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Explore the most important technology and science trends! News, Analysis, Interviews, Presentations, Documentaries. All in one place at Tracking the future magazine
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The New Rules of Robot/Human Society

As technology speeds forward, humans are beginning to imagine the day when robots will fill the roles promised to us in science fiction. But what should we be thinking about today, as robots like military and delivery drones become a real part of our society? How should robots be programmed to interact with us? How should we treat robots? And who is responsible for a robot's actions? As we look at the unexpected impact of new technologies, we are obligated as a society to consider the moral and ethical implications of robotics.

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SCHAFT : DARPA Robotics Challenge 8 Tasks + Special Walking

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How DARPA's Robotics Challenge Works (Infographic)

How DARPA's Robotics Challenge Works (Infographic) | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Inspired by the disaster response to the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the DARPA challenge tests some of the mobility, manipulation and perception skills a robot would need in an emergency situation.

First, robots must drive and exit a utility vehicle. Then they walk across rough terrain and remove debris from a doorway. The robots open a series of doors, climb an industrial ladder and cut through a wall. Then they carry and connect a firehose. Lastly, the robot must locate and close leaking valves.

These test check a robot’s perception, mobility, manual dexterity, decision-making capacity and strength.

 
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The Future of Society and new ways of learning - Federico Pistono @ University Of Life Sciences Oslo

The pace of technological innovation is speeding up at an ever increasing rate. This is bringing unprecedented and incredibly rapid changes to the economy and society at large, particularly in the job market. 
Automation is removing jobs like never before, while comparatively few new jobs are being created by the new digital economy. This might be one of the greatest challenges that we've ever faced, but it could also represent our biggest opportunity. What can people and companies do right now to avoid being swept away by the exponentially increasing technologies that are coming to the market? What can governments do to provide for their people? What will be the future of work and of society? What will the transition look like, who will benefit from it, and who will be left behind? 

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DARPA Robotics Challenge

Robots are coming of age. As part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Lockheed Martin developing autonomous systems that work together with human operators.

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Will Work For Free | OFFICIAL RELEASE | 2013

Will Work For Free is a documentary by Sam Vallely on the subject of technological unemployment.

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Introducing WildCat

WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat's best performance so far. WildCat is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA's M3 program.

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watch the whole video, really advanced stuff

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Meet the new generation of robots. They're almost human…

Meet the new generation of robots. They're almost human… | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

In Bristol, Molly the robot helps the elderly; in Lyon, iCub plays children's games. And, globally, some extraordinary developments are under way in artificial intelligence that could have a profound effect on the way we live

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Future Space Robots Will Mimic Scientific Curiosity With Clever Cameras

Future Space Robots Will Mimic Scientific Curiosity With Clever Cameras | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Modern exploration robots like NASA’s Curiosity rover are incredible. They’re strong machines, capable of driving, drilling, scooping, and even shooting lasers on other worlds. But the next generation of interplanetary probes will be smarter, with advanced computer and camera systems that let them recognize novel or interesting locations likely to yield important scientific discoveries.

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Researchers Develop Super-Strong Robot Muscle

Researchers Develop Super-Strong Robot Muscle | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers from the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has created efficient artificial, or “robotic” muscles, which could carry a weight 80 times its own and able to extend to five times its original length when carrying the load – a first in robotics.

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Bionic Skin for a Cyborg You

Bionic Skin for a Cyborg You | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it
Flexible electronics allow us to cover robots and humans with stretchy sensors
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Robot Revolution? Scientists Teach Robots to Learn

Robot Revolution? Scientists Teach Robots to Learn | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

The challenge of developing artificial robot intelligence capable of learning through teaching revolves around the problem of perception. While today's robots are armed with sensors, scanners, cameras, and other high-tech tools, roboticists are still learning to help them make sense of what they encounter.

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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

Artificial intelligence is an ever evolving goal for researchers, and the object of endless fascination for writers, filmmakers, and the general public. But despite our best science fiction visions, creating digital intelligence is incredibly difficult. The universe is a very complicated place, and humans have had millions of years to evolve the ability to navigate and make sense of it. Contemporary attempts to create AI have us looking more at how our own brains work to see how a computer could simulate the core activities that create our intelligence. No matter how we get there, it is certain that artificial intelligence will have tremendous impact on our society and economy, and lead us down a path towards evolving our own definitions of humanity.

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Imagine your robot today. Design one tomorrow.

