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Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance - YouTube

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Rise of the Machines : Documentary on the Future of Human Like Robots - YouTube

Unveiling of Atlas robot, created by Boston Dynamics for the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Learn more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/vide...
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This documentary looks at the evolution of robotics over the last 20 years and highlights that the biggest weak point in the robotics industry is not the hardware, but the software. While we are able to build robots that can perform a number of pre-planned or human controlled  tasks quite easily, constructing a robot that possesses common sense, the ability to learn and the ability to accomplish tasks on its own is proving to be much more of a challenge.

This documentary also takes a small look into the idea of cyborgs - combining robotics with human brains and bodies to give people abilities lost in accidents such as the ability to move or communicate. The future of this technology could also be used to enhance people's abilities by increasing reaction times or strength or possibly even connecting them to the internet.    

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'RoboDoc' to the rescue: NASA to send robotic doctor to space

'RoboDoc' to the rescue: NASA to send robotic doctor to space | It's life Jim, but not as we know it - Artificially Intelligent Robotics. | Scoop.it
NASA is developing a humanoid robot to perform medical procedures, including surgery, at the International Space Station and even en route to Mars.
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Robonaut 2, currently being developed by NASA as a future  nurse or physician could have life changing capabilities in the future, both on the ground and in space. The robot is about to learn CPR and the hope is that one day it could act as a sergeant  and medic in the international space station, on a battlefield or even in a Mars colony.

 

A robot like this could help relieve the stress of doctors in hospitals and could be deployed in countries where medical treatment is hard to come by or is unattainable such as developing countries or remote populations. This type of robot could also act as a carer for someone recovering from surgery or who is in an unstable state and needs 24 hour surveillance.  The uses and importance for such a robotic development could really be endless.

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The Army Is Developing Robotic Convoys - Business Insider

The Army Is Developing Robotic Convoys - Business Insider | It's life Jim, but not as we know it - Artificially Intelligent Robotics. | Scoop.it
The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and Lockheed Martin have just unveiled a series of fully autonomous convoys that can operate in urban environments.
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While it could be a long way away for consumers to buy and use self driving vehicles, the US army is  very close to automated convoys. In a test which involved fully automated tactical vehicles navigating road intersections, oncoming traffic, stalled and passing vehicles, pedestrians and traffic circles (in both urban and rural test areas), the vehicles performed perfectly.


This is just one of the many examples of the practical applications of self driving vehicles. By taking people out of dangerous situations, many lives could be spared both on the battlefield and in everyday life. This kind of application could even prove useful in applications such as Mars colonies or mining, where building supplies and test samples may need to travel long distances over unstable, dangerous or remote terrain.

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Andreas Raptopoulos: No roads? There's a drone for that - YouTube

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This video also looks at the idea of drones as a means of delivery, though in a very different way. This video looks at the idea of using drones and docking stations in a similar way that mobile phone networks and the internet function. The idea is to use drones that can fly up to 10kms to carry (initially) small pay loads (up to 2kg) of important materials such as medicine to areas that are not always accessible any other way but air. If the pick-up and drop-off points are more than 10kms away from each other, the drones simply fly to the docking stations along the way to pick up a new battery. These stations would be spread out like a network of mobile phone towers enabling the drones to fly long distances in any direction.
 

Aside from enabling under developed nations the ability to send and receive packages, this technology could one day be used in congested cities. The drones could prevent unnecessary car trips and hence ease the amount of traffic on the roads. This system also proves to be much more efficient both economically and environmentally than our current delivery methods . Though this system would also struggle with the same challenges as the ones Amazon is facing, if such a system could be implemented in these situations, it could be the next big technological innovation after the internet. 

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Robotics trade show offers glimpse into future of service robots

Robotics trade show offers glimpse into future of service robots | It's life Jim, but not as we know it - Artificially Intelligent Robotics. | Scoop.it
The days of robotic maids and humanoid assistants may be closer than you think.
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This short article talks about REEM-C a new humanoid robot that has been designed by French company PAL Robotics.  Currently, the robot can walk, talk, open doors, navigate its surrounds and climb stairs. The aim for the project is to create an assistant to care for and accompany the elderly by 2016-2019.

PAL Robotics also has hopes that one day this project can be developed into a search and rescue robot to help in dangerous situations.

 

These robotic developments are making the idea of a robotic assistant in your own home that much closer to reality.

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Robot learns, thinks and acts by itself #DigInfo - YouTube

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This robot has been designed to think, learn and  problem solve on its own. Using past experiences, educated guesses and knowledge, the robot is able to accomplish tasks asked of it, even if it has not performed that exact set of movements before. If the robot does become stuck, it is able to ask for help so that it can add this information to its data base for future problems of a similar nature.

 

This type of technology could prove invaluable in many industries and situations. An example of this could be  an assembly robot in a factory. If the company now wants the robot to use a different tool from a different location, the robot can be taught the new actions within a few minutes, without stopping assembly or reprogramming the robot to perform specific motions to move to and use the new tool.

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The CNN 10: Future of driving - CNN.com

The CNN 10: Future of driving - CNN.com | It's life Jim, but not as we know it - Artificially Intelligent Robotics. | Scoop.it
A new wave of innovation, led by carmakers and automotive-tech companies, is transforming the driving experience.
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This collection of articles  looks at 10 of the most interesting developments for cars of the future.

Aside from alternative fuels and enhanced  safety features, perhaps the most anticipated features are self parking and self driving cars. While we already have cars that can parallel park with almost no input from the driver (usually the driver still needs to change gears and apply breaking), developers are looking to create systems that completely take driver input out of the equation. A current system in the works allows drives to park and summon their cars at a push of a button on their smart phones.

Eventually the aim is to allow drivers to become passengers while their cars navigate traffic and take them to where ever they want to go in the most efficient way possible. 

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Why Amazon Delivery Drones Won't Work - YouTube

Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR (at 1:11) on the Domicopter (Dominos Pizza Drone Delivery Service) When Dominos decided to announce that it would begin deliverin...
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This video looks at a new type of delivery system, drones. Companies such as Amazon, Domino's and Zookal (a Sydney based book shop) are all looking at using autonomous drones to deliver their goods to their customers within 30 minutes of purchase.

 While this sounds like a great idea, there are many difficulties that must be overcome before this can become a viable option. Some of these challenges include how these companies could legally fly their drones without an operator watching them, how they could ensure the drones are not hijacked and how they can ensure the items actually are delivered to the customer.

If these issues could be overcome this could be the beginning of a brand new industry that could really change the way we buy things online.

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