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Cultibotics is about applying robotics to making horticultural best practices scalable and economical.
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Bradley Nelson : Medical microrobotics and nanomedicine | Teruko Yata Memorial Lecture

“While the futuristic vision of micro and nanorobotics is of intelligent machines that navigate throughout our bodies searching for and destroying disease, we have a long way to go to get there. Progress is being made, though, and the past decade has seen impressive advances in the fabrication, powering, and control of tiny motile devices. Much of our work focuses on creating systems for controlling micro and nanorobots as well as pursuing applications of these devices. As systems such as these enter clinical trials, and as commercial applications of this new technology are realized, radically new therapies and uses will result that have yet to be envisioned.”

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Parcel delivery through automated underground tunnel system | Gizmag

Parcel delivery through automated underground tunnel system | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The system Mole Solutions wants to put in place uses the same maglev technology adopted by Japan's super-fast Shinkansen train. In a maglev-powered system, the natural repelling forces of electromagnets are used to keep the carriage hovering slightly above the track, thus cutting down on friction and increasing speed.”

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This proposal is reminiscent of PRT technologies, which have been under development for decades, as described on the Innovative Transportation Technologies website: http://faculty.washington.edu/jbs/itrans/

 

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Robotic chef mimics world's best cooks | IBTimes

Robotic chef mimics world's best cooks | IBTimes | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“A smartphone-controlled robotic chef that can cook world-class food using recipes downloaded from an online store sounds like pure science fiction - but the robot is real, will go on sale in 2017 and just made me a crab bisque.”

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Startup plans to use drones to plant 1 billion trees per year | Fast Company

Startup plans to use drones to plant 1 billion trees per year | Fast Company | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“The world burns or cuts down about 26 billion trees a year. It replants about 15 billion. You can see the shortfall. At the moment, we're not planting trees quickly enough to combat deforestation—a problem with big implications for climate change. That's why Lauren Fletcher wants to automate the process with drone technology. His startup, BioCarbon Engineering, plans to seed up to 1 billion trees a year, all without ever setting foot on the ground. ‘The only way we're going to take on these age-old problems is with techniques that weren't available to us before,’ Fletcher says. ‘By using this approach we can meet the scale of the problem out there.’”


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This is one important example of a more general principle, which is that, to compete with irresponsible but profitable enterprises, more responsible methods must be made economical, and robots can help with this.

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Killer robots in Plato’s Cave: Semi-autonomous and on their own | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

“Other than target selection, semi-autonomous weapons are allowed to have every technical capability that a fully autonomous weapon might have, including the ability to seek, detect, identify and prioritize potential targets, and to engage selected targets with gunfire or a homing missile. Selection can even be done before the weapon begins to seek; in other words, it can be sent on a hunting mission. Given this, it would seem important to be clear about whatever is left that the human operator must do.”

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Robotic phlebotomist: Steady and accurate | NSF

“VascuLogic, a start-up supported by the NSF Small Business Innovation Research program, is bringing to market a device that aims to make the blood collection process safer and more efficient. The technology uses infrared and ultrasound imaging to identify veins. A robotically controlled needle is then guided into the targeted vein. The whole system is designed to benefit patients and phlebotomists alike.”

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Apple applies machine learning to 3D mapping for accurate gesture recognition | AppleInsider

Apple applies machine learning to 3D mapping for accurate gesture recognition | AppleInsider | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

Apple continues to pursue in-air 3D gesture control technology, and on Monday was granted a patent for a machine vision system capable of recognizing human hand gestures with uncanny accuracy.

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Less is publicly known about Apple's investment in robotics technologies than, for example, Amazon or Google's activities, but that doesn't necessarily mean that less is happening at Apple.

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Why you should start a brain technology company | IEEE Spectrum

Why you should start a brain technology company | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Robust and reliable neural interfaces have long been a holy grail in the field of neuroscience. … Some believe that developing such interfaces will require advanced brain implants that are still a decade or more away. More recently, though, neuroscientists—as well as a legion of ‘brain hackers’—have turned to powerful new sensing, processing, and prototyping tools to explore a host of non-invasive techniques to stimulate the brain.”

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LIDAR-in-pixel tech in development | The Verge

“The tiny chip, called a nanophotonic coherent imager, uses a form of LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology to capture height, width, and depth information from each pixel. LIDAR, which shines a laser on the target and then analyzes the light waves that are reflected back to the sensor, are best known for their use in precision-guided missile systems and self-driving cars.”

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SparkFun AVC 2015 Course Preview

“AVC is just a couple months away! If you’ve never heard of the SparkFun AVC, it stands for Autonomous Vehicle Competition, and it has become our signature event. This year, the event is being held at our new HQ in beautiful Niwot, Colorado. To help the AVC Competitors get ready, we’ve created a course preview video, showing you (generally) what you can expect.”

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Miniature hyperspectral camera with microelectromechanical optics | Gizmag

Miniature hyperspectral camera with microelectromechanical optics | Gizmag | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Hyperspectral imaging involves scanning light spectra not visible to the human eye, in order to identify the unique electromagnetic "fingerprints" of various substances and processes. While this can already be done with larger cameras, a team led by Tel Aviv's Prof. David Mendlovic is developing a much smaller optical component that could conceivably be built into a smartphone. It utilizes MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology, and is reportedly ‘suitable for mass production and compatible with standard smartphone camera designs.’”

