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This 3-D Printed Robot Could Secure the Ports Of The Future

This 3-D Printed Robot Could Secure the Ports Of The Future | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it
Transport by sea has been a favorite of smugglers for centuries - it's hard to patrol an entire coastline, and it's easier to move a ton of stuff by sea than by land.

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Tanja's curator insight, September 28, 8:25 AM

How could we have missed this robot. It's the flooding drone

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Futuristic Robots that turn into Furniture

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Futuristic Robots that can autonomously change Shape
A Video about Futuristic Robots that can move around and autonomously change their shape to form Furniture, which could prove useful to support ...


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Techstore's curator insight, May 26, 9:53 AM

Futuristic Robots that turn into Furniture. #robotics #technology #futuretech

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Kangaroo-bot Shows Promise in the Idea of Hopping Machines

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A new bio-inspired robot looks to steal one of evolution's most efficient (and unique) forms of locomotion. Say hello to the world's first 'roobot.

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Un world wide web pour les robots

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Et si les robots pouvaient aussi avoir leur propre "intelligence collective", un "world wide web" à eux ? C’est le projet que nous rapporte la BBC dans un article du 14 janvier sur RoboEarth, un Internet pour les robots.

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Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android

Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Over the last half-year, Google has quietly acquired seven technology companies in an effort to create a new generation of robots. And the engineer heading the effort is Andy Rubin, the man who built Google’s Android software into the world’s dominant force in smartphones.


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This Robot Is Changing How We Cure Diseases

Every week at an NIH drug-testing lab, a robotics system performs millions of experiments faster and with greater precision than any human could. The simple goal: to find new treatments and cures. 

 

Visit the full project at http://wsj.com/trials ;


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Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, November 19, 2013 3:00 PM

It's what they do best - let the computers do the mass production and we can concentrate on being [good] human…

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SpaceFab: 3D printing and robotic assembly in space

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SpiderFab, a series of technologies under development by Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI), combines 3D printing and robotic assembly to build and create spaceship components and structures in orbit. The groundbreaking systems are being designed to enable on-orbit construction of antennas, booms, solar arrays, trusses and other multifunctional components, ten to hundreds of times larger than currently possible with existing technology.


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Moshe Vardi: Robots Could Put Humans Out of Work by 2045

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Robots began replacing human brawn long ago—now they’re poised to replace human brains. Moshe Vardi, a computer science professor at Rice University, thinks that by 2045 artificially intelligent machines may be capable of “if not any work that humans can do, then, at least, a very significant fraction of the work that humans can do.”

So, he asks, what then will humans do?


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'Robot Sperm' Controlled by Magnets

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"Engineers have built a sperm-like robot that they can control with magnets. The simple design has a metal-coated head and a flexible body about six times longer than a human sperm. Using a magnetic field no stronger than a fridge magnet, the team made the robot "swim" forward and steered it towards a fixed point."


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Plant-mimicking Robots Could Help Explore Our World

Plant-mimicking Robots Could Help Explore Our World | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

"In the world of biomimicry, plants haven't necessarily been overlooked, but compared to animals -- especially in robotics -- there have been far fewer projects inspired by them. That's why it's neat to read about a project that revolves completely around finding ways to build robots that mimic plants, in particular their roots."


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Fish Robots Search for Pollution in the Waters

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"A number of robotic fish are going to be used in an experiment in the port of Gijon in Spain in order to evaluate how effectively and cost-efficiently they can detect water pollution. The carp-shaped robots are part of a three-year research project of Huosheng Hu and his robotics team at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex. The robot fish could be used to inspect rivers, lakes and seas. The life-like creatures, which mimic the undulating movement of real fish, are 1.5 meters (5 feet) long and will be equipped with tiny chemical sensors. These sensors are used to find sources of potentially hazardous pollutants in the water, such as leaks from vessels in the port or underwater pipelines. When they recharge their batteries via a “charging hub” they will be able to transmit the information to the port’s control center. This will enable the authorities to map the source and scale of the pollution virtually in real time."


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How DARPA's Robotics Challenge Works (Infographic)

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Inspired by the disaster response to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the DARPA challenge tests some of the mobility, manipulation and perception skills a robot would need in an emergency situation.

First, robots must drive and exit a utility vehicle. Then they walk across rough terrain and remove debris from a doorway. The robots open a series of doors, climb an industrial ladder and cut through a wall. Then they carry and connect a firehose. Lastly, the robot must locate and close leaking valves.

These test check a robot’s perception, mobility, manual dexterity, decision-making capacity and strength.

 


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The Future of Society and new ways of learning - Federico Pistono @ University Of Life Sciences Oslo

The pace of technological innovation is speeding up at an ever increasing rate. This is bringing unprecedented and incredibly rapid changes to the economy and society at large, particularly in the job market. 
Automation is removing jobs like never before, while comparatively few new jobs are being created by the new digital economy. This might be one of the greatest challenges that we've ever faced, but it could also represent our biggest opportunity. What can people and companies do right now to avoid being swept away by the exponentially increasing technologies that are coming to the market? What can governments do to provide for their people? What will be the future of work and of society? What will the transition look like, who will benefit from it, and who will be left behind? 


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SpaceFab: 3D printing and robotic assembly in space

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SpiderFab, a series of technologies under development by Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI), combines 3D printing and robotic assembly to build and create spaceship components and structures in orbit. The groundbreaking systems are being designed to enable on-orbit construction of antennas, booms, solar arrays, trusses and other multifunctional components, ten to hundreds of times larger than currently possible with existing technology.


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Say hello to ATLAS, one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built!

ATLAS was developed for DARPA by Boston Dynamics. Software-focused teams from Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge will use the robot to compete in the first physical competition of the Challenge in December 2013 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. 
The DARPA Robotics Challenge seeks to advance the technology necessary to create robots capable of assisting humans in disaster response. 


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The Future of Artificial Intelligence

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Robots are here to stay. They will be smarter, more versatile, more autonomous, and more like us in many ways. We humans will need to adapt to keep up.


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luiy's curator insight, March 25, 2013 5:36 PM
New technologies, new moralities

Religious and other organizations will define and attempt to regulate the ways in which human treat humanoid robots, since they will be considered quasi-human, sentient creatures that must be treated with respect and not abused. Thus, the changing legal and social framework will deal with the proper use of robots by humans as well as the proper behavior of robots toward humans, and new sets of “post-Asimov” laws will emerge.

 

Finally, a few concluding thoughts. The rapid increase in the number and sophistication of autonomous systems, including humanoid robots, lead to dramatic changes in society. Robots will assume an increasing share of human work and responsibility, thus creating a major social problem with unemployment and the relations of humans and robots. I believe that new frameworks for these interactions will emerge within the next 25 to 50 years. If they do not, there may be neo-Luddite rebellions, in which humans will attempt to destroy large numbers of robots. Those of us who design, program, and implement robots have a major responsibility to assist in the creation and implementation of patterns of behavior and legal systems to ensure that robots and humans co-evolve and co-exist for the benefit of society.

 

Robots are here to stay. They will be smarter, more versatile, more autonomous, and more like us in many ways. We humans will need to adapt to this coming world.