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ARCAS: Flying robots will go where humans can't

There are many situations where it's impossible, complicated or too time-consuming for humans to enter and carry out operations. Think of contaminated areas following a nuclear accident, or the need to erect structures such as antennae on mountain tops. These are examples of where flying robots could be used.

Sep 17th, 2014

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Cutting the cord on soft robots

Developers from Harvard's School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have produced the first untethered soft robot - a quadruped that can stand up and walk away from its designers.

Sep 12th, 2014

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Making drones more customizable

A first-ever standard 'operating system' for drones could soon help manufacturers easily design and customize unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for multiple applications.

Sep 12th, 2014

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'Robo Brain' will teach robots everything from the Internet

Robo Brain - a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources - is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how-to documents and appliance manuals. The information is being translated and stored in a robot-friendly format that robots will be able to draw on when they need it.

Aug 25th, 2014

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C2D2 fighting corrosion

Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete. A new robot can now check the condition of these structures, even in places that people cannot reach.

Aug 22nd, 2014

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Delivery by drone

New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions.

Aug 21st, 2014

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AI, robotics, and the future of jobs

This report is the latest in a sustained effort throughout 2014 by the Pew Research Center's Internet Project to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. The report covers experts' views about advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, and their impact on jobs and employment.

Aug 9th, 2014

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Robot folds itself up and walks away

A team of engineers used little more than paper and Shrinky dinks - the classic children's toy that shrinks when heated - to build a robot that assembles itself into a complex shape in four minutes flat, and crawls away without any human intervention.

Aug 7th, 2014

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