February 9, 2017
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Future Drones Will Fly as Silent as Owls, as Steady as Bees

Glenn McDonald for Seeker: Want to know what drones of the future will look like? So does David Lentink, editor of Interface Focus, a journal that, as its title suggests, looks at the interface of different scientific disciplines. Each issue zeroes in on a particular intersection of physical scienc..
February 9, 2017
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Why the United Nations Must Move Forward With a Killer Robots Ban

Automaton Robotics Artificial Intelligence Why the United Nations Must Move Forward With a Killer Robots Ban By Toby Walsh Posted 15 Dec 2016 | 3:37 GMT Image: Rosoboronexport via YouTube Russia's Uran-9 is an unmanned tank remotely controlled by human operators, who are "in the loop" to pull t..
February 9, 2017
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How Stanford Built a Humanoid Submarine Robot to Explore a 17th-Century Shipwreck

Automaton Robotics Humanoid Robots How Stanford Built a Humanoid Submarine Robot to Explore a 17th-Century Shipwreck By Evan Ackerman and Erico Guizzo Posted 21 Dec 2016 | 14:00 GMT Photo: Frederic Osada and Teddy Seguin/DRASSM/Stanford Back in April, Stanford University professor Oussama Khatib led..
February 9, 2017
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U.S. Navy’s Drone Boat Swarm Practices Harbor Defense

Automaton Robotics Military Robots U.S. Navy's Drone Boat Swarm Practices Harbor Defense By Jeremy Hsu Posted 19 Dec 2016 | 21:29 GMT Photo: John F. Williams/U.S. Navy An unmanned boat operates autonomously during an U.S. Navy demonstration. Drone boats belonging to the U.S. Navy have begun lea..
February 9, 2017
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Hebocon: The Best Worst Robot Competition

Automaton Robotics DIY Robots Hebocon: The Best Worst Robot Competition By Evan Ackerman Posted 26 Jan 2017 | 22:25 GMT Photo: Hebocon Valencia/Arduino Verkstad A crappy (and edible) robot from Hebocon Valencia. Most of the robot competitions we cover are serious business. Roboticists spend months (..
February 9, 2017
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Toyota’s Gill Pratt on Self-Driving Cars and the Reality of Full Autonomy

Cars That Think Transportation Self-Driving Toyota's Gill Pratt on Self-Driving Cars and the Reality of Full Autonomy By Evan Ackerman Posted 23 Jan 2017 | 19:55 GMT Photo: David Becker/Getty Images Dr. Gill Pratt leads the Toyota Research Institute, which is investing over a billion dollars in..
February 9, 2017
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AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds

Tech Talk Robotics Artificial Intelligence AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds By Jeremy Hsu Posted 24 Jan 2017 | 19:09 GMT Photo: Noam Galai/WireImage/Getty Images A view of demonstrators marching on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 i..
February 9, 2017
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Bots_Alive Brings Sophisticated Brains to Cheap Robots

Automaton Robotics Home Robots Bots_Alive Brings Sophisticated Brains to Cheap Robots By Evan Ackerman Posted 24 Jan 2017 | 20:45 GMT Image: Bots_Alive How do you make a robot toy that’s both interesting and affordable? It’s a hard problem: Making an interesting robot means giving it intelligence an..
February 9, 2017
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DragonflEye Project Wants to Turn Insects Into Cyborg Drones

Automaton Robotics Industrial Robots DragonflEye Project Wants to Turn Insects Into Cyborg Drones By Evan Ackerman Posted 25 Jan 2017 | 22:15 GMT Photo: Draper The R&D company Draper is developing an insect-control "backpack" with integrated energy, guidance, and navigation systems, shown here on a ..
February 9, 2017
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Robotics Veteran Raises Venture Capital to Build Exoskeleton

Alistair Blair for Bloomberg Technology: The word "robot" conjures images of bulky, metal humanoid objects moving awkwardly. Robotics veteran Rich Mahoney is trying to change that perception by creating a robotic exoskeleton people can wear. After more than seven years running a robotics group at S..