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 …

dronesDARPA looks to win the future by making drone swarms and out-building China

DARPA has admitted that stealth technology has reached its limit and the US may no longer be able to asset air dominance against China and Russia. DARPA wants to accomplish its goal without air superiority. DARPA wants to use a …

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 …

dronesDrones spreading millions of sterile mosquitos to combat Zika and other diseases

Aedes mosquitos, responsible for the spread of diseases like Zika, dengue and yellow fever, do not disperse for more than 100 meters in their lifetime. They are also fragile, and high-altitude releases by airplanes can damage their wings and legs. …

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 …

artificial intelligenceDubai building museum of the future and a blockchain future – C2 Montreal #C2M18

C2 Montreal talk and forum on Blockchain There was a futurist talk by Dubai’s futurist Noah Raford. Dr Noah Raford – Dubai Future Foundation What does the world look like in 2068 (next 50 years) Dubai is the intersection of …