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Robonaut Has Been Broken for Years, and Now NASA Is Bringing It Home

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

In February of 2011, NASA launched Robonaut 2 to the International Space Station. It was a huge achievement for the robotics team at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. There had been other robots in space, but Robonaut was the first advanced humanoid to ever go on a mission beyond Earth. On boa...


Hyundai Nexo: Water produced by driverless car could be stored and used to drink

The Independent

Commuters could soon be taken to work in a driverless car which is so clean they could relax on the journey with a cup of tea brewed using water from the tailpipe. The state-of-the-art Hyundai Nexo is a crossover SUV vehicle which runs on electrical energy generated by hydrogen fuel cells. Unlike ...


Kindred AI is using human pilots to do what robots can't

#artificialintelligence

Humans are still far better at grasping and manipulating objects than even the best robot arms. At Kindred AI, people are helping the machines overcome that limitation--by becoming their pilots. This article is part of a weekly series paired with our newsletter Clocking In, which covers the impact ...


Express delivery: use drones not trucks to cut carbon emissions, experts say

The Guardian - Business

Tue 13 Feb 2018 11.00 EST Last modified on Tue 13 Feb 2018 11.01 EST Drones invoke varying perceptions, from fun gadget to fly in the park to deadly military weapons. In the future, they may even be viewed as a handy tool in the battle to fight climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions from the tra...


Robots Don't Deserve Workers' Rights--Yet

WIRED

The economic weather has been clearing. In the United States, unemployment stands at a little more than 4 percent; at long last, wages are growing faster than productivity. Investors expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in order to fight the inflation that accompanies full employment. ...


New dog-like robot from Boston Dynamics can open doors – video

The Guardian - Technology (UK)

Ground-breaking robotics engineering and design company Boston Dynamics have released footage of the SpotMini, a dog-like robot that can open doors in the most unsettling manner possible. The four-legged robot uses a mechanical arm with a pincer on the end to grasp and turn the handle and then hold open the door.


Israel Shoots Down Iranian Drone, Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria: Army

US News and World Report US and World News

"A combat helicopter successfully intercepted an Iranian UAV that was launched from Syria and infiltrated Israel. The aircraft was identified by the Aerial Defense Systems at an early phase and was under surveillance until the interception," the military said in a statement.


Uber, Google's Waymo Settle Case Over Trade Secrets For Self-Driving Cars

NPR

An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh in 2016. On Friday, Uber and Google's Waymo self-driving unit announced a settlement in their trade-secrets case. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh in 2016. On Friday, Uber and Google's Waym...


Uber and Google's Waymo reach surprise settlement in a lawsuit over self-driving technology

Washington Post

BREAKING: Uber and Google's Waymo reached a surprise settlement in a lawsuit over self-driving technology. Uber will give Waymo a small stake in the ride-sharing company in the settlement that was reached on the fifth day of a high-profile lawsuit between the two companies. Uber's CEO in a letter ex...


Waymo v Uber: Who stole what?

BBC News - Technology

Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out of Google, is locked in a legal battle with Uber, alleging the cab company stole its key technology.