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August 23, 2013
Atlas Robots Released To DARPA Challenge Teams

Boston Dynamics Atlas Robot

DARPA Robotics Challenge  
The qualifying Track B teams from the DARPA Robotics Challenge have recently received their ATLAS humanoid robots. The teams, who got to this stage of the competition by proving their strategies on simulated robots, now get to work on the real thing.
Tags: ATLAS, Boston Dynamics, CSAIL, DARPA Robotics Challenge, DRC, humanoid robots, massachusetts, robotics, robots, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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August 7, 2013
Robots, Humans and the Future of Space Exploration

Space Exploration  
During a public event at NASA Headquarters, televised on NASA TV, agency officials and crew members aboard the International Space Station celebrated the one year anniversary of The Mars Curiosity Rover’s landing on Mars and discussed how its activities and other robotic projects are helping prepare for a human mission to Mars and an asteroid.
Tags: curiosity, future of space exploration, Jim Green, Mars, NASA, robotics, robots, space, space exploration

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August 6, 2013
SkySweeper Robot Designed for Inspecting Power Lines

Mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego invented a robot designed to scoot along utility lines, searching for damage and other problems that require repairs. Made of off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts printed on an inexpensive 3D printer, the SkySweeper prototype could be scaled up for less than $1,000, making it significantly more economical than the two models of robots currently used to inspect power lines.
Tags: Jacobs School of Engineering, Nick Morozovsky, robotics, robots, SkySweeper Robot, University of California San Diego

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July 31, 2013
Disney Research Automates Clockwork Robotics

Teams at Disney Research have created a pair of software packages that brings us one step closer to the rapid design and manufacture of customized robots that can sense and interact with their environments to carry out complex tasks.
Tags: 3d printing, animatronic, clockwork robots, disney research, Mechanical Engineering, robotics, robots, toys

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July 23, 2013
More From David Hanson On Genius Machines

Artificial Intelligence  
David Hanson spoke recently with Adam Ford about genius machines and other artificial intelligence and robotics projects he is currently working on, including Bina 48 for the Terasem Movement Foundation.
Tags: AI, artificial intelligence, Ben Goertzel, Bina48, Bruce Duncan, David Hanson, Hanson Robotics, robotics, robots

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July 18, 2013
Robot Revolution – Will Machines Surpass Humans?

The NHK documentary, “Robot Revolution : Will Machines surpass humans” features Honda ASIMO, Hubo, Big Dog from Boston Dynamics, Baxter from Rethink Robotics, Nextage and other humanoid robots. Since the Fukishima nuclear disaster, development of humanoid robotics and the artificial intelligence used in them has accelerated dramatically.
Tags: AI, artificial intelligence, ASIMO, DARPA Robotics Challenge, Gill, humanoid robots, Robot Revolution : Will Machines surpass humans, robotics, robots

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July 11, 2013
Meet DARPA’s ATLAS Humanoid Robot

DARPA Robotics Challenge  
DARPA recently provided more information on their Robotics Challenge competition including a full breakdown of the course and tasks the robots must accomplish. Also, Boston Robotics, makers of the ATLAS robot that will be used by many of the qualifying teams have released a video featuring the latest in humanoid robots.
Tags: ATLAS, Boston Dynamics, Darpa, DARPA Robotics Challenge, DRC, humanoid robot, robotics, robots

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July 9, 2013
Robot Caregivers Found to Generate More Positive Feelings

robot caregiver

Living With Robots  
Researchers have found that people expressed more positive feelings toward a robot that would take care of them than toward a robot that needed care.
Tags: AI, Aldebaran robotics, artificial intelligence, caregiving robot, NAO, Penn State, robotics, robots, S. Shyam Sundar

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July 8, 2013
How Robots are Being Used to Test the Safety of Self Driving Cars

How Robots are Being Used to Test the Safety of Self Driving Cars

Ford outfitted vans with robotic controls that allow the vehicle to drive around, steer the vehicle, change gears, and utilize the brakes when faced with obstacles or potential hazards. The system is currently deployed to test the vehicles, but will very soon be consumerized and by the next decade your vehicle may be a self-driving car.
Tags: Ford, guest post, robotic cars, robotics, robots, self driving car, vehicles

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July 4, 2013
You Won’t Want To Meet This 3D Printed Spiderbot Alone At Night

The creepily-lifelike T8 spiderbot from Robugtix dramatically uses bio-inspiration for it’s 3D printed form and mechanics. The robot is due for release in September.
Tags: 3d printing, bioinspiration, robot, robotics, Robugtix, spider robot, spiderbot, T8

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July 3, 2013
RoboCup 2013 Video Roundup

RoboCup 2013

RoboCup 2013 this year in The Netherlands featured over 2500 competitors. Video highlights from the competition show how far robotics have come, and how far they have to go.
Tags: Aldebaran robotics, humanoid robots, NAO, RoboCup, RoboCup 2013, robotics, robots, soccer

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David Hanson Wants To Create Genius Machines

Friendly AI  
To spur the development of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) David Hanson urges greater international and cross-disciplinary co-operation. His goal is to develop AGI systems that surpass human-level creative genius, yet remain friendly. He calls these creations, Genius Machines.
Tags: AGI, AI, artificial general intelligence, artificial intelligence, Bina48, creativity, David Hanson, Friendly AI, genius machines, openCog, robotics, robots, ROS

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3D Printed Robotic Anime Doll Takes Shape

Robotic Toys  
Danny Choo of Culture Japan, is busy working on the first ever 3D printed interactive robotic smartphone controlled “Smart Doll”.
Tags: 3d printing, anime, culture japan, danny choo, gadgets, Mirai Suenaga, robotics, robots, Smart Doll, Solidworks, toys, zbrush

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July 2, 2013
David Hanson and Dmitry Itskov Discuss the 2045 Initiative

Avatar Robotics  
On the Charlie Rose program recently, the host interviewed Dmitry Itskov and David Hanson about the possibilities of the 2045 Avatar project.
Tags: 2045, AI, artificial intelligence, charlie rose, David Hanson, Dmitry Itskov, Global Futures 2045, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Martine Rothblatt, philip k. dick, Project Avatar, robotics

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June 28, 2013
Rodney Brooks on Why We Will Rely on Robots

At a recent TED Talk, Rodney Brooks pointed out how valuable robots could be as the number of working-age adults drops and the number of retirees swells. He introduces us to Baxter, the robot with eyes that move and arms that react to touch, which could work alongside an aging population — and learn to help them at home, too.
Tags: AGI, AI, artificial general intelligence, artificial intelligence, iRobot, Rethink Robotics, robotics, robots, Rodney Brooks

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Robotic Software Start-up Looks to Make Robots Learn

Robotic software startup Neurala says its software aims to serve as the “brain” for robots, allowing them to process information sources and learn in a similar way to the human brain — ultimately enabling robots to work autonomously from humans.
Tags: AI, artificial intelligence, machine learning, Max Versace, Neurala, robotic software, robotics, robots, romotive, sensors, teleprescence robot

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June 27, 2013
Virtual Stage of The DARPA Robotics Challenge Complete

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