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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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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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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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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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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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Will the robots come and take our jobs?

Will the robots come and take our jobs? | The Robot Times | Scoop.it
McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson
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Again a mixed positive study. But it's hard to predict accurately and there are really two issues - improving productivity and economic growth vs failing education and retraining - and whose responsibility?  It is in the interest of companies to retain workers.

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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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