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The first drone on Mars shows what the right collaborations make possible

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Such early and continuous connections were key. Leveraging commercial technology must be strategic. During this critical early period, core technologies are developed, standards are created, and rollout plans are shaped. When the right experts can connect early in the process, the right technologies can be applied to the right mission needs. Bringing two partners together isn't guaranteed to lead to innovation.


SpaceX uses robotic dog to investigate wreckage of SN10 that exploded ten minutes after landing

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The SpaceX team is clearing a mangled Starship from the launch after the rocket exploded following its first high latitude test Wednesday evening. The crew returned to the site the day after Starship Serial Number 10 (SN10) exploded 10 minutes following its'soft landing' and they brought along some help – Zeus the robotic dog. The yellow, four-legged robot was spotted prancing around SpaceX's testing facility in Boca Chica, Texas Thursday as it inspected the aftermath of the fallen rocket. Images of the wreckage have also surfaced on Twitter, showing the crushed body of SN10 and smashed Raptor engines – each of which costs $150 million. SpaceX returned to the site the day after Starship Serial Number 10 (SN10) exploded 10 minutes following its'soft landing' and they brought along some help – Zeus the robotic dog SpaceX has yet to reveal what caused SN10 to burst into flames, but some speculate it was caused by landing legs that did not deploy.


ByteDance Said to Invest in Chinese Self-Driving Startup QCraft

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Chinese social media titan ByteDance Ltd. is investing in local autonomous driving startup QCraft Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, another sign of the blurring of boundaries between car companies and Big Tech. The owner of Tiktok is investing in QCraft's latest fundraising round of at least $25 million, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. QCraft's technology is being trialed in minibuses in parts of China. A ByteDance spokesperson had no immediate comment. A representative for QCraft declined to comment.


Grip assist robotic glove powered by AI

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Scottish startup BioLiberty has developed an AI-driven robotic glove designed to assist people with simple gripping tasks. Set up by four recent engineering grads, BioLiberty is aiming to help the 2.5 million people living in the UK who suffer from hand weakness because of age or illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and carpal tunnel syndrome. The company's robotic glove detects a user's intention to grip by using electromyography (EMG) to measure electrical activity in response to a nerve's stimulation of the muscle. An algorithm then converts that intention into force, helping the user hold an item or apply the necessary pressure to complete an activity. BioLiberty co-founder Ross O'Hanlon was motivated to start the company when his aunt was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and began to lose movement in her hands.


Science-Fiction: A Mirror for the Future of Humankind – Idees

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Digital technologies have become part of our everyday lives and are increasingly acting as intermediaries in our workplaces and personal relationships or even substituting them. The Internet of things, social networks, programs that learn by interacting with humans, assistive and companion robots, computer games with a purpose, serious games for social impact, roboadvisors, webs that offer digital immortality… These tools can, in a short time, modify the job market, flip someone's reputation, transform a district, change our relationships --not just at work, but also within our families and close contacts-- or extend what a person leaves behind after dying, which now includes a digital footprint. The growing interaction with'intelligent' machines is not just a further step in the social transformation that started with the industrial revolution. Although these new information technologies do also free humans from repetitive tasks and provide them with more time to spend in creative and enjoyable ways, the difference is that they enter domains previously considered to be exclusive of humans, such as decision-making, emotions and social relationships, which may compromise human values, as well as decisively shape society and our way of life. This poses a series of ethical questions that were not relevant for other types of machines and about which we have no previous experience, nor can we reliably predict how they will ultimately influence the evolution of humankind.


All the best robot vacuum deals to help jumpstart your spring cleaning

Mashable

Ready to spring into spring cleaning? Spring is a time of renewal, growth, and change, but you can't take advantage of all the restorative vibes of the season if you're carrying old baggage around. No, we're not talking about those problems that need to be talked out in therapy -- we're talking about all the clutter, dust, and grime that has built up in your home over the last year. Staying inside more often probably means that your home has accumulated way more messes than in years past, so deep spring cleaning is a must. Get ready to organize, toss out old junk that isn't serving you anymore, and give everything a good scrub down in time for the changing of the seasons.


Tackling Gender Diversity in Tech, One Robot at a Time - Pittsburgh Region: Next is Now

CMU School of Computer Science

If you've heard of Carnegie Mellon University's Girls of Steel, I hope it was from someone who's participated in our program and not from a robot. Maybe you saw a young woman from Girls of Steel on the news as she constructed one of the program's 120-pound robots. Or heard that she and her teammates visited and made a presentation at the White House. Perhaps you read about their work in GeekWire. While the robots tend to get a lot of media attention, our focus is more straightforward: the girls who build them.


Don't Swat This Bug. It Might Be A Robot On A Rescue Mission

NPR Technology

Kevin Chen, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, envisions a time when his insect-sized drone could be used as a search and rescue robot -- to find survivors in disaster debris that bigger drones couldn't reach. Kevin Chen, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, envisions a time when his insect-sized drone could be used as a search and rescue robot -- to find survivors in disaster debris that bigger drones couldn't reach. The reason it's so hard to kill a mosquito is that they move really well. Scientists are trying to build a robot with that kind of agility. And these tiny but mighty flying robots could be used in life-and-death situations, such as finding people in a collapsed building.



Tesla and other carmakers want you to pay monthly for feature subscriptions

Mashable

Tesla is giving customers looking for self-driving abilities some options. Pay $10,000 in full for your car to drive itself down the street and onto the highway (with you still paying attention at the wheel) -- or pay in installments for a monthly subscription to the same hands-free, automated driving features. Tesla CEO Elon Musk first assured Tesla drivers late last year about a forthcoming option to subscribe to the Autopilot advanced driving feature, Full Self-Driving mode (known as FSD). An FSD subscription on the EVs will open up access to drivers who haven't paid a steep $10,000 one-time fee. While the subscription offer is taking longer than Musk originally anticipated (typical for Tesla), he tweeted on Monday that it's supposed be available to Tesla owners in the next few months.