fly a half-humanoid robot to prepare for its first human spaceflight missions

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is getting ready to begin its human spaceflight program, which aims to carry its first astronauts starting in 2022. In advance of that milestone, however, the agency will be launching its ‘Gaganyaan’ crewed orbital spacecraft later this year if all goes to plan – and while it won’t carry any human passengers, it will have one robotic crew member on board. ‘Vyommitra’ (via Time of India) is the name ISRO has given to its “half-humanoid” robotic astron...
Tags: TC, Space, Russia, India, Tech, Nasa, Flight, Robotics, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, ISRO, Outer Space, Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO, Astrobee, Vyommitra