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Rodney Brooks on the future of robots and artificial intelligence. Photo by James Duncan Davidson at TED2013, Long Beach, CA.

RODNEY BROOKS ON THE FUTURE OF ROBOTS AND AI

Hear what the founder of Rethink Robotics has to say on the Econlib podcast about robots, artificial intelligence and the state of driverless cars. Read More

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WATCH THIS HUMANOID ROBOT INSTALL DRYWALL

"In this video we see it use small hooks to grab the wallboard and slide it off onto the floor. Then, with a bit of maneuvering, it’s able to place the board against the joists and drill them in place." by John Biggs via TechCrunch Read more

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  • FOR SALE: ONE ROBOT IN SEARCH OF A JOB

    By Cade Metz and Max Aguilera-Hellweg via The Record

    In the coming year, Boston Dynamics, which was founded in 1992, plans to start selling the SpotMini, its first commercial robot. The mechanical dog would be a turning point for an outfit that has bewildered people with both its wondrous technology and its seeming lack of interest in making things someone — anyone — would actually want to buy. Read more >

  • CAL U JOINS ADVANCED ROBOTICS FOR MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE

    By Debra Erdley via TribLIVE.com

    California University of Pennsylvania officials Monday announced they have inked an agreement to join the Pittsburgh-based Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute. The goal of the institute, founded by Carnegie Mellon University in 2017, is to “accelerate the advancement of transformative robotic technologies and education” and make American manufacturing more competitive on a global scale. Read more >

  • WORKING TOWARD PARTNER-AWARE HUMANOID ROBOT CONTROL

    By Ingrid Fadelli via TechXplore

    Researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) have recently proposed a coupled-dynamics formalism and a new approach for exploiting helpful interactions with humanoid robots. Their paper, which was pre-published on arXiv, also presents a number of task-based, partner-aware techniques for humanoid robot control. Read more >

  • WATCH THIS HUMANOID ROBOT INSTALL DRYWALL

    By John Biggs via TechCrunch

    The researchers see the robot as a replacement for an aging population and a declining birthrate. Read more >

  • DARPA GOES UNDERGROUND FOR ITS MOST DARING ROBOT EXTRAVAGANZA YET

    By Matt Simon via Wired

    On Thursday, DARPA gathered roboticists in the Louisville Mega Cavern, in Kentucky, and gave them a mission: Design robots to navigate a grueling subterranean course of tunnels and caves, some of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. They’re calling it the Subterranean Challenge, but you may as well call it the Death to All Robots Challenge. Read more >

  • THE GENTLE ROBOT THAT CAN SUCK THE LEAVES OFF YOUR LETTUCE

    By Erin Winnick via MIT Technology Review

    A robot that can peel lettuce shows just how dexterous bots are becoming. Read more >

  • THIS ROBOT MIGHT MAKE INVASIVE COLONOSCOPIES A THING OF THE PAST

    By S.C. Stuart via PCMag

    The University of Utah's Dr. Jake Abbott built an autonomous robot that peeks (painlessly) inside the body. Just swallow a magnetic pill and let the Spherical Actuator Magnetic Manipulator (SAMM) do a sweep over your body. Read more >

  • ANATOMY OF A ROBOT REVOLUTION: TRACING THE ORIGINS OF INTUITIVE SURGICAL AND IROBOT

    By Stephen Delaporte via Forbes

    The year is 1990, and, quite literally, hundreds of robot products from numerous startups have completely failed throughout the previous decade in an attempt to galvanize a new era of robotics—one which would ideally diverge from the industrial robotic arm companies that had dominated the industry until this point in time. The results are in, and they are, at best, exiguous and uninspiring. Read more >

  • HOW ROBOT PRECISION HAS EVOLVED, ENABLING MORE USES

    By Kayla Matthews via Robotics Business Review

    From materials handling and machine tending to working alongside humans in pick-and-place operations, robot precision is transforming the manufacturing, medical, and logistics sectors, among others. Read more >

