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Intelligent Robots Will Overtake Humans by 2100

Intelligent Robots Will Overtake Humans by 2100 | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it

Some believe in a utopian future, in which humans can transcend their physical limitations with the aid of machines. But others think humans will eventually relinquish most of their abilities and gradually become absorbed into artificial intelligence (AI)-based organisms, much like the energy making machinery in our own cells.


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Tiny Robots Take Wing

Flies are some of the most agile and maneuverable creatures on Earth. While some technologies like airplanes and helicopters mimic the motions of flies, rese...
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Moratorium on killer robots sought, ignoring guided missiles

Moratorium on killer robots sought, ignoring guided missiles | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
Killer robots that can attack targets without any human input 'should not have the power of life and death over human beings,' a new draft U.N. report says. ...
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The difficulty appears when you consider that a drone is more a slow-moving version of an automated munition of the type that has been applied to air/ground guided missiles and bombs since WWII. This is a cat that is well out of the bag, and bring called for by third world requests that everyone wait until they have the warbots too.

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Teachable robot helps assemble IKEA furniture

Teachable robot helps assemble IKEA furniture | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
A robotics group led by Professor Sylvain Calinon at the Italian Institute of Technology is teaching robots how to deal with real-world problems.
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Tech Gets ‘Touchy-Feely’ With Haptic Engineering

Tech Gets ‘Touchy-Feely’ With Haptic Engineering | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
Technology can help users "touch" virtual objects and distant environments as though they were real and within reach.
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Phantom flying drone captures stunning, stable video

Phantom flying drone captures stunning, stable video | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
A new stabilization system for the Phantom remote-controlled flying drone helps it capture stunning landscapes and maneuver in tight spaces.

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NASA plans to lasso asteroid with robotic spaceship so astronauts can explore it, Fla. senator says

NASA plans to lasso asteroid with robotic spaceship so astronauts can explore it, Fla. senator says | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
NASA plans to lasso asteroid with robotic spaceship so astronauts can explore it, a Fla. senator says. (#robotics NASA plans to lasso asteroid with robotic spaceship so astronauts can explore ... - The Denver Chann...
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Giant robot jellyfish to patrol US coasts

Giant robot jellyfish to patrol US coasts | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
A 170 pounds, six-foot long robot jellyfish named Cyro is now patrolling U.S. coastal waters.
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Swarming Robots Could Be the Servants of the Future

Swarming Robots Could Be the Servants of the Future | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
Swarms of robots acting together to carry out jobs could provide new opportunities for humans to harness the power of machines.
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The Future of Artificial Intelligence

The Future of Artificial Intelligence | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it

Robots are here to stay. They will be smarter, more versatile, more autonomous, and more like us in many ways. We humans will need to adapt to keep up.


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luiy's curator insight, March 25, 2013 5:36 PM
New technologies, new moralities

Religious and other organizations will define and attempt to regulate the ways in which human treat humanoid robots, since they will be considered quasi-human, sentient creatures that must be treated with respect and not abused. Thus, the changing legal and social framework will deal with the proper use of robots by humans as well as the proper behavior of robots toward humans, and new sets of “post-Asimov” laws will emerge.

 

Finally, a few concluding thoughts. The rapid increase in the number and sophistication of autonomous systems, including humanoid robots, lead to dramatic changes in society. Robots will assume an increasing share of human work and responsibility, thus creating a major social problem with unemployment and the relations of humans and robots. I believe that new frameworks for these interactions will emerge within the next 25 to 50 years. If they do not, there may be neo-Luddite rebellions, in which humans will attempt to destroy large numbers of robots. Those of us who design, program, and implement robots have a major responsibility to assist in the creation and implementation of patterns of behavior and legal systems to ensure that robots and humans co-evolve and co-exist for the benefit of society.

 

Robots are here to stay. They will be smarter, more versatile, more autonomous, and more like us in many ways. We humans will need to adapt to this coming world.

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FAA grants Arlington Police Department permission to fly UAVs

FAA grants Arlington Police Department permission to fly UAVs | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
The Arlington city Police Department has received permission from the FAA for that allows the use of UAVs under certain conditions over the city.
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Robohub: The use of robots in warfare

Robohub: The use of robots in warfare | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
For the latter half of this past week, the focus at Robohub.org has been the use of robots in warfare.
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Matthew's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:10 PM
Robotics in warfare is an advanced technology that will become more important in future conflicts.
James's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:11 AM

Not particularly helpful nor reliable as a source, very short.

 

In general, military robots are even now proving to be invaluable military assets; doing dangerous jobs that would risk the lives of infantry and specialists.

 

Current development has created remote-controlled robotic soldiers that allows a footsoldier to substitute themself on the field while they control them. This is also in the case of flying drones.

 

Bomb disposal units have also been developed to avoid fatalities should it not be diffused properly or in time.

 

Lastly, robots designed to transport otherwise heavy loads and equipment allows infantry to remain unburdened when mobile on the field.

