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(Updated on 09/10/2013)

 

WHAT IS A ROBOT ? WHAT IS 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."

    (BBC)

 

EXAMPLES of ROBOTS :

 

  • Deus ex machina: former Google engineer is developing an AI god - 28 September 2017
    "Way of the Future, a religious group founded by Anthony Levandowski, wants to create a deity based on artificial intelligence for the betterment of society."

    (theguardian.com)


    Are you there God? It’s me, robot.

  • Robot Leads Orchestra in Performance - Text + Audio + Video - 23 September 2017
    "In Italy, a robot was programmed to copy the movements of an orchestra conductor. It led an orchestra while a famous singer performed."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

 

  • 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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • 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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • 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
    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

  • 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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)


    "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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

 

  • 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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • 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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • 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."

    (BBC)

  • 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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • 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."

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

  • 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."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • 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."

    (BBC)
  • 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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)
  • 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..."

    (chrisdancy.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • PEPPER:


    • See VIDEOS about Pepper


    • 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." 

      (aldebaran.com)


     

 

  • 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."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

  • 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."

    (BBC)

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • 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."

    (crunchgear.com)

 

  • 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." 

    (foxnews.com)

 

  • 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."

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

  • 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." 

    (geekblue.net)

 

  • 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."

    (telegraph.co.uk)



  • Meet 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 "

    (telegraph.co.uk)



 

 

  • 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." 

    (independent.co.uk)

 

  • HEART ROBOT :

  • ROBOT-CARS :

    • SEE MORE LINKS HERE: ROBOT CARS

    • Self-Driving Car
      "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that's responsible for the development
      of new technology for use by the military. Their latest project is to encourage the development of vehicles that will drive themselves"

      (videos.howstuffworks.com)


    • Driverless car
      "The driverless car concept embraces an emerging family of highly automated cognitive and control technologies, ultimately aimed at a full "taxi-like" experience for car users, but without a human driver..."
      (Wikipedia)

    • Robot racing car aims for pole position - 2 November 2012 - ARTICLE + VIDEO
      "Meet the 120mph sports car that thunders around tracks without any help from a driver."
      = "an autonomous Audi TT-S, named Shelly, which can drive at the limits of vehicle performance."

      (BBC)


    • An autonomous car, "also known as robotic or informally as driverless or self-driving, is an autonomous vehicle capable of fulfilling the human transportation capabilities of a traditional car. As an autonomous vehicle, it is capable of sensing its environment and navigating on its own..."
      (Wikipedia)


    • Robot-car technology by Google
      "Google has recently revealed in an announcement that it has been secretly testing cars that can drive on their own, with the help
      of artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and make decisions similar to what a human driver would make..."

      (YouTube)

         

     

  • Brain2Robot
    "A robot arm controlled by the user's thoughts could one day make life easier for people with paralysis."
    (physorg.com)