Cambrian Explosion of robots, drones and automation

The current most advanced robot cook is the hamburger maker developed by Momentum Machines, a startup funded by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. It takes in raw meat, buns, condiments, sauces, and seasonings, and converts these into finished, bagged burgers at rates as high as 400 per hour. The machine does much of its own food …

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Tool Helps Novices and Experts Make Custom Robots

A new interactive design tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute enables both novices and experts to build customized legged or wheeled robots using 3-D-printed components and off-the-shelf actuators. Using a familiar drag-and-drop interface, individuals can choose from a library of components and place them into the design. The tool suggests components that are …

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Russia has Gun shooting Terminator Robot but denies they are building a Terminator

Russia has made a humanoid robot which can shoot a handgun from each arm. FEDOR stands six foot tall, weighs between 106-160 kg depending on extra equipment – and can lift up to 20 kg of cargo. Its creators claim that teaching them to shoot will help improve their motor skills and decision-making abilities. Russia …

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Boston Dynamics making a new walking, jumping and rolling somewhat humanoid robot

Boston Dynamics has a new robot called Handle. It is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same …

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Methuselah Foundation making progress to make 90 the new 50 by 2030

The Methuselah Foundation wants to extend healthy life – By advancing tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, they want to create a world where 90-year olds can be as healthy as 50-year olds—by 2030. Donate to the Methuselah Foundation here at this link Methuselah Foundation reviewed the progress they made over the past year. Much of …

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Official America First Energy Plan embraces $50 trillion in uptapped shale oil and gas

The Whitehouse has issued an America First Energy Plan * Goal lower cost of energy * deregulate energy * they embrace shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on …

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US will be building missile defenses and 350 ship navy

President Trump has issued a series of official Whitehouse policy statements. “Making Our Military Strong Again” says they will end the defense sequester and submit a new budget to Congress outlining a plan to rebuild our military. We will provide our military leaders with the means to plan for our future defense needs. We will …

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DARPA drone flew for 56 hours and landed with over half its fuel so looks close to achieving 7 days without refueling

A DARPA-backed small business effort broke boundaries for long-endurance flight this month by launching a uniquely designed, combustion-powered unmanned aircraft that stayed aloft for more than two days and two nights. The flight was terminated several days ahead of schedule because of incoming weather. But the craft—built by Vanilla Aircraft of Falls Church, Virginia—landed safely …

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Uber launches self driving cars in San Francisco

In September, Uber introduced the world’s first Self-Driving Ubers to the Steel City. Three months later, we’re bringing Volvo XC90s to San Francisco. They are incredibly excited to work with Volvo to pair our state-of-the-art self-driving technology with Volvo’s outstanding vehicle development and core safety capabilities. Uber rolled out its self-driving car fleet in its …

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In 2016 Supercomputers merged with AI and by 2018 there will AI machines with Exaflop power

Nextbigfuture will have several articles over the next few weeks reviewing developments in 2016 and looking ahead to developments over the next few years. Here we look at 2016 in computers. Later articles will look at medicine, life extension, energy, space and other areas. The biggest developments in computing * The Google Deep mind AI …

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