The Moral Implications of Autonomous Car Design

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The first autonomous vehicles are expected in the next few years. They should ease traffic and reduce pollution and accidents compared with today’s cars. But these self-driving cars (SDC) will face tragic dilemmas: for example, they will have to choose between saving the lives of their passengers or those of pedestrians. Read More →

Designing an Artificial Hand with ‘Smart Metal Wires’

Photo Credit: Oliver Dietze

Photo Credit: Oliver Dietze

Engineers at Saarland University and the Center for Mechatronics and Automation Technology (ZeMA) have taken a leaf out of nature’s book by equipping an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire. The new technology enables the fabrication of flexible and lightweight robot hands for industrial applications and novel prosthetic devices. Read More →

Using Robotics in Food Production Processes

This is the team behind the robot "Gribbot ", who has a special eye for chicken. From the left: Elling Ruud Øye, Ekrem Misimi and Aleksander Eilertsen at SINTEF. Photo: TYD/SINTEF

This is the team behind the robot “Gribbot “, who has a special eye for chicken. From the left: Elling Ruud Øye, Ekrem Misimi and Aleksander Eilertsen at SINTEF. Photo: TYD/SINTEF

Can an industrial robot succeed both at removing the breast fillet from a chicken, and at the same time get more out of the raw materials? This is one of the questions to which researchers working on the CYCLE project now have the answer. They have built a fully-functional robot in the lab to automate the process of extracting breast fillets from chickens. This is a task normally performed by skilled human hands. Read More →

Where humans, animals and robots meet

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To meet our everyday needs in an increasingly multifaceted technological world is a challenge that pushes researchers to find innovative tools using a multidisciplinary approach. We inhabit a globalized planet, made up of complex systems, where domains such as communications, business, healthcare, energy or transportation converge, interact and integrate. Read More →

Misidentification of Humans as Machines in Turing Tests

Image Credit: Bletchley Park Trust

Image Credit: Bletchley Park Trust

Alan Turing led a team of code breakers at Bletchley Park which cracked the German Enigma machine cypher during WWII – but that is far from being his only legacy. Read More →

The Future of Computers and Artificial Intelligence

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In the last 50 years, the advent of computers has radically altered our daily routines and habits. From huge, roomy, terribly expensive and rather useless machines, computers have managed to become quite the opposite of all the above, seeing an exponential growth in the number of units sold and, stunningly, usability as well. Read More →

Robots in the Workplace

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Small, mobile robots will learn to take over the tasks in the automotive industry that have not yet been possible to automate. This challenge is part of a 47 million kroner EU funded research project aimed at making robots available to small and medium-sized companies without the need of robotics expertise. Read More →

Drones and Sushi Delivery

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Drones may just be taking over the hospitality business. Just last week, Domino’s Pizza was testing drones that could one day deliver pizza. Now, Yo! Sushi, a popular Japanese restaurant chain started in England, has introduced a new robotic addition to its wait staff. Read More →

Dead Sparrow Turned into Robot to Study Bird Behavior

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Researchers at Duke University recently took a major step toward better understanding how swamp sparrows use a combination of song and visual displays to communicate with one another. How they came about making this discovery, though, is what makes this story particularly newsworthy — they stuffed a deceased swamp sparrow with a miniature computer and some robotics to give it the ability to flap its wings as if it were alive. Read More →

First Autonomous Telemedicine Robot for Hospitals

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iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic solutions, announced that the RP-VITA Remote Presence Robot has received 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in hospitals. RP-VITA is the first autonomous navigation remote presence robot to receive FDA clearance. Read More →