Speedy springy robot ‘Salto’ catches some serious air

Speedy, springy robot 'Salto' catches some serious air

Speedy springy robot ‘Salto’ catches some serious air One day, lightweight robots like Salto could help search rubble at disaster sites Speedy : This lightweight robot, nicknamed Salto, uses a twisted spring to quickly jump a meter (more than 3 feet) from floor to wall. Someday, researchers say, robots like it could help search through rubble at disaster sites. STEPHEN MCNALLY AND ROXANNE MAKASDJIAN/UC BERKELEY Meet the robot that can do crazy acrobatics. Salto is a lightweight bot that stands on one skinny leg like a flamingo. But unlike a…

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Tiny microrobots team up and move full-size car

Tiny microrobots team up and move full-size car

Tiny microrobots team up and move full-size car   Scientists create itty bitty robots that work together like ants to move immense objects Microrobots : A group of ants can move objects many times larger and heavier than themselves. This ability inspired a team of researchers to develop small robots that can do the same thing. The team created 29-millimeter (1.1-inch) long robots that can get a firm grip on the ground. In tests, six of the ‘bots have just worked together to tow a full-size car. They didn’t move…

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Teaching robots right from wrong

Teaching robots right from wrong

Teaching robots right from wrong   Scientists and philosophers team up to help robots make good choices Teaching : You’re rushing across the school parking lot to get to your first class on time when you notice a friend is in trouble. She’s texting and listening to music on her headphones. Unawares, she’s also heading straight for a gaping hole in the sidewalk. What do you do? The answer seems pretty simple: Run over and try to stop her before she hurts herself. Who cares if you might be a…

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Researchers identify a way for six-legged robots to run faster

Researchers identify a way for six-legged robots to run faster

Researchers identify a way for six-legged robots to run faster To make insect-inspired robots run faster, Swiss researchers have found a new way by which six-legged insects increase their walking speed. Effecting a breakthrough in making insect-inspired robots run faster, Swiss researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have found a new way by which six-legged insects increase their walking speed. Six-legged insects run fastest using a three-legged, or “tripod” gait where they have three legs on the ground at all times — two on one side of their body and one…

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Will robots turn on humans? Cybersecurity experts warn that hacked machines could attack us and even burgle our homes

Will robots turn on humans? Cybersecurity experts warn that hacked machines could attack us and even burgle our homes

Will robots turn on humans? Cybersecurity experts warn that hacked machines could attack us and even burgle our homes The rise of the household robot appears inevitable as robotics labs scramble to design companions that can clean, cook and even talk to their human owners. But a top cybersecurity firm has claimed that if hackers got into a robot’s circuitry, it could be used to kill. Experts at the firm IOActive have warned that hacked robots, including some on the market today, could be used to poison humans or pets…

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The terrifying robots set to mine the seabed: Machines to search for gold and other precious metals on the ocean floor

The terrifying robots set to mine the seabed: Machines to search for gold and other precious metals on the ocean floor

The terrifying robots set to mine the seabed: Machines to search for gold and other precious metals on the ocean floor Terrifying : While many firms are looking to the moon for mining opportunities, one Australian firm believes there could be precious metals a lot nearer to home. Deep-sea robots will be sent to mine mineral deposits in the deep ocean in 2019 in a test for a controversial new scheme. As land-based mineral stores are becoming depleted, the ocean floor is becoming a more attractive mining prospect, containing gold,…

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Shopping robots on the march in Ocado

Shopping robots on the march in Ocado

Shopping robots on the march in Ocado Shopping : There is growing concern about the impact of automation on employment – or in crude terms – the threat that robots will eat our jobs. But if you want to see how important robotics and artificial intelligence can be to a business Ocado is a good place to start. “Without it we simply couldn’t do what we do at this scale,” the online retailer’s chief technology officer Paul Clarke told me. With margins in the supermarket business wafer thin, continually bearing…

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Robots MEPs vote on robots’ legal status – and if a kill switch is required

MEPs vote on robots' legal status - and if a kill switch is required

 Robots MEPs vote on robots’ legal status – and if a kill switch is required MEPs are to vote on the first comprehensive set of rules for how humans will interact with artificial intelligence and robots*. The report makes it clear that it believes the world is on the cusp of a “new industrial” robot* revolution. MEPs will decide whether to give robots* legal status as “electronic persons”. Designers should make sure any robots* have a kill switch, which would allow functions to be shut down if necessary, the report recommends.…

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