  • THE FOUR TECHNOLOGICAL DRIVERS OF MANUFACTURING’S REVOLUTION

    By Maddy White via The Manufacturer

    The World Economic Forum report claims that by 2022, robots will have created over 130 million jobs, this almost double the amount they are projected to take (75 million). Read more >

  • SAWYER MAKES YOUR COFFEE AT ALL ROBOT CAFE HENNA

    via Yell Robot

    The Henna Na hotel boasts over 150 robots and even has dinosaurs checking you in. The hotel chain has recently opened Japan’s first all robot café. Named Henna Café (which translates to Strange Café), it’s located in downtown Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Read more >

  • ROBOTICS AND MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS: WHAT’S THE FUTURE?

    By Reece Armstrong via Medical Plastics News

    Within the medical manufacturing industry robotics are being used across the entire production line, from assembly to inspection and packaging. Due to the strict regulations that try to ensure devices’ safety, manufacturers are under a lot of pressure to reproduce the same product, under the same stringent conditions time and time again. Read more >

  • INDUSTRY 4.0: A CRUCIBLE FORGING A NEW BREED OF LEADERS IN MANUFACTURING

    By Jim Lawton via Forbes

    “It’s a great time for manufacturing.” “It’s a horrible time for manufacturing.” The analysis changes almost daily, and depends on the source. My bet, though, is that if you locked 100 manufacturing leaders in a room and told them they’d be there until they came to a consensus about which was a true assessment, you’d get 100 men and women banging on the door demanding to just go back to work. Read more >

  • ROBOTS ADVANCE ON CHINA’S PUSH

    By Mo Hong'e via China News

    China became the world's largest market for industrial robots in 2013, surpassing Japan, according to the International Federation of Robotics. Last year, sales of robots used in assembly lines exceeded 140,000 units in the country, up 58 percent year-on-year. Still, the robot density, a metric for measuring a country's level of automation, in China is lower than that in many economies, indicating ample room for growth. Read more >

  • ROBOTS IN WORKPLACE ‘COULD CREATE DOUBLE THE JOBS THEY DESTROY’

    By Richard Partington via The Guardian

    The WEF report suggests new technologies have the capacity to both disrupt and create new ways of working, similar to previous periods of economic history such as the Industrial Revolution, when the advent of steam power and then electricity helped spur the creation of new jobs and the development of the middle class. Read more >

  • HARVESTING MARIJUANA WITH ROBOTS IS HARD. HERE’S HOW ONE COMPANY FIGURED IT OUT.

    By Greg Nichols via ZDNet

    The commercial marijuana business could be worth more than $57 billion in the next decade. As the sector comes out from the shadows and rapidly scales up, enterprise services and suppliers are springing up faster than, well, weeds, and they're saturating the industry with new technology. Read more >

  • THE BEST THING AT IMTS 2018? YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE IT

    By John Hitch via IndustryWeek

    I took pictures of most, which you can see in the photo gallery. But I can’t capture in just one story how I get the feeling the U.S. manufacturing industry is on the cusp of making a significant turn back to prominence. It's how I felt watching my poor Cleveland Browns last Sunday. The industry is playing with a lot of talent and guts, but the team as a whole doesn’t quite know how to win yet. Read more >

  • INTERVIEW: COBOTS WILL BE “INTEGRAL PART” OF FACTORY OF THE FUTURE

    By Laura Griffiths via TCT Magazine

    There aren’t enough workers coming into the industry who are trained to perform certain tasks, and it’s also hard to retain skilled workers due to the repetitive, tedious tasks that must be added to their workload. Cobots offer a solution to these issues by automating more tasks that workers don’t have time to do, are not interested in doing or those that pose a higher risk for injury. Read more >

  • MILLENNIALS AND MANUFACTURING: EIGHT TIPS TO ATTRACT AND TRAIN A 21ST CENTURY WORKFORCE

    By Leslie Bloom via IndustryWeek

    The workforce is rapidly changing into something unfamiliar to most manufacturers, but that doesn't mean you can't take action to attract the right talent. Read more >