The Secret to an Elephant’s Trunk Is Skin Deep

The folds on an elephant’s facial appendage aren’t just for show.

#animal-behavior, #elephants, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #your-feed-science, #zoo-atlanta

Robots Aren’t Done Reshaping Warehouses

The pace of automation has accelerated in the pandemic, as big players invest billions in their efforts to streamline how goods are sorted and shipped.

#artificial-intelligence, #emergingtech, #innovation, #labor-and-jobs, #prologis-inc, #real-estate-commercial, #robots-and-robotics, #warehouses

Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

The pandemic has given a new urgency to the development of robots and ‘virtual assisted living’ that can help care for aging adults, physically and emotionally.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #nursing-homes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living, #robots-and-robotics, #university-of-minnesota-duluth

How Robots Can Assist Students With Disabilities

New tools use artificial intelligence to assist students with autism and dyslexia and address accessibility for those who are blind or deaf.

#aispecialreport2022, #artificial-intelligence, #autism, #deafness, #disabilities, #dyslexia, #learning-disabilities, #robots-and-robotics, #special-education

Robot Dogs Join the New York Fire Department

Plans to use two new robot dogs only in precarious search and rescue missions may help avoid the controversy that met the Police Department’s robots last year.

#boston-dynamics, #fire-department-nyc, #fires-and-firefighters, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #international-committee-for-robot-arms-control, #new-york-city, #robots-and-robotics, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Behind Olympic Walls, a Quest for the Great Food of China

Most of Beijing was off limits because of the pandemic. But international visitors made discoveries, swapped tips and celebrated finds on social media and a Google doc.

#chinese-food-cuisine, #dunklee-susan-1986, #food, #olympic-games-2022, #restaurants, #robots-and-robotics, #spiteri-jenise, #white-shaun

On Mars, a NASA Rover and Helicopter’s Year of Surprise and Discovery

The past 12 months on Mars have been both “exciting” and “exhausting” for scientists and engineers minding Perseverance and Ingenuity. And the mission is only really getting started.

#engineering-and-engineers, #geology, #ingenuity-mars-helicopter, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #robots-and-robotics, #rock-and-stone, #space-and-astronomy

OMG, You’ll Never Believe What the Laser Vacuum Revealed

High-tech vacuums and robotic mops are having their moment in a pandemic that has contributed to never-ending messes at home.

#carpets-and-rugs, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #dyson, #home-appliances, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #irobot-corp, #laser-light-amplification-by-stimulated-emission-of-radiation, #product-tests, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #robots-and-robotics, #vacuum-cleaners

Will Robots Really Destroy the Future of Work?

A new book argues that workers can thrive despite technology that eliminates jobs.

#engineering-and-engineers, #internal-sub-only-nl, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #robots-and-robotics

Why There’s a Growing Push to Ban Killer Robots

A U.N. conference made little headway this week on limiting development and use of killer robots, prompting stepped-up calls to outlaw such weapons with a new treaty.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #artificial-intelligence, #drones-pilotless-planes, #geneva-switzerland, #robots-and-robotics, #treaties, #united-nations

How to Scare an Invasive Fish? A Menacing Robot Predator.

The mosquitofish is wreaking havoc on native Australian marine life. In a new study, scientists tried to frighten it with a look-alike of its natural foe.

#animal-behavior, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #invasive-species, #iscience-journal, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

A Robot Wrote This Book Review

In “The Age of AI,” Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher explore how far artificial intelligence has come.

#artificial-intelligence, #books-and-literature, #computers-and-the-internet, #huttenlocher-daniel, #kissinger-henry-a, #robots-and-robotics, #schmidt-eric-e, #the-age-of-ai-and-our-human-future-book

The Future Farmers of France Are Tech Savvy, and Want Weekends Off

An unconventional school wants to attract a new crowd to French agriculture, and help farms earn a profit.

