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  • MIT develops a way for robots to grasp and manipulate objects much faster

    10/18/2019 10:16:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 10/18/2019 | Darrell Etherington
    MIT has developed a new way to speed up the planning involved in a robot grasping an object, making it “significantly” faster — reducing the total time from as much as 10 or more minutes to less than a second. That’s many orders of magnitude better, bringing it closer to the realm of human reaction and response time. This could have big practical benefits to settings where robotics are already in use, including industrial environments. The research team’s method involves having the robot push the object against a surface that doesn’t move, which allows it to shortcut a bunch of...
  • New-to-Houston concept tosses salad-making robots into the mix with rapid expansion

    10/14/2019 5:17:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Innovation Map ^ | September 23, 2019 | Sarah Hobson
    A healthy foods concept has selected Houston as its next spot to bring its salad-making robot — aptly named Sally. The Salad Station, a Louisiana-based restaurant group, has partnered with California-based Chowbotics to bring salad-making vending machines to Houstonians. Chowbotics invented Sally, which serves customizable, made-to-order salads, snacks, breakfast bowls, and grain bowls. Scott Henderson, founder and president of The Salad Station, tells InnovationMap that the discussion with Chowbotics about being the company's operational manager started in 2018. "In seven states, from Texas to Florida, The Salad Station does operations for Sally the robot," says Henderson. "We both have a...
  • Europe Wants Ideas for Cave-Spelunking Moon Robots. Here's How You Can Help!

    09/15/2019 3:42:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies ^ | 2019-09-15 | Elizabeth Howell
    As NASA makes a big push to land humans on the moon's surface by 2024, the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to learn more about the lunar caves that lie beneath. "Exploring and mapping these tubes could provide new information about the moon's geology, but they could also be an interesting option as long-term shelter for future human visitors to the moon," Franceso Sauro, director of ESA's Pangaea planetary geology astronaut training, said in a statement. "They would shield astronauts from cosmic radiation and micrometeorites and possibly provide access to icy water and other resources trapped underground." The missions have...
  • Just When You Think McDonald’s Couldn’t Get More Mechanical…

    09/11/2019 1:40:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    The idea behind fast food is speed and efficiency. When it comes to fast-food chains, McDonald’s is always on the cutting edge of getting people fed quickly—too quickly, some say. In the rush to gobble down food, much of the joy of eating is lost. Fast food is a soulless commodity that neglects the spiritual appreciation of flavor and taste. It can turn what should be a dining place into a biological fueling station. The bad news is that it has just gotten worse. Just when you think the fast-food giant has reached a peak of efficiency, it comes out...
  • Gyrating ROBOTS debut at French pole dancing club, with the androids performing [tr]

    09/02/2019 4:50:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 2, 2019 | Sophie Tanno
    A French nightclub has caused a stir after it exhibited pole-dancing robots donning high heels. The gyrating robots had CCTV cameras for heads and were interspersed among their human counterparts at the Strip Club Cafe (SC-Club) in Nantes on Friday night. The androids moved their hips in time to the blasting music while on elevated platforms, in front of a male-dominated audience.
  • MIT Researchers Designed this Robotic Worm to Burrow Into Human Brains

    08/29/2019 7:04:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | August 28, 2019 | Andrew Liszewski
    Robotics engineers at MIT have built a threadlike robot worm that can be magnetically steered to deftly navigate the extremely narrow and winding arterial pathways of the human brain. One day it could be used to quickly clear blockages and clots that contribute to strokes and aneurysms, while at the same time making the current state of robotic evolution even more unsettling.
  • Robot racism? Yes, says a study showing humans' biases extend to robots

    08/01/2019 10:49:14 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 73 replies
    CNN Skews ^ | 8/1/19 | Caroline Klein and David Allan
    Have you ever noticed the popularity of white robots? You see them in films like Will Smith's "I, Robot" and Eve from "Wall-E." Real-life examples include Honda's Asimo, UBTECH's Walker, Boston Dynamics' Atlas, and even NASA's Valkyrie robot. All made of shiny white material. And some real-life humanoid robots are modeled after white celebrities, such as Audrey Hepburn and Scarlett Johansson. The reason for these shades of technological white may be racism, according to new research. "Robots And Racism," a study conducted by the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) and published by the country's University...
  • Pro Manager: MLB Will Adopt Robot Umps in 5 Years

