“Many of us will live to see the day where we have physical, non-human colleagues,” says Matt Beane, a researcher at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Beane’s research addresses what he calls “The Avatar Economy”, where remote workers operate robots. Such robots are already used for tasks which require highly skilled labour and physical presence but where it’s either too dangerous or extremely expensive to use human beings. Aerial and ground-based robots were used in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, for example, to help assess system and structural integrity and evaluate demolition plans. According to Beane, the next wave of robotic workers will be in retail, security and remote supervision of manufacturing operations. Telepresence robots like those made by DoubleRobotics (and their human operators) will help you to find the right TV in a retail store or allow an operations supervisor in Chicago to do quality control on an assembly line in Shanghai.
Mobile MagazineLeap Motion to bring Minority Report Motion-Based UI to SmartphonesMobile MagazineWe are constantly at an age where we are inspired by science fiction movies like Star Trek and Total Recall, trying to turn them into science fact.
Steve Watson | DARPA enlists makers of "BigDog" to construct machines that can think for themselves. The Department of Defense has awarded a lucrative contract to an engineering and robotics design company to develop and build humanoid robots that can act intelligently without supervision.
The constant advancements in computing power, machine learning algorithms and breakthroughs in relevant technologies is setting the interaction between humans and computers on a road where sometime in the near future advanced Artificial Intelligences (A.I.) will engage with people in many meaningful ways.
The possibility of a machine with consciousness raises many philosophical, psychological and sociological questions about the nature of consciousness itself and what it really means to be intelligent. The computational modelling of human cognitive abilities can play a significant role in the advancement of cognitive psychology, giving a better understanding of people’s own intelligence. Going from natural to Artificial Intelligence, there are many challenges and risks to be met, but also great opportunities.
The promise of hypersonic flight sending us halfway around the world in a matter of hours is being bandied about again, this time by a British company that declares, with all due humility, that it has made "the biggest breakthrough in aerospace propulsion...
A postdoctoral student has developed a technique for implanting thought-controlled robotic arms and their electrodes directly to the bones and nerves of amputees, a move which he is calling "the future of artificial limbs." The first volunteers...
Though little is really known about these new bots, the rate of robot installation thus far is much lower than Gou's original claim; however, the evidence suggests that it is difficult to know exactly what is going on in the factories ...
Augmented reality touch continues to be a subject of research and development Disney Research shook the technology world with its augmented reality tactile system called REVEL, but it is not the only one experimenting ...
Wow. I really want to see this. I was also happy to see/hear Howard Rheingold in this film preview. I took a course from him last year.
Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webby Awards, talks about today's interconnected society at The Economist's Ideas Economy: Information 2012 event in San Francisco. I wanted to bring this to your attention because what she is speaking about concerns all of us
What does it mean to live in a connected world? How is it changing us, our culture and the planet?
Her film "Connected" is a must see! It's thought provoking and captures the essence of the experience, the anxiety, overwhelm, mystery, commonality, rapture, looks at the potential and wonder of what innovation, knowledge, discovery lies ahead.
"Go as far as you can see and when you get there. you'll be able to see even farther"
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Exploring Change and Ongoing Discussions"
ForbesThe End of Gun Control?Forbes3D printing allows you to build things that are, as the name implies, three dimensional. A few years ago 3D printers were very rare, hugely expensive, and hard to use.
: Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering announced that it has received a $2.6 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a smart suit that helps improve physical endurance for...
Sydney Morning HeraldRise of the robots is on our doorstepsSydney Morning HeraldThe student-designed robots performed well on the basketball court-size field, and organisers hope to create an intercollegiate mechatronic football league that accelerates...
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