Robotics Archive

futureNASA JPL update on progress to assembling giant 100+ meter space telescopes and starshades

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Rudranarayan Mukherjee, NASA JPL gave an update on progress to Robotic Assembly of Space Assets: Architectures and Technologies. This is the path to making 100 meter and even multi-kilometer diameter space telescopes and starshades in space. The presentation was at …

darpaDARPA prepares robotic arms to start servicing satellites in 2021

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DARPA is on track to start a multi-year mission in 2021 to service at least 20 commercial and government spacecraft in geosynchronous orbit (GEO). Flight versions of two dexterous robotic manipulator arms, which will allow up-close inspection, repair, and installation …

MarsSpaceX Mars and Moon Colonization with titanium alloy bulldozers and materials processing

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Craig Davidson gave a talk in 2017 about Improving the SpaceX Mars Colonization Plans. Make a moon and Mars capable bulldozer. Replace steel with titanium-aluminum alloy. Use electric battery technology and solar panels. Astrobotic developed Polaris as an excavation vehicle …

canadaCanada has future tech leadership with quantum computers, AI, nanotechnology, fusion and molten salt

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In 2018, Canada is ranked tenth in the world in nominal GDP. It is a rich developed country. Despite having an economy that is 11 times smaller than the USA or 7 times smaller than China, Canada has world competitive …

militaryKalashnikov walker robot is smaller than Megabot’s Eagle Prime and will not be active til 2019

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Russia’s Kalashnikov company built a 4-meter tall walking robot. It was shown at the Russian Army-2018 defence expo and there are plans for some capabilities demonstration in 2019. There have been US and Japanese fighting robots for several years. The …

futureFuture of Work with John Hagel at SU Global Summit 2018

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John Hagel, Deloitte, is giving an updated talk on the Future of Work. He has been given other talk on this subject. John says all of the companies and executives that he talks to on the work only have two …

artificial intelligenceSuzanne Gildert CEO of Sanctuary AI is Making Synthetic Humanlike Robots -SU Summit 2018

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Suzanne Gildert is the CEO of Sanctuary AI which is making Synthetic Humanlike Robots. This is like the kind of human-mimicking robots of the movies Bladerunner and the TV Show Westworld. Prior to Sanctuary AI, Suzanne was co-founder of Kindred …

electric carsTesla Factory Tour

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Elon Musk discusses what is easy and hard for robotic assembly. People are better wiring harnesses and dealing with floppy and unusual shapes. The robots for a 7X24 hour factory needs advanced robotic technicians at all times. If something breaks …

MarsNASA Mars Curiousity Rover design can be built by High Schoolers for less than $2500

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NASA Jet propulsion laboratory has released designs for building a Mars Curiousity Rover that is targeted for High School Students building with $2500 or less in off-the shelf parts. The design can be improved and teams can talk online with …