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A 2-year-old couldn't walk on his own. So a high school robotics team built him a custom car - CNN
Via CSMonitor Daily, April 2, 2019

"Due to a genetic condition, Cillian Jackson, 2, can't walk. But the Minnesota boy now motors around in style, thanks to some enterprising students at his local high school."
CNN  CSMonitor  robotics  disability  stories 
april 2019 by pierredv
BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Automata, Sep 2018
"Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas about machines imitating living creatures, and the questions they raise about the differences between machinery and humanity."
BBC  automation  robotics  robots  history 
january 2019 by pierredv
A Blueprint for the Future of AI - Brookings Oct 2018
Each of the papers in this series grapples with the impact of an emerging technology on an important policy issue, pointing out both the new challenges and potential policy solutions introduced by these technologies.
Brookings  AI  ML  robotics 
october 2018 by pierredv
The Path of Robotics Law by Jack M. Balkin :: SSRN May 2015
Via Blake Reid

"Lawrence Lessig's famous dictum that "Code is Law" argued that combinations of computer hardware and software, like other modalities of regulation, could constrain and direct human behavior. Robotics and AI present the converse problem. Instead of code as a law that regulates humans, robotics and AI feature emergent behavior that escapes human planning and expectations. Code is lawless. "
robotics  AI  law  cyberlaw 
september 2018 by pierredv
The epic robot fails that say AI will never rule the world | New Scientist issue 3157, Dec 2017
"If you want to look at what the future of AI really holds, it’s not the highlight reels that matter – it’s the out-takes."

"... don’t even talk about stairs. Judging by the awkward ascents of most robots, to avoid the rise of the machines we only need to retreat to the mezzanine."
NewScientist  robotics  automation  quotations 
march 2018 by pierredv
What is a Robot under EU Law? | Global Policy Watch, Aug 2017
EU institutions are increasingly focusing on the legal challenges posed by the robotics and artificial intelligence sector. On May 16, 2017, the European Commission published a paper announcing a series of regulatory and policy initiatives in response to the European Parliament’s resolution on European civil law rules on robotics of February 2017. These initiatives may shape the development of the sector in Europe as they will affect the EU’s rules on product liability and product safety, develop certification and insurance schemes for autonomous cars, and provide significant funding for research innovation.
Covington  Europe  EU  automation  robotics  law  regulation 
august 2017 by pierredv
How a One-Man Team From California Won NASA's Space Robotics Challenge - IEEE Spectrum
Mirror worlds: "completing some tasks in the Gazebo 3D robot simulator"; cf. also DARPA SSC Coliseum

"NASA’s Space Robotics Challenge (SRC) took place last month, full of virtual Valkyries wandering around a virtual Mars base trying to fix virtual stuff. Anyone was allowed to participate, and since the virtual nature of the competition means there was no need for big expensive robots that mostly didn’t fall over, anyone actually could (and did) participate. Of the 93 teams initially signed up to compete, NASA selected 20 finalist teams based on their performance completing some tasks in the Gazebo 3D robot simulator, and each of those finalists had to program a Valkyrie humanoid to complete a repair mission on a simulated Mars base."
IEEE-Spectrum  mirror-worlds  robotics  NASA 
august 2017 by pierredv
New U.S. Robotics Roadmap calls for regulation, research and education - Nov 2016
The document focuses on autonomous vehicles, eldercare, manufacturing and more
San Diego, Calif., Nov. 1, 2016 -- A new U.S. Robotics Roadmap released Oct. 31 calls for better policy frameworks to safely integrate new technologies, such as self-driving cars and commercial drones, into everyday life. The document also advocates for increased research efforts in the field of human-robot interaction to develop intelligent machines that will empower people to stay in their homes as they age.  It calls for increased education efforts in the STEM fields from elementary school to adult learners
robotics  planning 
november 2016 by pierredv
Team Delft Wins Amazon Picking Challenge - IEEE Spectrum July 2016
"AutomatonRoboticsIndustrial Robots
Team Delft Wins Amazon Picking Challenge

