What if someone hacked into one of those teleoperated surgical robots? (Someone has.)


“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.

Full article HERE

Robotic cars are comin’


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.”

Full article HERE

This person is not worried about a robot taking her job (because this is actually the robot who took her job)


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.

Full article and video of Aiko HERE

Minimum Wage Protesters Demand $15 per Hour – Meanwhile, This New Robot Produces 360 Gourmet Hamburgers Per Hour


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.'”

Full article HERE

Terrorists are turning robots into weapons


“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.”

Full story HERE

U.S. Navy will launch up to 30 synchronized drones within one minute from a canon


Well.. “possibly from a canon-like device.” The video shows testing of the LOCUST system. LOCUST – LOw Cost Uav Swarm Technology

From DailyMail

“Soft robots” – cheaper, lighter, safer, and require less energy to work


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.”

Full nytimes.com article HERE

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

Hate cooking? Let Moley the robotic chef take care of it


We already have domestic robots that clean floors, windows, and gutters, and mow lawns; in 2017, the robotic chef Moley hits the market, for a predicted cost of about £10,000.

“The launch of this robotic kitchen comes as global demand for so-called ‘personal service robots,’ which range from robotic vacuum cleaners to lawn mowers, continues to rise rapidly.”

Full article HERE.

For the household robot to come about, they must be people-safe – enter ABB’s YuMi robot


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.”

Video of YuMi in action:

Full article HERE

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