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WHAT IS A ROBOT ? WHAT IS ROBOTICS ?
Robotics "is the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.
These technologies deal with automated machines that can take the place of humans in dangerous environments or manufacturing processes, or resemble humans in appearance, behavior, and/or cognition. Many of today's robots are inspired by nature contributing to the field of bio-inspired robotics."
Cyborgs: The truth about human augmentation - 24 September 2014
"What is it like to be a cyborg? In his last regular column for BBC Future, Frank Swain explores the biggest misconceptions about bionic limbs, microchip implants and beyond."
EXAMPLES of ROBOTS :
Robot Explores Fukushima Reactor - Text + Audio - 21 July 2017
"A robot, nicknamed 'The Little Sunfish,' has explored part of Fukushima's Unit 3 reactor.
It took images of damage that had not been previously seen, but showed no sign of the nuclear fuel researchers hope to find.
In previous tests, robots became stuck inside two of the plant's other reactors."
5 Driverless Robots for Transporting Food and More - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 20 July 2017
"One of the latest developments in technology is the creation of personal robots to help people with day-to-day activities.
At least five companies are now testing driverless robots to bring food and other products directly to customers."
Snake-like robot developed in Japan to help in disaster zones - 15 June 2017
"The plastic robot has been created by Japanese scientists in order to climb over debris and rubble in small spaces in disaster zones, according to media reports."
+ Video: Japan's robot hotel has ' dinosaurs ' for concierges and porters
+ Ten ways humans are superior to robots
Dubai Gets Its First Robot Cop - 7 June 2017
"A robot police officer is now on guard on the streets of Dubai. It cannot make arrests but it can report crimes and identify people sought by police."
"The world's first operational police robot hit the streets of Dubai on May 31, 2017."
Robots Develop Sense of Touch - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 27 May 2017
"Robots can see well enough to drive a car. Computers can hear out voices and react to commands.
Engineers are now developing robots with a sense of touch."
Robot Helps Sick Child Go to School - Text + Audio + Video - 11 May 2017
"An elementary school student is excited about school again thanks to a robot that helps her attend class."
This robot speech simulator can imitate anyone's voice - with AUDIO - 3 May 2017
"A computer program that promises to be able to mimic any human voice after listening to a minute-long recording has prompted fears about the future of voice as a unique identifier...
The software was able to create new sentences as if spoken by Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton."
This strange robotic octopus could soon be working with humans - 30 March 2017
"Inspired by the eight-legged ocean creature’s soft muscle, the OctopusGripper wasdesigned by German robotics company Festo
to work safely alongside humans."
DeepMind Technologies Limited
"is a British artificial intelligence company founded in September 2010. It was acquired by Google in 2014.
The company has created a neural network that learns how to play video games in a fashion similar to that of humans,
as well as a Neural Turing Machine, or a neural network that may be able to access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine,
resulting in a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain.
The company made headlines in 2016 after its AlphaGo program beat a human professional Go player for the first time."
DeepMind - Videos
Humanoid: portraits of robots that look like people - 16 March 2017
"Max Aguilera-Hellweg is both a doctor and a photographer and has brought his unique sensibility to explore the point at which robots become more like humans. His new book of portraits of humanoids and androids displays the range created, from the geminoids designed to look and act like humans, to a scary robot created to understand how they learn. Humanoid is published by Blast Books."
Robots and drones take over classrooms - 27 January 2017
"Classrooms are noticeably more hi-tech these days - interactive boards, laptops and online learning plans proliferate, but has the curriculum actually changed or are children simply learning the same thing on different devices?"
This Robotic Device Is Small Enough to Operate on the Human Eye - Text + Audio + Video - 22 December 2016
"A company has developed a new machine that performs eye operations.
It is the size of a soft drink can and has instruments measuring only 1.8 millimeters in length."
Robot Can Help With Farm Work - Text + Audio - 6 November 2016
"Technology advances are helping farmers watch and grow crops on their land.
Researchers in the American state of Idaho developed a robot that uses radio frequency devices that can determine
how much chemical treatment each plant needs."
AI predicts outcome of human rights cases - 23 October 2016
"An artificial intelligence system has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights,
researchers have claimed."
Robot Helps Sick Children Feel Less Lonely - Text + Audio - 24 October 2016
"Children who are sick at home can miss important classroom learning. They also can feel left out.
But a high-tech “friend” may be able to help them keep up with their schoolwork...
The robot is called AV1."
This robot 'sweats' to keep cool as it does press ups - 17 October 2016
"The Kengoro robot, developed at the University of Tokyo, moves with a complex series of motors that are vulnerable to overheating.
Its structure does not allow space for the fans and radiators that are typically used to cool computers, so engineers created small gaps in its frame
that allows water to seep out, cooling the areas most likely to overheat."
- Robot surgeons and artificial life: the promise of tiny machines - 5 October 2016
"The 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded for the design and synthesis of the world's smallest machines.
The work has overtones of science fiction, but holds huge promise in fields as diverse as medicine, materials and energy."
