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This Robotic Bricklayer Can Build a House in Two Days

June 26th, 2015

Via: Engadget: For all the modern tools and heavy machinery found on construction sites these days, one aspect has remained a decidedly manual labor: bricklaying. Just as they did 6000 years ago when masonry was first developed, today’s bricklayers still perform their backbreaking work almost exclusively by hand. But thanks to Australian engineer, Mark Pivac, […]

China’s Troubling Robot Revolution

June 24th, 2015

Via: New York Times: OVER the last decade, China has become, in the eyes of much of the world, a job-eating monster, consuming entire industries with its seemingly limitless supply of low-wage workers. But the reality is that China is now shifting its appetite to robots, a transition that will have significant consequences for China’s […]

Manufacturing of Asus Graphics Cards Now 100% Automated

June 11th, 2015

Via: Geek: According to Asus, every single graphics card in use today has been manufactured with the help of one or more human workers. But that is no longer the case. Asus has figured out how to make graphics cards in a completely automated process, with the first human to interact with a card being […]

A Compilation of Robots Falling Down at the DARPA Robotics Challenge

June 6th, 2015

Yes! Robots can reliably imitate the behavior of falling-down-drunk humans. Go team! Via: IEEE: On Thursday, the day before the competition was to officially start, DARPA allowed the teams to conduct a dress rehearsal, putting their robots through the course to see how they’d do. During that dry run, not many robots fell over, so […]

MIT Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump

May 29th, 2015

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Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

May 28th, 2015

Via: Nature: Technologies have reached a point at which the deployment of such systems is — practically if not legally — feasible within years, not decades. The stakes are high: LAWS have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms. Autonomous weapons systems select and engage targets without human intervention; […]

New ‘Deep Learning’ Technique Enables Robot Mastery of Skills Via Trial and Error

May 22nd, 2015

I mainly posted this because of the Comedy Gold juxtaposition below. haha Via: UC Berkeley: The work is part of a new People and Robots Initiative at UC’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). The new multi-campus, multidisciplinary research initiative seeks to keep the dizzying advances in artificial intelligence, robotics […]

Self Driving Trucks Will Wipe Out Millions of Jobs

May 18th, 2015

Via: Medium: Robot trucks also don’t need salaries?—?salaries that stand to go up because fewer and fewer people want to be truckers. A company can buy a fleet of self-driving trucks and never pay another human salary for driving. The only costs will be upkeep of the machinery. No more need for health insurance either. […]

New Machine Could One Day Replace Anesthesiologists

May 12th, 2015

Via: Washington Post: The new machine that could one day replace anesthesiologists sat quietly next to a hospital gurney occupied by Nancy Youssef-Ringle. She was nervous. In a few minutes, a machine — not a doctor — would sedate the 59-year-old for a colon cancer screening called a colonoscopy. But she had done her research. […]

IBM’s Watson Will Make Decisions About Cancer Care in 14 Hospitals in the U.S. and Canada

May 7th, 2015

Via: BBC: IBM’s supercomputer Watson will be used to make decisions about cancer care in 14 hospitals in the US and Canada, it has been announced. Using computers to trawl through vast amounts of medical data speeds up the diagnosis process. The system will help assess individual tumours and suggest which drug should be used […]

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