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Japan's new 'communications robot' will prevent astronauts from getting lonely in space — by being absolutely adorable

Japan's new 'communications robot' will prevent astronauts from getting lonely in space — by being absolutely adorable | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
It may look and act nothing like David from Prometheus, but big things come from humble beginnings.
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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 12:34 PM
Wow, and she's only 16 - amazing!
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ex post facto

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Tom Tunguz is a venture capitalist at Redpoint and writes about startups, fund raising, SaaS companies, and best practices for founders.
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In the future, your needs will be met by robot baristas, robot Realtors and robot sales agents.

In the future, your needs will be met by robot baristas, robot Realtors and robot sales agents. | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Carnegie Mellon professor writes that there won't be separate physical and digital worlds. The two will be fused into one, with your needs met by robots serving as baristas, Realtors and sales agents.
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What is a robot? The answer is constantly evolving

What is a robot? The answer is constantly evolving | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
We are already surrounded by bots in the form of ATMs, GPS systems and Nest thermostats. Our appliances will become autonomous one by one, but we’ll still refuse to call them robots.
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Exploring the tension between the robots that do things and the things we like to call robots - social robots.

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The National Park Service ordered a ban on drones in the 401 national parks.

The National Park Service ordered a ban on drones in the 401 national parks. | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The National Park Service ordered a ban on drones in the 401 national parks, the latest battleground over the proliferation of drones in U.S. skies.
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We could see this coming - see Game of Drones - Extreme Sports Photography article.

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Airdog: Yet another Follow-Me copter on Kickstarter!

Airdog: Yet another Follow-Me copter on Kickstarter! | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Given that this is the third Follow-Me announcement of the day, AirDog's claim to be the world's first auto-follow action sports drone may not be quite acc…
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Follow-Me Mode: Available Today, Free in DroidPlanner 2.0

Follow-Me Mode: Available Today, Free in DroidPlanner 2.0 | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
3D Robotics is thrilled to introduce the Follow Me feature, the latest adventure in autonomous flight. Follow Me mode allows you to be your own one-man aeria…
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One of the 'follow me' droids launched this weekend.
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Computer passes Turing Test for first time by convincing judges it is a 13-year-old boy

Computer passes Turing Test for first time by convincing judges it is a 13-year-old boy | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Eugene Goostman seems like a typical 13-year-old Ukrainian boy — at least, that's what a third of judges at a Turing Test competition this Saturday thought. Goostman says that he likes hamburgers...
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Google's Self-Driving Cars Have Never Gotten a Ticket

Google's Self-Driving Cars Have Never Gotten a Ticket | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
But if they do, Google hopes the fine gets handed to their corporate person, not the human in the driver seat.
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Drone inspectors: UK airline easyJet looks to tech to cut costs

Drone inspectors: UK airline easyJet looks to tech to cut costs | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Virgin's the kind of brand we're not shocked to see playing with the latest tech -- after all, Richard Branson's got a space plane. Experiments with
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With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time

With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Farms in upstate New York and elsewhere are using automatic milkers that scan and map the underbellies of cows, extract the milk, and monitor its quality, without the use of human hands.
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The beauty of these systems is the benefit to the cows. They like being milked by machines more often.

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A mighty contest | The Economist

A mighty contest | The Economist | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
“OUR ROBOTS PUT people to work,” says the rejected slogan still on the whiteboard in Rodney Brooks’s office. It was meant to convey the belief that led Mr...
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Part 5 of The Economist's special on robotics.

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Up in the air

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AMERICA’S DECADE OF misbegotten war in the early 21st century will be remembered for many things, but when it comes to technology, the rise of the drone will stand...
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La robolution est en marche

La robolution est en marche | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Imaginez un monde où il n’y aurait plus de comptables, d’assistants juridiques, de chauffeurs de taxi ou de livreurs… Un monde où les services ne seraient plus assurés par les hommes mais p
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Mathieu HERROU's curator insight, July 9, 11:51 PM

Les robots rêvent-ils de moutons électriques ?... ;-)

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A Prominent Lawyer Is Calling For A New Federal Agency To Regulate Robots

A Prominent Lawyer Is Calling For A New Federal Agency To Regulate Robots | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Ryan Calo wants the government to pay more attention to robotics.
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Calo suggests it's time for a new federal agency to oversee robotics technologies. 

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Nasa to Power ISS Robots With Google's Project Tango 3D Smartphones

Nasa to Power ISS Robots With Google's Project Tango 3D Smartphones | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Nasa plans to use the handsets to beef up its Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES robots.
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Launching on July 11

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The Most Important People Working In Robotics Today

The Most Important People Working In Robotics Today | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
From academics to boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs.
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A very US centric but interesting list.

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SoftBank has another humanoid robot - IEEE Spectrum

SoftBank has another humanoid robot - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Japanese telecom giant is betting big on robotics
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Quite a degree more complex than Pepper - although I'm also hearing great things about how much more sophisticated Pepper is than the original Nao.

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A Drone Designed To Follow And Film You Is Smashing Its Kickstarter Goal

A Drone Designed To Follow And Film You Is Smashing Its Kickstarter Goal | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Sure to be a hit among GoPro wielding snowboarders.
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One of the 'follow me' droids launched this weekend.

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See, sense, think, react: the robots are coming

See, sense, think, react: the robots are coming | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Epson's new machine can operate a normal power-drill, pick up screws as small as those in tiny watches and even check the quality of its work with its own eyes.
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The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.
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Japanese Robots: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Kanako Miura

Japanese Robots: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Kanako Miura | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Japanese Robots: Celebrating the Life of Dr. Kanako Miura
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One year after her tragic death in a cycling accident, Reno Tibke looks at the contributions to robotics, particularly humanoid movement, made by gifted researcher Dr. Kanako Miura.

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Rex Bionics set for takeoff

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An NZ firm which makes robotic "exoskeletons" for the disabled will float on Britain's junior AIM sharemarket.
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Drones to the rescue | Stuff

Drones to the rescue | Stuff | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Drones could soon be used to help find people missing in remote parts of the country.
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The invisible unarmed

The invisible unarmed | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN November 2013 by Amazon’s boss, Jeff Bezos, that he wanted to use drones for deliveries was, to many in the industry, something of a stretch....
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Part 4 of the Economist's special on robotics.

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Good and ready

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ON THE OUTSKIRTS of Odense, a small city in southern Denmark, Enrico Krog Iversen shows off the building he has bought to serve as the new headquarters and assembly...
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