US Navy Fifth Fleet Task Force Will Test Unmanned Ships and Systems

U.S. 5th Fleet’s Task Force 59 will stand up on Thursday and be the second testing outfit for the Navy’s unmanned ships following Surface Development Squadron One (SURFDEVRON) establishment in 2019. They will expand the operational use of unmanned platforms in the region and experiment with their concept of operations. This will not just be …

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Varda Zero G Factories

Varda Space Industries is building the first commercial zero-gravity industrial park at scale. They plan to make large amounts of better drugs, semiconductors, fiber optic cable and other products in near zero-g. Varda has received $53M in venture funding from investors including Khosla Ventures, Lux Capital, Founders Fund, Caffeinated Capital, General Catalyst and Also Capital. …

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Jogging and Delivery Robots

The OSU Dynamic Robotics Laboratory’s research team, led by Agility Robotics’ Jonathan Hurst, combined expertise from biomechanics and robot controls with new machine learning tools to accomplish something new: train a bipedal robot to run a full 5K on a single battery charge. This was an industry-first. Cassie (2017-2019) was the previous robot of Agility …

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Tesla Bot Goal to Automate Labor

Elon Musk and Tesla revealed the vision for a general-purpose humanoid robot. They would start with the most boring, repetitive and dangerous work. The work humans least like to do. What is dangerous work? Installing solar power onto buildings is dangerous. Roofing is considered the fourth most dangerous job in the United States. Some of …

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Videos of Tesla FSD Beta

Tesla Autopilot FSD Beta drives from San Francisco to Sausalito with 0 disengagements. FSD Beta 8.2 does well in suburban and rural areas but it still needs improvement for major urban areas. Tesla FSD Beta 8.2 had a couple of disengagements and close calls while driving in Oakland. SOURCES- AI Driver, Whole Mars Catalog, Dirty …

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Neuralink is a Fitbit in Your Skull With Tiny Wires to Fix Your Brain and Spine

Neuralink is recruiting for great engineers to make brain repair affordable and reliable. They implanted brain read-write devices into brains in pigs. They have received emergency FDA approval in July and will soon implant into humans in clinical trials. The information for this article is almost exclusively from the Neuralink demo. The video of the …

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Ben Goertzel 2020 Interview on Artificial General Intelligence

Sander Olson has provided a new, original 2020 interview with Artificial General Intelligence expert and entrepreneur Ben Goertzel. Ben is the founder of SingularityNET. Question: Hanson Robotic’s Sophia robot has garnered considerable attention. Are there any other robots being developed by Hanson robotics using OpenCog software? Yeah — my colleagues at SingularityNET / Singularity Studio …

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Adam Savage Tells Stories Remembering Grant Imahara

Adam Savage tell stories as he remembers Grant Imahara. Grant recently died from a brain aneurysm. Grant made Geoff Peterson, a snarky, remote-controlled skeleton which was used on the Craig Ferguson Late Show. The creation became so popular it even has its own Wikipedia entry and ironically, that entry is significantly longer than Imahara’s. Grant …

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