Robots


Chilling warning about how artifical intelligence can be used against us

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The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


In China, a robot has started delivering packages to people

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China's second-biggest e-commerce company after Alibaba, sent robots to deliver items for the first time yesterday (June 18), on the last day of a two-week-long shopping bonanza that recorded sales of around $17.6 billion, according to a spokesman with the company. It's the first time that the company has used delivery robots in the field. JD tested its first delivery robot in November, when the research and manufacturing cost of a single robot was almost the price of an Audi Q7 series car, around 600,000 yuan ($88,125) (link in Chinese), JD's driverless program engineer Zhang Chao told CCTV. Robots can reduce the delivery cost from 7 yuan ($1) per human delivery to 1.5 yuan ($0.2) per robot delivery, said Zhang.


Inside China's effort to replace millions of manufacturing workers with robots

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The hitch reflects a much bigger technological challenge facing China's manufacturers today. Wages in Shanghai have more than doubled in the past seven years, and the company that owns the factory, Cambridge Industries Group, faces fierce competition from increasingly high-tech operations in Germany, Japan, and the United States. Last year the government of Guangdong, a province that contains many large manufacturing operations, promised to spend 150 billion equipping factories with industrial robots and creating two new centers dedicated to advanced automation. Despite the challenges, Day Chia-peng, general manager of Foxconn's automation technology development committee, says the company is automating a growing number of tasks on its lines.


China's push for driverless cars accelerates

BBC News

In the race for driverless car technology, Chinese companies are taking big strides competing with the likes of Google and Tesla. With the Beijing Motor Show underway, the days when the country's domestic car firms was brushed off as mere copycats are well and truly over. And a lot of this year's buzz is around driverless cars in particular. In past years, innovation might have come from Silicon valley, but Chinese companies are pushing ahead. "There is a lot more going on in China than many in the West have realized," car expert Prof David Bailey of the Aston Business School tells the BBC.


Self-Driving Car Successfully Drives Itself 1200 Miles Across China In Six Days

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A Chinese automaker announced the successful road trip of its self-driving cars. Chinese automaker and Ford's partner Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. announced the successful road trip of its self-driving car. "The cars ran up to 120 km per hour on the highway, and adapted to the changing road surface," said Li. The automaker plans to produce self-driving cars designed exclusively for traveling on highways and make them commercially available by 2018.


China Is Building An Army Of Worker Robots

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On March 16, officials approved the latest Five Year Plan for China's economy, which is reported to include an initiative that will make billions of yuan available for manufacturers to upgrade to technologies including advanced machinery and robots. The government also plans to create dozens of innovation centers across the country to showcase advanced manufacturing technologies. On March 16, officials approved the latest Five Year Plan for China's economy, which is reported to include an initiative that will make billions of yuan available for manufacturers to upgrade to technologies including advanced machinery and robots. The government also plans to create dozens of innovation centers across the country to showcase advanced manufacturing technologies.


Zero Zero's Camera Drone Could Be a Robot Command Center in the Future

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This March, drone-maker DJI introduced the Phantom 4, with autonomous flying and tracking features that essentially make it that company's first flying camera at 1400. Wang has a number of those engineers working on a more ambitious goal: a line of personal robotics products, of which the Hover Camera is a small but essential step. A big problem in the home environment for a robot is object avoidance--we have a lot of objects in our homes and offices. A robot on the ground has to do a lot of object avoidance, but once it is airborne above 1.5 meters, there isn't much except the people, so a flying robot solves the object avoidance problem.


Google, Ford, Uber join coalition to further self-driving cars

Daily Mail

In a bid to push forward with plans for self-driving cars, Alphabet's Google has teamed up with Ford and Uber to form a coalition to push for federal action. Sweden-based Volvo, which is owned by China's ZhejiangGeely Holding Group, and Uber rival Lyft also arepart of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. The group said in a statement it will'work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to realise the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles.' In a bid to push forward with plans for self-driving cars, Alphabet's Google has teamed up with Ford and Uber to form a coalition to push for federal action. Sweden-based Volvo, which is owned by China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, and Uber rival Lyft also are part of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets The coalition said David Strickland will be the coalition's counseland spokesman.


Zero Zero's Camera Drone Could Be a Robot Command Center in the Future

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This March, drone-maker DJI introduced the Phantom 4, with autonomous flying and tracking features that essentially make it that company's first flying camera at 1400. Wang has a number of those engineers working on a more ambitious goal: a line of personal robotics products, of which the Hover Camera is a small but essential step. A big problem in the home environment for a robot is object avoidance--we have a lot of objects in our homes and offices. A robot on the ground has to do a lot of object avoidance, but once it is airborne above 1.5 meters, there isn't much except the people, so a flying robot solves the object avoidance problem.


Chinese Billionaire Jia Yueting Calls Apple Obsolete, Says LeEco Plans To Surpass Tesla

International Business Times

Not content with take aim at Apple, Jia, who last week launched LeEco's first self-driving car, also took aim at Tesla, saying his company would eclipse Elon Musk's electric vehicle efforts. Talking about Apple, Jia told CNBC: "We believe the next generation of mobile internet will be more open, more ecosystem oriented instead of being a closed loop. Like Xiaomi, another Chinese company making waves on the global market, LeEco sees itself as an internet company first and foremost. Apple is a mobile phone company focused on hardware and software," Jia said.