With an open source robot design for 3-D printers, discover how Intel's 21st Century Robot program hopes to increase the growth rate, diversity, and utility of robots by allowing anyone to create and program their own robot.

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Japanese robot crushes competition in robot olympics

Japanese robot crushes competition in robot olympics | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

If you are ever trapped in a collapsed building, SCHAFT is the robot you’ll want by your side. The a bipedal robot, built by a Japanese team, just took the top score in the DARPA Robotics Challenge trials, where it scored 27 out of a possible 32 points.

IHMC Robotics (20 points), Tartan Rescue (18 points), MIT (16 points), RoboSimian (14 points), WRECS (11 points), TracLabs (11 points) and Trooper (9 points) filled out the next seven spots. DARPA will soon announce up to eight teams that will receive funding to proceed on to the finals next year.

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Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android

Google Puts Money on Robots, Using the Man Behind Android | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Over the last half-year, Google has quietly acquired seven technology companies in an effort to create a new generation of robots. And the engineer heading the effort is Andy Rubin, the man who built Google’s Android software into the world’s dominant force in smartphones.

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Henry Evans and Chad Jenkins: Meet the robots for humanity

Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage -- and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called Robots for Humanity, help him live his life. He shows off a nimble little quadrotor drone, created by a team led by Chad Jenkins, that gives him the ability to navigate space -- to once again look around a garden, stroll a campus ... 

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This Robot Is Changing How We Cure Diseases

Every week at an NIH drug-testing lab, a robotics system performs millions of experiments faster and with greater precision than any human could. The simple goal: to find new treatments and cures. 

 

Visit the full project at http://wsj.com/trials ;

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Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, November 19, 2013 12:00 PM

It's what they do best - let the computers do the mass production and we can concentrate on being [good] human…

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Would you want a robot with a human face?

Would you want a robot with a human face? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Researchers asked a group of people that question and found that preferences vary by age—and based on what the robot is supposed to do.

Most college-aged adults in the study preferred a robotic appearance, although they were also generally open to human or mixed human-robot faces.

However, nearly 60 percent of older adults said they would want a robot with a human face, and only 6 percent of them chose one with a mixed human-robot appearance.

 


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Machines on the march threaten almost half of modern jobs

Machines on the march threaten almost half of modern jobs | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Computers have been an important part of many industries for decades already and have replaced humans in many jobs. But a new wave of technological development means that even positions that we once saw as immune to computerisation are now under threat.

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superscooper01's curator insight, September 25, 2013 6:40 AM

but they're are also some good thing about it.

right ?!

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Are Robots Going To Kill Your Next Job Or Create It?

Are Robots Going To Kill Your Next Job Or Create It? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Everyone agrees that some jobs for humans will be lost to robots, and some jobs for humans will be created because of robots. But there is a growing debate about the math. Will the robotics revolution be an aggregate job creator or job killer for humans?

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Robots: Is the uncanny valley real?

Robots: Is the uncanny valley real? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

For decades the golden rule in robotics has been that the more lifelike a creation, the more likely it crosses the line from cute to creepy. But questions are being raised as to whether this is really true.

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SpaceFab: 3D printing and robotic assembly in space

SpaceFab: 3D printing and robotic assembly in space | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

SpiderFab, a series of technologies under development by Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI), combines 3D printing and robotic assembly to build and create spaceship components and structures in orbit. The groundbreaking systems are being designed to enable on-orbit construction of antennas, booms, solar arrays, trusses and other multifunctional components, ten to hundreds of times larger than currently possible with existing technology.

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Robots: The future of elder care?

Robots: The future of elder care? | Tracking the Future | Scoop.it

Would you let a robot take over as a live-in nurse for your aging parent or grandparent?

In 2050, the elderly will account for 16 percent of the global population. That's 1.5 billion people over the age of 65, according to the Population Reference Bureau. Caring for those seniors - physically, emotionally and mentally - will be an enormous undertaking, and experts say there will be a shortage of professionals trained and willing to take on the job.

"We have to find more resources and have to get new ways of delivering those resources and delivering the quality of care," says Antonio Espingardeiro, an expert in robotics and automation at the University of Salford in Manchester, England.

Enter the elder-care robot.

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Say hello to ATLAS, one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built!

ATLAS was developed for DARPA by Boston Dynamics. Software-focused teams from Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge will use the robot to compete in the first physical competition of the Challenge in December 2013 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. 
The DARPA Robotics Challenge seeks to advance the technology necessary to create robots capable of assisting humans in disaster response. 

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