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Boosting student performance with robot learning

Remote learning is a growing means of delivering education. A downside is with student engagement. This can be overcome, according to new research, when robotic assistants are used.

Robots can now see into the near future

A leap forwards in robotic learning has taken place. New technology enables robots imagine the future of their actions. This allows them to determine how to manipulate objects they have never previously encountered.

New software allows robots to be operated through VR

Brown University technologists have developed software that enables users control robots over the Internet using standard a virtual reality hardware interface.

Robots can ‘set us free’ and keep jobs

London - A leading British politician has weighed in on the debate over robots and human labour, stating that job losses are unlikely and the advances in automation being adopted by businesses are for the greater good.

Bravo's Top Chef partners with Postmates for robot food delivery

The Bravo TV network partnered with on-demand food delivery company Postmates to promote the season 15 premiere of the Emmy Award-winning reality cooking show "Top Chef."

Collision detector to make robots better

The application of speedy collision detectors could make robots better human assistants, according from a study conducted at the University of California - San Diego.

'Bots battle for the ball, and the globe, in Robot Olympiad

San Jos - The World Robotics Olympiad, being held in Costa Rica this weekend, shows human athletes still have little to worry about: sweat and glory do not compute well when relegated to faceless automatons.

Teleoperating robots with virtual reality

Boston - New research has shown that it's becoming easier to teleoperate robots by using virtual reality. This has the aim of making it easier for factory workers to telecommute.

Robots will add jobs to the economy: Siemens

London - A new report from Siemens suggests the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ will add billions to economies and that, instead of fearing robots, the drive towards automation will actually generate more jobs.

Robots want to be your friend Special

New York - Will robots take over the world? If not the world, then maybe our jobs. Do advances in artificial intelligence portend a time when humans are no longer masters of technology but its slaves?

Op-Ed: How should we react to robots taking our jobs?

There's no doubting the employment trajectory: robots will replace humans for many different tasks at the workplace. Will this lead to new forms of work and new opportunities or will it lead to greater societal polarization?

How many robots does it take to change a light bulb?

A newly created robotic gripper has researchers at University of California - San Diego excited. The 'friendly' new robot could help advance the automation of construction and building works.

Amazon Robotics Challenge set to change logistics

Nagoya - While high-bay warehouses are often used for their efficiency, they often lead to logistical nightmares for stakeholders. The Amazon Robotics Challenge in Nagoya, Japan, came up with a solution.

Future of robotics: Merging, morphing, mobile machines

Brussels - In news that will interest technology firms developing robots, researchers have created self-reconfiguring modular robots. These devices can merge, split and self-heal while retaining full control of its sensors and motor functions.

A sense of touch: Allowing robots to feel

Houston - Researchers have devised an artificial skin that allows a robot to sense ‘touch’, to a degree in a way that is similar to people. This is a step forward in the development of robotics and will be of interest to developers.

Self-folding electronics for advanced robotics

Cambridge - As robotics advances the demand for more versatile, flexible and adaptable robots follows. This aim is hampered by often all-too-brittle electronics. In a breakthrough, researchers have designed flexible, 3D printable electronic components.

Is automation creating retail jobs?

Automation could be creating jobs in retail. According to a new report, the rise of ecommerce is driving an increase in employment that’s sufficient to offset industry automation. The unexpected finding has been attributed to improved service quality.

New language allows robot to follow commands

Boston - Massachusetts Institute of Technology technologists have developed an 'Alexa-like system' that allows robots to understand a wide range of commands that require contextual knowledge about their surrounding environment and the objects within it.

Softer robotic arm for endoscopic surgery

Endoscopy is not the most pleasant of procedures. To make the process faster and less discomforting for the patient, medical technologists have devised a smaller, smarter, softer robotic arm.

San Francisco could start taxing robots to save jobs

San Francisco lawmakers are considering a "robot tax" to help protect jobs against automation. Although fully autonomous digital workers are still some way off, leaders are beginning to think seriously about the potential for mass unemployment.

Millennials think automation will create 'sterile' workplaces

Millennials have mixed opinions on automation of the workplace. A new survey has found millennials recognise the positive impact that automation could have. They're also aware that human roles will be put at risk, leading to machine-dominant workspaces.

Smarter robot vacuum cleaners in development

Imagine being able to control when your office is cleaned, via a robot vacuum cleaner, controlled from an app like Outlook? Such technology is not far away.

Can robots be prevented from harming us?

Hatfield - Can robots be taught ethical behaviors and, most importantly, prevented from harming us? As artificial intelligence advances what is needed to prevent a machine from turning on a person? The answer is a concept called Empowerment.

Is it possible for a robot to write the news?

The future of media may one day involve news articles being by robots. These may not be the most in-depth or creative pieces; but standard news reports could be created in seconds by artificial intelligence.

AI learns to run, with a wobble

A new research project from Google’s DeepMind supercomputer has pushed the boundaries of machine learning further. It has used artificial intelligence to teach a simulated humanoid how to navigate a parkour course.

Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup

Nagoya - With steely focus, player number 3 scored a stunning opening goal in the first few minutes of the high-stakes football match between a dominant Bordeaux and their plucky Chinese opponents.

Essential Science: Meet the soft-robot that grows like a plant

A new prototype soft robot has been designed, and it the researchers behind the development took inspiration from plants. The robot 'grows' in order to explore its environment.

Robotic advances for MedTech

Medical technology looks set to be transformed by robotics, with several innovative projects underway. Among these are Google's forays into digital surgery platforms.

Surgical Robotics: The Next 25 Years

Cambridge - A new report has cast a futuristic gaze towards surgical robots and autonomous systems over the next twenty-five years. The outcomes indicate an enhanced role for machines in making medical decisions and assisting surgeons in performing complex tasks.

Reimagining work: What robots can do for us

A new report asked twenty technology experts to imagine the state of robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence as it could be in the year 2030.
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