Robotics Archive

chinaChina also making large low-cost robotic submarine drones

China is developing large, smart and relatively low-cost unmanned submarines according to scientists involved in artificial intelligence (AI) projects. These robotic submarines are expected to be deployed in the early 2020s. The AI-powered subs are expected to be vastly larger …

artificial intelligenceImpact of AI and Mobile Internet compared to Growth of China and India 2013-2025

In 2013, McKinsey lists 12 disruptive technologies that would have multi-trillion economic impact from 2013 to 2025. Nextbigfuture compared this to expected GDP growth of nations. It is now five years down the line and we can see more about …

artificial intelligenceDoubling or tripling the pace of robotics and AI should not cause mass unemployment

Productivity growth (a.k.a. “automation”) has been very weak for the last decade, averaging just over 1.0 percent annually. The Congressional Budget Office is only forecasting 1.8% per year productivity growth. Productivity growth averaged 3.0% annually from 1947 to 1973 which …

dronesShortage of fast food workers is speeding automation, higher wages and higher prices

Fast-food wages began rising in 2014, and have been increasing faster than overall wages. * US unemployment is at a 17-year low which is causing all businesses to struggle to find workers. * In 2000, about 45 percent of those …

israelSpaceIL plans to land hopping robot on the moon by end of 2018

Isreali startup SpaceIl plans to launch a lunar lander and robotic rover to the moon in December, 2018. SpaceIL had been competing in the Lunar Xprize contest. The Lunar XPrize had a few deadline extensions but was finished with no …

darpaLiquid Piston gets more DARPA funding for 30KW engine 30 times smaller than todays engines

DARPA has awarded LiquidPiston an additional $2.5 million to continue development of its 30kW X4 rotary diesel engine prototype, bringing DARPA’s total funding of the engine technology to $6 million. When development of the fully packaged engine is complete, the …

3dLucid AI and software removing barriers to a world with mainstream 3D experiences and VR shopping

Lucid is scaling its core 3D software technology into more mobile and smart devices featuring dual or multi-cameras. Lucid’s proprietary real-time 3D Fusion technology, which mimics how the brain processes and learns from what humans see with two eyes, will …

dronesWill future war be about ultra-massive drones swarms and super-weapons somewhat like Ender’s Game?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a 2017 book by economist Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. The first three industrial revolutions are: 1. 1760 to 1840. the technologies were the steam engine, railroads, and machine …

3d printingOrganic ionic ink can make 3D printed sensors for soft robots

Integrating sensors within soft robots has been difficult in part because most sensors, such as those used in traditional electronics, are rigid. Harvard researchers developed an organic ionic liquid-based conductive ink that can be 3D printed within the soft elastomer …

dronesAlibaba and JD.com invest billions in drones and robots working to global delivery under 72 hours

Robots and drones for delivery were all over the annual Global Smart Logistics Summit. Several automated guided vehicles (AGVs), reminiscent of Roomba’s robot vacuum cleaners, were moving metal racks stacked with piles of boxes. There were autonomous drones that can …