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." (Wikipedia)
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)
The super-tough drones and robots going where we can't- with pictures and a video - 14 June 2019
"From arctic wastes to fiery volcanoes, ocean depths to distant planets, a new generation of rugged drones is going to places humans can't.
But how do you make a super-tough drone?"
+ Video: Attenborough launches 'Boaty McBoatface' polar ship
Are You Ready for a Robot to Serve You Coffee?- Text + Audio + Pictures- 9 June 2019
"South Korea has been an early adopter of automation. It had the highest percentage of robots to human workers in the world in 2017."
UK, US and Russia among those opposing killer robot ban - 29 March 2019
"UN delegates discuss restrictions to lethal autonomous weapons systems that use AI...
Delegates have been meeting at the UN in Geneva all week to discuss potential restrictions under international law to so-called lethal autonomous weapons systems, which use artificial intelligence to help decide when and who to kill. "
Meet Tengai, the job interview robot who won't judge you- with pictures and a video - 12 March 2019
"The world's first robot designed to carry out unbiased job interviews is being tested by Swedish recruiters.
But can it really do a better job than humans?"
+ Video: Would you be happy being interviewed by a robot?
A delicate robot arm for exploring the deep- with a video - 20 February 2019
"Many creatures of the deep ocean are delicate – and the traditional appendages on our deep-sea submersibles can harm them.
This robot arm inspired by tentacles could be an answer."
Are these the faces of the future? - VIDEO - 18 January 2019
"More than 100 objects, from early mechanised devices to those which are eerily lifelike, have been brought together as part of an exhibition of robotics at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Some of the most sophisticated humanoid robots in the world, capable of emulating movement and emotion, can be found at the exhibition.
Edinburgh has established itself as a centre of robotic excellence and some of the work created in the city is also on display."
Google: AI Found Breast Cancer with 99 Percent Accuracy- Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 24 October 2018
"Google is already deeply involved in developing artificial intelligence (AI) to help doctors identify and treat disease.
The company recently published two new studies showing a high level of success in identifying one of the deadliest forms of cancer."
Humanoid ‘Pepper’ Appears in Britain’s Parliament- Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 17 October 2018
"A humanoid robot named Pepper appeared with British lawmakers this week to demonstrate how machines are being engineered to connect with people."
"The humanoid robot Pepper testifies before the Education Committee
in Britain's House of Commons in London, England, on Tuesday October 16, 2018."
Robot Farm Aims to Bring Fresher Food to US Cities- Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 October 2018
"Robotic farming in cities is set to grow in America and across the world in the future.
One farm operating near San Francisco, California is powered by a large robot named Angus."
Artificial Intelligence Used to Track World's Wildlife- Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 27 June 2018
"Machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence.
American scientists are turning to machine learning technology to follow and study the movements of birds and other wildlife."
The Japanese start-up, called JX Press, utilises machine learning
for finding stories in social media posts.
Smart Farm Equipment to Greatly Reduce Use of Chemicals- Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz- 30 May 2018
"Several companies are experimenting with the use of artificial intelligence in agriculture that can help farmers save time and money,
while reducing environment-harming chemicals."
"In this file photo, ecoRobotix demonstrates its 'smart farm' technology, which uses artificial intelligence
to identify weeds and precisely deliver herbicide to kill them."
A cluster of Starship robots on the Intuit campus in early March.
Japanese engineers create real-life 'transformer' - 26 April 2018
"Japanese engineers unveiled a robot that transforms into a car that can actually carry people on board, in what they said was the first-ever such accomplishment in the history of robots...
Developers said they will begin with utilising the technology in entertainment industry, such as amusement park and street parades."
Japanese Engineer Builds Huge Robot of His Dreams - Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 22 April 2018
"An engineer in Japan with a love for the animation series “Mobile Suite Gundam” builds a huge robot inspired by it."
Robot managers: the future of work or a step too far? - 6 April 2018
"As the workplace becomes increasingly automated, it may not be long before robots are handing us our P45s.
One Canadian business reveals how a computer is doing the job of a human resources department."
" Is a workplace “accountability” system egalitarian or Big Brother?"
Say hello to your very own robotic gardener- 29 March 2018
"The average Briton spends nearly two months of their lives mowing the lawn. For these two keen gardeners, however, that's not the case:
they've ditched their petrol machines in favour of a robot mower."
