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The Robots Running This Way | MIT Technology Review

The Robots Running This Way | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Some of the machines acquired recently by Google represent a giant leap forwards for robot-kind.
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DARPA is working on its own deep-learning project for natural-language processing

DARPA is working on its own deep-learning project for natural-language processing | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is building a set of technologies to help it better understand human language so it can analyze speech and text sources and alert analysts of potentially useful information.

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Video showing AT Black Knight Transformer's first flight released

Video showing AT Black Knight Transformer's first flight released | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Advanced Tactics Inc. has now received permission from the US government to release video footage showing the first test flight of its Black Knight Transformer prototype demonstrator...
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DARPA Robotics Challenge winner: SCHAFT from Japan | KurzweilAI

DARPA Robotics Challenge winner: SCHAFT from Japan | KurzweilAI | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It was a Woodstock for robots,” said Boston Dynamics' Marc Raibert, as sixteen teams from around the world came together at Florida’s Homestead Miami
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33rd Square: DARPA's Body Augmentation Suit Closer to Reality

33rd Square: DARPA's Body Augmentation Suit Closer to Reality | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Looking to develop a suit to help soldiers carry heavier loads longer without injury, DARPA is ramping up the Warrior Web program to create working prototypes.
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No questions asked: big data firm maps solutions without human input (Wired UK)

No questions asked: big data firm maps solutions without human input (Wired UK) | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Ayasdi, a company that has developed data visualisation software it says uses big data to answer the questions you never thought to ask, has launched in Palo Alto with $10.25 million (£6.4 million) in funding...
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I think this is awesome. It is important to realize that humans make mistakes due to tiredness, boredom, emotional issues. I like the excerpt:

 

"Having spent 12 years in R&D at Stanford University, where researchers combined mathematics, computer science and data visualisation to built it, Ayasdi received hundreds of thousands of dollars in early backing from Darpa. The agency's former director Tony Tether is calling it "one of the top ten innovations developed at Darpa in the last decade" and "the key to unlocking some of the biggest national security challenges that we face today". That's a big thumbs up, considering the astonishing number of inventions and theories put forward by Darpa in recent years."

 

If this software performs as well as is reported, producing "knowledge" by finding connections and patterns in data automatically, there is still much human work to do. I saw something similar in a program that found elegant math equations to describe data. (I wonder why I haven't heard anything more about it...).

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33rd Square: DARPA's Alpha Dog Can Now Follow The Leader

33rd Square: DARPA's Alpha Dog Can Now Follow The Leader | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Boston Dynamics and DARPA had previously announced that the Alpha Dog LS3 quadruped robot was being upgraded to follow people via voice commands and was installed with much quieter motor systems.
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Robots to the Rescue, Slowly | MIT Technology Review

Robots to the Rescue, Slowly | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Scenes from the DARPA Robotics Challenge in Florida.
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Brain-Linked Prosthetic Arm Wins FDA Approval As Our Bionic Future Looms | TechCrunch

Brain-Linked Prosthetic Arm Wins FDA Approval As Our Bionic Future Looms | TechCrunch | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
DARPA's initiative to build a prosthetic arm that's fully controllable via a wearer's mind has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (via..
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Watch the video! Simply amazing!

 

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The arm is capable of fine movement and delicate control, operating zippers and picking up fragile objects without breaking them in the process. It’s the first device of its kind to do multiple simultaneous robotic actions, which makes it a far more accurate simulation of a biological limb than anything that has come before. I’m sure it’ll be a while before these make their way out beyond the community of medical users, but it’s a step towards that possible future so you might as well prepare now for the bio-enhancements of tomorrow.

  

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Darpa’s Robots Could Soon Assemble Satellites in Space | Danger Room | WIRED

Darpa’s Robots Could Soon Assemble Satellites in Space | Danger Room | WIRED | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Building satellites in the future could be as easy as sending robots packed with hardware into orbit, if a new project from Darpa takes off.
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Robots to the Rescue

Robots to the Rescue | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Roadside bombs in Afghanistan, mines in the Persian Gulf’s shipping lanes, blazing infernos in downtown neighborhoods – danger seemingly lurks around every corner.
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more information: "While UAS grab most of the headlines, unmanned ground vehicles and maritime systems are also making inroads. Systems such as Lockheed Martin’s Squad Mission Support System lighten soldiers’ loads, improve combat readiness and perform critical re-supply and casualty evacuation missions.

At sea, mines can wreak havoc on shipping lanes. Now, unmanned underwater systems will soon replace the ships that sail into these hazardous waters to clear mines. Featuring an unmanned, autonomous Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle, Lockheed Martin’s Remote Minehunting System will provide the primary mine reconnaissance capability for the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Mine Countermeasures Mission Package."

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33rd Square: Boston Dynamics Cuts the Cord on Wildcat

33rd Square: Boston Dynamics Cuts the Cord on Wildcat | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Boston Dynamics is working hard on many projects at once, including humanoids for the DARPA Robotics Challenge and the mule-style LS3. Now they have also created a free-running cat bot that can hit speeds of 16 mph.
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DARPA's New Drone Camera Can Monitor The Globe Like Never Before

DARPA's New Drone Camera Can Monitor The Globe Like Never Before | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It can see what color shirt you're wearing from 17,500 ft.
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Watch a Futuristic Robot Ship Track Enemy Submarines

Watch a Futuristic Robot Ship Track Enemy Submarines | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A robot warship funded by DARPA hunts for enemy submarines in a new video.
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33rd Square: IBM Research And LLNL Claim 1014 Synapse Simulation

33rd Square: IBM Research And LLNL Claim 1014 Synapse Simulation | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
IBM Research has presented the next milestone toward fulfilling the ultimate vision of the DARPA’s cognitive computing program, called Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) at the Supercomputing 2012 conference...
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