PD-100 Black Hornet – Small military surveillance MAV weighs about the same as 3 sheets of notebook paper
The inventor of the “Blade Runner,” the first successful indoor toy RC helicopter, used the profits from that venture to create Prox Dynamics. Prox Dynamics has produced a military recon unit with three cameras on it, roughly the size of a finger, capable of travelling about 13 miles. Article HERE
“…but in five years time, computers will be off this chart.”
The previous post linked to the video of a TED talk given by Jeremy Howard, but I think the discussion really warrants its own post. 95% of the talk discusses the remarkable progress made with AI, and the incredible new abilities it has attained recently. The final 5% discusses the unprecedented, potentially cataclysmic potential of […]
Google patents system for downloading personalities for robots
“Google has developed a system to allow robots to download new personalities online. The system would allow machines to download them in a similar way to an app – and even have a different personality for each user.” Readers of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” will remember that robot personalities worked better in theory […]
Robot Apes to colonize the moon?
Charlie is part of the iStruct project, whose goal is to “develop a robotic system as well as biologically inspired structural components which, if applied on the robotic system, effectively improve the locomotion and mobility characteristics.” Full article and additional video at Gizmag, HERE Additional videos HERE
“Language is the key to developing true robot intelligence”
Luc Steels, a professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Brussels: “It’s pretty clear that without language, we would not be able to do the kinds of things that we’re doing. What I’m trying to understand is how can we synthesize this process so that we can start up a a […]
“A crucial bottleneck that prevents life-saving surgery being performed in many parts of the world is the lack of trained surgeons. One way to get around this is to make better use of the ones that are available.”
Surgical robots may solve this problem by enabling a surgeon in one part of the world to do surgery in any part of the world with a teleoperated surgical robot. BUT… like anything else operating over the Internet, there are things that can go wrong.
In the middle of your surgery, if hackers take over, many things could happen, all of them bad. Fortunately, in this case, the hackers were security experts , and it was for testing purposes, not during a live surgery. But it proves that the danger is real, and we must not be so blinded by the bright promises of the technology, that we fail to implement backup plans for when things go wrong.
One of Google’s cars has logged over 1,000,000 miles on the road, without a driver. The concept is more than proven at this point. It’s just being fine tuned. The picture above is just a concept illustration of Rinspeed’s collaborative project called “Buddi.”
“Rinderknecht believes that autonomous freeway driving will become reality by about 2020. Yet as cars steadily become self-reliant, Rinderknecht says, people will need to change as much as their cars, relearning everything they know about the man/machine interface. It’s about developing healthy trust in the machine, he says, but not blind trust.”
Meet Aiko Chihira, a humanoid greeter robot, at Tokyo’s Mitsukoshi department store. Aiko was designed by Toshiba.
Most of the machines taking jobs from humans are not this obvious. The computer algorithms writing sports articles and news articles and cookbooks are a little less visible than Aiko. The self-driving cars, trucks, ships, and airplanes which have already begun to replace human drivers and pilots are not quite so obvious. But here we have a picture of a robot, in the exact spot where a human would have been, doing the job that the human would have been doing.
These jobs are just the tip of the iceberg of course.
As many fast food workers in the country demand higher wages, San Francisco startup Momentum Machines designs a robot capable of producing in the neighborhood of 360 custom, gourmet hamburgers PER HOUR, without human help. So more productivity, no hourly wages, no health insurance headaches, and no human germs on the food – and a lot of money for the owner, which could go into higher quality ingredients.
“…the company noted, ‘An average quick service restaurant spends $135K every year on labor for the production of hamburgers. Not only does our machine eliminate nearly all of that cost, it also obviates the associated management headaches.'”
“Terrorists are turning to robots as weapons, and they aren’t limited to consumer-grade UAVs with small payloads. In both Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorists have deployed VBIEDs (vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices), commonly known as car bombs, to destroy multiple buildings and rock entire neighborhoods, with some vehicles’ containing up to seven thousand pounds of explosives.”
Saul Griffith is creating new technology. His unconventional approach to robotics is enabling him to create machines which are more portable and require less power than traditional hard robots, and for a fraction of the cost.
“In 2013, Otherlab spawned the Other Machine Company, which makes a desktop industrial mill that can turn out personalized circuit boards, jewelry and other objects. In total, Otherlab has spun off five other companies and is nurturing three others.”
The inventor of the “Blade Runner,” the first successful indoor toy RC helicopter, used the profits from that venture to create Prox Dynamics. Prox Dynamics has produced a military recon unit with three cameras on it, roughly the size of a finger, capable of travelling about 13 miles.
Before we all have robot maids in our homes, they must be safe to interact with. (Tall, heavy metal machines on two legs with sharp corners could present some problems.) ABB has designed YuMi to work with humans safely, with padding and no pinch points.
“ABB said its new YuMi robot, with a starting price of about $40,000, can help assemble such products as smartphones, laptops and tablet computers that have been assembled largely by hand by workers in lower-cost countries like China.”