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  • Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated by a robot

    09/18/2021 2:40:25 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 56 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/9/21
    Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed by a robot, The New York Times reported Saturday. Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in November 2020, and initial reports claimed he was gunned down by a remote-controlled machine gun. According to the new Times report, the gun was planted in a pickup truck by Iranian agents, and operated by a Mossad sniper working on a computer located outside Iran. The newspaper also said that the gun was a beta test of a weapon "kitted out with artificial intelligence and multiple-camera eyes, operated via satellite and capable of firing 600 rounds a minute." The truck itself...
  • Meet The Newest Partial Robot That Made It To Space

    08/31/2021 9:06:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    The S1 was successfully delivered along with a few other assorted goodies. Well, it’s really more like part of a robot, or a robot arm to be precise. If you’re imagining a full-on humanoid robot, you might be disappointed. NASA says that in a recent demonstration, “the robot [conducted] common crew activities and tasks via supervised autonomy and teleoperations from the ground.” Not only that, but NASA also says that robot “labor could reduce the cost of spacecraft operations and improve safety by taking on tasks that could expose crew members to hazardous risks.” The smart, mechanical arm is made...
  • An omnidirectional octopus-like robot arm that can stretch, bend and twist without a motor

    08/31/2021 1:00:56 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | 31 AUGUST 2021 | by Bob Yirka , Tech Xplore
    An octopus-inspired, origami robotic arm. Credit: Shuai Wu. A combined team of researchers from The Ohio State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a robot arm that moves like an octopus arm without the need for a motor. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their robot arm, which moves in response to changes in a magnetic field around it. Noting that the need for motors and control units makes most robot arms big and heavy, the researchers set themselves the goal of building one that would not need...
  • Scientists Design a Robotic Chameleon That Crawls and Changes Color

    08/10/2021 11:34:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | AUGUST 10, 2021 11:00AM | Shi En Kim
    The artificial electronic skin adjusts its hues instantly and automatically to match the background colors the robot crawls over. The invention, detailed today in the journal Nature Communications, is one of the first devices to change color and patterns based on its environment. It could also help scientists craft a new generation of active camouflage wear for military applications or help designers create fashion styles that flash different colors depending on nearby backgrounds. In addition to different colors, the robot can display several preprogrammed patterns on its exterior. The skin doesn’t exactly mirror a nearby background, but even real-life chameleons...
  • Hawaii Police are accused of 'dehumanizing' homeless people over plan to deploy ROBOT police dogs to scan vagrants' eyes to see if they're sick in a bid to keep first responders safe from COVID

    07/31/2021 4:24:40 PM PDT · by algore · 20 replies
    The homeless population in Honolulu can expect a visit sometime soon from a robotic police dog that will scan your eye to make sure you don't have a fever Spot, as its called, is a new law enforcement tool that some police departments are employing for various policing purposes Police experimenting with the four-legged machines say they're just another tool to keep emergency responders out of harm's way as they scout for dangers In Honolulu, the police department spent about $150,000 in federal pandemic relief money to buy their Spot from robotics firm Boston Dynamics The robotic police dog is...
  • BeachBot Is a Robot That Picks Up Cigarette Butts From the Beach

    07/29/2021 6:40:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    The Star (Malaysia) ^ | Friday, 30 Jul 2021
    Were you aware that cigarette butts are the category of waste that is least disposed of? Every year, no fewer than 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are found in the wilds, even they can take up to 14 years to decompose... It’s enough to make you see red. To fight against this plague, Dutch engineers working with Delft University of Technology have invented the BeachBot, an autonomous robot capable of picking up cigarette butts from the ground. Tired of seeing their children find cigarette butts on beaches, Edwin Bos and Martijn Lukaart, Dutch engineers from TechTics, set out to create the...
  • Bipedal Robot Becomes First Robot To Run 5K Race

    07/29/2021 8:08:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    In a massive leap forward for autonomous robots, Cassie the running robot has completed an entire 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run in 53 minutes, becoming the first bipedal robot to use machine learning to control an outdoor running gait. Developed by researchers from Oregon State University and Agility Robotics, the robotic pair of legs may open doors to a host of new animal- and human-inspired machines. What makes the feat so impressive is that Cassie learnt to walk by itself, using just machine-learning and a lot of failure to gain the balance and gait required to go for extended runs. Through these...
  • I got a manicure from a robot in San Francisco. Is this the future?

