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Would a Work-Free World Be So Bad?

Would a Work-Free World Be So Bad? | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Fears of civilization-wide idleness are based too much on the downsides of being unemployed in a society premised on the concept of employment.
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5 Examples of Insect-Inspired Robotics

5 Examples of Insect-Inspired Robotics | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
RT @aimsinnovation: 5 Examples of Insect-Inspired Robotics http://t.co/tyqVwVjGmx

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Seen like an animal but reality it is different

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Improved supercapacitors for better batteries, electric vehicles

Improved supercapacitors for better batteries, electric vehicles | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a new graphene-based nanoscale architecture that improves the performance of supercapacitors, a development that could mean faster acceleration in electric vehicles and longer battery life in portable electronics.

 

A supercapacitor is an energy storage device like a battery. The new design is based on ruthenium oxide anchored on a graphene foam electrode. It could deliver two times more energy and power compared to supercapacitors commercially available today.

 

The foam electrode was successfully cycled over 8,000 times with no fading in performance. The findings were outlined in the journal Nature Scientific Reports (open access).

 

Supercapacitors (also known as ultracapacitors) have ultra-high charge and discharge rate, excellent stability, long cycle life, and very high power density.

 

To achieve a higher power density, it is critical to have a large electrochemically accessible surface area, high electrical conductivity, short ion diffusion pathways, and excellent interfacial integrity, which are achieved by the new architecture.

 

These characteristics are desirable for many applications including electric vehicles and portable electronics. However, supercapacitors may only serve as standalone power sources in systems that require power delivery for less than 10 seconds because of their relatively low specific energy. Higher capacitance, or the ability to store an electrical charge, is critical to achieve higher energy density. This is also enabled by the new architecture.


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Qualcomm’s Neuromorphic Chips Could Make Robots and Phones More Astute About the World | MIT Technology Review

Qualcomm’s Neuromorphic Chips Could Make Robots and Phones More Astute About the World | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Microprocessors configured more like brains than traditional chips could soon make computers far more astute about what’s going on around them.
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excerpt: "This demonstration at Qualcomm’s headquarters in San Diego looks modest, but it’s a glimpse of the future of computing. The robot is performing tasks that have typically needed powerful, specially programmed computers that use far more electricity. Powered by only a smartphone chip with specialized software, Pioneer can recognize objects it hasn’t seen before, sort them by their similarity to related objects, and navigate the room to deliver them to the right location—not because of laborious programming but merely by being shown once where they should go. The robot can do all that because it is simulating, albeit in a very limited fashion, the way a brain works."

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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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The Robots That Saved Pittsburgh

The Robots That Saved Pittsburgh | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It’s hard to pinpoint the moment Pittsburgh began its three-decade climb back from the dead, but Red Whittaker marks the comeback from the instant he heard the ominous clack of a door closing behind him when he entered a secured building near the...

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33rd Square: RoboEarth Project Aims To Build Cloud for Robots

33rd Square: RoboEarth Project Aims To Build Cloud for Robots | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The RoboEarth project aims to build a cloud computing platform for robotics.
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33rd Square: Circus Performers - Get Ready To Lose Your Job To Robots Too

33rd Square: Circus Performers - Get Ready To Lose Your Job To Robots Too | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The amazing quadrotor robots are back, this time two robots throw a pole in the air, and catch it and continue to balance it on its tip. This video was shot by researchers at the ETH-Zurich's Flying Machine Arena.
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Lost? Send in the Drones and Robots!

Lost? Send in the Drones and Robots! | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Newfangled robots, drones and heartbeat-detecting tech might just save your ass if you disappear.
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excerpt: "Imagery from search-and-rescue aircraft typically can’t be analyzed prior to landing, whereas drones recently approved by the FAA for civilian use now allow visuals to be streamed live. That’s how DEEMI can rely on a volunteer in, say, Ohio to spot a limb in an image before a pilot maneuvers a drone closer to that specific geolocation, saving “days, hours, minutes and, ultimately, lives,” says Bowie, DEEMI’s director."

