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History repeats itself with the first robot road trip | The Fresno Bee

History repeats itself with the first robot road trip | The Fresno Bee | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
In 1903, Horatio Jackson, Sewall Crocker, and their dog, Bud, drove across the nation and into the history books, becoming the first team to successfully make the transcontinental trip from San Francisco to New York City. Last week marked another historic, continentwide expedition, although this time the Delphi Automotive team's traveling companion wasn't a dog, but a robot chauffer. A driverless car, starting from the Golden Gate Bridge, safely traveled the intervening 3,500 miles to arrive jus
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If autonomous vehicles can navigate the impending bureaucracy and enter widespread use, the greatest benefit they offer is vastly improved roadway safety.

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Will driverless cars be a solution for Saudi Arabia's new desert megacity - | BBC

Will driverless cars be a solution for Saudi Arabia's new desert megacity -  | BBC | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Ninety kilometres of roads are already in use but what about the thorny question of women driving? In 20 years when KAEC is due to be completed, will females be behind the wheel?

According to Dania Beidas, who lives and works in the city during the week, in two decades the question may well be irrelevant.

"I hope that we will be allowed to drive here eventually," she says. "But with driverless cars in the pipeline, it may not matter any more."
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Interesting take on how some people are already considering the impact of driverless cars in 20 years.

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Peter Thiel: Robots don't threaten middle class jobs | CNN

Peter Thiel: Robots don't threaten middle class jobs |  CNN | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Billionaire Peter Thiel wants people to stop blaming technology for all of society's problems. Robots won't replace middle class jobs, he says.
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The Silicon Valley entrepreneur characterized fears about technology as shortsighted and tired, having been around for over 200 years.

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Australia grapples with its growing fleet of drones - BBC

Australia grapples with its growing fleet of drones - BBC | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
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It is impossible to gauge how many drones are being used recreationally, according to Casa's Corporate Communication Manager Peter Gibson, because "they can be flown straight out of the box without a licence". 

Their popularity has also increased as prices have fallen from thousands of dollars to about A$500 ($404, £267).

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The Plan to Replace the Turing Test with a ‘Turing Olympics’ - MotherBoard

The Plan to Replace the Turing Test with a ‘Turing Olympics’ - MotherBoard | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
When is a robot as intelligent as a human? When it can build flatpack furniture.
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One challenge the group is considering is what Marcus referred to as the “Ikea test.” It sounds like the punchline to a joke: How do you know when a machine is more intelligent than a human? When it can follow the instructions to build flatpack furniture. But that’s pretty much the idea. 

The robot would have to be capable of seeing the parts, interpreting the instructions, and, eventually, have the motor skills to put it together.

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From Science Fiction to Reality: The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence | WIRED

From Science Fiction to Reality: The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence | WIRED | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
What was once just a figment of the imagination of some our most famous science fiction writers, artificial intelligence (AI) is taking root in our everyday lives. We’re still a few years away from having robots at our beck and call, but AI has already had a profound impact in more subtle ways. Weather forecasts,…
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By the end of the decade, AI will become commonplace in everyday life, whether it’s self-driving cars, more accurate weather predictions, or space exploration.

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Husky UGV used for mine mapping in Chile - News - Shephard

Husky UGV used for mine mapping in Chile - News - Shephard | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Our Husky-based sensing system will contribute significantly to the success and efficiency in which future mining operations take place.’
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The university's Department of Electrical Engineering and the Advanced Mining Technology Center are using the UGV for solving registration problems with complex sensor data in the mines

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Kaspersky Lab Presents a Forecast for 2045 - i-HLS

Kaspersky Lab Presents a Forecast for 2045    - i-HLS | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Robots Everywhere
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Before long it’s likely that the world’s population will include billions of people and billions of robots, with the latter doing almost all of the heavy, routine labor. People will work on improving the software for the robots and the IT industry will be home to companies developing programs for robots just like they now develop apps for users to download and install.

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Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence — Medium

Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence — Medium | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Discussions about Artificial Intelligence (AI) have jumped into the public eye over the past year, with several luminaries speaking…
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AI systems need to have the capability — and responsibility — of working with people to obtain feedback and guidance. They must know when to stop and “ask for directions”

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Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword - Bloomberg

Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword - Bloomberg | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it

Robotics is a topic of discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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"Professor Ken Goldberg says the interaction between robots and humans and the sharing of information between them is at a turning point."

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Artificial-Intelligence Experts to Explore Turing Test Triathlon - IEEE Spectrum

Artificial-Intelligence Experts to Explore Turing Test Triathlon - IEEE Spectrum | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Intelligentsia of AI will gather to come up with a battery of alternatives to the traditional Turing test
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Whether a particular computer program is “intelligent,” as opposed to simply being “useful,” is arguably an unanswerable question. But computer scientists have nonetheless been asking it ever since 1950, when Alan Turing wrote “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” and proposed his now-famous test.

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Artificial intelligence: how can we manage the risks? - WEF

Artificial intelligence: how can we manage the risks? - WEF | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the discipline that studies how to create software and systems that behave intelligently, write Bernhard Petermeier and Stuart Russell.
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Contrary to public perception and Hollywood screenplays, it does not seem likely that advanced AI will suddenly become conscious and malicious.

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Robots roam hallways of SF's newest hospital, lending a helping hand - CNET

Robots roam hallways of SF's newest hospital, lending a helping hand - CNET | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it

A fleet of 25 new robot workers roll through the hallways of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, delivering meals and medicine, among other tasks formerly completed by humans.