#42-paris-france-school, #agriculture-and-farming, #crop-controls-and-subsidies, #entrepreneurship, #france, #hectar, #neofarm, #niel-xavier, #robots-and-robotics, #rural-areas, #start-ups, #youth

The Moon Crater Where NASA Will Send Its Viper Rover

The agency picked the Nobile crater near the lunar south pole to seek frozen water that will be essential to future astronaut missions.

#astrobotic-technology-inc, #ice, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #robots-and-robotics, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

دانشمند وربات قاتل مجهز به هوش مصنوعی و کنترل از راه دور

سال‌ها بود که ماموران اسرائیلی می‌خواستند دانشمند هسته‌ای ایران را ترور کنند. عاقبت راهی پیدا کردند تا بدون حضور مأموران در صحنه این کار را انجام دهند.

#cohen-yossi-1961, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #firearms, #haspel-gina, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #mossad, #nuclear-weapons, #remote-control-systems, #robots-and-robotics, #salehi-ali-akbar, #targeted-killings, #united-states-international-relations

The Scientist and the A.I.-Assisted, Remote-Control Killer Robot

Israeli agents had wanted to kill Iran’s top nuclear scientist for years. Then they came up with a way to do it with no operatives present.

#cohen-yossi-1961, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #firearms, #haspel-gina, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #israel, #mossad, #nuclear-weapons, #remote-control-systems, #robots-and-robotics, #salehi-ali-akbar, #targeted-killings, #united-states-international-relations

Could Robots From Boston Dynamics Beat Me in a Fight?

A parkour showcase of the agile humanoids is both wondrous and unsettling.

#boston-dynamics, #musk-elon, #obstacle-courses-sport, #parkour-sport, #robots-and-robotics

An Afghan Refugee Built a Robot as a Message of Hope

As Afghans flee the Taliban, the experiences of a fellow countryman, Saidullah Karimi, warn of tough times ahead, but also carry a message of hope.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #content-type-personal-profile, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #karimi-saidullah-1970, #labor-and-jobs, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #robots-and-robotics

Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?

Some of the animatronics at Disney’s parks have been doing their herky-jerky thing since the Nixon administration. The company knows that nostalgia won’t cut it with today’s children.

#amusement-and-theme-parks, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #marvel-entertainment, #robots-and-robotics, #spider-man-fictional-character, #walt-disney-company, #weis-robert-w-1957

Some Members of All-Girls Robotics Team Flee Afghanistan

The team won hearts worldwide in 2017, when six members were denied visas to travel to the United States for a competition.

#afghanistan, #robots-and-robotics, #taliban, #women-and-girls

Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?

Robot-assisted surgeries have only modest advantages over other approaches, a large analysis found.

#annals-of-internal-medicine, #robots-and-robotics, #surgery-and-surgeons

Pandemic Wave of Automation May Be Bad News for Workers

The need for social distancing led restaurants and grocery stores to seek technological help. That may improve productivity, but could also cost jobs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fast-food-industry, #labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #restaurants, #robots-and-robotics, #service-industries, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Elephant Trunks: Is There Anything They Can’t Do?

A new study highlights the impressive biomechanics and suction power of an elephant’s most defining appendage.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #animal-behavior, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #journal-of-the-royal-society-interface, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.

Start-ups are using technology to take a robotic approach to manicures, offering a simple way to provide foolproof nail polish.

#artificial-intelligence, #beauty-salons, #computer-vision, #nails-body-part, #robots-and-robotics, #start-ups

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Flies Again and Gets a New Mission

Ahead of a successful fourth flight, the agency announced that Ingenuity would continue to fly beyond its original monthlong mission.

#computers-and-the-internet, #helicopters, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #perseverance-mars-rover, #robots-and-robotics, #space-and-astronomy

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #research, #robots-and-robotics, #surgery-and-surgeons, #university-of-california-berkeley, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

N.Y.P.D. Will Stop Using Robot Dog After Backlash

The Police Department will return the device earlier than planned after critics seized on it as a dystopian example of overly aggressive policing.

#boston-dynamics, #kallos-benjamin, #miller-john-j, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #privacy, #robots-and-robotics, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

These Materials Could Make Science Fiction a Reality

Metamaterials, which could improve smartphones and change how we use other technology, allow scientists to control light waves in new ways.

