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MIT/DARPA: “Cheetah” Robot Runs and Jumps, Untethered, Across Grass

September 16th, 2014

Via: MIT: Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it reaches a full gallop. Now MIT researchers […]

University of Virginia/MITRE: 3D Printed UAV

September 16th, 2014

Via: Wired: We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of Defense. In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes or needs a […]

Will Superintelligent Machines Destroy Humanity?

September 13th, 2014

My money would be on nukes. How about, superintelligent machines somehow in control of nukes? Via: Reason: In Frank Herbert’s Dune books, humanity has long banned the creation of “thinking machines.” Ten thousand years earlier, their ancestors destroyed all such computers in a movement called the Butlerian Jihad, because they felt the machines controlled them. […]

GM to Introduce Hands-Free Driving in Cadillac Model in Two Years

September 7th, 2014

Via: Bloomberg: General Motors Co. (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, will introduce a Cadillac model in two years that can be driven on the highway without the driver holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal. The 2017 Cadillac model will feature “Super Cruise” technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and […]

Intel’s New Mobile Chips Are Always Listening

September 6th, 2014

Via: MIT Technology Review: A new line of mobile chips unveiled by Intel today makes it possible to wake up a laptop or tablet simply by saying “Hello, computer.” Once it has been awoken, the computer can operate as a voice-controlled virtual assistant. You might call out “Hello, computer, what is the weather forecast today?” […]

Britain: Robots Help Deliver Meals and Transport Waste and Equipment at New Hospital

September 4th, 2014

Via: Western Daily Press: This is the incredible fleet of robots helping to provide food for almost 1,000 patients at a new £430 million super hospital. Southmead Hospital in Bristol has deployed a fleet of 12 automatic guided vehicles to deliver meals to its 950 patients. The droids, which start work at 10.15 every morning, […]

Red Light Camera Industry Fights Citizen Vote

September 4th, 2014

Via: WTSP: Florida’s leading red light camera-provider American Traffic Solutions confirms to 10 Investigates Wednesday that it has joined the fight to prevent a citizen-backed referendum on red light cameras from ever reaching a ballot. The city is also fighting the referendum on grounds that it infringes upon city council’s power. However, the enemy of […]


September 4th, 2014

Via: Slash Gear: Unless you look really close, this robot peregrine falcon would almost look like the real thing from a distance, especially while flapping its wings high above the sky. That resemblance to a real avian predator, however faint, might just be enough to scare away other birds that would other wise ruin crops […]

NASA Building Air Traffic Control System for Drones

September 2nd, 2014

Via: The Verge: NASA is developing an air traffic control system for drones. The New York Times reports the US space agency is working on creating a management system for vehicles that fly at around 400 to 500 feet off the ground — much lower than conventional aircraft — at its Moffett Field base around […]

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 […]

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