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Peter Robinson: Computing with emotions | CMU RI Seminar

“We monitor each other's facial expressions, vocal nuances and body posture and gestures, and use them to make inferences about other people's mental states. Our understanding of mental states shapes the decisions that we make, governs how we communicate with others, and affects our performance. People express these social signals even when we are interacting with machines, but computer interfaces currently ignore them. In effect, computers are autistic.”

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Festo's bionic ants and butterflies | IEEE Spectrum

Festo's bionic ants and butterflies | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“About this time every year, alarmingly close to April 1, German automation company Festo announces its newest animal-inspired robots. Last year it was a kangaroo (we had to double check that it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke), and before that, a seagull, dragonfly, and floating air jellies, among other cool things. For 2015, Festo is introducing two new insectoid robots: cooperative ants and swarming butterflies.”

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Gil Weinberg: Robots capable of musical improvisation

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This is a TED talk, on the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology YouTube channel.

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The Dawn of Killer Robots (Full Length) | Motherboard

“Motherboard gains exclusive access to a small fleet of US Army bomb disposal robots—the same platforms the military has weaponized—and to a pair of DARPA’s six-foot-tall bipedal humanoid robots. We also meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, renowned physicist Max Tegmark, and others who grapple with the specter of artificial intelligence, killer robots, and a technological precedent forged in the atomic age. It’s a story about the evolving relationship between humans and robots, and what AI in machines bodes for the future of war and the human race.”

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Smart dust: The one cubic millimeter computer | Backchannel

The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers - Backchannel - Medium

“When Prabal Dutta accidentally drops a computer, nothing breaks. There’s no crash. The only sound you might hear is a prolonged groan. That’s because these computers are just one cubic millimeter in size, and once they hit the floor, they’re gone. ‘We just lose them,’ Dutta says. ‘It’s worse than jewelry.’ To drive the point home, Dutta, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan, emails me a photo of 50 of these computers. They barely fill a thimble halfway to its brim.”

John Payne's insight:

Perhaps just as interesting is the related MBus, “a chip-to-chip bus designed for ultra-constrained systems … a multi-master bus supporting an arbitrary number of nodes, priority arbitration, efficient acknowledgements, and extensible addressing, with only four wires and consuming only 3.5 pJ/bit/chip.”

http://mbus.io

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50 Years of Moore's Law | IEEE Spectrum

50 Years of Moore's Law | IEEE Spectrum | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
The glorious history and inevitable decline of one of technology’s greatest winning streaks
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The Dawn Of Killer Robots (trailer) | Motherboard

“Robots. They’re here, they’re getting smart, and some, at least, are being outfitted to kill. Should we meatbags be worried?”

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Motherboard produces and/or distributes documentary videos on a wide range of topics.

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Biomimicry, a new lens on technology and innovation: An interview with Margot Farnsworth | How On Earth

Biomimicry, a new lens on technology and innovation: An interview with Margot Farnsworth | How On Earth | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Margo has coached two Top Twelve graduate teams for the International Student Biomimicry Challenge and currently serves as a Biomimicry Institute education fellow. She is also on the board of both the Missouri Prairie Foundation and South Carolina’s Experience Green. She has worked as a park ranger, science teacher, and mammalogist. With degrees in science education and parks administration, her professional accomplishments include research in environmental education, qualitative mammal studies, and involvement in numerous local and state environmental boards and committees.”

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Ex Machina's director on why A.I. is humanity's last hope | WIRED

Ex Machina's director on why A.I. is humanity's last hope | WIRED | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“Alex Garland has one thought when it comes to the AI revolution: Bring it on. After a career of writing novels (The Beach) and screenplays (28 Days Later, Dredd), he’s moving into the director’s chair with April’s Ex Machina, a movie that pushes the discussion of AI and ethics into discomfiting territory.”

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Back to the future: Autonomous cross-country trip in 1995 | Robotics Trends

Back to the future: Autonomous cross-country trip in 1995 | Robotics Trends | Cultibotics | Scoop.it
How far have self-driving cars come? You'd be surprised. Todd Jochem shares his memories of a 2,849-mile trip in an autonomous Pontiac Trans Sport minivan that he co-invented back in 1995.
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Pure File Magic hydro/bathy/topo data editor goes open source | Naval Oceanographic Office

“Welcome to the Pure File Magic Area Based Editor (PFMABE). Now view and edit your hydro, bathy and topo data in 3D. Under development by the Naval Oceanographic Office since 1998, this powerful data editing suite ingests most major sonar and lidar data types and allows for quick and easy analysis, cleaning and quality control.”

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Greg Sawicki: Augmenting human locomotion with spring-loading | CMU RI Seminar

“The goal of the Human Physiology of Wearable Robotics (PoWeR) Laboratory is to discover and exploit key principles of locomotion neuromechanics in order to build wearable devices that can augment intact and/or restore impaired human locomotion. The primary performance goal of such devices is to reduce metabolic energy consumption of the user. … Greg Sawicki, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University”

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A recent BBC report on this project has previously been linked from Robohub.org

http://robohub.org/ratchet-boots-make-walking-7-easier-bbc/

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DARPA's response to mounting robophobia is adorable | Zero Moment

DARPA's response to mounting robophobia is adorable | Zero Moment | Cultibotics | Scoop.it

“What this amounts to is equal parts adorable and insightful. Attached to the DRC is another contest, called Robots4Us. High school students have until April 1 to send in a two- to-three-minute video that details the robot-assisted future to come.”

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Google is building a robotic surgery platform with Johnson & Johnson

Google is partnering with medical and pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson on a robotic surgery project. Johnson & Johnson announced today that Google and its surgery-focused subsidiary Ethicon...

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