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Cafe Neu Romance 2012: Engineered Arts Ltd.: RoboThespian reflects on Karel Capek & R.U.R

During the first edition of Cafe Neu Romance, the first robot performance festival in the World, which was hold in Prague, the European culture-historical ca...
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Fitting that a robot should muse on life in Karel Capek's city, birthplace of 'robots'.

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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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Tesla Model S: Summer Software Update Will Enable Autonomous Driving - IEEE Spectrum

Tesla Model S: Summer Software Update Will Enable Autonomous Driving - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
It'll only work on highways, but you'll be able to drive from San Francisco to Seattle without touching the wheel
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Even more compelling is the low speed set of features. 

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Future of Work Series Launches Today

Future of Work Series Launches Today | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Interview: Neil Jacobstein Discusses Future of Jobs, Universal Basic Income and the Ethical Dangers of AI
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Contribute to a discussion on  jobs/robots/AI/automation 

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Andrew Bate’s Swarmfarm Robotics finds a more efficeint way to spray weeds

Andrew Bate’s Swarmfarm Robotics finds a more efficeint way to spray weeds | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
ANDREW Bate well remembers his light-bulb moment. He was sitting alone one night in the dark cab of his powerful new tractor spraying weeds on the family cropping farm near Emerald, in central Queensland. He recalls thinking about where it was all going to lead.
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Great quote - Henry Ford "If I'd asked people what they wanted, they'd have said 'faster horses'."

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Sawyer: Rethink Robotics Unveils New Robot - IEEE Spectrum

Sawyer: Rethink Robotics Unveils New Robot - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
It's smaller, faster, stronger, and more precise: meet Sawyer, Rethink Robotics' new manufacturing robot
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And looks like being pretty popular. Kind of annoying in a younger sibling.

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Protesters stage anti-robot rally at SXSW

Protesters stage anti-robot rally at SXSW | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
At SXSW in Austin, a group of protesters warn of the dangers of artificial intelligence.
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Robin Hanson Reviews Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Robin Hanson Reviews Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future - Hit & Run : Reason.com | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Seeing dark omens of catastrophe in new tech demos.
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What the Seed Funding Boom Means for Raising a Series A

What the Seed Funding Boom Means for Raising a Series A | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Josh Kopelman on why raising a Series A is harder than ever, and how startups can adapt to survive the changing investment landscape.
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Why you are more likely to be plastic pony than a real unicorn.

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Why Robots Will Be The Biggest Job Creators In World History

Why Robots Will Be The Biggest Job Creators In World History | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The labor saved by robots will gift us with an investment surge that will truly transform our lives and work for the better. The future can’t come soon enough.
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John Tammy adds more weight to the techno-optimist side of the robots/labor/capital debate. 

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QUT and CSIRO Announce New International UAV Challenge | Unmanned Systems Technology

QUT and CSIRO Announce New International UAV Challenge | Unmanned Systems Technology | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Queensland University of Technology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, have announced their next international
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This is one worth watching!

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Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition

Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition seeks out these startup companies to generate awareness of their technology and funding.
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Great opportunities for early stage robotics startups!

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PAL Robotics Introduces Tiago Mobile Manipulator - IEEE Spectrum

PAL Robotics Introduces Tiago Mobile Manipulator - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Want to pick stuff up and move it around in a research environment? This could be the robot for you
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I predict a few more announcements like this in 2015.

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The Dawn Of Our Robot Overlords Inches Closer As iRobot Starts VC Shop

The Dawn Of Our Robot Overlords Inches Closer As iRobot Starts VC Shop | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Robot domination may have just taken another step forward. Just as venture capital investments in robotics are beginning to take off, the granddaddy of..
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iRobot is not the only sign of interest in robotics investment out there - as evidenced by the increasing number of deals in robotics startups.

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Watch this drone herd sheep like a sheepdog | VentureBeat | Gadgets | by Emil Protalinski

Watch this drone herd sheep like a sheepdog | VentureBeat | Gadgets | by Emil Protalinski | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Introducing Shep the Drone.
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Interview: Neil Jacobstein Discusses Future of Jobs, Universal Basic Income and the Ethical Dangers of AI

Interview: Neil Jacobstein Discusses Future of Jobs, Universal Basic Income and the Ethical Dangers of AI | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
As part of Singularity University's Future of Work series, I had a chance to sit down with Neil Jacobstein, the co-chair of the Artificial
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Video of quake-ravaged Avonside

Video of quake-ravaged Avonside | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
New video shows the remains of one of Christchurch's quake-stricken riverside suburbs.
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My grandparents lived here ... and now it's just vacant lots. Over 50% of houses in many parts of Christchurch were destroyed. And won't be rebuilt.

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The Next Generation Of Home Robots Will Be So Much More Than Vacuums

The Next Generation Of Home Robots Will Be So Much More Than Vacuums | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
If Hollywood's depiction of artificial intelligence were accurate, we would be falling in love with operating systems, sharing our homes with Stepford wives,..
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But the household robot is still a long way off although we are leveraging industrial robot developments and smartphone technology to build better robots.

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Why do we find it hard to torture robots?

Why do we find it hard to torture robots? | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Meet DAR-1. He might not look like much, but robots like him are showing startling new ways that humans can interact with machines
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Anti-Robot Protest Held At SXSW

Anti-Robot Protest Held At SXSW | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A small group of protesters held signs and handed out t-shirts to protest robots today at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. What did they have against..
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What It Took These Four Women To Get Into Robotics

What It Took These Four Women To Get Into Robotics | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
And what you can learn from them.
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Meet Google's 'crabot' — part crane, part robot, all Google - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Meet Google's 'crabot' — part crane, part robot, all Google - Silicon Valley Business Journal | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Here's a machine that could help rearrange modular building pieces inside Google's proposed new canopied buildings.
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Here's some of the robots that Google is working on. 

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Why Silicon Valley Is Eager to Take on Detroit

Why Silicon Valley Is Eager to Take on Detroit | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
We tend to think of cars as a mature technology. They’re good enough to be boring. But something weird is happening. Silicon Valley is eyeing the
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Sensitive prosthetics from Barrett and SynTouch on PBS

Sensitive prosthetics from Barrett and SynTouch on PBS | The Robot Times | Scoop.it

Barrett and SynTouch's sensitive prosthetics on PBS NewsHour

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Sensitivity has been missing from prosthetics until now. This is exciting research.

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Fetch Robotics: Unbounded Core Team Developing New Robots for Logistics - IEEE Spectrum

Fetch Robotics: Unbounded Core Team Developing New Robots for Logistics - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A new robotics startup is building a mobile manipulator to tackle logistics and fulfillment
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Robotics is blurring the line between light industrial and logistics. 

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The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl Is Absurd

The FAA's Drone Ban at the Super Bowl Is Absurd | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
You may have heard about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) quietly declaring that this year's Super Bowl will be a "no drone zone." You may not have heard just how big that no drone zone will be. It's 60 miles wide. The no drone zone is larger than the city of Phoenix. Seems a little bit absurd, huh?
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It’s About Women Running Startups

It’s About Women Running Startups | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Just before the holidays I had coffee with Anne, an ex MBA student running a fairly large product group at a search engine company, now out trying to raise money for her own startup. She had an int...
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There are lessons here for robotics. Enough said.

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