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Sony will roll out a new robot dog that's capable of real Fido-like feelings – including bonding with its human masters and responding to owner commands, according to the Wall Street Journal. Man's best friend is getting a makeover. Sony will roll out a new robot dog that's capable of real Fido-like feelings – including bonding with its human masters and responding to owner commands, according to the Wall Street Journal. The pet bot will be similar to Sony's AIBO robot pet prototypes, which have been discontinued, and will have updated software to allow users to control their home appliances. Sony plans to unveil the product at a media event next November and roll it out in spring 2018.


AUSA 2017: This military ATV can 'think' and drive itself

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While top brass walked the floors of AUSA exploring innovation for future combat in Washington D.C., in Georgia at Fort Benning, robot selection to join the troops is in an intense final week. The jungle drums at AUSA have it that the selected robots may be integrating and working alongside soldiers in brigade combat teams (BCTs) as soon as early next year. In fact, U.S. special operations forces and the wider military regularly rely on the advanced capabilities MRZR 2 and MRZR 4 for their work downrange. The company teamed up with robot experts Applied Research Associates and Neya Systems to turn their wildly popular MRZR into the MRZR X – a smart MRZR that integrates advanced robotics so it can drive without a human at the wheel.


Could sex robots kill you?

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With sex robots becoming increasingly popular and sophisticated, Cyber security lecturer Dr Nick Patterson revealed that the lifelike dolls could end up going all Terminator on us. Dr Patterson told Star Online that hacking into many modern-day robots, including sexbots, would be a piece of cake compared to more sophisticated gadgets like mobiles and computers. The tech expert, from Deakin University, Australia, said: "Hackers can hack into a robot or a robotic device and have full control of the connections, arms, legs and other attached tools like in some cases knives or welding devices. Previously, the Sun Online exclusively revealed that the sexbots could actually end up SAVING people's lives, according to one of the companies behind the AI-lovers.


Robot tax coming?

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One city supervisor, Norman Yee, has proposed barring food delivery robots from city streets, arguing that public sidewalks should be solely for people. "Preposterous" is what William Santana Li, CEO of security robot maker Knightscope calls the supervisor's idea. Kim, the San Francisco supervisor, is weighing the idea of using revenue from a robot tax to supplement the low wages of people whose jobs can't be automated, like home health care aides. Savioke, based in San Jose, makes 3-foot-tall (91 centimeters) robots – called Relay – that deliver room service at hotels where only one person might be on duty at night.


Robot becomes Buddhist priest

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That's very expensive, so plastic molding company Nissei Eco Co. had an idea: create a robotic Buddhist priest and undercut the real thing on price. And rather than starting from scratch, Nissei instead modified an existing robot in the form of SoftBank's Pepper robot. The cost of this Buddhist Pepper robot is going to be around $450 per funeral, so just a quarter of the real priest price. Unlike human priests, Pepper isn't going to be at all upset about it, though.


Robot finds likely melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Fukushima reactor

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TOKYO – Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 3 feet on the bottom inside of a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of Fukushima's Unit 3 reactor, said the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. On Friday, the robot spotted suspected debris of melted fuel for the first time since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused multiple meltdowns and destroyed the plant. Locating and analyzing the fuel debris and damage in each of the plant's three wrecked reactors is crucial for decommissioning the plant. During this week's probe, cameras mounted on the robot showed extensive damage caused by the core meltdown, with fuel debris mixed with broken reactor parts, suggesting the difficult challenges ahead in the decades-long decommissioning of the destroyed plant.


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Steve the autonomous security robot made international headlines earlier this week after he accidentally toppled into a fountain while on duty at the Washington Harbour complex in Washington, D.C. Left submerged and useless after water flooded his vital components (which is what tends to happen when land-based robots come into contact with liquids), a severely sodden Steve was hauled from the pool and returned to his maker for checks. The company, a Silicon Valley-based outfit called Knightscope, has been developing its 6-foot, 400-pound K5 robot cop since 2013. When functioning properly, the sensor- and camera-equipped K5 works alongside human security personnel and is programmed to spot suspicious characters or behavior. It also released a photo (above) showing another K5 standing forlornly, if robots can stand forlornly, at a memorial for Steve.


Can robots create jobs for humans?

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As President Donald Trump seeks to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing, many industry leaders are looking to robots as the most efficient way for American factories to compete with cheap labor overseas. In addition to cross-training existing workers, some industry experts say robotics and coding (computer programming) should become staples in grade school shop classes. "Like a blue collar job, it's something that you learn over time," said Scott Blanck, who founded Start Code, an Atlanta-based computer programming lab for children. Industry leaders are looking to robots as the most efficient way for American factories to compete with cheap labor overseas.


The real life Mr. Roboto

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He uses a process called deep neural learning along with artificial intelligence to decode different genres of music eventually creating his own chimes on the marimba. Dr. Gil Weinberg, the director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, created Shimon nearly 10 years ago, but now the robot musician has learned how to do things on his own. Shimon uses "deep neural networks," Bretan says, to learn from the over 5,000 songs in his memory banks. Shimon now thinks like a human musician as he composes his songs rather than from note to note as he did before.


Toyota now has a robot that can help disabled people around the house

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And with that, the company has shown off its Human Support Robot (HSR), after testing it with a U.S. war veteran in his home. We see our research with Romy and the HSR as a natural extension of our work as a mobility company that helps people navigate their world." Since then, the company has experimented with robots in a number of different applications, including helping paralyzed people walk. In 2015, Toyota created the Toyota Research Institute, saying it would put $1 billion into it over five years, to help advance artificial intelligence and different mobility solutions, including robots.