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August 7, 2013

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Japan sent a tiny humanoid robot in space to keep an astronaut company.

Suddenly we realize that life could be much worse..

I would destroy this robot five minutes into the trip.

22:20 // 8 months ago
July 29, 2013

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futurejournalismproject:

Penn State Creates All-Terrain Walking Robot

Researchers at Penn State are teaching Rhex (short for “robot hexapod”) how to travel across varied terrain by basing its movements in Parkour, an inventive way of propelling yourself from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible by using only your body and your surroundings to move forward.

The robot is unique because its equipped with legs instead of wheels, so researchers are taking their design inspiration from the movements of humans. Rhex can jump, back-flip, and even pull itself up over obstacles that are bigger than the robot itself. 

Video: University of Pennsylvania 

New robots you can expect to see soon

Raise your hand if you watched this and immediately started worrying about your long term job security

12:38 // 8 months ago
January 25, 2013
12:06 // 1 year ago
January 3, 2013
nationaljournal:


When a Robot Signs a BillBy Brian Resnick
Yesterday, the president was in Hawaii but the recently passed fiscal-cliff deal was in Washington. How could the presidential signature be affixed to the bill to make it law? Obama signed it via a robot, the autopen.Here’s a brief history of the gadget. (Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the first president to use it?)


Just want to point out that this robotic pen is literally signing its John Hancock (look closely at the photo).

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When a Robot Signs a Bill

By Brian Resnick

Yesterday, the president was in Hawaii but the recently passed fiscal-cliff deal was in Washington. How could the presidential signature be affixed to the bill to make it law? Obama signed it via a robot, the autopen.

Here’s a brief history of the gadget. (Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the first president to use it?)

Just want to point out that this robotic pen is literally signing its John Hancock (look closely at the photo).

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17:22 // 1 year ago
June 13, 2012
So, this is a robot that builds burritos. But before you laugh about this, there’s apparently a noble cause at play, according to creator and NYU grad student Marko Manriquez:

Because the burrito is a mass market consumable, it lends easily as a way for examining and stimulating discussion on various aspects of the food industry including: how and where our food is grown, methods of production, environmental impact, cultural appropriation and perhaps most importantly – what our food means to us. By parodying the humble burrito’s ingredients and methods of production we can shed light on these exogenous factors and interconnected systems surrounding the simple burrito.

Or in other words, ”It’s digital gastronomy for the hungry masses.” Now you can laugh. (ht TechCrunch)

So, this is a robot that builds burritos. But before you laugh about this, there’s apparently a noble cause at play, according to creator and NYU grad student Marko Manriquez:

Because the burrito is a mass market consumable, it lends easily as a way for examining and stimulating discussion on various aspects of the food industry including: how and where our food is grown, methods of production, environmental impact, cultural appropriation and perhaps most importantly – what our food means to us. By parodying the humble burrito’s ingredients and methods of production we can shed light on these exogenous factors and interconnected systems surrounding the simple burrito.

Or in other words, ”It’s digital gastronomy for the hungry masses.” Now you can laugh. (ht TechCrunch)

23:02 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2012

"You don’t want to throw a punch at a robot." For the second day in a row, we bring you an amazing piece of PR work. Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson, along with Epipheo Studios, created this animated-video tutorial on how to identify and respond to a robot uprising. Stay safe, everybody. source

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15:38 // 1 year ago
April 17, 2012
SpaceX and NASA prepare for historic spacecraft launch
NASA says everything’s on schedule for SpaceX’s world-first commercial robotic flight to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for April 30. The flight is a test of sorts, for SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft’s capabilities, and the company’s ability to deliver on the promise of unmanned transportation of goods to/from the ISS. If all goes to plan, SpaceX officials hope to begin regular deliveries for NASA by the end of 2012. (Photo by Robert Goodwin) source
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NASA says everything’s on schedule for SpaceX’s world-first commercial robotic flight to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for April 30. The flight is a test of sorts, for SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft’s capabilities, and the company’s ability to deliver on the promise of unmanned transportation of goods to/from the ISS. If all goes to plan, SpaceX officials hope to begin regular deliveries for NASA by the end of 2012. (Photo by Robert Goodwin) source

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16:04 // 2 years ago
April 4, 2012
Two words: “Robot Kinko’s.” That’s what a MIT robotics team led by Daniela Rus pitching, and her team just scored a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to see if the idea’s feasible or not. Would you go to a store and build your own robot with the help of easy-to-use templates, and pick up the 3D printing a couple days later? Sounds neat, whatever the case may be.

Two words: “Robot Kinko’s.” That’s what a MIT robotics team led by Daniela Rus pitching, and her team just scored a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to see if the idea’s feasible or not. Would you go to a store and build your own robot with the help of easy-to-use templates, and pick up the 3D printing a couple days later? Sounds neat, whatever the case may be.

11:09 // 2 years ago
March 30, 2012
I like to know I’m writing for a real flesh-and-blood reader who is excited by the words on the page. I’m sure children feel the same way.
Harvard College Writing Program director Thomas Jehn • Fathoming the idea of automated essay grading — essentially, essays graded by robots. The idea is getting pitched in a contest by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which plans to offer $100,000 in prize money to any group of programmers that can figure out a way to automate the process of grading essays. We’re with Jehn: If students are spending all this time writing essays, it’s only right that the person on the other side of the coin is also a human being.
11:17 // 2 years ago