Braden Costin's curator insight, March 22, 2013 2:29 AM

The article focuses on robots that are used by the military, however this article is only a few sentence long and is therfore not that useful as a source. Robots are now able to take on dangerous situations that ordinary soldiers could not, an example being bomb disposal.

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Robotics: UPenn Develops Autonomous Robotic Boats under DARPA’s TEMP Program

Robotics: UPenn Develops Autonomous Robotic Boats under DARPA’s TEMP Program | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
UPenn, under DARPA’s TEMP program, tests autonomous robotic boats that stick together with hook and tether mechanism (via UPenn)     Natural disasters tend to have an unpredictable (UPenn Develops Autonomous Robotic Boats under DARPA’s TEMP ...
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Latest Lego robotics kit can also 'talk' to iPhones

Latest Lego robotics kit can also 'talk' to iPhones | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit.
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Damn, I want one to play with.
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Pioneering flight of Robo Raven is major breakthrough for micro air vehicles

Pioneering flight of Robo Raven is major breakthrough for micro air vehicles | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
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Coral-repairing robots take a step closer to reality

Coral-repairing robots take a step closer to reality | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
A team at Herriot-Watt University’s Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help it develop coralbots that...
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Robots Mimic Ant Colony Behavior

Robots Mimic Ant Colony Behavior | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
The fact that robots can find their way through a maze without complex navigation strategies suggests the same is true for ants.

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Liquid Robotics Announces Wave Glider SV3

Liquid Robotics Announces Wave Glider SV3 | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it

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The Robot Launch Pad's curator insight, April 8, 2013 10:48 PM

It's a data center on the waves! Liquid Robotics today announced the introduction of the Wave Glider® SV3, the world’s first hybrid wave and solar propelled unmanned ocean robot. The Wave Glider SV3 incorporates the latest advancements in energy harvesting technology providing the ability to utilize both wave and solar energy for forward propulsion.


It's also even smarter, just like its parent company. Liquid Robotics has just closed $45 million funding round bringing the total from investors up to $85 million.

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Haptic Technology – The Sensitivity of Surgical Robots

Haptic Technology – The Sensitivity of Surgical Robots | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
Haptic technology is breaking new and promising ground in the field of surgical robots. Learn more about haptics and how it is changing the idea of senses.
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Researchers develop tiny robots that mimic ant behavior

Researchers develop tiny robots that mimic ant behavior | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
New Jersey Institute of Technology's Simon Garnier and other researchers have used tiny robots called Alices to mimic the behavior of ants, something they say (RT @sugusiceruk: http://t.co/Kbol3eMHDx...
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Festo - BionicOpter

With the BionicOpter, Festo has technically mastered the highly complex flight characteristics of the dragonfly. Just like its model in nature, this ultralig...
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Robotic salamander walks on land, swims in water

Robotic salamander walks on land, swims in water | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
The amphibious robot mimics the crawling and swimming movements of the salamander so that it can easily transition between land and water.
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Anthony Spalding's curator insight, March 20, 2013 9:54 PM

More trivial advancements

Corina Rodriguez's curator insight, March 22, 2013 8:21 AM

Articles shows the amazing things robots can do now and possibly in the future.

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ATLANTE UAS makes its maiden flight

ATLANTE UAS makes its maiden flight | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
Spain's ATLANTE Unmanned Aerial System made its maiden flight at the end of February.
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Braden Costin's curator insight, March 22, 2013 2:46 AM

This a short article about a new UAV (Un-maned Areil Vechile) that was devloped in Spain. This is apparently the first UAV that can do civilian and miliatry operations, such as traking a stolen car e.c.t

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Domestic Drones on Patrol

Domestic Drones on Patrol | Robots and Robotics | Scoop.it
Companies, universities and lawmakers in the United States are preparing for a world in which remote-controlled planes will be ubiquitous in civilian air space.
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Hayden Theuerkauf's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:11 PM

The particular website shows how drones are becoming more and more popular and very soon, we could see alot of these flying in our skies. Some say these drones could do more bad then they could do good, however they could be used for scouting crops or insect infestations to checking out fires and alerting the controller to how dangerous the fire really is. No matter which way you put it these drones that are starting to emerge really will change the future and how things are done.

Braden Costin's curator insight, March 22, 2013 2:23 AM

This article focuses on UAV's (Unmaned Areial Vechile). Domestic UAV's could have the potential inspect a plant crop for signs of blight or insect infestation in a fraction of the time a human would, saftey missions, areial survalence e.c.t there are many possibilities for a drone. 

cassian bulger's curator insight, March 22, 2013 5:41 AM

While these drones do have combat potential i believe it is important to look past that and see other potentials for unmanned arial vechiles (UAV) such UAV's could be used in crop dusting and ariel survalience of areas to aid in search and rescue operations so while they do have the potential to do alot of bad in the terms of warfare they also have the potential to do alot of good depending on how people use them.