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Man 3D Prints Concrete Castle in Backyard, Designing Kit to Print Two-Story Houses

August 31st, 2014

Via: 3ders: In Minnesota, contractor Andrey Rudenko is currently working on a project of gargantuan proportions that seems to be stretching and exploring the limits of 3D printing technology. Using a printer that was substantially modified and expanded, he has printed a concrete castle in his own backyard. And at 3 by 5 meters, this […]

Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program

August 28th, 2014

Via: The Atlantic: After two years of development, the Silicon Valley company reveals to The Atlantic that it has substantial research effort into building flying robots than can deliver products across a city in a minute or two.

‘Robo Brain’ Will Teach Robots Everything from the Internet

August 25th, 2014

This is the exact scenario from two recent cyber apocalypse stories; Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson and Transcendence. The goo escapes the cage in the lab and devours everything. Vis: Physorg: Robo Brain – a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources – is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, […]

“Want a Happy Worker? Let Robots Take Control”

August 24th, 2014

Alternate Headline: Getting the Most Out of Your Remaining Human Meatsack Workers Until It Makes Economic Sense to Eliminate Them. Via: MIT Technology Review: If you’ve seen a sci-fi flick with autonomous robots in the last 40 years, you may be wary of giving robots any semblance of control. But new research coming out of […]

Bots on Patrol: Mobile Security Robot to be Mass Produced

August 22nd, 2014

Via: Factor: In a move that will rock the job security of night watchmen everywhere, the world’s first commercially available security robot is set for mass production in the US. Designed by Denver-based Gamma 2 Robotics, the robot will now be manufactured entirely in the States, with a process that can be scaled up to […]

Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

August 21st, 2014

Via: TechCrunch: Something big is going on with Amazon Prime Air, the e-commerce giant’s research project focused on delivering packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones. … Prime Air is shaping up to be more than a marketing stunt, it seems. The company recently scored a few notable hires for this project, including […]

Navy Conducts First Series of Drone and Manned Fighter Jet Operations

August 19th, 2014

Via: Los Angeles Times: The U.S. Navy said its jet-powered, bat-winged X-47B drone has conducted carrier deck operations and performed maneuvers alongside an F/A-18 fighter jet, marking the first time manned and unmanned aircraft have operated together on the same carrier. Navy officials hailed the test flights of the experimental drone, which were completed Sunday […]

The Kilobot Project: A Low Cost Scalable Robot System for Demonstrating Collective Behaviors

August 15th, 2014

Here’s one for your This-Will-End-Badly file folder. Via: Harvard: In current robotics research there is a vast body of work on algorithms and control methods for groups of decentralized cooperating robots, called a swarm or collective. These algorithms are generally meant to control collectives of hundreds or even thousands of robots; however, for reasons of […]

Humans Need Not Apply

August 14th, 2014

Via: CGP Grey: Research Credit: P7y845W4

MonsterMind: NSA’s Cyberwar Bot

August 13th, 2014

Via: Wired: Edward Snowden has made us painfully aware of the government’s sweeping surveillance programs over the last year. But a new program, currently being developed at the NSA, suggests that surveillance may fuel the government’s cyber defense capabilities, too. The NSA whistleblower says the agency is developing a cyber defense system that would instantly […]

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