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How the BBC micro:bit will kick-start a coding revolution | Wired UK

How the BBC micro:bit will kick-start a coding revolution | Wired UK | pRobotika | Scoop.it
The BBC is giving schools a million free micro:bit computers. It hopes it will kick-start a coding revival. This is the inside story
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Alpha 2, a Humanoid Robot With Social Skills, Is Now on Indiegogo | IEEE Spectrum

Alpha 2, a Humanoid Robot With Social Skills, Is Now on Indiegogo | IEEE Spectrum | pRobotika | Scoop.it
UBTECH Robotics has big plans for this small and affordable robot
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Awesome BioRobots Inspired by Animal Movements! - YouTube

Roboticists from Switzerland's EPFL institute bring us four awesome robots that are designed to mimic the movements and gait of animals. We chat with these b...
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Swissnex in San Francisco is on @Testedcom 

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Baby steps for robot makers: China won’t play key role in next-generation industrial bots as tech gap with foreign firms widens, experts say | SCMP

Baby steps for robot makers: China won’t play key role in next-generation industrial bots as tech gap with foreign firms widens, experts say | SCMP | pRobotika | Scoop.it
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Marvin Minsky Reflects on a Life in AI | MIT Technology Review

Marvin Minsky Reflects on a Life in AI | MIT Technology Review | pRobotika | Scoop.it
A founding father of artificial intelligence talks about the great breakthroughs of his early years.
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Fascinating. But Minsky isn't too impressed with what's been achieved in the past two decades; he believes that big companies and good innovation don't mix. 

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Google’s robot group struggles to fill leadership vacuum as it shoots for ambitious launch before 2020 | Business Insider

Google’s robot group struggles to fill leadership vacuum as it shoots for ambitious launch before 2020 | Business Insider | pRobotika | Scoop.it
Google bought a bunch of robotics companies in 2013. Then leader Andy Rubin quit, and the state of the project is in flux.
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Fastest brain-computer-interface speller developed | KurzweilAI

Fastest brain-computer-interface speller developed | KurzweilAI | pRobotika | Scoop.it
System diagram of the advanced SSVEP-based BCI speller. It consists of four main procedures: visual stimulation, EEG recording, real-time data processing, and
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Allows paralyzed patients to communicate at 60 characters per minute.

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Slowly, Clunkily Racing Toward the Robot Revolution: Lessons from the DARPA Grand Challenge | h+ Media

Slowly, Clunkily Racing Toward the Robot Revolution: Lessons from the DARPA Grand Challenge | h+ Media | pRobotika | Scoop.it

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Jim Gunderson's curator insight, November 4, 2015 7:39 AM

Good summary of the impact of "Grand Challenges"  on the development of new technology. Insider's view of strengths and weaknesses.

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Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality | The Guardian

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality | The Guardian | pRobotika | Scoop.it
Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts
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New Merrill Lynch report.

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25 features of the new Horizon 2020 research plans: robot farmers to 5G phones | Science Business

25 features of the new Horizon 2020 research plans: robot farmers to 5G phones | Science Business | pRobotika | Scoop.it
Final work plans for 2016 and 2017 are out, with ambitions to replace animal testing, resist the rising tide of antimicrobial resistance and deliver faster internet speeds
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Daimler driverless lorry tested in motorway traffic | BBC News

Daimler driverless lorry tested in motorway traffic | BBC News | pRobotika | Scoop.it
A driverless lorry developed by Daimler is tested on a public road for the first time, in Germany.
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Chatbot Rose wins 2015's Loebner artificial intelligence prize | BBC News

Chatbot Rose wins 2015's Loebner artificial intelligence prize | BBC News | pRobotika | Scoop.it
A chatbot named Rose wins 2015's Loebner Prize in artificial intelligence, but fails to convince the judges it is human.
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Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child | NY Times

Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child | NY Times | pRobotika | Scoop.it
With the help of A.I., America’s most famous doll tries to fulfill a timeless dream — convincing little girls that she’s a real friend. What will happen if they believe her?
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Yamaha's Motobot robot wants to beat MotoGP star Valentino Rossi | Wired UK

Yamaha's Motobot robot wants to beat MotoGP star Valentino Rossi | Wired UK | pRobotika | Scoop.it
The humanoid Motobot robot has been designed by Yamaha to ride an unmodified motorbike and hopes to hit 200kph by 2017
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Very cool. 