Robot skiers tackle Olympic challenge in South Korea- with pictures and a video - 13 February 2018
"As Pyeongchang hosts the Winter Olympics, down the road robots are also hitting the slopes – with a $10,000 prize on offer" + Skiing robots hit the slopes in South Korea – video
Japanese Companies Introduce New ‘Companion’ Robots- Text + Audio + Pictures - 11 February 2018
Two of the robots are designed to learn some information to form their own kind of artificial intelligence.
But the makers also wanted to make their products “cute.”
Meet the motorbike-racing robot - with pictures - 26 January 2018
"The development of a robot created to compete with human motorbike racing times has implications beyond the track."
Artificial Intelligence Beats Humans in Major Reading Test- Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz - 23 January 2018
"Machines with artificial intelligence have performed better than human beings in a high-level test of reading and reading comprehension.
Two natural language processing tools received higher scores than humans in the tests."
Scientists Aim to Give AI to Robot Cat That Helps the Elderly- Text + Audio + Pictures + Quiz - 14 January 2018
"Two years ago the Hasbro toy company created a robotic cat that acts as a companion to older people.
Now the company has partnered with Brown University to improve this machine in ways that could make it even more helpful."
Honda has built four little robots to help humanity- 8 December 2017
"Consumer Electronics Show concepts revealed, including an autonomous off-road buggy...
Honda has revealed four little robots that want to make people’s lives just that little bit better."
Giant Robot Duel: USA vs Japan - 18 October 2017
"The robots go at each other with battering rams, claws, chainsaws, drones, and guns. For a publicity stunt, this is pretty cool.
It highlights the difference between giant robots in fiction, which always work perfectly unless an enemy defeats them, and in real life, where anything could go wrong at any minute."
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."
A killer robot from the 2014 remake of Robocop. The open letter read:
‘lethal autonomous weapons will permit armed conflict
to be fought at a scale greater than ever,
and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend.’
Rise of the racist robots – how AI is learning all our worst impulses - 8 August 2017
"There is a saying in computer science: garbage in, garbage out. When we feed machines data that reflects our prejudices, they mimic them – from antisemitic chatbots to racially biased software. Does a horrifying future await people forced to live at the mercy of algorithms?"
Oh, great. Robots can now tell when people are being sarcastic- 7 August 2017
"A robot that can understand sarcasm in social media posts better than humans could provide a breakthrough in protecting people from abuse online." + Video: The history of artificial intelligence + Artificial intelligence: A timeline
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."
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." (telegraph.co.uk)
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." (theguardian.com)
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?" (BBC)
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."
Newest Service Robots Act Like Humans - Text + Audio + Video - 2 October 2016
"Two of the latest robots are doing jobs usually performed by people.
One kind of robot operates vehicles in a 200-space parking garage.
Another is carrying food in hospitals and assisted living centers."
The GoCart Mini by Yujin can deliver food and medicine to patients in hospitals.
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)
Water Robots Explore the Celtic Sea- Text + Audio- 11 October 2015
"Scientists in England are using water robots to explore animal and plant life in the Celtic Sea.
The Celtic Sea is a body of water off the southern coast of Ireland. The area is known for its exceptional sea life." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
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." (BBC)
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." (BBC)
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?" (BBC)
Humanoid robot starts work at Japanese department store- 20 April 2015
"Dressed in a kimono and smiling, Aiko Chihira greets shoppers at the entrance of Tokyo's Mitsukoshi department store.
But Chihira is no regular employee - she is a humanoid robot...
Toshiba has said Chihira has 43 motors which allow it to move." (in.reuters.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)
"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)
Robotic 'power boost' arm wins James Dyson Award- 7 November 2013 "A battery-powered robotic arm that boosts human strength has won the 2013 James Dyson award.
The Titan Arm, designed by four mechanical engineering students from the University of Pennsylvania,
could help people with back injuries rebuild and regain control of muscles..."
How to build a digital robot dinosaur - 30 October 2013
"Scientists from the University of Manchester have created a "digital robot" of the biggest dinosaur ever to have walked the Earth - Argentinosaurus."
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)
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 :
"Emotibots is an exhibit at the Science Museum in London, in the museum's Antenna Gallery.
The exhibit features robots with sensors that respond to human interaction.
The main attractions include the Heart Robot and the Hexapod Robot. (mahalo.com)
Car "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is
an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense that's responsible for
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)
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)