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Science committee wants new AI Commission to monitor industry

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The British Science and Technology Committee, a cross-section of MPs that monitors the technology and science industries, has called for the creation of a new commission, who’s sole job is to monitor the development of artificial intelligence (AI). It could encourage development of useful AIs, while creating best practices to avoid …

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Roomba creators are working on poo detection issues

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The Roomba is one of the most recognisable robot helpers out there, having been available in various guises for years and has helped many thousands of people live in automatically vacuumed homes. They do also have one glaring problem though: if they run over animal faeces, they can spread it …

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Germany tastes victory in robot world cup

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Although the fate of Germany in this year’s European Championship is still set to be decided, the German robot football team’s is far more certain: they are the champions. The American team opposite them in the finals put up a good fight, but when it came down to penalties, the …

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AP now using AI to cover minor sporting events

Sports journalists the world over are looking over their shoulders more and more, as robotic journalists are being roped in to expand coverage to other sporting events. The Associated Press has now begun using algorithms to write up reports for Minor League baseball games, using data provided by Major League …

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Boston Dynamics’ latest robot can clean up your house

Watch out for banana peels, but if you can keep your floor clean, Boston Dynamics’ new robot, Spot Mini, is capable of navigating around your home, loading the dishwasher, throwing rubbish in the bin and avoiding your feet as it sneaks under the table. Just don’t feed it scraps, you …

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Boston Dynamics next-gen Atlas robot is much more lifelike

Every time we catch a glimpse of what Google owned robotics development firm Boston Dynamics is working on, it’s always impressive. Whether we consider Big Dog, Little Dog or Cheetah, they’re all amazing and terrifying in equal measure. The next-generation Atlas however, could be the most lifelike yet, with accurate bipedal …

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Robots may replace window cleaners, painters next

More than five million jobs are thought likely to be replaced by robots in the coming decade according to some analysts, and it may be that window cleaning and painting are part of that number. A new drone design from Apellix is conceptualising the idea of a robotic painting system, …

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Kickstarter launched for a giant robot duel

MegaBots Inc is back again with a new Kickstarter campaign to build a giant fighting robot, following its previously unsuccessful attempt. Last year, MegaBots asked the internet for $1.8 million to construct a team of 15 feet tall robots, which would be piloted by humans and fight in an arena …

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Foxconn to help Japanese firm sell robots around the world

What guise will robots of the future take? Some see as them as faceless automatons, capable of performing basic tasks for us, whilst the Supermatrix predicts a future where they’ll be actively concious but subdued through a dream within a dream. SoftBank Mobile however believes robots can be our friends …

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T-Mobile files lawsuit against Huawei over stolen robot tech

T-Mobile has filed a lawsuit against Chinese firm, Huawei, after its staff attempted to sneak in to T-Mobile offices and steal software and technology behind the carrier’s phone testing robot, which is nicknamed ‘Tappy’. Huawei employees allegedly stole the software and specifications for the robot, they also took secret photos …

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Meet the robot that understands human emotion

Japanese telecoms company, Softbank, will be releasing an emotionally aware robot next February. The robot is called ‘Pepper’ and will cost less than $2000 on release, company CEO, Masayoshi Son, announced at a presentation. Pepper uses technology acquired from the French robotics company, Aldebaran. You may have heard of Aldbebaran before, its …

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Matrix like stomach bugs could perform surgery in space

One of the most horrifying parts of The Matrix, wasn’t that we were being grown and harvested like cattle, in a situation that makes you wonder, “why not just use cattle?” but that if you gave the robots any problems, the agents would impregnate you with a little, belly button …

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Google bought another robot developer

Google has been gunning for robot development for some time now, possibly lining it up to go head to head with Amazon over automated delivery services – and now it can do it over frozen lakes too, as it just bought Boston Dynamics, the company behind the Big Dog service …

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Google may face off against Amazon in robot delivery

We all had a good laugh and a think about Amazon’s recent announcement that it was working on drone delivery to help reduce the time some products get to your doorstep and giggled again when Waterstones jokingly said that it would start delivering books via owl. However this might not …

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The robot uprising is now wireless

The creation of super batteries, wearable armour plating and augmented strength suits are a double edged sword. While on one hand, it could potentially turn us all into Iron Man, it’s also giving rise to the creation of fast, powerful and now wireless robots that will surely one day overthrow …

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Are you ready for the next-gen… of shark trackers?

With all this talk of next-generation consoles, it’s time we took a pause and considered the next-generation of more out there hardware: like the next-gen of shark tracking robots that will help us understand how reclusive species like the Great White, actually live. If you’ve watched shows like Shark Week, …

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Robotic leaps through exploding gases

While we are able to pack tons of processing and memory capability into robots these days, there are still some skills that evade the non-sentient automatons. The ability to jump or leap is one of them. However, scientists at Harvard University are having breakthroughs that centre on exploding gases. KitGuru …

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Sandia Robots transform into museum pieces

Whichever way you look at it, the Sandia National Laboratory can’t help but describe itself in grandiose and emotional ways. It’s nice to know that, every now and then, the billions invested into its various programmes, produces something which doesn’t improve the way we kill people. KitGuru eats re-fried beans …

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