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Weeding robots | Sustainable America

Weeding robots | Sustainable America | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

"Professors from UC Davis and Stanford have been working with the team from Blue River to develop the current iteration of the ‘lettuce bot’. This robot can move among the fields and determine where the weeds are, using machine learning algorithms. When it finds a weed it injects it with enough fertilizer to kill it – no herbicides needed."

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Drones deliver a raft of surprises in 2014 | Gizmag

Drones deliver a raft of surprises in 2014 | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
2014 wasn’t the year that drones first entered the consumer lexicon, but it did see the notion of using these vehicles to our advantage become much more palatable. Let’s have a look at some of the...
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Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program to improve agility of UAVs | DARPA

Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program to improve agility of UAVs | DARPA | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The program aims to develop and demonstrate autonomous UAVs small enough to fit through an open window and able to fly at speeds up to 20 meters per second (45 miles per hour)—while navigating within complex indoor spaces independent of communication with outside operators or sensors and without reliance on GPS waypoints. ... Since the focus of the program is improving perception and reducing dependence on external sources—as opposed to designing new small UAVs—DARPA will provide performers selected for the program with the same small UAV testbed as government-furnished equipment.”

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http://www.gizmag.com/darpa-agile-uav/35336/

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What happens to society when robots replace workers? | Harvard Business Review

What happens to society when robots replace workers? | Harvard Business Review | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The technologies of the past, by replacing human muscle, increased the value of human effort – and in the process drove rapid economic progress. Those of the future, by substituting for man’s senses and brain, will accelerate that process – but at the risk of creating millions of citizens who are simply unable to contribute economically, and with greater damage to an already declining middle class.”

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The final paragraph: “Ultimately, we need a new, individualized, cultural, approach to the meaning of work and the purpose of life. Otherwise, people will  find a solution – human beings always do – but it may not be the one for which we began this technological revolution.”

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Curiosity finds active organic chemistry on Mars | Gizmag

Curiosity finds active organic chemistry on Mars | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Drill samples taken from an area called "Cumberland," which was once mudstone comprising an ancient Martian lakebed, have yielded the first definite proof of the existence of organic chemicals on Mars. The organic molecules were detected beneath the surface in powdered rock brought up by the rover's drill, where the sample was protected against the destructive radiation and volatile chemicals of the Martian surface.”

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Electronic skin can sense the direction in which it's being touched | Gizmag

Electronic skin can sense the direction in which it's being touched | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“We've already seen artificial skin capable of sensing touch and prosthetics that sense texture, but now a group of Korean scientists has come up with a stretchable electronic skin that 'feels' in three dimensions. The artificial skin is made from arrays of microscopic domes that interlock and deform when pressed. It can detect the intensity, location, and direction of pressure, whether from an object or a mere gust of wind.”

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iRobot Create 2 arrives | IEEE Spectrum

iRobot Create 2 arrives | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Just like with the first Create, the new Create is a Roomba with most of its guts ripped out. It’s based on a refurbished 600 series Roomba, which makes it cheap, but it’s also as reliable as a robot that’s successful in millions of homes can be.”

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4 cores at 1.5 GHz, SBC for $35 | LinuxGizmos

4 cores at 1.5 GHz, SBC for $35 | LinuxGizmos | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Hardkernel's $35 "Odroid-C1" SBC runs Android or Ubuntu on a 1.5GHz quad-core Amlogic SoC, and boasts 1GB RAM plus quasi-RPi-compatible 40-pin expansion.
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Small SBCs just officially got interesting!

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Foxconn robots unsuitable for iPhone assembly, new design coming | MacRumors

Foxconn robots unsuitable for iPhone assembly, new design coming | MacRumors | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Foxconn recently deployed robots to help assemble iPhones and other Apple devices, but so far the program may not be as successful as first anticipated. According to the Chinese economic website Jiemian (via G for Games), the first-generation Foxconn robots are not precise enough to meet Apple's standards.”

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It's a safe bet that Apple engineers are in the thick of this.

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Humorous MOSS video | Modular Robotics

What happens when you give puppies and kitten robots? Pure glee. Special thanks to our partners at 4 Paws 4 Life and MaxFund in Denver, Colorado for sharing their adorable, adoptable animals with us.”

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Aquaponic urban farm puts seniors to work | Gizmag

Aquaponic urban farm puts seniors to work | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Homefarm would mix accommodation with vertical aquaponic farming (fertilizing plants from the waste produced by fish also being farmed) and ground-level and rooftop soil planting of vegetables. Rainwater would be collected for use in the aquaponic system and plant waste collected for use in biomass energy generation. Not only would the accommodation be designed specifically to meet the needs of seniors, but it is proposed that the seniors would be instrumental in running the farm under the instruction of a professional team.”

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Iowa professor developing robotic weeder | Iowa State Engineering

“Weeding has been a long-standing problem for many years because there is no silver bullet—there are just too many variables. And for organic farmers, their options are very limited. Their options are either chemical, laborious or expen­sive,” says Tang. “My robot design offers the producer a more effective and sustain­able alternative.”

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According to the NYTimes article linked below, Lie Tang hopes to have his weeding robot ready for testing next spring.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/01/business/working-the-land-and-the-data.html

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CMU unveils lunar rover: “Andy” | Carnegie Mellon News

CMU unveils lunar rover: “Andy” | Carnegie Mellon News | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

"Every extraterrestrial robot carries some DNA from Carnegie Mellon, but Andy would be the first true CMU robot to make the leap from Earth," said William "Red" Whittaker, professor of robotics and director of the Field Robotics Center. "This is the culmination of lots of work by lots of people and is the next step toward Carnegie Mellon becoming a spacefaring university."

