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Rakuten will test drone delivery on golf course after investing in Japanese drone firm

Rakuten will test drone delivery on golf course after investing in Japanese drone firm | Robotics | Scoop.it
Japan's Rakuten is joining e-commerce giants Amazon and Alibaba with a foray into drones. The Tokyo-based company, Japan's largest e-commerce firm, revealed..
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RoboRace: This is what an autonomous racing car looks like (Wired UK)

RoboRace: This is what an autonomous racing car looks like (Wired UK) | Robotics | Scoop.it
Formula E's autonomous electric racing series RoboRace will launch in 2016/17 and involve races with this car
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Watson Developer Challenge: Conversational Applications

Watson Developer Challenge: Conversational Applications | Robotics | Scoop.it
Enable natural interaction with your app using a conversational interface powered by the Watson Developer Cloud APIs.
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iRobot's new mopping robot Braava jet will clean your grimy bathroom - Boston Business Journal

iRobot's new mopping robot Braava jet will clean your grimy bathroom - Boston Business Journal | Robotics | Scoop.it
The Braava jet is a robot with a spray feature designed to mop hard floors of up to 200 square feet with high amounts of foot traffic, such as bathrooms and kitchens, and excels in lifting dirt and stains in hard-to-reach places.
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This Robot Has Real Muscles That Let It 'Walk' Towards The Light

This Robot Has Real Muscles That Let It 'Walk' Towards The Light | Robotics | Scoop.it
It's the first time a bio-bot's locomotion is driven by cells from skeletal muscles
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When Your Boss Is an Uber Algorithm

When Your Boss Is an Uber Algorithm | Robotics | Scoop.it
Researchers examine how Uber steers its drivers’ behavior with its automated management system, despite its promise of letting you be “your own boss.”

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 Algorithms are becoming managers and humans are out of the driver's seat.
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Jim Gunderson's curator insight, March 7, 2016 6:18 PM
It used to be"working for the man"  Now algorithms are becoming the managers and humans are out of the driver's seat.
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Amputee Feels Texture with a Bionic Fingertip

Amputee Feels Texture with a Bionic Fingertip | Robotics | Scoop.it

An amputee feels rough or smooth textures in real-time — in his phantom hand — using an artificial fingertip connected to nerves in the arm. The advancement will accelerate the development of touch enabled prosthetics.

 

An amputee was able to feel smoothness and roughness in real-time with an artificial fingertip that was surgically connected to nerves in his upper arm. Moreover, the nerves of non-amputees can also be stimulated to feel roughness, without the need of surgery, meaning that prosthetic touch for amputees can now be developed and safely tested on intact individuals.

 

The technology to deliver this sophisticated tactile information was developed by Silvestro Micera and his team at EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and SSSA (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna) together with Calogero Oddo and his team at SSSA. The results, published in eLife, provide new and accelerated avenues for developing bionic prostheses, enhanced with sensory feedback.

 

"The stimulation felt almost like what I would feel with my hand," says amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen about the artificial fingertip connected to his stump. He continues, "I still feel my missing hand, it is always clenched in a fist. I felt the texture sensations at the tip of the index finger of my phantom hand."

Sørensen is the first person in the world to recognize texture using a bionic fingertip connected to electrodes that were surgically implanted above his stump.

 

Nerves in Sørensen's arm were wired to an artificial fingertip equipped with sensors. A machine controlled the movement of the fingertip over different pieces of plastic engraved with different patterns, smooth or rough. As the fingertip moved across the textured plastic, the sensors generated an electrical signal. This signal was translated into a series of electrical spikes, imitating the language of the nervous system, then delivered to the nerves. Sørensen could distinguish between rough and smooth surfaces 96% of the time.

 

The research demonstrates that the needles relay the information about texture in much the same way as the implanted electrodes, giving scientists new protocols to accelerate for improving touch resolution in prosthetics.

 

"This study merges fundamental sciences and applied engineering: it provides additional evidence that research in neuroprosthetics can contribute to the neuroscience debate, specifically about the neuronal mechanisms of the human sense of touch," says Calogero Oddo of the BioRobotics Institute of SSSA. "It will also be translated to other applications such as artificial touch in robotics for surgery, rescue, and manufacturing.”


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What the Past of Robotics Law Says About Its Future

What the Past of Robotics Law Says About Its Future | Robotics | Scoop.it
One day, robots will present difficult legal challenges. This seems to be the consensus among commentators. And who am I to disagree? I have myself arg ...
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Watch Google’s Humanoid Robot Learn The World Is A Harsh Place

Watch Google’s Humanoid Robot Learn The World Is A Harsh Place | Robotics | Scoop.it
This new robot gets knocked down, but then it gets up again.
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Man vs. Machine: Which Makes Better Hires?

