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Robot rover is first Russian lunar mission in decades

Robot rover is first Russian lunar mission in decades | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Moscow - Russia will launch the Luna-Globe-1 spacecraft from its new space center Vostochny in the Amur region in 2015, Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin told reporters on Tuesday.
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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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Watch this delivery through the eyes of a self-driving robot

Watch this delivery through the eyes of a self-driving robot | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Starship Technologies CEO Ahti Heinla takes a self-driving robot on a test delivery to a Silicon Valley resident.
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Elon Musk’s OpenAI is turning warehouse bots from Fetch Robotics into home helpers

Elon Musk’s OpenAI is turning warehouse bots from Fetch Robotics into home helpers | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
OpenAI is teaching warehouse robots to do your household chores.
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Robots Are Invading Malls (and Sidewalks) Near You

Robots Are Invading Malls (and Sidewalks) Near You | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A new generation of robots is heading out of the factory and into urban settings to help you get packages and snacks.
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And Manuela Veloso adds that these robots need to incorporate feedback about their behavior in public.
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The robot uprising has begun and it's about to change your life

The robot uprising has begun and it's about to change your life | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Robots made by startups such as Savioke and Fetch could soon be put to work in warehouses and hotels everywhere
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Stanford’s ‘Jackrabbot’ robot will attempt to learn the arcane and unspoken rules of pedestrians

Stanford’s ‘Jackrabbot’ robot will attempt to learn the arcane and unspoken rules of pedestrians | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
It's hard enough for a grown human to figure out how to navigate a crowd sometimes — so what chance does a clumsy and naive robot have? To prevent future..
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WE need a lot more data on moving in human environments.
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These Australian Researchers are Working on Robot Cowboys

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Look closely you'll see another quirky robot name. "Rippa" is aussie slang for really good.
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Why chatbots should be more like R2D2 than C3PO, and other lessons for Silicon Valley's hottest trend

Why chatbots should be more like R2D2 than C3PO, and other lessons for Silicon Valley's hottest trend | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Bots are hot in Silicon Valley.
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Glad to hear some good design thinking here. Trying to be too humanlike leads to immediate disappointment with a bot or robot service.
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Google I/O is calling all Android robot programmers

Google I/O is calling all Android robot programmers | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
SoftBank Robotics opens a San Francisco office and unveils a Pepper developers kit at Google's big confab.
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Autonomous-Driving Venture Targets Heavy Trucks

Autonomous-Driving Venture Targets Heavy Trucks | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
An engineer who helped spearhead the self-driving Google car project has quietly launched a Silicon Valley startup that plans to retrofit tractor trailers with autonomous-driving technology.
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Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you

Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The iPhone changed the world. This might change it next
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Great in depth look at the evolution of Viv - a really disruptive technology.
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FAA Administrator Makes Two Major Drone Announcements - sUAS News

FAA Administrator Makes Two Major Drone Announcements - sUAS News | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Speaking today at a conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing abroad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues. He also announced plans to make it easier for students to fly unmanned aircraft (PDF) as part of their coursework. Huerta said the drone advisory committee is…Read more →
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Ironing out the issues slowly. slowly. slowly.
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Famed Robotics Expert Yoky Matsuoka Heads to Apple

Famed Robotics Expert Yoky Matsuoka Heads to Apple | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Yoky Matsuoka, a robotics expert and MacArthur genius grant winner who helped found Google's X lab, will work on Apple's health efforts.
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I wonder what projects she'll initiate - robotics is looking more achievable these days. :)
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Where are the previous Robot Launch winners now? — Silicon Valley Robotics

Where are the previous Robot Launch winners now? - Silicon Valley Robotics - Medium
Catch up with past winners: CleverPet (2015), Preemadonna/Nailbot (2015 runner-up), and Leka (2014).
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IAM Robotics Takes on Automated Warehouse Picking

IAM Robotics Takes on Automated Warehouse Picking | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A Pittsburgh startup wants to build a robot that can pick items off of shelves, the holy grail of warehouse fulfillment

Via Jean-Philippe BOCQUENET
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Cozmo Blog

Cozmo Blog | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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Anki are really starting to bring variety into their robot range.
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Robot workers are showing up in malls, hotels, and parking lots

Robot workers are showing up in malls, hotels, and parking lots | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Robots capable of autonomous movement while completing assigned tasks are beginning to appear on sidewalks and in parking lots, hotels, and stores. Used for security, delivery, and inventory, they may also displace humans who currently do the same jobs.
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The author notes that the appearance of a robot is (or should be) formed for its function.
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Robots add real value when working with humans, not replacing them

Robots add real value when working with humans, not replacing them | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
In the popular media, we talk a lot about robots stealing jobs. But when we stop speculating and actually look at the real world of work, the impact of..
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The subtle shifts of how does the work and what is valuable when robots work alongside people.
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Asus Zenbo Attempts to Convince Us That We Need a $600 Home Robot

Asus Zenbo Attempts to Convince Us That We Need a $600 Home Robot | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
This robot can do everything your phone or tablet can do, and a little bit more, but is it enough?
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Absolutely agree with Evan - the demos only show the best possible working robot interaction and the reality of the next crop of social robots is almost certainly going to be far less functional or rewarding. So why would we want one?
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What to Do When a Robot Is the Guilty Party

What to Do When a Robot Is the Guilty Party | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is vowing not to get left behind in the rush to artificial intelligence, but determining how to regulate it isn’t easy.
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Wonderful to see these initiatives putting robot and AI ethics on the stage.... and in govt.
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Pepper robot gets first Android SDK...and it's finally coming to America

Pepper robot gets first Android SDK...and it's finally coming to America | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Pepper opens itself up to one of the world's largest development communities.
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Otto offers retro-fit driverless lorries - BBC News

Otto offers retro-fit driverless lorries - BBC News | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A US start-up is hoping to retro-fit lorries with self-drive technology that could revolutionise the way goods are delivered.
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Someone Taught Alexa To Summon The Tesla Model S

Someone Taught Alexa To Summon The Tesla Model S | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Tesla’s cars have a variety of cool features that you’re unlikely to find on most cars, I can’t recal
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And allowing anyone to program new behaviors into the Tesla S via API is a whole new can of worms.
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The virtual assistant arms race is set to explode

The virtual assistant arms race is set to explode | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
LESS than five years ago Apple released its iPhone 4S with a curious little feature called Siri — a well mannered robot you could ask to do Google searches.
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Wondering about the potentials for replacing machine interface in industry.
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When robots become team players - The Boston Globe

When robots become team players - The Boston Globe | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The machines can come out from behind their cages and work in human-robot teams on the factory floor.
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Some of the collaborative industrial robots from the International Collaborative Robotics Workshop in Boston.
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Robots: Friend or foe

Robots: Friend or foe | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Three robot companies to watch
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Financial Times is doing a whole week on robots - and have quite a few other stories on robots in last few weeks too.
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