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Quoc Le | Innovators Under 35 | MIT Technology Review

Quoc Le | Innovators Under 35 | MIT Technology Review | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

While at Stanford, Le worked out a strategy that would let software learn things itself. Academics had begun to report promising but very slow results with a method known as deep learning, which uses networks of simulated neurons. Le saw how to speed it up significantly—by building simulated neural networks 100 times larger that could process thousands of times more data. It was an approach practical enough to attract the attention of Google, which hired him to test it under the guidance of the AI researcher Andrew Ng (see “A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream”).

 
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It amazes me that the idea of machine "deep learning" became public in 2012 (written 8/19/14). That's only 2 years ago! With the invention of the synapse processor chip and chips similar to this, deep learning will probably increase in terms of power, granularity, and impact on even more human-superior tasks: "The technique is now used in Google’s image search and speech-recognition software. The ultra-intelligent machine Le once imagined remains distant. But seeing his ideas make software smart enough to assist people in their everyday lives feels pretty good." Such technology will have more immediate impacts on radiology and diagnostics, as it does in the image search services, but may also increase capabilities in music and reading recommendation services. Who knows what else? 

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First responders disasters | Homeland Security News Wire

First responders disasters | Homeland Security News Wire | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

Electrical engineers have developed telerobotics technology which could make disaster response faster and more efficient. The researchers aim to combine existing “smart” technologies better to serve society during disaster and crisis response. This includes using teleoperated robots for rescues and safety operations; a high-tech dispatch system that gathers information from cameras and sensors and pushes it out to first responders; drones for damage surveillance and rescues; and vests outfitted with sensors and GPS tracking to be worn by search-and-rescue dogs.

 

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Drones to the rescue

Drones to the rescue | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Drones could soon be used to help find people missing in remote parts of the country.

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33rd Square | Ants Found To Be Way Stronger Than Initially Thought

33rd Square | Ants Found To Be Way Stronger Than Initially Thought | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
New research published last month showed that the neck joint of a common field ant can withstand 5,000 times the ant’s weight.
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excerpt: "Castro said that the research could be applied to creating robots that could lift and carry more efficiently, taking a nod from the ants’ hybrid soft-hard components. Researchers could also create better composite materials using the combination approach of soft and hard."


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The robotic future won't look anything like what you imagine

The robotic future won't look anything like what you imagine | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
In late autumn, I walked through drifts of crunchy leaves in Berkeley's warehouse district to find a strange lab on the shores of San Francisco Bay.

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New Leap In Artificial Intelligence May Finally Allow Robots To 'Learn'

New Leap In Artificial Intelligence May Finally Allow Robots To 'Learn' | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
New Leap In Artificial Intelligence May Finally Allow Robots To 'Learn' iTechPost A new iCub robot that may soon actually learn new languages is a stunning development in the field of artificial intelligence — it is an especially dramatic leap...

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Ken Morrison's comment, February 23, 2013 3:49 AM
Thanks for sharing. This is very intersting to me. I must admit that I am very impressed at how much better Google has gotten at translating since I came to Korea just four years ago. Everything uesed to be just babblefish gibbersih when I tried to used the converter. These days, it is getting awfully close to something that I can understand\
Swahn Frayé's curator insight, March 5, 2013 5:21 AM

Think of all the possibilities of a robot with artificial intelligence capable of learning and so adapting,  in areas like home care , industry and more !

Mick Hawkins's curator insight, March 22, 2013 12:47 AM

Imagine the possibilities in robots that can learn. Most of us probably imagine them doing servant-type jobs and working for us doing all those tedious jobs we don't enjoy.

In a recent lecture the point was made that, if we make robots that learn from us and can function in society, why would they be happy doing all the menial tasks that we don't want to do?

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Video Friday: One Moose, One Hundred Kilobots, and Robots Refueling Satellites - IEEE Spectrum

Video Friday: One Moose, One Hundred Kilobots, and Robots Refueling Satellites - IEEE Spectrum | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Thanks to a pair of Kilobot videos, this Video Friday likely contains more robots than ever before (Video Friday: One Moose, One Hundred Kilobots, and Robots Refueling Satellites http://t.co/LzOdiSvG)...
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