    06/17/2021 7:17:00 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 44 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 16 June 2021 | Tesssa McLean
    As I slide my finger into the hand grip, a rubber ring clamps down on my knuckle to hold it into place. It’s a gentle reminder that I should be moving as little as possible... as I watch the tiny brush head trace an almost-perfect outline of my nail before continuing to fill it in with color in a mesmerizing loop, I reluctantly admit to myself that this is, almost certainly, the future. For starters, a robot painting your nails is fast and cheap. The shellacking of a deep maroon cost me $8 and was done within 10 minutes. Plus,...
  • Sergio’s Restaurant Using Robot Named ‘Astro’ To Help Take Plates Off Servers’ Workload

    06/16/2021 11:50:14 AM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 13 replies ^ | May 20, 2021 at 5:35 pm | By Ted Scouten
    e Need To Get To 70 Percent By July 4th': Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Hopes To Meet Biden Admin. Goal Astro is rolling in to help out. After the order is placed, Astro waits for the food and brings it to the table, freeing up the server to do other things. “I can go to other tables to take their order. I can have one, two, three, four tables. While he’s on the line with the food, I can prepare the toast, the coffee, the juice,” said server Claudia Lozano. While Lozano is making coffee, Astro’s being loaded up...
  • WATCH: Food Delivery Robot Sidesteps Homeless Man In Los Angeles

    05/24/2021 12:36:59 PM PDT · by TedMartin · 15 replies
    Press California ^ | 5/24/21 | Staff Report
    White privilege? A person of pallor is so low on the totem pole of L.A. streets that even a food delivery robot avoids him. The Postmate Serve rover sidesteps the surprised bearded man, reclining against a wall, as it cruises on its way to a customer delivery. This bleak encounter is a sneak peek of the dystopia ahead in crumbling Blue State cities, managed by Democrats to the point. Intentional or not, they are wiping out the lower middle class and the number of homeless is soaring. A few choice comments from the digital peanut gallery at TikTok, where the...
  • A robot’s touch makes people happier, more likely to listen to machines

    05/07/2021 11:11:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    Researchers in Germany say the touch of a humanoid robot makes people happier and more likely to follow their requests. Instead of being reliant on other humans, researchers are hoping that one day robots may be able to fulfill the roles of therapists, personal trainers, and even life coaches. In this research, 48 students engaged in a counselling conversation with the humanoid robot NAO – a programmable research robot often used for education and research purposes. During the course of the conversation, for some participants, the robot briefly and seemingly spontaneously patted the back of the participant’s hand. This differed...
  • 'Creepy' Robot Dog Loses Job With New York Police Department

    05/01/2021 6:22:55 AM PDT · by deport · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | April 30, 20218:37 PM ET | EMMA BOWMAN
    After a public outcry, a robotic dog once hailed by the New York Police Department a high-tech crime-fighting sidekick is getting sent back to its owner.In February, a viral video of the futuristic dog — seen patrolling a Bronx neighborhood after officers responded to a hostage situation — sparked controversy.Other photos at the link.
  • Autonomous Weeder robot uses lasers to take out 100,000 plants an hour

    04/27/2021 6:18:19 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 30 replies
    Nwes Atlas ^ | 26 april 2021 | Nick Lavars
    Whether you're a farmer tending to expansive crops that you depend on for your livelihood or a hobbyist gardener trying to keep your tomatoes in check, weeds can be a time-consuming and relentless problem. Startup Carbon Robotics has wheeled out an autonomous machine that has these pesky plants in its cross hairs, using a combination of computer vision and high-powered lasers to comb fields and take out thousands of weeds an hour. Carbon Robotics has built a 9,500-lb (4,300-kg), four-wheeled robot that uses GPS and computer vision to trundle through crops on the lookout for weeds. It relies on an...
  • Watch Live — RV Standoff in Lebanon, Tenn…

