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Australia: Robot Bricklayer Can Build a Home in Two Days

November 19th, 2015

Via: Financial Review: Australian investors have begun buying in to the rise of the machines, as a company promising to replace the humble brickie with a robot that can build a four-bedroom house in two days hit the ASX boards. Fastbrick Robotics started trading on the ASX on Wednesday, and was up almost 4 per […]

The Next Gold Rush Will Be 5,000 Feet Under the Sea

November 18th, 2015

Via: Vice: And that will mean dispatching a fleet of giant remote-operated robotic miners 5,000 feet below the surface to harvest the riches scattered across ocean floor. These mammoth underwater vehicles look like they’ve been hauled off the set of a sci-fi film—think Avatar meets The Abyss. And they’ll be dredging up copper, gold, and […]

Why Human-In-The-Loop Computing Is The Future Of Machine Learning

November 16th, 2015

Via: ComputerWorld: Now that machine learning is becoming more and more mainstream, some design patterns are starting to emerge. As the CEO of CrowdFlower, I’ve worked with many companies building machine learning algorithms and I’ve noticed a best practice in nearly every successful deployment of machine learning on tough business problems. That practice is called […]

Robot Audits Store Shelves

November 14th, 2015

Via: ComputerWorld: An autonomous robot was unveiled this week that can make sure that when you’re hankering for Doritos, there’s a bag waiting for you at the market. Simbe Robotics, based in San Francisco, announced its first product, a 30-pound robot called Tally that can move up and down a store’s aisles checking inventory. The […]

Driverless Buses Will Hit Swiss Roads Next Year

November 14th, 2015

Via: Independent: Autonomous, driverless buses will hit the streets of Switzerland in Spring next year, in one of the world’s first trials of self-driving buses on public roads. Two of the driverless buses, created by startup BestMile and launched under the banner of Swiss bus company PostBus, will enter service in the city of Sion, […]

Bank of England: Automation to Eliminate Roughly Half of U.S. and British Jobs

November 13th, 2015

Via: CNBC: One central bank has some frightening predictions when it comes to job stability in the future. 80 million jobs in the United States are at risk of being taken over by robots in the next few decades, a Bank of England (BoE) official warned on Thursday. With U.S. data showing that total nonfarm […]

Toyota Makes £600m Bet on Artificial Intelligence

November 8th, 2015

Via: Wired UK: Toyota will invest more than £600m in artificial intelligence and robotics for its self-driving cars and robots. Akio Toyoda, the company’s president, announced the car manufacturer is launching a research company in Silicon Valley to develop AI and robotics for use in its cars. The Toyota Research Institute will, according to a […]

U.S. Army Tests Swarms of Consumer Grade Drones in Major Exercise

November 2nd, 2015

Via: IT World: The U.S. Army has for the first time tested swarms of consumer drones during a major military training exercise and determined the low-cost technology is at a stage where it could be used offensively. Off-the-shelf drones have brought what was previously complex and expensive technology into the reach of consumers, and the […]

Robot Buses Are Coming To America

October 30th, 2015

Via: Fast Company: Self-driving buses are coming to America. The Bishop Ranch business park in San Ramon, California will be the first place in the U.S. to use French robo-buses to ferry passengers around. … The EZ10 is a driverless bus designed for short hops. It has been deployed in Europe—in Finland, France, and is […]

Yamaha Shows Motobot Motorcycle-Riding Humanoid Robot

October 28th, 2015

Via: Gizmag: Yamaha produced somewhat of a surprise at the Tokyo Motor Show today when it showed a motorcycle-riding robot. Unlike most two-wheeled debutants, Yamaha’s new Motobot isn’t starting out on a small capacity motorcycle, but release images show the humanoid robot riding Yamaha’s most sporting motorcycle, the 1000cc R1M.

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