By Evan Ackerman
Posted 5 Jul 2016 | 17:01 GMT
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Amazon Picking Challenge winner Team Delft robot arm
Photo: Team Delft
With warehouses full of robots that can move shelves from place to place, the only reason that Amazon needs humans anymore is to pick things off of those shelves and put them into boxes, and pick other things out of boxes and put them onto those shelves. Amazon wants robots to be doing these tasks too, but it’s a hard problem—hard enough that the enormous bajillion dollar company is asking other roboticists to solve it for them."
IEEE-Spectrum  Amazon  automation  robotics 
july 2016 by pierredv
AutomatonRoboticsArtificial Intelligence How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping by Letting Robots Learn for Themselves -- IEEE Spectrum Mar 2016
"At Google Research, a team of researchers, with help from colleagues at X, tasked a 7-DoF robot arm with picking up objects in clutter using monocular visual servoing, and used a deep convolutional neural network (CNN) to predict the outcome of the grasp. The CNN was continuously retraining itself (starting with a lot of fail but gradually getting better), and to speed the process along, Google threw 14 robots at the problem in parallel. This is completely autonomous: all the humans had to do was fill the bins with stuff and then turn the power on."
Google  robotics  automation  learning  neural-networks 
march 2016 by pierredv
Introducing WildCat - YouTube
"WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat's best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA's M3 program."
robotics  DARPA  video  Boston  Dynamics 
october 2013 by pierredv
What Intersections Would Look Like in a World of Driverless Cars - Technology - The Atlantic Cities
“There would be an intersection manager,” Stone says, “an autonomous agent directing traffic at a much finer-grain scale than just a red light for one direction and a green light for another direction.” Because of this, we won’t need traffic lights at all (or stop signs, for that matter). Traffic will constantly flow, and at a rate that would probably unnerve the average human driver. The researchers have modeled just how this would work, as you can see in the animation below.
visualization  autonomous-vehicles  theatlantic  automation  robotics 
february 2013 by pierredv
Farmerbots: a new industrial revolution - tech - 01 November 2012 - New Scientist
"On the new model farms, precision will be key. Why dose a whole field with chemicals if you can spray only where they are needed? Each plant could get exactly the right amount of everything, no more or less, an approach that could slash chemical use and improve yields in one move." "Almost inevitably, these machines will eventually alter the landscape, too. The real tipping point for robot agriculture will come when farms are being designed with agribots in mind, says Sukkarieh. This could mean a return to smaller fields, with crops planted in grids rather than rows and fruit trees pruned into two-dimensional shapes to make harvesting easier."
food  agriculture  AI  robot  robotics  NewScientist  farming 
november 2012 by pierredv
Telerobotics offers third way for space exploration - space - 21 May 2012 - New Scientist
tagline:Letting astronauts control robots on a planet's surface from orbit will give them far more control and make missions more productive
NewScientist  exploration  space  robotics 
july 2012 by pierredv
Why AI is a dangerous dream - opinion - Noel Sharkey - 01 September 2009 - New Scientist
sharkey believes that AI is actually a science of illusion, that the notion that mind/brain is computational is an assumption, not a truth, and that there are dangers if we fool ourselves into believing the AI myth: "It is likely to accelerate our progress towards a dystopian world in which wars, policing and care of the vulnerable are carried out by technological artefacts that have no possibility of empathy, compassion or understanding."
robotics  NewScientist  trends  culture 
september 2009 by pierredv
High-Speed Robot Hand
Amazing dexterity in a robotic hand; see e.g. at timecode 2:40 where it tosses and catches a cellphone
robotics  engineering  video  youtube 
august 2009 by pierredv
Honda Unveils Experimental Walking Assist Device With Bodyweight Support System
"second experimental walking assist device that helps support bodyweight to reduce the load on an individual’s legs while walking, going up and down stairs, and in a semi-crouching position. The device is designed for people who are capable of walking and maneuvering on their own, but who can benefit from additional leg and body support while performing tasks."
november 2008 by pierredv
Boston Dynamics Big Dog (new video March 2008)
amazing gait - four legged robot, looks like something out of star wars
design  robotics  via:gmsv 
march 2008 by pierredv

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