- What does a bomb disposal robot actually do? - Article + Photos - 15 July 2016
"For the last 40 years, crude robots have been used to defuse bombs.
We look at the development of these slow, deliberate droids that face an abrupt, explosive end."
- Meet the Newest Robots Joining the Work Force - Text + Audio + Video - 12 June 2016
"Some of the world’s top robot innovators recently gathered to show off their best machine workers.
One company demonstrated how machines can improve safety in mining and law enforcement.
Another showed how robots can help people in wheelchairs navigate through pre-programmed paths."
Chris Dancy "is touted as “the Most Connected Human on Earth,” and the world is watching those connections carefully."
+ Mindful cyborg
"Chris entered the public dialog concerning digital health as the media started to focus on wearable technology.
He earned his moniker by utilizing up to 700 sensors, devices, applications, and services to track, analyze, and optimize his life - from his calorie intake to his spiritual well-being..."
Gironde: Une société lance un robot capable d'inspecter les sites nucléaires - 29 September 2015
"Résistant aux radiations, SX1 pourra prendre en temps réel des mesures de radioactivité dans les centrales..."
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Is this cuddly robot coming to a care home near you? - Article + Photos + Video - 17 September 2015
"Robots and smart computers are starting to find their way into care homes and schools.
They are more manageable than pets and more patient than humans."
How Sellafield's radiation-proof robots do our dirty work - Article + Photos + Videos - 11 August 2015
"It was the birthplace of Britain's nuclear industry, and the site of its worst nuclear accident...
Flying drones, remote controlled submarines and industrial robots have all been brought in to carry out tasks which are simply too dangerous, or even impossible, for humans to do."
The people 'possessed' by computers - 20 July 2015
"What would happen if a computer could take over a human body? David Robson meets an “echoborg” – a strange experiment that reveals our future with artificial intelligence."
Killer robots: The soldiers that never sleep - 16 July 2015
"In the city of Daejeon, South Korea, an arms manufacturer has designed and built a gun turret that’s able to identify, track and shoot targets, theoretically without the need for human mediation. Who will teach these robot soldiers the rules of engagement?"
Robot Teacher at Work in China - 6 June 2015
"According to China News, she can deliver a lecture, use PowerPoint, and interact with students."
- Robots to Make iPads and iPhones - Article + Audio - 11 March 2015
"A major manufacturing company employs millions of people in China to make iPads and iPhones.
Now, the company plans to replace many workers with robots.
Both economists and labor rights groups are welcoming the move.
They say it will save the company money and ease workplace disputes."
- See VIDEOS about Pepper
"The latest creation from Aldebaran, Pepper is the first humanoid robot designed to live with humans...
He’s a companion able to communicate with you through the most intuitive interface we know: voice, touch and emotions."
Robot Finds Unexploded Underwater Mines - Article + Audio + Video - 10 January 2015
"Many teachers believe that “hands-on” experience is the best way to learn. A group of students in the U.S. is putting that belief to the test.
The students are with the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
They successfully designed and built a robot to find underwater mines."
Robot mannequin to test armed forces' protective suits - Article + Audio - 5 April 2014
"A robotic mannequin that can run, sit and even mimic the movement of a soldier has been unveiled by the Ministry of Defence."
- Robot history: The rise of the drone
"Lurid pictures from the last 100 years show the idea of military drones – and removing humans from the battlefield - has a long history."
Dream Cat Venus: Sega Toys to roll out creepy animal robot
"Venus can move around, lay down and reacts when you touch it.
There is a photo sensor in the forehead and several touch sensors are installed in the body...
Say “There, there” (in Japanese) and it will purr, for example."
- Octavia the Android, a Real-Life Rosie the Robot
"The robot's main mission will be to support and work closely with humans.
She's designed to communicate clearly about her goals and abilities, collaborate to solve problems and interact with naval staff."
Robot to help with housework - with a video
"At last, scientists have designed a robot that really can help with the housework...
In a test, he managed to sort out piles of towels of different sizes, colours and materials."
- Fujitsu Automation unveils HOAP-3 robot
"Short in stature at 60cm and weighing in at 8.8kg...
A camera, microphone, speaker, expression LED, audio recognition function, voice synthesis function, and image recognition function have been added."
- The restaurant (in downtown Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province)
"has 18 types of robots, including dumpling robot, noodle robot, cooking robot, waitress robot and usher robot."
Roger - The robot who will transform the
way you go shopping (BBC)
- South Korea deploys robot capable of killing intruders along border with North
"South Korea has deployed sentry robots capable of detecting and killing intruders along the heavily-fortified border with North Korea...
Two robots with surveillance, tracking, firing and voice recognition systems were integrated into a single unit...
The robot uses heat and motion detectors to sense possible threats, and alerts command centres "
Robots to replace Navy's mine-hunting dolphins - 2 December 2012
"Starting in 2017, 24 of the Navy's 80 military-trained dolphins will be replaced by a 12ft unmanned torpedo-shaped vehicle, according to the newspaper U-T San Diego." The dolphins "will be used along with sea lions for port security and retrieving objects from the sea floor."