Robotics Archive

Swarms of tiny, cute robots will one day bring you your phone, like this

Robots are taking over factories and warehouses, but their next stop might be your desktop or kitchen counter. These tiny “Zooids” work together at high speed to act as tools, display information, or move things around like little ants. The bots, named after the individual creatures that make up colonial organisms, were presented earlier this week at the Association for Computing Machinery’s UIST conference. Their …

DroneDeploy launches a directory for professional drone operators

DroneDeploy wants businesses to be able to find a drone services provider as easily as anyone can find a place to eat dinner today, anywhere in the world. So today, the unveiled a new, free Drone Mapping Directory. Take, for example, a real estate developer who needs a finely detailed map of land where it may soon build a giant, corporate campus. Instead of buying …

Industrial robots will replace manufacturing jobs — and that’s a good thing

If you listen to the wrong people, the North American manufacturing industry is doomed. There is no denying that the U.S. and Canada have been losing jobs to offshore competition for almost half a century. From 2000 to 2010 alone, 5.6 million jobs disappeared. Interestingly, though, only 13 percent of those jobs were lost due to international trade. The vast remainder, 85 percent of job …

Watch an Uber self-driving car give two Pittsburgh Steelers a ride

Uber’s self-driving cars are operating on Pittsburgh streets, so it’s only natural they’d pick up some professional athletes along the way. Defensive ends Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt likely max out the passenger capacity of the back of that Uber-tech equipped Ford Fusion that picks them up, but they do manage to get in and take the trip. My favorite moment here might be when Tuitt …

China’s Didi looks to Silicon Valley for talent to build its own self-driving car

China’s Uber-like ride hailing powerhouse Didi Chuxing is looking to build its own self-driving car project, according to an interview with CEO Cheng Wei with Bloomberg, and it’s looking for data scientists with experience in the field from Silicon Valley to hep get the job done. The company has also had talks with driverless startup UiSee Technology’s Beijing-based founder Gansha Wu, the article notes. Didi’s …

HBO’s Westworld is the robotic cowboy headtrip that you didn’t know you were waiting for

Expectations are ridiculously high as Westworld rides onto HBO tonight. The first season cost a reported $100 million to make, and it’s being pitched in some quarters as the new Game of Thrones. When you’ve got any TV show with that much hype, some disappointment seems inevitable, but judging from the first two episodes, Westworld is even better than anticipated. Based on a 1973 film of …

Will the coming robot nanny era turn us into technophiles?

Zoltan Istvan Crunch Network Contributor Zoltan Istvan is a futurist and 2016 U.S. Presidential candidate of the Transhumanist Party. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network Robots intrigue us. We all like them. But most of us don’t love them. That may dramatically change over the next 10 years as the “robot nanny” makes its way into our households. In as little …

Jonah Peretti on staying innovative with BuzzFeed Open Lab

What’s a media company doing making stuffed animals that can read your emotions? Received wisdom in business is that young companies innovate so naturally that they don’t need help or special programs to foster innovation. So when a young media business like BuzzFeed starts an innovation “lab,” it feels something like a college freshman sporting grandpa’s golf pants. Still BuzzFeed, which was founded in 2006, …

NASA’s asteroid-harvesting mission solicits proposals for its robotic spacecraft

Asteroid mining is coming soon to a planet near you: this planet, and in 2021, to be specific. But NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission has lots of work to do before that point. Today the space-faring organization issued an official “request for proposal” from four partners on how they would go about creating the robotic spacecraft that would perform the actual asteroid redirection in question. This …

Robots pave the way for our sci-fi future now

Walmart is experimenting with autonomous shopping carts. Domino’s, Uber and Auro are heavily invested in autonomous driving research. Robots are serving as security guards, performing surgery, checking inventory at grocery stores, assisting in warehouse work, delivering our room service and even hunting for underwater treasure. As robotics begins to leave controlled environments and navigate the real world alongside humans, the question remains: How will this …