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What is a robot? The answer is constantly evolving

What is a robot? The answer is constantly evolving

We are already surrounded by bots in the form of ATMs, GPS systems and Nest thermostats. Our appliances will become autonomous one by one, but we'll still refuse to call them robots.

gigaom.com (24 days ago)

RoboHow is translating the internet for robot use

RoboHow is translating the internet for robot use

RoboEarth. No, it's not a lame SNES game from 1994, it's a cloud network that lets robots learn from the actions of other bots. It started over three years ago, and now, a new, related project has sprung from that initiative at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bremen in Germany.

yahoo.com (26 days ago)

When the Terminators come, only Google's co-founders will be safe

When the Terminators come, only Google's co-founders will be safe

If our world should ever be overrun by Terminators, Larry Page and Sergey Brin may end up surviving humanity's annihilation. The killing machines haven't yet arrived, but Google is already taking precautions. It's uploaded a killer-robots.txt file to its servers that instructs T-800 and T-1000 Terminators to spare...

yahoo.com (27 days ago)

Bio-Bots Powered By Real Muscle Can Walk On Command

Bio-Bots Powered By Real Muscle Can Walk On Command

University of Illinois engineers just showed off a new kind of robot that's half animal, half machine. More specifically, it's a tiny "bio-bot" that's powered by actual muscle but supported by 3D-printed hydro-gels. And the best part is that it can be controlled by pulses of electricity. Read more...

gizmodo.com (28 days ago)


US researchers reveal walking robot controlled by live MUSCLES

US researchers reveal walking robot controlled by live MUSCLES

Illinois researchers developed the tiny muscle-powered 'bio-bots,' that can be controlled with an electric current.

dailymail.co.uk (29 days ago)

Biological Machines In The Making: 3D Printed Bio-Bots Combine Biology With Electricity

Engineers from the bioengineering department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have combined muscle cells with electrical pulses to move and control a tiny 3D printed robot. Engineers hope these bio-bots can used to pave the way to a new generation of biological machines for use in energy,...

forbes.com (29 days ago)

Transformers' VFX Guru Explains Why Building CGI Bots Is Getting Harder

Transformers' VFX Guru Explains Why Building CGI Bots Is Getting Harder

If you see Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth (fourth!) film in the franchise this weekend, you're not going to see an emotional tale of robots banding together to overcome adversity. You're going for the badass special effects. We chatted with VFX supervisor Scott Farrar to see how the new movie made them...

gizmodo.com (1 month and 2 days ago)

Robot builders work together to create structures much bigger than themselves

Robot builders work together to create structures much bigger than themselves

If you've ever read a novel from Iain M. Banks's Culture series, then you'll know that builder-bots play a huge role in his vision of the future: A future in which houses, cities and even entire planets can be built on the cheap by armies of drones. In a very modest way, something like this is already possible,...

yahoo.com (1 month and 2 days ago)

Lifelike robots start work at Tokyo museum

Lifelike robots start work at Tokyo museum

Recent advances in robotics have included machines that can learn by having folks talk to them, or droids capable of reading human emotion. Most still look pretty much like motorized mannequins or variations on the Johnny 5 theme, though. Even advanced humanoid bots like Honda's ASIMO would stand out as distinctly...

gizmag.com (1 month and 4 days ago)

These Cute Little Drones Could 3-D Print a House

These clever bots display a very different approach than other massive-scale 3-D printers.

wired.com (1 month and 4 days ago)

Anti-botnet start-up gets funding

White Ops claims it has developed technology that can differentiate between “bots” and real people. The New York Times reports.

cnbc.com (1 month and 4 days ago)

Mini-Bots Are Helping Scientists Control Tiny Objects Under A Microscope

Mini-Bots Are Helping Scientists Control Tiny Objects Under A Microscope

 Imina has created tiny little robots that can be used to help scientists and researchers manipulate tiny objects under a microscope, giving them a tiny helping hand when looking at very small objects. The video above, filmed by AtoZNano, shows the miBots in action. They’re controlled via a joystick-like interface...

techcrunch.com (1 month and 4 days ago)

This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

This is hands down the craziest Google rumor we’ve ever heard

It’s always smart to expect the unexpected with Google, but a new report from Seth Weintraub at 9to5Google is the most unexpected Google I/O rumor we’ve ever heard. One of Weintraub’s sources, who apparently tipped him off to Google’s Glass skydiving stunt two years ago, says that there’s a chance that Google will...

yahoo.com (1 month and 4 days ago)

Audi to use robots to cure whatever ails their vehicles

Audi to use robots to cure whatever ails their vehicles

The future is here and now as Audi just recently announced its latest and greatest service technology, the Audi Robotic Telepresence or ART. The fleet of bots are being created to help service techs in troubleshooting and repairing the...

examiner.com (1 month and 10 days ago)

Starfish Robot Wants To Do Your Chores

Starfish Robot Wants To Do Your Chores

Chore-busting bots don't have to be humanoid. Continue reading →

discovery.com (1 month and 12 days ago)

