January 18, 2019

Video Friday: AMBIDEX Cable-Driven Robot Arm, and More

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!): HRI 2019 – March 11-14, 2019 – Daegu, South Korea Nîmes Robotics Festival – May 17-19, 2019 – Nîmes, France Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.
January 18, 2019

Smart microrobots that can adapt to their surroundings

Scientists have developed tiny elastic robots that can change shape depending on their surroundings. Modeled after bacteria and fully biocompatible, these robots optimize their movements so as to get to hard-to-reach areas of the human body. They stand to revolutionize targeted drug delivery. Source: Science Daily – Robotics
January 18, 2019

AI, the law, and our future

Scientists and policymakers converged at MIT on Tuesday to discuss one of the hardest problems in artificial intelligence: How to govern it. The first MIT AI Policy Congress featured seven panel discussions sprawling across a variety of AI applications, and 25 speakers — including two former White House chiefs of staff, former cabinet secretaries, homeland security and defense policy chiefs, industry and civil society leaders, and leading researchers. Their shared focus: how to harness the opportunities that AI is creating […]
January 18, 2019

Glass review: M. Night Shyamalan's superheroes aren't what you expect – CNET

Spoiler-free: Twenty years in the making, the sequel to Unbreakable ain’t no Marvel movie. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
January 18, 2019

Democratizing artificial intelligence in health care

An artificial intelligence program that’s better than human doctors at recommending treatment for sepsis may soon enter clinical trials in London. The machine learning model is part of a new way of practicing medicine that mines electronic medical-record data for more effective ways of diagnosing and treating difficult medical problems, including sepsis, a blood infection that kills an estimated 6 million people worldwide each year.  The discovery of a promising treatment strategy for sepsis didn’t come about the regular way, […]
January 18, 2019

Alienware m15 review: Dell’s first thin gaming laptop doesn’t disappoint

Alienware finally made a thin and light gaming laptop, and it was worth the wait. For years, Dell’s gaming brand has been pumping out powerful, but hefty gaming machines. The Alienware m15, though, is its first step towards a truly modern laptop… Source: Reviews – https://www.engadget.com/rss.xml
January 17, 2019

Facebook employees appear to have left 5-star Amazon reviews for Portal – CNET

The company says it has asked employees to remove their reviews. Source: Reviews – https://www.cnet.com/rss/
January 17, 2019

Facebook employees caught leaving five-star Amazon reviews for Portal

Facebook released its Portal and Portal+ smart displays two months ago, at the tail end of a scandal-ridden year in which data leaks and privacy incidents were abundant. So, the company faced a tough battle in convincing consumers to buy a smart disp… Source: Reviews – https://www.engadget.com/rss.xml
January 17, 2019

May Mobility's Self-Driving Shuttles Hit the Streets of Ohio

Columbus is piloting a fleet of autonomous electric shuttles as part of a multimillion-dollar smart transportation initiative Visitors to Columbus, Ohio, have a new way to see the city’s downtown attractions. A fleet of electric, self-driving vehicles now shuttle passengers around a cluster of museums and parks, using sensors and software in lieu of engines and auto parts. The pilot project, which began in mid-December, belongs to a larger statewide effort to improve road safety and mobility in this car-dependent capital. […]
January 17, 2019

Delivery Drones Use Bird-Inspired Legs to Jump Into the Air

Passerine’s fixed-wing drones can take off (and land) using a pair of legs Drones have a fundamental design problem. The kind of drone that can carry large payloads at high speeds over long distances is fundamentally different from the kind of drone that can take off and land from a small area. In very simple terms, for the former, you want fixed wings, and for the latter, you want rotors. This problem has resulted in a bunch of weird drones […]