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New projection of world population growth | SciAm

New projection of world population growth | SciAm | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“United Nations leaders have worried for decades about the pace of population growth. A few years ago leading calculations had global population peaking at nine billion by 2070 and then easing to 8.4 billion by 2100. Currently it stands at 7.2 billion. Recently the U.N. revised these numbers steeply upward: the population is now expected to rise to 9.6 billion by 2050 and continue to 10.9 billion by 2100.”

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In my response to this news...

 

http://cultibotics.blogspot.com/2014/11/human-population-projections-raised.html

 

...I argue that we should avoid allowing ourselves to be pushed into poor decisions that undermine long term prospects.

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Amphibious HexH2o drone shoots both aerial and underwater video

Amphibious HexH2o drone shoots both aerial and underwater video | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“…the HexH2o has several advantages over its smaller sibling [the QuadH2o]. For one thing, its extra props/motors offer some reassurance in the form of redundancy – if one of them fails, the aircraft can still keep flying. An internal fan and exterior-mounted heat sinks keep things from getting too hot while the drone is in flight.”

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Fish 'drives' aquarium on wheels | Inhabitat

Fish 'drives' aquarium on wheels | Inhabitat | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Studio Diip's "Fish on Wheels" holds the title of the world's first self-driving car for fish.

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AI may be dominant 'life' in cosmos | Motherboard

AI may be dominant 'life' in cosmos | Motherboard | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
The NASA scientists, philosophers, and futurists who believe that the aliens we meet most likely won't be a life form at all.
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Reaction to the Sony hack incommensurate with real damage/threat | Motherboard

Reaction to the Sony hack incommensurate with real damage/threat | Motherboard | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Peter W. Singer:  ‘There's two layers to it now. There's the definition of terrorism and the reaction to it, which has been a combination of being both insipid and encouraging to future acts.’”

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Motherboard's Jason Koebler interviews Peter W. Singer (Wired for War, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know) regarding the theft of data from Sony Pictures' network.

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The 2015 3D Printer Guide | 3D Hubs

The 2015 3D Printer Guide | 3D Hubs | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
Looking for the best 3d printers? The 3D Hubs 2015 3D Printer Guide answers it, and while doing so it digs deep and reach far beyond what today's 3D Printer Reviews reveal. 2,279 3D printer owners have told us the good, bad and the ugly about all the 3D Printers currently on the market.
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Lethal effects of short-wavelength visible light on insects | Nature Publishing Group

Lethal effects of short-wavelength visible light on insects | Nature Publishing Group | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
We investigated the lethal effects of visible light on insects by using light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The toxic effects of ultraviolet (UV) light, particularly shortwave (i.e., UVB and UVC) light, on organisms are well known. However, the effects of irradiation with visible light remain unclear, although shorter wavelengths are known to be more lethal. Irradiation with visible light is not thought to cause mortality in complex animals including insects. Here, however, we found that irradiation with short-wavelength visible (blue) light killed eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults of Drosophila melanogaster. Blue light was also lethal to mosquitoes and flour beetles, but the effective wavelength at which mortality occurred differed among the insect species. Our findings suggest that highly toxic wavelengths of visible light are species-specific in insects, and that shorter wavelengths are not always more toxic. For some animals, such as insects, blue light is more harmful than UV light.
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So what? So, this could turn out to be one more tool in the Integrated Pest Management toolkit. If it proves useful, robotic implementations should be fairly straightforward.

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New Horizons spacecraft awakens for close approach to Pluto | NASA

New Horizons spacecraft awakens for close approach to Pluto | NASA | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“After a voyage of nearly nine years and three billion miles —the farthest any space mission has ever traveled to reach its primary target – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation today for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with the Pluto system.”

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Your food will be grown by robots | Fast Company

Your food will be grown by robots | Fast Company | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The automation of agriculture is upon us. There are already dozens of robots churning around the countryside—chopping, weeding, digging, and pot-moving—and, in the future, there'll likely be many more. Dozens of companies are working automated farm machines that reduce costs, extend harvesting periods, and improve safety, or so they say.”


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Not all of these developments lead to improvements in agricultural practice, but some certainly do.

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Fraunhofer developing flying inventory robots | Gizmag

Fraunhofer developing flying inventory robots | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
The Fraunhofer Institute's InventAIRy Project is developing a new flying robotic drone that not only takes over the drudgery of stock taking, but also acts ...
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Hawking: AI could end human race | BBC News

Hawking: AI could end human race | BBC News | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Prof Hawking says the primitive forms of artificial intelligence developed so far have already proved very useful, but he fears the consequences of creating something that can match or surpass humans.”

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Technology pushes productivity, but at a steep price | NYTimes

Technology pushes productivity, but at a steep price | NYTimes | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Equipment makers like John Deere and AGCO, for example, have covered their planters, tractors and harvesters with sensors, computers and communications equipment. A combine equipped to harvest a few crops cost perhaps $65,000 in 2000; now it goes for as much as $500,000 because of the added information technology.”

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Human population projections raised | Cultibotics blog

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“So many mouths to feed, we must do everything possible to feed them, or so goes the argument, used to justify practices that produce maximum yield (in the short term), while glossing over their long-term and collateral effects – exhausting soils, polluting streams and oceans, further contributing to climate change, and ensnaring farmers in a cycle of debt.”

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