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Better Living Through Technology | Engadget

Better Living Through Technology | Engadget | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Emerging technologies have the potential to impact our health and well being, and we'll be talking with Ekso Bionics' Co-founder & CTO Russ Angold
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Both speakers talk about the tight coupling between military research and advances in the medical and health fields. Both Ekso Bionics and Intuitive Surgical were developed through DARPA funding.

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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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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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Fetch Robotics Introduces Fetch and Freight: Your Warehouse Is Now Automated - IEEE Spectrum

Fetch Robotics Introduces Fetch and Freight: Your Warehouse Is Now Automated - IEEE Spectrum | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
This pair of robots is ready to take over in warehouses, autonomously picking and delivering goods
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And you can talk to Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics tonight at SVR Influencer event at IDEO in SF.

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How a Toronto prof changed artificial intelligence

How a Toronto prof changed artificial intelligence | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.—Three summers ago, at the age of 64, Geoffrey Hinton left his home in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood to become an intern at Google. He received a propeller beanie stitched with the word “Noogler” and attended orientation sessions populated…
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Yesterday I looked through the eyes of a robot | Robohub

Yesterday I looked through the eyes of a robot | Robohub | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Yesterday I looked through the eyes of a robot
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The world’s first robotic kitchen prepares crab bisque for Ars Technica

The world’s first robotic kitchen prepares crab bisque for Ars Technica | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Imagine waking up to a robot-cooked breakfast every morning.
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Imagine the robot being able to do it without needing to have everything prescripted and tightly positioned. :)

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ACM Technical Awards Honor Robotics Innovators Who Are Changing the World

ACM Technical Awards Honor Robotics Innovators Who Are Changing the World | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
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Robin Murphy is the recipient of the ACM Eugene Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contribution within Computer Science and Informatics for her pioneering work in rescue robotics at Texas A&M university.

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'Ex Machina' is the best movie about artificial intelligence in 40 years

'Ex Machina' is the best movie about artificial intelligence in 40 years | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
In the future, how will we tell if a robot has human-level intelligence?

For decades, the litmus test of choice was the Turing Test, which asks: can a computer program fool one in three judges into thinking it's human? But the Turing Test says nothing about a program’s ability to reason, or be creative or aware.
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Want People To Like Your Drone? Read This

Want People To Like Your Drone? Read This | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Kate Darling of MIT has released a new draft research study in which she found that anthropomorphic framing --- specifically how we think about robots can affect human behavior and even may impact public policy.
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R2-D2’s builder Tony Dyson talks A.I., drones and why everyone needs a little robot in their house - GeekWire

R2-D2’s builder Tony Dyson talks A.I., drones and why everyone needs a little robot in their house - GeekWire | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
There is likely no more famous – or beloved – robot than R2-D2. Along with partner C-3PO, both robots became so much more than sidekicks in the Star Wars films —… Read More
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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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Ekso Bionics Holdings targets aging consumers, industrial companies with wearable robots (Video) - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Ekso Bionics Holdings targets aging consumers, industrial companies with wearable robots (Video) - Silicon Valley Business Journal | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The East Bay firm has wowed people with its exoskeletons, but has been unable to make a profit. New products, aimed at aging consumers and industrial companies, could help change that. VIDEO
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Ekso Bionics launch an industrial version of their exoskeleton.

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Scarce Skills, Not Scarce Jobs

Scarce Skills, Not Scarce Jobs | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
The "real" challenge technology presents isn't that it replaces workers, but rather displaces them.
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So if you read the latter part of this article, there is a very nice analysis of changing work/job numbers in many computerized professions, showing overall increase in jobs, not decrease.

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Movies preparing us for robot overlords

Movies preparing us for robot overlords | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Let's take a moment and think about how movies are teaching us to regard the bleeding edge of cybernetic research.
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A nice comparison of how four recent movies, Her, Interstellar, Ex Machina and Chappie, shape public perception of robots. Now just add Big Hero 6 and Robot and Frank!

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Demonstration of a robotic kitchen using two UR5 robot arms - YouTube

UK-based Moley Robotics unveiled an autonomous kitchen machine on Hannover Messe 2015 that uses two UR5 robot arms from Universal Robots and robot hands to r...
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The Robotics Inventors Who Are Trying to Take the ‘Hard’ Out of Hardware

The Robotics Inventors Who Are Trying to Take the ‘Hard’ Out of Hardware | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
A handful of low-budget innovators are working to reinvent rigid, heavy machines and robots with materials that are soft, light, cheap and squeezable.
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Otherlab are great model of an 'indie lab'. 

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Amazon can finally test its delivery drones in the US

Amazon can finally test its delivery drones in the US | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Amazon's drone team must have heaved a collective sigh of relief: the company only had to wait a few weeks for the FAA's approval this time. The agency h
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What Ex Machina's Alex Garland Gets Wrong About Artificial Intelligence

What Ex Machina's Alex Garland Gets Wrong About Artificial Intelligence | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Video Ex Machina opens this weekend. Its director, Alex Garland of 28 Days Later acclaim, appeared on Marketplace today to discuss the role of artificial intelligence in the film. Garland made a claim that is common but, in my view, flawed: "If you had a machine that said 'I don't want you to switch me off,'" he told [...]
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They’re Using Drones to Herd Sheep

They’re Using Drones to Herd Sheep | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
Some tech-savvy farmers are opting for copters over canines; ‘you don’t have to feed it.’
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Community Notebook: Silicon Valley Robot Block Party features the latest in robotics

Community Notebook: Silicon Valley Robot Block Party features the latest in robotics | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
More than 1,000 people are expected to celebrate National Robotics Week at the 2015 Silicon Valley Robot Block Party, where the latest robotics technology and startups will be on display.
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Sure I'm biased, but we just put on the biggest and best showcase of cool robotics anywhere! More than 2000 in attendance!

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