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Robotics to Drive Global Job Creation Through 2016

Robotics to Drive Global Job Creation Through 2016 | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
a growth in robot use over the next five years will result in the creation of one million high-quality jobs around the world.
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Australian schoolgirl a science sensation

Australian schoolgirl a science sensation | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
An Australian teenager's simple idea that would allow a complete quadriplegic to control a wheelchair by voice has earned her international recognition and a top science award for school students, handed out by Commonwealth science agency CSIRO.
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16 yr old Yaya Lu documents her 8 years of robotics competitions and her learning journery at her website yayalu.net . She is a complete champion.

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TheKidsAreAllRight's comment, January 18, 2013 3:34 PM
Wow, and she's only 16 - amazing!
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Robotic Construction Gets Fancy at ETH Zurich's Digital Fabrication Lab

Robotic Construction Gets Fancy at ETH Zurich's Digital Fabrication Lab | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Bricklaying robots, building structures out of rubble, and creative concrete are all works in progress at ETH Zurich
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Further from commercialization but exciting to see progress in construction robotics.

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Robots Learn to Reason by Playing Minecraft | MIT Technology Review

Robots Learn to Reason by Playing Minecraft | MIT Technology Review | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A new approach to robot learning was tested in Minecraft, the popular open-ended computer game.
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Our Robot Overlords Aren't Quite Ready For Us — Yet

Our Robot Overlords Aren't Quite Ready For Us — Yet | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
In the booming field of industrial robotics, the race is on to create a machine that can actually replace human workers. But even with the brightest minds in automation on the project, human-less l...
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New Study Confirms: Use of Robots Fuels Growth and Productivity

New Study Confirms: Use of Robots Fuels Growth and Productivity | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

EUnited Robotics position: Often cited Osborne/Frey study lacks significance

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Robots=more jobs, more productivity, more GDP (not more unemployment) as independent university study refutes Frey and Osborne.

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Foxconn, Softbank to open robot joint venture: report | Economics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS

Foxconn, Softbank to open robot joint venture: report | Economics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Tokyo, June 17 (CNA) Taiwan-based contract electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group (鴻海) and Japan's telecom services supplier Softbank Corp. are planning to set up a joint venture to produce robots, Japan's Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported Wednesday.
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This is very interesting timing in conjunction with the announcement of SoftBank leading Fetch Robotics A round.

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As Great Whites Patrol the Surf, a Drone Patrols the Sharks

As Great Whites Patrol the Surf, a Drone Patrols the Sharks | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A new drone used by one OC lifeguard department is proving to be a promising tool in keeping beaches safe.
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As an Aussie, I'm very keen to find out if drones are useful for surf lifesaving and beach patrols. 

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Live video and tweets from the #DARPADRC Finals | Robohub

Live video and tweets from the #DARPADRC Finals | Robohub | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Live video and tweets from the #DARPADRC Finals
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I'm live tweeting - so join me @svrobo for all the spoilers ahead of the slightly delayed live video :) 

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The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet Trends Report

The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet Trends Report | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
If you want to understand tech, Mary Meeker's Internet Trends reports are the closest you'll get to gospel. Today the Kleiner Perkins partner released her..
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Commercial drone sales likely to total >5 billion by end 2015. That's just one bit of data - Mary Meeker has some interesting internet trend analysis that sheds light on future directions for robotics. 

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This Woman Makes Robots. And No One Is Going to Stop Her.

This Woman Makes Robots. And No One Is Going to Stop Her. - Backchannel - Medium
Melonee Wise was employee 2 at Willow Garage. Its legacy destroyed her first startup but lives on in her latest venture.
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Everything (almost) you ever wanted to know about the history of modern robotics in Silicon Valley.

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Baidu Leads in Artificial Intelligence Benchmark

Baidu Leads in Artificial Intelligence Benchmark | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Baidu Inc. says it has posted the world's best results on a closely watched artificial intelligence benchmark. It had a secret weapon, according to researchers at the Chinese search giant: Minwa.
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4.58% success on Image classification challenge - with Google and Microsoft also posting results better than 5%.

 

Ren Wu spoke today at the Embedded Vision Summit and says that Minwa is successful through hardware/software co-design, with highly optimized software stack. (RDMA/GPU Direct, New data partition and communication strategies). Minwa has 36 nodes, 144 GPUs, 6.9TB Host, 1.7TB Device capable of 0.6 PFLOPS.

