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Researcher Says Robots Need to be Protected By The Law


Robots are more than just science fiction. Thanks to Moore’s Law, computing and robotic technology is coming closer and closer to full integration in our everyday lives. But as researchers race to create robots capable of assisting and working alongside human beings, some ethicists are concerned about how robotic protection laws should be structured. After all, humans have a pretty ...

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Robots – Friend or Foe


Popular culture is littered with examples of where robots have taken over the world and have left humans at their mercy. Movies such as Terminator and Matrix show potential consequences of advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics. At present, many jobs such as factory assembly are being automated with investments in robotics. Even office jobs involving data entry and analysis ...

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Actroid-F: Robots are Becoming Scarily Realistic

AIST (Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) recently opened up their doors to the public for a few days, allowing an inside look at just how ridiculously realistic robots have become. The Actroid-F, developed by Kokoro Co. Ltd and ATR, can mimic the operators facial movements and tics with unbelievable realism. Would I be fooled into thinking ...

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LEGO NXT Robots Get Solar Power


Now that you can control your NXT robot with your Android phone, rather than using yet another electronic device, there are ways to save the planet even further, thanks to Dexter Industries’ dSolar Systems. The 9V solar power system allows you to rig your Mindstorms NXT robots for harnessing the power of the sun. The solar system provides about 250 ...

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Paging, Dr. Asimov!: Punching Robots Programmed to Inflict Unbearable Pain


Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics states that “a robot may not injure a human being.” But it’s hard for robots to comply to such stringent laws when the threshold of pain and injury varies so much from person-to-person. Borut Pove from the University of Ljubljana is conducting a research experiment which could help robots better understand their limits. Pove persuaded ...

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Researchers Aim to Create a Census for Robots


“Have you filled out your robot census? No? You know that’s illegal right?” We’re not quite there yet, nor do we really have the need, but eventually, robots might have a census of their own. In fact, a small scale version is already underway. Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University launched a robot census to determine how many robots existed on the ...

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Nuclear Weapon-Guarding Robots Are Just Biding Their Time


The Hawthorne Army Depot, a 600,000 sq. ft. storage facility in western Nevada, has employed a new race of guards to protect the security of their weaponry and nuclear waste. The MDARS (Mobile Detection Assessment Response Systems) robots patrol the outskirts of the military installation with expert precision only a machine can provide. With a top speed of 20 mph, ...

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Underwater Robots Show Off Their Stroke

York University engineers have been experimenting with their cute underwater robots for a few months now, but this is the first time we get to see the little guys in action. These Aqua robots are controlled through tablet computers shielded with a waterproof shell. The tablets are operated by trained divers who can get a robots-eye-view of the ocean from ...

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