Kids and parents are going to love these room cleaning robots


This robot that tidies up for you is literally every kid and parents dream. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. This robot that tidies up for you is literally every kid and parents dream.

Secret Google kite project on verge of launching

The Independent

A project from Google's secretive X division that uses giant plane-like kites to generate renewable electricity may be about to be launched. Makani Power has been developing airborne wind turbines with the support of the Internet giant's research and development facility founded to pursue "moonshot" ideas. If successful the plan would negate the need for costly construction materials and labour that is required for ground-based wind turbines. But after more than 10 years of development, the kites are yet to be used beyond testing. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.

Postman, shopper, builder: In Japan, there's a robot...

Daily Mail

These are some of the skills new robots presented at the World Robot Summit in Tokyo can perform. From enormous'construction workers' to helpful personal shoppers, here are some of the latest breakthroughs in robotics. CarriRo, shaped like a toy London bus with friendly'eyes' on its front, delivers packages by rolling around streets at four miles per hour. It directs itself via GPS to addresses within a one-mile radius, explained Chio Ishikawa from Sumitomo Corp which is promoting the robot. The person receiving the package is sent a code to their smartphone which allows them to open up CarriRo and retrieve whatever it is delivering them.

How Close Are We to Kubrick's AI-Controlled Vision of the Future?


"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that." Movie audiences first heard these calmly intoned and ominous words in 1968, spoken by a spaceship's intelligent computer in the science-fiction masterpiece "2001: A Space Odyssey." With that one phrase, the computer named HAL 9000 confirmed that it could think for itself, and that it was prepared to terminate the astronauts who were planning to deactivate it. Fifty years after director Stanley Kubrick released his visionary masterpiece of space colonization, how close are humans to the future that he imagined, in which we partner with artificial intelligence (A.I.) that we ultimately may not be able to control? We might be a lot closer than we think, with machines as smart -- and as potentially threatening -- as HAL lurking "in plain sight on Earth," according to an essay published yesterday (Oct.

Do robots dream of Prada? How artificial intelligence is reprogramming fashion


Who do you turn to when you can't decide what to wear? But soon, perhaps, it will be none of the above. Instead, you will try on an outfit, turn to a wall-mounted, five megapixel camera with front lighting and dual-antennae wifi connectivity, ask, "Alexa, how do I look?" and within a few seconds the 1.6 watt speaker will deliver the data-driven, empirically-founded assessment. The Echo Look is Amazon's first "style assistant", recently rolled out across the US after an invite-only soft launch. No UK launch date is set, but the technology – which analyses your outfit through a combination of algorithms and (human) "fashion specialists" – is set to revolutionise what technology means to style.

The usefulness of useless robots: Chips with Everything podcast

The Guardian

Simone Giertz is a self-professed maker of crummy robots. She's made a drone that cuts hair, a robot that applies her lipstick and the Wake-Up machine, a DIY wall-mounted robot alarm clock with a rubber arm, that slaps her awake in the morning. While she admits that none of her robots are meant to do their job well, Simone's fascination for technology and electronics have made her a role model for young robot makers worldwide. So what does this queen of bad robots make of our increasingly robotics-reliant society? And does she recognise the possible pitfalls of human-robot interactions in her day-to-day work?

Postman, shopper, builder: In Japan, there's a robot for that

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Forget the flashy humanoids with their gymnastics skills: At the World Robot Summit in Tokyo, the focus was on robots that can deliver the mail, shop and build a house. One example was ZMP Inc.'s CarriRo Delivery, a robot shaped a bit like a toy London bus, with bright, friendly "eyes" on its front. It can zip around the streets at 6 kilometer per hour and deliver packages. CarriRo "is designed to roll along the pavement and direct itself via GPS to an address within a two-kilometer radius," explained Chio Ishikawa, from Sumitomo Corp., which is promoting the robot. The recipient of the package has a code sent to a smartphone, allowing him or her to access CarriRo's innards and retrieve whatever is inside -- mail, medicine or dinner.

Your October robot update


According to the International Federation of Robotics, in February 2018, the average global robot density was 74 robot units per 10,000 employees, up from 66 in 2015. As well as increasing in popularity, robots are also performing more complex and surprising tasks. To keep you in the loop, here are three robot updates from October so far. By Leah Elston-Thompson, senior account executive at Stone Junction Last week, the news broke that Pepper the robot will be giving evidence in Parliament, marking the first use of a non-human witness. The Commons Education Select Committee has invited Pepper to answer questions about artificial intelligence (AI) in the labour market.

Flaws in telepresence robots allow hackers access to pictures, video feeds


Telepresence robots from Vecna Technologies can be hacked using a suite of five vulnerabilities. The flaws can be combined to allow an attacker full control over a robot, giving an intruder the capability to alter firmware, steal chat logs, pictures, or even access live video streams. Vecna has already patched two of the five vulnerabilities and is in the process of addressing the other three. The flaws were discovered earlier this year by Dan Regalado, a security researcher with IoT cyber-security firm Zingbox. The vulnerabilities affect Vecna VGo Celia, a telepresence robot that can be deployed in the field but controlled from a remote location.

Meet the roboprofessor: Bina48 teaches a philosophy course at West Point military academy

Daily Mail

Your next professor could be a robot. Bina48 became the first robot to co-teach a university class when she helped lead a course at West Point, the U.S. Military academy, according to Axios. The humanoid AI taught two sessions of a philosophy course, with topics ranging from ethics, just war theory and use of artificial intelligence in society, which is pretty meta. Bina48 (pictured) became the first robot to co-teach a university class when she helped lead a course at West Point, the U.S. Military academy. William Barry, who has been using Bina48 to teach for several years, decided to put the robot in front of students in the classroom to see if she could'support a liberal education model.'