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Silicon Valley Fashion Week is real, and it stars drones and robots instead of models

Silicon Valley Fashion Week is real, and it stars drones and robots instead of models | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Who wore it better, drones or tech bros?
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If one must have robot circuses - this is a good way to go about it!

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A Chinese company is replacing 90 percent of its workers with robots

It’s debatable whether or not sophisticated workplace robots will destroy millions of jobs around the world, or simply change the nature of many jobs.
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An attention grabbing headline but more balanced discussion.

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Kitchener-Waterloo startup Clearpath Robotics to open Silicon Valley office

Kitchener-Waterloo startup Clearpath Robotics to open Silicon Valley office | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The company plans to open a product design facility in the San Francisco Bay Area before the end of the year
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Welcome to Silicon Valley!

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Robots Build Large Structures With Brick and Concrete

Robots Build Large Structures With Brick and Concrete | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Construction robotics has the potential to drastically speed up building structures while reducing cost
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Australian company seriously commercializing construction robotics to meet shortage of bricklayers.

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Jabil's innovation center welcomes robots - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Jabil's innovation center welcomes robots - Silicon Valley Business Journal | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Jabil’s Blue Sky Innovation Center welcomed entrepreneurs and their robots to the center that opened this spring.
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Octopus-inspired robot “hands” delicate enough to grasp a tomato

Octopus-inspired robot “hands” delicate enough to grasp a tomato | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Soft Robotics wants to get its speciality robot hands all over your food. Last week, the year-old startup announced a partnership with a California company that makes sorters, washers, and chopping equipment for produce manufactures that ship cut fruit and bagged and washed greens to stores like Costco.
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Good partnerships starting to flow to some soft robotics companies. It's only surprising that it's taken this long for produce industry to realize what was out there.

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SoftBank Lands $236M From Alibaba And Foxconn To Bring Its Pepper Robot To The World

SoftBank Lands $236M From Alibaba And Foxconn To Bring Its Pepper Robot To The World | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Remember Pepper, the intelligent robot that SoftBank unveiled in Japan last year? Pepper goes on sale in Japan this coming weekend, but in advance of that..
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Aldebaran's demise is turning into SoftBank's robot rise.

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Catalia Health Gets $1.25 Million From Khosla Ventures For Its Healthcare Robot

Catalia Health Gets $1.25 Million From Khosla Ventures For Its Healthcare Robot | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Catalia Health chief executive Cory Kidd has spent the past 20 years working on how to apply robotics to improve personal health. Now, nearly a year after..
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Google's big bet that will change your world

Google's big bet that will change your world | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The US stands to lead in robotics in the factory. Google and other companies are investing millions to boost manufacturing productivity.
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Many countries and companies getting into collaborative robots and service robotics.

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This Little Robot Wants to Be Your Best Friend | WIRED

This Little Robot Wants to Be Your Best Friend | WIRED | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Musio wants to talk to you, be your pal, and control your smart home.
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Another robot that promises much but won't be delivered for another year. *sigh

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Airware And DJI/Accel Launch Drone Investment Funds

Airware And DJI/Accel Launch Drone Investment Funds | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Airware makes a flexible drone operating system. DJI makes the top consumer drones. But they need to bundle up with industry-specific hardware and software..
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Not one but two drone investment funds announced today. Surely no further industry validation is required.

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Inside Cornwall's robot factory (Wired UK)

Inside Cornwall's robot factory (Wired UK) | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Engineered Arts, a Cornwall-based company, designs and builds robots by hand, in its workshop. "We have a motto," says Will Jackson, the firm's founder, "we design in the morning, we make in the afternoon, and we fail in the evening."
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Drones and Dresses at Silicon Valley’s First Fashion Week

Drones and Dresses at Silicon Valley’s First Fashion Week | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The sold-out event believes Silicon Valley has some runway-worthy ideas for the fashion industry.
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Fun and potentially relevant for the robotics companies involved.

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xkcd: Microdrones

xkcd: Microdrones | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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Robot engineering - meet social engineering. 

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Hasta la vista, employment

Hasta la vista, employment | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
As robots transform the world of work, how many jobs will remain for people?
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Good article - pointing out that we've been predicting technological unemployment for almost 300 years and it hasn't happened yet.

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