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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 3:34 PM
Wow, and she's only 16 - amazing!
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Robotic Toy Carmaker Anki Raises $55 Million

Robotic Toy Carmaker Anki Raises $55 Million | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The round was led by J.P. Morgan.
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Death, drones and driverless cars: how Google wants to control our lives

Death, drones and driverless cars: how Google wants to control our lives | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Google seems to be reaching out of the internet and into every corner of the world. So what exactly does it want – and can it really be good for us?
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Google is now the 2nd largest private lobbyist in the US, second only to Dow Chemicals and Google spends more than any of the defence contractors.

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Tiny Humanoid Robot Learning to Fly Real Airplanes - IEEE Spectrum

Tiny Humanoid Robot Learning to Fly Real Airplanes - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Meet your new autopilot
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And now it's just getting crazy - does a robot flying a plane meet the FAA requirements? Really!

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The Case for a Federal Robotics Commission

The Case for a Federal Robotics Commission | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Ryan Calo explores whether advances in robotics also call for a standalone body within the federal government, tentatively concluding that the United States would benefit from an agency dedicated to the responsible integration of robotics technologies into American society.
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This is one approach to a serious issue - where do we get good policy guidance for the technologies that are shaping our future.

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Google Drones Lift Industry Hopes

Google Drones Lift Industry Hopes | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Google's entry into the drone business brings financial and lobbying heft that should help the fledging industry overcome technical and regulatory obstacles.
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Five Myths and Facts About Robotics Technology Today - IEEE Spectrum

Five Myths and Facts About Robotics Technology Today - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
An investor discusses five pressing issues about the future of robots

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A byte to eat

A byte to eat | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
STARWOOD HOTELS is rolling out a robot to help fulfil room-service requests for its guests. The butler known as a "botlr" is being tested in its Cupertino hotel in...
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Savioke's Botlr is popular in Silicon Valley but is raising union ire elsewhere. However, Botlr is part of an increasing trend towards automation in business travel which alongside emerging cashless culture is putting the tipping industry at risk.

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Could Jibo Developer Cynthia Breazeal Be The Steve Wozniak Of Robots?

Could Jibo Developer Cynthia Breazeal Be The Steve Wozniak Of Robots? | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
VideoBill Gates once predicted we would have a robot in every home to go with our personal computer. James Temple of is calling Jibo—a new personal robot to be sold commercially in 2015—“one of the most ambitious and affordable robots for the home that seen.” I agree. Developed by [...]
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Drone Activist Launches Pilot Association To Represent Interests Of Small Commercial Operators

Drone Activist Launches Pilot Association To Represent Interests Of Small Commercial Operators | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
If you are involved at all in small drone flying, you are likely to have come across Peter Sachs in one of a number of online forums dedicated to unmanned aerial vehicles or have visited his website to learn from an expert the latest in drone law.  He’s a commercial [...]
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US struggles to keep up with rest of world.

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Cutesy robot Asimo gets upgraded

Cutesy robot Asimo gets upgraded | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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But Jibo can do the same human-robot interaction for a fraction of the price. The battle of the household robots begins!

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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 10, 2:51 AM

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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Home - World Robotics 2014

Home - World Robotics 2014 | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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Strong growth in robot sales across all sectors - figures are in from 2013.

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Facebook Lays Out Its Roadmap for Creating Internet-Connected Drones | WIRED

Facebook Lays Out Its Roadmap for Creating Internet-Connected Drones | WIRED | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
If tech companies like Facebook and Google have their way, everyone in the world will have access to the internet within the next few decades. But one thing's certain: it's going to be a bumpy ride.
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Facebook isn't letting Google slow them down on drones, although losing out on Titan Aerospace was a set back.

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This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic | TechCrunch

This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic | TechCrunch | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Robots might be unseating the cherry job of wine critics soon. Researchers in Denmark have created an artificial tongue to find out whether expensive wine..
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A bit of hype in the headlines here. The sensors may be more sensitive or reliable for certain tastes, but in no way offer the whole service currently done by wine critics and as the researchers say, could have better applications in clinical diagnosis.

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Watch This Crazy Drone With Arms Fly and Turn a Wheel in Mid-Air

Watch This Crazy Drone With Arms Fly and Turn a Wheel in Mid-Air | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
I, for one, welcome our new armed-drone overlords
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Drones set to revolutionise surf lifesaving

Drones set to revolutionise surf lifesaving | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The way Australia rescues stranded swimmers off beaches is about to change.
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The right combination of problem and answer - fast deployment of flotation devices in heavy swell conditions on guarded beaches.

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Robots With Their Heads in the Clouds

Robots With Their Heads in the Clouds | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The five elements of cloud robotics
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Great overview by Ken Goldberg 

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roberto gilli's curator insight, August 28, 3:58 AM

I agree totally: robots and AI have to live in clouds, eating big data.

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The Future of Robot Caregivers | NY Times

The Future of Robot Caregivers | NY Times | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Elderly people need everyday help, and there aren’t enough humans to provide it.
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Heartfelt message from the front line of eldercare.

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Edmonton airport testing out customer service robots

Edmonton airport testing out customer service robots | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The customer service robots are the first of their kind in Canada.
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I nearly forgot about Furo with all the new kiosk and service robots popping up.

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Future of Trucking: Big Rigs Become Robot Convoys

Future of Trucking: Big Rigs Become Robot Convoys | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
July 23 (Bloomberg) –- Peloton Technology has developed a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system that has the potential to transform the trucking industry. By tethering two trucks together using advanced sensing intercommunications, the Silicon Valley startup says they can improve safety
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Drone 'Finds Trapped People Using Phone Signal'

Drone 'Finds Trapped People Using Phone Signal' | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A student develops a system to help drones home in on the location of people trapped underneath rubble using mobile phone signals.
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Amazon seeks FAA permission to test drones outdoors near Seattle

Amazon seeks FAA permission to test drones outdoors near Seattle | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is seeking permission from U.S. regulators to test its delivery drones near Seattle, as part of a rapid expansion of a program that has sparked widespread debate
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This is a positive move towards a regulatory pathway. For years, driverless vehicles (cars) have had large companies with deep pockets championing their cause, doing research and steering policy. Commercial drone regulations are moving slowly because of lack of commercial push.

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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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