(VIDEO) Google Rallies Fight Against Bots In Ad Fraud 'Arms Race'

Recent revelations that many online ad impressions - perhaps 40% - are prompted by internet bots defrauding ad buyers has spooked the industry. Now Google  wants to go to war with the bots. "The surge of non-human traffic ... is really taking the entire industry by storm," Americas media platform sales head Jay...

yahoo.com (1 month and 17 days ago)

(VIDEO) Google Rallies Fight Against Bots In Ad Fraud 'Arms Race'

Recent revelations that many online ad impressions - perhaps 40% - are prompted by internet bots defrauding ad buyers has spooked the industry. Now Google  wants to go to war with the bots. "The surge of non-human traffic ... is really taking the entire industry by storm," Americas media platform sales head Jay...

huffingtonpost.com (1 month and 17 days ago)

Pols have #fakefollower problem

"Bots" undermine social media metrics for political accounts as fake users swarm Twitter.

politico.com (1 month and 19 days ago)

The SEC announces plans to rein in stock trading bots

The SEC announces plans to rein in stock trading bots

The head of the SEC, Mary Jo White, has announced a broad set of new initiatives and proposed regulations that are aimed at giving the agency a tighter grip on the high-frequency trading (HFT) firms which have come to dominate daily activity on the stock market. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, if...

yahoo.com (1 month and 24 days ago)

SoftBank Will Sell Humanoid Robot Pals Starting Next February

SoftBank Will Sell Humanoid Robot Pals Starting Next February

 We don’t have robot butlers just yet, but as of next year, it will be possible to have your very own human-like robot companion. Japanese telecom giant SoftBank revealed to Reuters that it will begin selling personal robot buddies by February. These bots are able to learn and express emotions, and will sell for...

techcrunch.com (1 month and 25 days ago)

This week in bitcoin: Do we blame the bots?

This week in bitcoin: Do we blame the bots?

The rise and rise of bitcoin price last year could be blamed on two bots, dubbed Willy and Markus.

gigaom.com (2 months and 2 days ago)

The 6 Robots That Will Wash And Feed Us When We're Old

The 6 Robots That Will Wash And Feed Us When We're Old

Between 2012 and 2050, the number of Americans age 65 or older is predicted to nearly double from 43.1 million to 83.7 million, according to a U.S. Census report published this month. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the country's graying demographics, combined with greater...

huffingtonpost.com (2 months and 4 days ago)

Invisible Videos, Bots Plague Web Ads

Video ads are fast rising in popularity. But here's how advertisers can be tricked into paying for spots on bogus sites with fake traffic.

wsj.com (2 months and 6 days ago)

Bots were responsible for Bitcoin’s stratospheric ascent, anonymous report claims

The report, posted on Sunday as an analysis of public logs, suggests that the systems of failed Bitcoin exchange MtGox played host to automated bots that artificially pushed the Bitcoin price skywards during 2013.

gigaom.com (2 months and 7 days ago)

Robotic blocks can morph into any type of furniture

The block-like bots attach to each other with tiny hooks. They can also attach to completed pieces of furniture and move them around, which could benefit people with limited mobility.

gigaom.com (2 months and 12 days ago)

(VIDEO) TubeMogul's Brett Wilson is Battling Bots, Non-Human Video Views and Low Ad Rates

In an effort to combat the ongoing specter of ad fraud, tech platforms like TubeMogul have implemented tools to eliminate some of the more prevalent forms of fake traffic, stemming from botnets and fraudulent formats, says TubeMogul's CEO Brett Wilson, in an interview with Beet.TV. Some sites will sell auto-play ads...

yahoo.com (2 months and 12 days ago)

(VIDEO) TubeMogul's Brett Wilson is Battling Bots, Non-Human Video Views and Low Ad Rates

In an effort to combat the ongoing specter of ad fraud, tech platforms like TubeMogul have implemented tools to eliminate some of the more prevalent forms of fake traffic, stemming from botnets and fraudulent formats, says TubeMogul's CEO Brett Wilson, in an interview with Beet.TV. Some sites will sell auto-play ads...

huffingtonpost.com (2 months and 12 days ago)

Why We Shouldn't Fear Intelligent Bots

Robots can help kids with autism, elderly people with daily tasks and physicians with patients.

discovery.com (2 months and 12 days ago)

Disney Invents Robots That Swarm Into Colorful Animations

A child could control a fleet of 'bots the way Mickey Mouse controlled a bevy of brooms in Fantasia.

wired.com (2 months and 24 days ago)

These Snack Bots Serve You Cupcakes and Caviar Anytime

Justin Fantl Japan is not the only country that builds vending machines for that which should not be vended. Surprisingly fancy food dispensers are cropping up across the US, selling gourmet edibles more often served in cafés and restaurants. Here’s where to find tasty treats, vended free of human interaction....

wired.com (2 months and 24 days ago)

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