Researchers created an adaptive system with humanoid robot NAO to help children with autism develop basic social skills.
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This article shows the use of robots in teaching children with Autism proper social skills so they can succeed in a classroom enviroment and its effectivneness is almost that of an actual human being, processes like this could be used in the future to also teach various groups instead of the use of human teachers, while things like this might be in the distant future now what will robotics bring us in 5 years that might just change that.
(Sen) - Deep Space Industries (DSI) has announced its plans to mine asteroids for metals and other materials. The company set out its vision to use mined resources to improve and enrich life on Earth and to further the human exploration of space.
The venture plans to use mined resources to construct large communications platforms to replace communications satellites, and solar power stations to beam carbon-free energy to consumers on Earth within ten years. It will also harvest platinum group metals for use on Earth.
The world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting cubesat spacecraft will hitch rides on the launches of larger spacecraft to keep costs down.
Implementing robotics in such a way as this might be essential to ensuring the survivability of humans on Earth with its unrenewable resources vastly running out and with the human population living so far above Earths carrying capacity. With the inovation to allow the public to pparticipate in the mining of asteroids via live feeds. This mining process is launching in 2015 so one can only imagine what the future of robotics will bring to ensuring human sustainability in the years to come and travel to more places that humans cannot survive on and outside of Earth.
An addition to Americas already 7000+ unmaned airial vehicle squad for the use in global battlefields, the shear amount of robotic vehicles that are being used in warfare today should serve as a sign that wars in the not too distant future might very well not be faught with men but with machines such as this.
NXTLOG user hknssn13 built this amazing paper airplane machine. My favorite part is the 4th stage, where four linear actuators make the final folds in the airplane. It looks sick when the entire assembly rises up!
A research group lead by Professor Tachi at Keio University in Japan is currently working on one of the first incarnations of an avatar that incorporates some pretty cool virtual robotics technology. By slipping on a pair of virtual reality gloves and a helmet, you would be able to control and see the world through your avatar’s eyes. The concept behind this virtual robotics technology is really called Telexistence, and it allows us to control a real avatar robot.
Technology such as this which provides an avatar that can be operated remotely has infinite potential to make the lives of countless people easyer such robots provide an "out of body" experience and when perfected can enable working remotly and remotly carrying out daily chores. With strides like this technology is taking remarkable strides into how we are shaping our future.
In theory, surgical robots should assist humans with tasks that we have trouble with, but we're still outperforming them in many ways.
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This article raises some interesting points about the use of robots for general surgary suggesting that they might be able to help "clunky" humans with tasks that we find difficult or simply cannot accomplish but brings up the point do these benifits outweight the cost medically and financially. I believe that such robots will be worth the expense as we can already see robots such as the "crab" a tiny robot that can traverse the gastrointestinal tract and cut out cancerous tissue and cautize blood vessels and although i dont believe that robotics will replace a skilled surgion anytime soon they surly can be used as a tool to benifit the human race.
This research shows that there can be autonomous cars and semi-autonomous cars on the road within the next 5 years making the driving process alot easyer and in some respects with a robot in control of the driving safer as it cuts the risk of road death from drunk drivers, even with semi-autonomous cars requiring the driver to say which way to turn next. These cars while making life easyer also make roads safer somthing that society is in desperate need of with 1,700 people killing in road crashes each year.
Some herald it as the cure for terrorism, others deride it as mindless video game warfare, but few doubt that the American era of drone warfare has arrived. From short range surveillance craft like the Raven to missile packing hunter-killers like the infamous Predator, the US military is awash with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Robotics in the context of militry use can be seen as a double edged sword from many perspectives simultaneously serving to save lives on the battlefield but gives the possibility for upgrades in weaponry that will potentially end more lives, this is a direction of robotics that i believe should not be explored and instead resources should be spent on trying to improve the everyday lives of people around the globe through other means such as medical robotics to replace limbs and to fight disability.
In my opinion this is one of the directions that robotics should be heading in, many people would say that robotics such as this would always put people out of work and this arguement has been made by people for years and while initially it may be true society has now i believe adapted to this idea and will continue to adapt as robotics such as this make life intensly easyer for the average worker in the long run, also in the long run it forces society to adapt to situations where the jobs are obsolete, lifting the overall education levels to provide further advancements in all fields.
Walking on a treadmill is no great feat, unless your legs are being moved by a robotic device connected to your brain. A new brain-computer interface allows a person to walk using a pair of mechanical leg braces controlled by brain signals (above), as reported on arXiv. The device has only been tested on able-bodied people, and while it has limitations, it lays a foundation for helping people with paralysis walk again. The new device — developed by researchers at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of California, Irvine – is controlled by electroencephalogram, or EEG, signals generated by small voltage fluctuations in the brain. The method is completely noninvasive, as the signals are measured by a cap worn on the scalp.
The article shows the use of robotic limbs that are currently being experimented with this is an amazing technology for people that have lost there arms or legs and previously nothing could be done to restore function to the severed arm or leg. The release of medical robotics such as this will surley affect many lives around the world now and in the future where the advances in medical robotics can only improve.
Robots play a critical -- and growing -- role in modern medicine, from training the next generation of doctors, dentists, and nurses, to comforting and protecting elderly patients in the early stages of dementia.
cassian bulger's insight:
This articles brings to light some very interesting points about robotics in medicine from the advancement made by robotic limbs to robotic surgical equiptment and robotic nurses. The article also brings up points about robotic pherapy which is proposed to delay the onset of cognitive problems. I believe that with innovation such as this the next 5 years for robotics looks interesting to say the least.
While these drones do have combat potential i believe it is important to look past that and see other potentials for unmanned arial vechiles (UAV) such UAV's could be used in crop dusting and ariel survalience of areas to aid in search and rescue operations so while they do have the potential to do alot of bad in the terms of warfare they also have the potential to do alot of good depending on how people use them.
www.wired.co.uk is a credible website for a magazine, so the information gained from this article can be considered accurate. There also seams to be little to no bias presented by wired magazine. I find it interesting that the allocation of €100 million worth of funding into France's robotics industry has been made to make up for the lack of competitivness France has played in the robotics industry so far and that there desire to keep up shows that they believe the future is indeed heading in the direction of robotics.
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