Man vs. Machine: Which Makes Better Hires? | Robotics | Scoop.it
New research by Danielle Li and colleagues finds that computers make better hiring decisions than managers when filling simpler jobs.
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'Roach robot' can squeeze through tiniest spaces - Futurity

'Roach robot' can squeeze through tiniest spaces - Futurity | Robotics | Scoop.it
Some of the creepier talents of cockroaches have inspired a robot that can squeeze through tiny cracks—making it ideal for search and rescue missions.
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This Is The Cover Of A New Book On Robot Law

This Is The Cover Of A New Book On Robot Law | Robotics | Scoop.it
A new robot law book has an awesome cover and some good articles too probably

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Ryan Calo is one of the contributors, so can't wait till book's release in March.

 

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Watch A Robot Sink A Hole-In-One

Watch A Robot Sink A Hole-In-One | Robotics | Scoop.it
Watch a video of a robot sink a hole-in-one at a golfing tournament in Arizona.
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Drones deliver sterile insects to tackle disease in Ethiopia

Drones deliver sterile insects to tackle disease in Ethiopia | Robotics | Scoop.it
To combat disease-ridden tsetse flies in Africa, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is enlisting heavy-duty drones. An autonomous system has bee
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Locus Robotics brings this Amazon solution to small retailers | ZDNet

Locus Robotics brings this Amazon solution to small retailers | ZDNet | Robotics | Scoop.it
Welcome to e-commerce in the age of the robots.
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Locus Robotics will present its collaborative process at the forthcoming MODEX 2016 in Atlanta.
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26 of the most powerful female engineers in 2016

26 of the most powerful female engineers in 2016 | Robotics | Scoop.it
It's time for a shout-out to the female engineers with fab careers, leading important technologies at their companies or being pioneers in other ways.
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Teenager From U.K. Wins World Drone Racing Competition In Dubai

Custom-made drones whirred around a glowing track for two days, trying to win the $250,000 prize at the "World Drone Prix." A young man from Britain, known as "Banni UK," piloted his way to the top.
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3 times humans have sued their robot impostors — and won

3 times humans have sued their robot impostors — and won | Robotics | Scoop.it
Warning to robots: If you impersonate us, we'll use the legal system to dismantle you at the torso.
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Government reveals plans to test driverless lorries on UK roads

Government reveals plans to test driverless lorries on UK roads | Robotics | Scoop.it
Trials will look to speed up deliveries and reduce fuel consumption,Hardware,Software,Public Sector,Government ,Cars,Artificial Intelligence,Internet of Things

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Google AI begins battle with humanity’s best Go player tonight

Google AI begins battle with humanity’s best Go player tonight | Robotics | Scoop.it
The DeepMind revolution will be televised, starting at 10:30pm EST/7:30pm PST.
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Growth of robotics in emerging markets captures fund investors’ imaginations - FT.com

Growth of robotics in emerging markets captures fund investors’ imaginations - FT.com | Robotics | Scoop.it
The headlines are stark: “Robots will steal your job.” Machines are already revolutionising medicine and replacing shop assistants. They are expected to take over 11m jobs by the 2030s, according to Deloitte, the consultancy. Advocates wax lyrical
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Review Board Rules Health Insurance Must Cover Robotic Exoskeletons

Review Board Rules Health Insurance Must Cover Robotic Exoskeletons | Robotics | Scoop.it
They're expensive, but "medically necessary."
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Maybe robots won't kill us if they read 'good' books - Futurity

Maybe robots won't kill us if they read 'good' books - Futurity | Robotics | Scoop.it
The same way fables teach children to behave, novels and stories could "teach" robots it's not okay to harm people.
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GM and Lyft Are Teaming Up to Build a Network of Self-Driving Cars

GM and Lyft Are Teaming Up to Build a Network of Self-Driving Cars | Robotics | Scoop.it

General Motors and Lyft are teaming up to create a national network of self-driving cars, the companies jointly announced this morning.

GM will invest $500 million in Lyft and take a seat on the ride-sharing startup’s board of directors. It will also become a preferred provider of cars for short-term use to Lyft drivers.

 

GM, America’s biggest automaker, has been working on autonomous technology since it first collaborated with Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, for an autonomous vehicle competition sponsored by DARPA. Next year, it plans to finally put a related product on the market: “Super Cruise,” a semi-autonomous feature that will let a car handle itself on the highway, will be available on the 2017 Cadillac CT6.

 

The partnership with Lyft, though, signifies ambitions far beyond Super Cruise. While we have no details on the proposed “network of on-demand autonomous vehicles”—such as how it will work or when it will arrive—we can assume it will require a far more advanced take on autonomous driving than Super Cruise will offer. Lyft, like other ride-sharing services, does the bulk of its work in cities, which are devilishly hard for robots to navigate. Urban areas are full of complicated intersections, pedestrians, cyclists, and other hard-to-predict variables.


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This $40,000 Robotic Exoskeleton Lets the Paralyzed Walk

This $40,000 Robotic Exoskeleton Lets the Paralyzed Walk | Robotics | Scoop.it
Still pricier than motorized wheelchairs, SuitX’s Phoenix exoskeleton weighs just 27 pounds and is custom-fit to the user’s body.
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