    07/30/2019 5:11:46 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 69 replies
    InsideHook ^ | July 30th 2019 | EVAN BLEIER
    In addition to letting players steal first base, the Atlantic League — which serves as a testing ground for Major League Baseball — has employed a number of different changes this season which could eventually be adopted by MLB. One of them? Robotic umpires calling balls and strikes. In every stadium of the eight-team Atlantic League, there is now a TrackMan device above home plate which uses 3-D Doppler radar to register balls and strikes. Once the radar decides whether a pitch is in or out of the strike zone, the device relays its decision via wifi to an iPhone...
  • Atlantic Magazine Writer Hypes Robot Communism

    06/21/2019 2:47:54 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | June 21, 2019 | P.J. Gladnick
    The Left is no longer keeping their love for communism a secret. They conveniently overlook the many millions that system has murdered and its consistent economic failures and now now promote it as something very desireable. The latest shtick in communism promotion is via the device of science fiction to look at a future of robot communism or "Fully Automated Luxury Communism" (FALC) in which people no longer need to work because robots take care of their needs. Ironically, such a future could never be attained under communism because the most advanced technology has always been developed under capitalism so perhaps...
  • A.I. Songwriting Has Arrived. Don't Panic (I disagree)

    05/24/2019 3:44:17 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 91 replies
    Fortune ^ | October 25, 2018 | Dan Rielly
    “IT’S CHEATING.” That’s the response you’ll hear from self-proclaimed music purists talking about technological innovation in song creation. Sampling, synthesizers, drum machines, Auto-Tune—all have been derided as lazy ways to make chart-topping hits because they take away the human element. (With apologies to Vanilla Ice, Gary Numan, Prince, and T-Pain.) The new argument among fans and musicians will be about the use of artificial intelligence in songwriting. According to several estimates, in the next decade, between 20% and 30% of the top 40 singles will be written partially or totally with machine-learning software. Today, recording pros can use A.I.-powered programs...

    05/02/2019 6:21:14 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 65 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/26/2019 | Tim Pearce
    Amazon warehouse workers are monitored by tracking systems that measure each employee’s productivity, issue warnings for workers that lag and fire those consistently behind, according to documents obtained by The Verge. Amazon offers a base $15 an hour wage and its warehouses, called fulfillment centers, are often competitive to work at. The company is continuously replacing slow performing employees with new hires. An automated system tracks employees and gives pink slips to consistent underperformers, The Verge reported. An Amazon spokesperson told The Daily Caller News Foundation that no employee is fired without meeting with a supervisor.
  • Democrats target Artificial Intelligence over… bias?

    04/11/2019 9:18:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Hot ^ | April 11, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    Corey Booker and some of his Senate colleagues would like to introduce a new area of government regulation in the tech industry. We need to be keeping a closer eye on the development of Artificial Intelligence, but not because of the coming robot revolution. The problem, you see, is that the computer algorithms are (wait for it)… racist. And that justifies some sort of government oversight of the tech sector beyond what we already have in place today. (Associated Press) Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the “black box” of tech companies’ artificial intelligence with oversight that...
  • Can Robots Build a Moon Base for Astronauts? Japan Hopes to Find Out.

    04/07/2019 1:48:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies ^ | 04/07/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
    Japan's space agency wants to create a moon base with the help of robots that can work autonomously, with little human supervision. The project, which has racked up three years of research so far, is a collaboration between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the construction company Kajima Corp., and three Japanese universities: Shibaura Institute of Technology, The University of Electro-Communications and Kyoto University. Recently, the collaboration did an experiment on automated construction at the Kajima Seisho Experiment Site in Odawara (central Japan). A 7-ton autonomous backhoe went through its paces at the site, going through procedures such as driving...
  • Researchers make a million tiny robots

    03/07/2019 9:42:53 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
    Cosmos Magazine ^ | 3/8/19 | Nick Carne
    Nanofabbed bots are small enough to be delivered via syringe, raising all sorts of fantastic voyage possibilities. Nick Carne reports. How do you build a very big army of very small robots? Start with a 10-centimetre silicon wafer. That’s what engineers from the University of Pennsylvania in the US did to create a million of them in just a few weeks using nanofabrication techniques borrowed from the semiconductor industry. Each robot is wirelessly powered, able to walk and survive harsh environments, and tiny enough to be injected through an ordinary hypodermic needle, which opens up all manner of possibilities. "When...
  • The Navy Just Bought A Fleet Of Robot Submarines To Prowl The Oceans And Mess With Adversaries

