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Op-Ed: Robotic Reflections

When asked to write an Op-Ed on the subject of robotics, one over-arching thought came to mind: The robots are coming, people — get on board or get left behind.
In the Media by Mike Rossi - 2 comments

Bringing a robot romance to life Special

Toronto - DJ Kid Koala returns to the Luminato Festival in Toronto for a second consecutive year, this time with a live version of his graphic novel, 'Nufonia Must Fall.' The performance will integrate music, puppetry, and a live filming, projected for audiences.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

Kinshasa co-op hopes to conquer the world with traffic robots

Kinshasa - Can giant robots with a deep voice and massive arms be the answer to easing traffic chaos in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo?A small cooperative, which developed the novel solution and is testing two robots at key intersections, thinks ...
In the Media by Marc Jourdier (AFP)

Introducing Cubli, a 'walking,' jumping, balancing cube

A video demonstrating the power of Cubli, a cube capable of balancing on edges and vertices, jumping into an upright position and even "walking," has quickly gone viral.
In the Media by Michael Thomas

Iranian scientists develop lifeguard drone

Human lifeguards may become a thing of the past, as scientists have developed and successfuly tested a drone capable of saving drowning victims at sea.
In the Media by Cameron Christner - 2 comments

Google acquires military robot maker Boston Dynamics

Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, the robotics and engineering company that developed the Cheetah, the world's fastest robot.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 7 comments

Robot handjobs are the way of the future

Last weekend a virtual sex simulator, dubbed the "VR Tenga," debuted in Japan. It's a joint effort from Tenga, an adult toy company, and Oculus VR, a virtual reality pioneer.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 1 comment

Robot band Compressorhead to perform live in New York City

New York - In New York City on November 12, as an extension of its corporate messaging on innovation, General Electric will present a live concert by Compressorhead - a rock and roll band composed entirely of robots.
In the Media by Michael Krebs

Minions get past 'Grown Ups 2' while 'Pacific Rim' falters

A repeat winner sits atop the box office heap as the two newcomers couldn't push past those minions. "Despicable Me 2" was able to outlast "Grown Ups 2" and "Pacific Rim."
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

Watch DARPA's lifelike PETMAN robot test chemical warfare suit

The video shows the PETMAN robot, an eerily lifelike robot created by Boston Dynamics to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The robot is also designed to test other military equipment.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus

Op-Ed: Will robots replace everyday workers?

"A coming wave of robots could redefine our jobs. Will that redefine us?" It can do if we use a little lateral thinking, and take on board the thoughts of Major Douglas.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 2 comments

Video: In Japan, robots are your friends

Osaka University Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro talks about the importance of robotics in modern day Japanese culture. Ishiguro compares and contrasts robots in regards to western culture vs. eastern culture.
In the Media by Can Tran

Top sci-fi robots of all time

The science fiction magazine SFX has produced a list of the top 50 robots of all times, drawn from movies and television shows. The list was produced from an opinion poll of readers of the magazine.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 7 comments

Fully automated US-Mexico border station opens at Big Bend Park

The US-Mexico border crossing at the Big Bend National Park, Texas, closed in 2002 will be reopened on Jan. 28 with fully automated facilities. The computerized border station will ease the burden for human agents at the border crossing, officials say.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus

Video: 'Robotics;Notes' season 2 promotional trailer

The preview for the second season of the ongoing Japanese anime series called "Robotics;Notes" has been made for viewing. Season 2 airs on January 10.
In the Media by Can Tran

Video: 'Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet' promo trailer

A new trailer has been unveiled for this upcoming anime series called "Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet" which focuses on a teenage soldier from the future ending on a completely water-covered Earth and struggles to deal with peace.
In the Media by Can Tran

Video: 'Gundam Online' launch trailer

The launch trailer for "Gundam Online," which is supposed to be the largest Gundam game at the moment, has been made available for viewing.
In the Media by Can Tran

Video: Official 'Pacific Rim' trailer

The official trailer for the upcoming summer film called "Pacific Rim" has been released for viewing. Everything is explained in the trailer.
In the Media by Can Tran - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Milli-motein, a real transformer robot! It reshapes itself

Sydney - OK, this one will give the science fiction writers a few things to think about. A real transformer robot has been developed by MIT and friends, and it’s far more flexible than even the cartoon Transformers.
In the Media by Paul Wallis

Video: 'Star Driver the Movie' full trailer

Prior for its Japanese theatrical release in February 2013, "Star Driver the Movie" has released a full trailer available for online streaming.
In the Media by Can Tran

Video: Mind-controlled robots, they somewhat exist now

Researchers from France and Japan have collaborated on creating mind-controlled robots for various medical applications. This is still a work in progress.
In the Media by Can Tran

Op-Ed: Fighting spam with empathy

The captcha system was first introduced to combat spam. It stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. It is in use today on countless websites to prevent the endless spamming of posts and accounts.
In the Media by James He - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Giant robot with Gatling gun, run by a smart phone, and it’s real

Tokyo - From the country which gave the world Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Nomura Securities and Transformers comes everyone’s most useful household appliance- A 4.5 ton, 4 metre tall robot which can be told to open fire by smiling into your smart phone.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 2 comments

Why robots may soon be delivering your pizza

Driverless cars are coming close to entering the consumer market, demonstrating a real probability machines can take over typical tasks humans perform. Could robots that handle everyday jobs, such as pizza deliveries, be far behind?
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 12 comments

Aussie actor Hugh Jackman packs a punch with 'Real Steel' Special

After singing and dancing his way across the stages of Broadway, Toronto and his native Sydney, the part-time' X-Men' mutant Wolverine has returned to motion pictures with the thrilling robot-boxing movie 'Real Steel' (now on Blu-ray & DVD).
Digital Journal Report by Earl Dittman - 1 comment

Meet AlphaDog, the next-gen robot dog

The new bigger and smarter AlphaDog version of the BigDog rough terrain robot being developed for military use by Boston Dynamics has been profiled by tech bloggers as extremely scary and creepy, but the video must be fun to watch - it soon went viral.

Chinese Foxconn employees could soon be replaced with robots

Shenzhen - Foxconn, which is the largest manufacturer of various Apple products, such as the iPad and iPhone, has established an automation robotics division. The plan could be to replace workers with nearly one million robots over three years.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 4 comments

UK robots due to participate in special robo world cup

Edinburgh - Researchers from the United Kingdom are creating one of the nation's first teams to compete in the 2011 Robot Football World Cup.
In the Media by Robbie Dove

Google robots driving on California's Highway 1

Mountain View - Automated cars are being driven down California's fabled Highway 1. Seven test cars, six modified Toyota Priuses and one Audi TT, have been driven thousands of miles without the direct control of a driver as part of a little known project led by Google.
In the Media by Ken Wightman - 3 comments

AOL to replace journalism with algorithms, robots to produce edit

In the face of a spin-off from Time Warner next month, AOL's CEO Tim Armstrong shed light on his vision for the future of the company's editorial content - saying that he will largely replace his editorial staff with robots.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments
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