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Eve also comes equipped with 30 infrared and sonar sensors, one laser and a camera, so that it can tell when someone or something is in front of it. "Please stand aside," Eve politely says when it confronts such an obstacle.

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Ratchet boots make walking 7% easier | BBC

Ratchet boots make walking 7% easier | BBC | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Engineers create unpowered exoskeleton "boots" that use a spring and a ratchet to make human walking 7% more efficient.
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"Someday soon we may have simple, lightweight and relatively inexpensive exoskeletons to help us get around, especially if we've been slowed down by injury or aging,"

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Livermore Lab taking prosthetic arms to next level | San Jose Mercury News

Livermore Lab taking prosthetic arms to next level  |  San Jose Mercury News | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
A highly advanced, thought-controlled artificial limb would let wounded soldiers, and eventually civilians, again experience feelings such as touch, temperature and texture.
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is one member of a team of research organizations working on DARPA's HAPTIX program to provide the sense of touch to prosthetic upper limbs. According to a story in the San Jose Mercury News, "HAPTIX aims to create a fully implantable system approved for human use by 2020. To get there, scientists will essentially need to learn a new language -- translating nerve impulses into commands for the bionic hand, be it grasping an object, flexing a finger, or making a fist."

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This Millennium Falcon is the drone you've been looking for

This Millennium Falcon is the drone you've been looking for | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Youtuber Oliver C created a custom drone replica of the Millenium Falcon from Star Wars.
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The quadcopter is made out of a foam shell which not only looks like the starship — it also has working thruster lights in the back and directional lights in the front.

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Let a robot valet park your car - CNN.com

Let a robot valet park your car - CNN.com | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
A robotic assistant is taking the sweat out of getting on a plane at Germany's Dusseldorf airport.
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Drivers put their car into a parking bay that places the car on a large steel tray. Robotic wheeled platforms slide under the vehicle and then transport it to the bays following buried wires in the floor of the carpark.

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AI will not kill us, says Microsoft - BBC

AI will not kill us, says Microsoft - BBC | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it

Microsoft Research's chief has said he thinks artificial intelligence systems could achieve consciousness, but has played down the threat to human life.

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Eric Horvitz revealed that "over a quarter of all attention and resources" at his Microsoft research unit were now focused on AI-related activities.

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Top Robots for Farmers for 2014 | EE Times

Top Robots for Farmers for 2014 | EE Times | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Over 60 agricultural robots are in-the-field today, either commercially or in testing for release in 2015-2016. Here are 27 of the top contenders for the autonomous robotic ag of the future.
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There is also a very nice slide show here - http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?utm_content=buffer046e8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter%2Ecom&utm_campaign=buffer&doc_id=1325149&image_number=1 ;

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World's first home robot shop opens in Paris - Recombu

World's first home robot shop opens in Paris - Recombu | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it

Those flying cars may be taking a long time to come into our lives, but we can now jump on the Eurostar and buy robots for the home.

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The store is divided into three parts: a discovery area, a learning space and a developer space.

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DARPA Wants Drones To Hunt In Packs - Popular Science

DARPA Wants Drones To Hunt In Packs - Popular Science | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
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DARPA is setting a modest goal of one person controlling six drones at a tim.

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Exclusive: Summer Glau Introduces Us to Her Giant Robot Pal JEFF 1000 - Nerdist

Exclusive: Summer Glau Introduces Us to Her Giant Robot Pal JEFF 1000 - Nerdist | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
The always ass-kicking Summer Glau is back in Wired’s newly launched documentary-style satirical web series Jeff 1000. In which the star of Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Arrow, Alphas, Dollhouse, The 4400, and everything else…
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The video below really made me think on this point from the article "I think this robot is incredibly dangerous because he is so good at filling the role of being a best friend to me, and when I think of him and when I relate to him, I don’t even think of him as being a robot."

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Half million drones already sold in the U.S. over the past three years? : GPS World

Half million drones already sold in the U.S. over the past three years? : GPS World | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
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Seems a very high number, although sound analysis otherwise -- "With a half million drones already sold in the U.S. over the past three years, and many more in the pipeline for purchase at a rapidly increasing rate, its possible that recreational UAS use might outstrip that of commercial “for money” applications."

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On strong foundations, UK looks to raise its game in robotics - FT.com

On strong foundations, UK looks to raise its game in robotics - FT.com | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Race in robotics Inspecting the condition of the Bacton gas terminal on the east coast of England used to be a hazardous, lengthy and expensive job for Royal Dutch Shell. Employees would have to work at heights of more than 100 metres to review the
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But while the UK is one the of the world’s leaders in robotics research, other countries such as the US, South Korea and Japan have been more successful at exploiting those opportunities commercially.

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Mecha Monsters – battling robots that can also teach you how to code - The Guardian

Mecha Monsters – battling robots that can also teach you how to code - The Guardian | RobotEnomics | Scoop.it
Silas Adekunle and Reach Robotics have come up with Berserker and Brute – for gaming in the real world
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Play and learn: Silas Adekunle, owner of a start-up in Bristol, supported by the University of the West of England, created a spider like robot game controlled by an app. But it is more than a game, as he explains: “When you’re done playing with the robot, you can use our developer software to start creating custom motions. It’s a very simple way of trying out coding and seeing it play out in real life. ”
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