    02/19/2019 11:07:58 AM PST · by blam · 77 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2-19-2019 | Jared Keller
    The Navy is bulking up its fleet of autonomous robot vessels with the purchase of a cadre of four of Boeing's extremely large and incredibly grandiose unmanned Orca submarines. On Feb. 13, the Navy awarded Boeing a $43 million contract to produce four of the 51-foot Orca Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (XLUUVs) that are capable of traveling some 6,500 nautical miles unaided, the US Naval Institute reported. According to USNI, the Navy could potentially deploy the Orcas from existing vessels to conduct "mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, electronic warfare and strike missions." But as Popular Mechanics points out,...
  • Robots Are Writing the News and Nobody’s Talking About It

    02/08/2019 10:20:47 PM PST · by Windflier · 53 replies
    Activist Post ^ | Elias Marat
    As journalists face increased layoffs despite the growing appetite for up-to-the-minute, timely news, a new trend has quietly been disrupting the news industry. Enter the automated reporter. News organizations are increasingly turning toward artificial intelligence (AI) for production, using a variety of new automated systems to pump out content with minimal need for direct human input. According to a report by The New York Times, Bloomberg News relies on a system called Cyborg to produce about a third of its articles. Most of Cyborg’s output takes the form of company earnings reports that are rife with percentages, charts, and other...
  • Calif. professor: Self-driving cars could more than double traffic in San Francisco

    02/05/2019 1:37:16 AM PST · by blueplum · 25 replies
    SFGate ^ | 04 Feb 2019 | Michelle Robertson
    It's the not-so-far-away future in San Francisco. One-Wheels and e-scooters litter the road. Your self-driving car has just deposited you at Union Square, and you've instructed it to return in an hour, after you've purchased the latest it-smartphone, the iPhone Z. Your autonomous vehicle, intelligent as it is, knows finding a parking spot downtown is nearly impossible at this hour, plus parking lots are known to charge flat rates of $15 and up. Instead of parking, your car decides to cruise...
  • Walmart set to roll out ‘autonomous' janitors

    12/03/2018 2:03:04 PM PST · by Drew68 · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/03/18 | Brett Samuels
    Walmart announced on Monday that it plans to deploy 360 autonomous custodial robots by the end of January that will mop the floors of some of its stores. The retailer said in a joint statement with developer Brain Corp. that the machines will be able to scrub floors even with customers around. The robots will feature multiple sensors that allow them to scan for people and obstacles. "BrainOS technology allows robots to effectively and safely function in complex, crowded environments, ensuring increased productivity and efficiency across applications," Brain Corp. CEO Eugene Izhikevich said in a statement. "We look forward to...
  • As Immigrant Farmworkers Become More Scarce, Robots Replace Humans

    11/20/2018 7:38:15 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 20, 2018 | Miriam Jordan
    SALINAS, Calif. — As a boy, Abel Montoya remembers his father arriving home from the lettuce fields each evening, the picture of exhaustion, mud caked knee-high on his trousers. “Dad wanted me to stay away from manual labor. He was keen for me to stick to the books,” Mr. Montoya said. So he did, and went to college. Yet Mr. Montoya, a 28-year-old immigrant’s son, recently took a job at a lettuce-packing facility, where it is wet, loud, freezing — and much of the work is physically taxing, even mind-numbing. Now, though, he can delegate some of the worst work...
  • Taxpayer funded ABC discusses the virtues of using sex robots

    11/09/2018 1:04:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Caldron Pool ^ | November 7, 2018 | Caldron Pool
    The ABC is being slammed, yet again. This time for their most recent episode of Q&A, where sexologist Nikki Goldstein suggested socially inept people could benefit from sex bots. “I feel like there are people who really do struggle to have these intimate connections,” Goldstein said. “I’ve interviewed people before that go to brothels, and they feel that the only way they can have this girlfriend experience is to be paying for it. They don’t necessarily want to be there.” “Now when I think of sex robots and where we’re going with A.I. technology, I feel like that’s the perfect...