The robotics challenges presented in the movie ‘Passengers’ show that artificial intelligence and robotics needs to be flexible to prepare for unexpected situations and uses.
WowWee Robotics and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, are co-developing the Elmoji Coding Robot. Designed for children three years and older, Elmoji teaches children basic programming skills using the “language” of visual emojis.
New York City has nearly 14,000 taxi medallion licenses, but MIT CSAIL researchers say 3,000 four-person taxis could serve 98 percent of demand in NYC.
The international CES 2017 will include delegations from several countries that have recently developed national strategies for robotics and AI. Does this indicate a more direct role for government in industry?
At the beginning of this year, we made five predictions for 2016 robots and industry, including about drone autonomy, AI applications, and the so-called robot apocalypse. How did we fare?
Robot interfaces, particularly for machines in customer-service roles, will increasingly be identified with certain brands. Robotics makers and end user organizations should keep intellectual property protection in mind.
Chinese robotics had a banner year in 2016, as industrial automation and military robotics research proceeded. Can the U.S. and other nations keep up?
Think Star Wars’ droids are just science fiction? Robots are coming into our daily lives and are turning fiction into fact.
Google’s self-driving car project is now known as Waymo, a standalone company under the Alphabet corporate umbrella. And that could mean it’s time to take the technology to market.
The Star Wars movies have long featured many droids. See how science fact and the business of robotics are approaching science fiction.
Automation is expected to cause business disruption in the agriculture, supply chain, and service industries. How good are you at identifying the technologies responsible and the opportunities around them?
The U.S. Robotics Roadmap has been revised, and it makes recommendations for investments in basic research and certain applications for automation. Does it ask for enough of the new administration?
Drones for the air, land, and sea are just the beginning of 21st century U.S. military might. The Pentagon is developing swarm systems to respond to emerging threats.
Logistics robots developed by Quiet Logistics spinoff Locus Robotics are being rolled out to customers, as the Amazon Robotics alternative addresses a growing market.
Transhumanist Zoltan Istvan shares his view and insights into the rapid growth and evolution of the robot security market.
Commercial Drone Alliance writes a note to President-elect Donald Trump that outlines the state of the US commercial drone industry. The letter says the incoming administration “has the ability to create good jobs and grow the economy by propelling UAS technology forward.”
MIT CSAIL system lets you design and fabricate drones with a wide range of shapes and structures.
In addition to government support, South Korean robotics companies are moving quickly to secure positions in the healthcare, service, and military markets.
The team used a deep-learning method called “adversarial learning” that involves training two competing neural networks. One network generates video, and the other discriminates between the real and generated videos.
Applying U.K. innovation to robotics and AI is the goal of the £5 million award set by the British government, which hopes to encourage local companies to develop commercially viable automation technologies.
British robotics isn’t the global leader it could be, based on the size of the U.K. economy. How can promoting and adopting industrial automation improve the U.K.’s robot density?
“Information extraction” system helps turn plain text into data for statistical analysis.
NVIDIA has partnered with the National Cancer Institute and the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop the CANDLE (Cancer Distributed Learning Environment) AI-based “common discovery platform” to help fight cancer, which is now the leading cause of death worldwide.
Robot hands are key to the supply chain and undersea exploration, among other uses. Soft robotics research is exploring different ways to make robotic grippers more responsive.
The Sun Devil two-armed robot used a custom version of reinforcement learning to learn how to shoot hoops in two hours. Its creators say the learning technique can be applied to other areas of robotics.