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Getting HyQ the robot 'disaster ready' | Reuters

Robotics engineers are developing algorithms to make HyQ, a quadruped robot, into a useful tool in disaster missions. Jim Drury saw it in action.
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Alpha 2 Humanoid Robot is Your Family’s Personal Assistant - Robotics Trends

Alpha 2 Humanoid Robot is Your Family’s Personal Assistant - Robotics Trends | pRobotika | Scoop.it
UBTECH's Alpha 2 humanoid robot is designed as an interactive family companion capable of accomplishing a range of typical household tasks.
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Jibo, Buddy: Meet Alpha 2...your new rival for family companion robot. 

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Compressorhead rocks the crowd to find new robot band member | Gizmag

Compressorhead rocks the crowd to find new robot band member | Gizmag | pRobotika | Scoop.it
In rock music, there's something quite captivating and magical about a power trio. But the folks behind the three robotic rock group Compressorhead have set their sights on expansion, turning to Kickstarter to search for a new lead singer, and to record a new "heavy metal" album.
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The past and future of AI: A chat with Barbara Grosz | Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The past and future of AI: A chat with Barbara Grosz | Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | pRobotika | Scoop.it
Barbara Grosz has spent her career working to make human-computer interactions as fluent as human-to-human interaction.
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Toyota to spend $1bn on artificial intelligence project in Silicon Valley | The Guardian

Toyota to spend $1bn on artificial intelligence project in Silicon Valley | The Guardian | pRobotika | Scoop.it
Company to employ 200 people in a new facility that will include development of robotics
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Q&A: John Markoff on self-driving cars, the robot revolution and the chances ... | GeekWire

Q&A: John Markoff on self-driving cars, the robot revolution and the chances ... | GeekWire | pRobotika | Scoop.it
John Markoff John Markoff is a New York Times science reporter and author of the new book, Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Hu

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ABB eyes rapid expansion as robotics grows | China Daily

ABB eyes rapid expansion as robotics grows | China Daily | pRobotika | Scoop.it
ABB Ltd, the Swiss multinational operating mainly in robotics and the power and automation-technology sectors, said it is planning a rapid expansion in China.
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A Robot Finds Its Way Using Artificial “GPS” Brain Cells | MIT Technology Review

A Robot Finds Its Way Using Artificial “GPS” Brain Cells | MIT Technology Review | pRobotika | Scoop.it
One robot has been given a simulated version of the brain cells that let animals build a mental map of their surroundings.
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Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution? | BBC News

Intelligent machines: Will we accept robot revolution? | BBC News | pRobotika | Scoop.it
The robots have arrived but will we ever live in harmony with them or will we remain suspicious of their intentions?
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One-armed factory robot Sawyer goes on sale | BBC News

One-armed factory robot Sawyer goes on sale | BBC News | pRobotika | Scoop.it
The firm that created factory robot Baxter brings out a one-armed version named Sawyer, designed for precision work.
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AI: 15 key moments in the story of artificial intelligence

AI: 15 key moments in the story of artificial intelligence | pRobotika | Scoop.it
Find out about key breakthroughs in the development of AI over 70 years, from the Turing Test to driverless cars
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We Need Robots That Are Smart Enough to Ask for Help | IEEE Spectrum

We Need Robots That Are Smart Enough to Ask for Help | IEEE Spectrum | pRobotika | Scoop.it
Until robots can solve all of our problems, they're going to need to know when (and how) to ask us for help
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