Magnetic Microrobots

Simple, microscopic robots, remotely driven by magnetic fields, can use capillary forces to manipulate objects floating at an oil-water interface. The micro-robots in the Penn team’s study are thin slices of magnet, about a third of a millimeter in diameter. Despite having no moving parts or sensors of their own, the researchers refer to them …

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Will Mimicking The Nervous System Advance Artificial Intelligence?

Frequently reported advances in artificial intelligence make some people curious, and others nervous. While some people picture their next smart appliance purchase being an AI robot, others wonder if an AI robot will take their job. The truth is, neither of those scenarios will be a reality anytime soon. There’s a misunderstanding about artificial intelligence …

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

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 the Future In-Space Operations (FISO) Working Group Presentations at the FISO telecon. They are able …

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

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 US megabot are 16 feet tall versus Russia’s 13-foot tall robot. Megabots Eagle Prime is …

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China Bank branch in Shanghai run by smiling robots

China Construction Bank opens a branch in Shanghai run by ‘smiling’ robots. China Construction Bank (CCB), the nation’s second largest lender by assets, opened one in Shanghai this week, run by pure technology including facial recognition (FR), artificial intelligent (AI) and virtual reality (VR). Hyped as a first for the Chinese banking industry, the Beijing-based …

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China three year nationwide AI action plan – smart cars, factories, robots, drones, homes and more

All levels of China’s government and all Chinese industries will work together on a three year Artificial Intelligence action plan. It is the top leadership’s vision for a new Chinese economy in the age of AI. China aims to mass-produce neural-network processing chips, robots will make accomplishing daily tasks easier for disabled people, and machine …

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Russia buying more ground combat robots

The Russian army plans to buy the combat robot Nerekhta, said Colonel Oleg Pomazuev, head of the department of innovation research at the Main Directorate of Research Activities (GU NID) of the Ministry of Defense. Three modules were developed for the platform: combat, transport and artillery reconnaissance. The combat module in various versions is equipped …

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