    12/27/2020 3:34:04 PM PST · by be-baw · 29 replies
    Citizen Free Press ^ | December 27, 2020 | Kane
    Highway 231 in Lebanon, TN shut down due to suspicious RV. RV reportedly broadcasting the same message as Nashville.
  • Biden’s Pick For National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan Suggests the US Should Help Facilitate China’s Rise

    11/27/2020 6:00:43 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 14 replies
    MenRec ^ | 11/27/20 | Staff
    President-elect Joe Biden made another cabinet selection on Monday, announcing that Jake Sullivan will serve as his National Security Adviser. Sullivan worked for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was an advisor for Biden during the Obama administration. The selection signals a Biden administration willing to negotiate with China, as Sullivan has, in the past, suggested America should be involved in their rise. During a lecture in 2017, Sullivan told students at Lowy Institute that “we need to strike a middle course – one that encourages China’s rise in a manner consistent with an open, fair, rules-based, regional order.”...
  • Robot dogs start security patrols at US military base

    11/21/2020 11:17:51 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 41 replies ^ | November 16, 2020 | by R. Dallon Adams in Innovatio
    Personnel will have the ability to "drive" the "computerized canines" using virtual reality headsets, according to the US Air Force. For the last year, the 325th Security Forces Squadron and Tyndall Air Force Base have worked with Ghost Robotics on a project to "enhance security and safety for the base population," according to a US Air Force press release. To accomplish this, Tyndall will incorporate a series of "semi-autonomous robot dogs" into patrol regiments, becoming "one of the first" Air Force bases to implement such technologies. On Tuesday, a demonstration at the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida illustrated the...
  • Covid-19: Mask wearing detection with Pepper the robot (video)

    09/15/2020 7:48:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7-31-20 | Softbank Robotics Europe
    Since July 20, anyone 11+ years of age must wear a mask in closed public places in France. This measure also is highly recommended in many European, African and Persian Gulf countries. To support businesses and public places, SoftBank Robotics Europe unveils a new feature with Pepper: AI Face Mask Detection. This new feature does not retain or use personal data. Discover how Pepper can help you with your business reopening needs:
  • Anduril launches a smarter drone and picks up more money to build a virtual border wall

    09/10/2020 8:43:57 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 24 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | September 10, 2020 | Taylor Hatmaker
    The company building the virtual border wall has a new version of its stealthy fast-flying drones — and a fresh contract with Customs and Border Protection to match. Anduril, a young defense-friendly tech company from the founder of Oculus, received $36 million from Customs and Border Protection this month for its AI-powered autonomous surveillance towers... In July, CBP awarded Anduril $25 million for a previous set of surveillance towers. The agency plans to implement 200 towers by 2022 in an ongoing relationship with the contractor worth more than $200 million... Now, Anduril is launching the fourth iteration of its small,...
  • FAA clears Amazon's fleet of Prime Air drones for liftoff

    09/02/2020 12:19:57 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug 31, 2020 | Áine Cain
    The Federal Aviation Administration will allow Amazon's fleet of Prime Air delivery drones to take flight. A FAA spokesperson told Business Insider that the administration issued Amazon Prime Air its certificate on August 29. The Part 135 air carrier certificate allows Amazon to use "unmanned aircraft systems," or UAS, in a commercial operation... The certificate will allow Amazon to dive into operating a commercial drone delivery service, which has been in the works since 2013. The FAA gave Amazon permission to test its drones in the US in June 2019... (Amazon Prime Air Vice President David Carbon) said, "This certification...
  • Smugglers Put on Notice with the Deployment of New Asset in the RGV (Rio Grande Valley Sector, Texas)

    08/29/2020 12:37:42 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    US Customs and Border Protection ^ | August 26, 2020 | US Customs and Border Protection
    Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents are utilizing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) to assist with border apprehensions... Over the weekend, agents arrested 67 illegal aliens in six separate sUAS deployments... Since the program’s inception, sUAS teams have been credited with assisting agents in more than 1500 apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. The sUAS ability to be deployed quickly and quietly gives agents the upper hand in combating human and drug smuggling attempts. The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382