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Google Auto

August 2nd, 2015

Via: Guardian: It was Google Auto LLC that applied for the international vehicle identification number (VIN) codes to identify each new self-driving car, just like any other production vehicle. Google Auto also liaised with America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and organised emissions testing in California. To avoid onerous safety requirements and crash tests, […]

Robots: The Growing Threat to the Service Industry

July 30th, 2015

Via: Value Walk: Soon McDonald’s and Burger King Worldwide Inc (NYSE:BKW) will have no need for anyone to run a burger kiosk other than a 20-something with mad technology skills; everything from order entry to burger preparation and delivery will be automated (and faster and without the asinine errors that plague this low-education industry today). […]

Intel and Micron Announce New Memory Technology, 3D XPoint

July 30th, 2015

Via: Intel: The technology is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory. … Following more than a decade of research and development, 3D XPoint technology was built from the ground up to address the need for non-volatile, high-performance, high-endurance […]

Kentucky Man Arrested for Shooting Down Drone

July 30th, 2015

Via: WDRB: A Hillview man has been arrested after he shot down a drone flying over his property — but he’s not making any apologies for it. It happened Sunday night at a home on Earlywood Way, just south of the intersection between Smith Lane and Mud Lane in Bullitt County, according to an arrest […]

Amazon Provides New Details on Plan for Drone Air Corridors

July 28th, 2015

Via: The Verge: The company laid out its vision for a multi-tiered superhighway in the sky, one in which all drones flying above 200 feet would have the ability to communicate with — and ideally sense and avoid — other aircraft. It’s an attempt to put an end to the Wild West atmosphere that has […]

Autonomous Weapons: An Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers

July 27th, 2015

Via: Future of Life Institute: Autonomous weapons select and engage targets without human intervention. They might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate people meeting certain pre-defined criteria, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions. Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached […]

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 […]

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