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This Crazy Technology Brings 'Dr. Octopus' to Real Life (Sort Of)

This Crazy Technology Brings 'Dr. Octopus' to Real Life (Sort Of) | Robotics and their Artificial Intelligence | Scoop.it
These robotic, claw-tipped arms were actually designed for a reason that might surprise you.
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The major thing here is not the robotic trunk, but it's ability of 'goal babbling,' or what we call muscle memory. This is a prime example of a robot learning on it's own. Imagine if it could get to a state where even without human interaction these robots could evolve and learn how we have over the millenniums.

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Rise of the human exoskeletons

Rise of the human exoskeletons | Robotics and their Artificial Intelligence | Scoop.it

"It can lift 50kg (7st 12lb) in each extended hand, can exert 10 times the force the user applies to an object, and its makers claim it is the most complex exoskeleton yet built."

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What if robots and humans were one, connected by controls or even directly tapping into the spinal system. These users could be given physical advantages over others such as strength and speed, but could also bring disabled people their physical power which they have lost or never experienced.

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Vicarious Grabs A Huge, New $40M Growth Round To Advance Artificial Intelligence | TechCrunch

Vicarious Grabs A Huge, New $40M Growth Round To Advance Artificial Intelligence | TechCrunch | Robotics and their Artificial Intelligence | Scoop.it
Vicarious, a San Francisco-based company that developed technology to solve Captcha queries last fall, just raised a big new $40 million round from investors..
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Vicarious has been able to develop a Captcha solving technology, and now is attempting to create a computer which is practically a human brain, throwing the question out 'how different are we from robots?'

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Robbie the Robot Unveiled at Special Event in Trinity College Dublin

Robbie the Robot Unveiled at Special Event in Trinity College Dublin | Robotics and their Artificial Intelligence | Scoop.it
Robbie the Robot, a prototype robot built by researchers and engineering students in Trinity College Dublin for Irish teenager Joanne O’Riordan, who was born with a rare condition known as Total Amelia, was officially unveiled to its UN funders on Friday at a special event in Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.
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Robbie the Robot is a prime example how robotic's can be used in medical and other fields of work as assistants if not equals to human labor. Applied with the correct artificial intelligence, a robot, like Robbie, could replace current and create new jobs around the world.

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Robotics trade show offers glimpse into future of service robots

Robotics trade show offers glimpse into future of service robots | Robotics and their Artificial Intelligence | Scoop.it
The days of robotic maids and humanoid assistants may be closer than you think.
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Robots can be considered assistance to mankind, helping the elderly and disabled in care, or being rescuers in natural disasters.

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Google’s SCHAFT Robot To Be Self-Funded

Google’s SCHAFT Robot To Be Self-Funded | Robotics and their Artificial Intelligence | Scoop.it
The Google SCHAFT robot will compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals 2014 while three more teams were added to the competition.
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This article raises two topics, military-funded and self-funded robots. Military robots imply that robots will replace humans on the battlefield but this won't happen suddenly. A transition will happen where humans and robots will fight with and against each other, putting a large amounts of ethical issues onto the table. Self-funded robots would most likely be put to commercial use but there would be less control and restrictions on them, putting their place in society into question.

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Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISRG) Faces New Lawsuit

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISRG) Faces New Lawsuit | Robotics and their Artificial Intelligence | Scoop.it
Intuitive Surgical is facing another lawsuit involving its da Vinci robotic surgical system. The company is already facing
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Here we have the counterpoint, robots are only as skilled as their creator. Robots are flawed in this modern era, we are taking the first steps into colossally complex and precise pieces of technology. Over time we will get better at making them, or the robots will handle that instead.

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XPRIZE up for Artificial Intelligence that can give a TED talk

XPRIZE up for Artificial Intelligence that can give a TED talk | Robotics and their Artificial Intelligence | Scoop.it
A robot that can give a talk, bringing an audience to its feet? That's the goal, if you want to win the newest XPrize.
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In order to have an artificial intelligence complete this goal, the robot must be able to at least partially comprehend the topic it has been given. Imagine, in the future, the world's greatest scholar is a computer instead of a human.

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