#computer-chips, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #robots-and-robotics, #sensors, #smartphones

Arrival Developing Electric Vehicles Without Assembly Line

Arrival, a developer of electric vans and buses, says it has come up with a cheaper way to build vehicles in small factories. But can it deliver on that promise?

#arrival-ltd, #automobiles, #buses, #charlotte-nc, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #england, #factories-and-manufacturing, #initial-public-offerings, #inventions-and-patents, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #robots-and-robotics, #rock-hill-sc, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-parcel-service-inc, #vans

N.Y.P.D.’s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash

Deployed at a public housing building, the device drew condemnation as a stark example of police power and misplaced priorities.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #artificial-intelligence, #bowman-jamaal, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #robots-and-robotics, #shea-dermot-f-1969, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

America Needs to Empower Workers Again

Unions aren’t obsolete, and we need to get them back.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #robots-and-robotics, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Robots Are Coming … to Mow Your Lawn

Gas-power yard equipment spews noise and pollutants. Newer models, using batteries or electricity, are quieter and greener, and might even manage themselves.

#batteries, #landscaping, #lawns, #noise, #robots-and-robotics

NFT Artwork by Sophia the Robot Sells for Nearly $700,000

An artwork that sold for nearly $700,000 was the latest in the frenzied market for digital art — and possibly the first created in part by a non-human.

#art, #bitcoin-currency, #hong-kong, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #robots-and-robotics

The Robots Are Coming for Phil in Accounting

Workers with college degrees and specialized training once felt relatively safe from automation. They aren’t.

#artificial-intelligence, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #robots-and-robotics, #unemployment, #workplace-environment

Once Upon a Time on Mars

A dune buggy is about to set off on behalf of its human owners to fulfill a primordial yearning.

#jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #robots-and-robotics, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns

The New York Police Department has been testing Digidog, which it says can be deployed in dangerous situations and keep officers safer, but some fear it could become an aggressive surveillance tool.

#boston-dynamics, #digidog, #police, #police-department-nyc, #privacy, #robots-and-robotics

Need a New Knee or Hip? A Robot May Help Install It

As more people strive to stay active on aging frames, robots and other technologies are likely to play a wider role in helping surgeons replace joints.

#baby-boomers, #hips, #implants, #robots-and-robotics, #surgery-and-surgeons

It’s Not Your Parents’ Hip Replacement Surgery

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of modern hip replacement is the increasing use of robotic surgery.

#bones, #hips, #implants, #robots-and-robotics, #surgery-and-surgeons

Can We Make Our Robots Less Biased Than Us?

A.I. developers are committing to end the injustices in how their technology is often made and used.

#artificial-intelligence, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #buolamwini-joy, #discrimination, #facial-recognition-software, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #robots-and-robotics, #your-feed-science

Monster Wolf Robot Aims to Scare Bears in Japan

After bears kept venturing into the city in search of food, officials installed mechanical wolves with bared teeth, glowing red eyes and a fearsome screech to keep the animals away.

#bears, #japan, #robots-and-robotics, #wolves

To Scare Off Wild Bears, Japanese City Calls In the ‘Monster Wolf’

After bears kept venturing into the city in search of food, officials installed mechanical wolves with bared teeth, glowing red eyes and a fearsome screech to keep the animals away.

#bears, #japan, #robots-and-robotics, #wolves

To Survive the Pandemic, Savile Row Cuts a Bespoke Strategy

With formal events and travel canceled, the tradition-bound tailors are gently embracing technology — and finding leverage on their landlords.

#coats-and-jackets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #huntsman-london-england-retailer, #london-england, #luxury-goods-and-services, #pollen-estate-trustee-co-ltd, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #robots-and-robotics, #savile-row-london-england, #seamstresses-and-tailors, #shopping-and-retail, #suits-apparel

Robots Join the Sales Team

Brokers can hand off tours of listings and the litany of client questions to their bionic colleagues, but a human has to step in when a deal is ready to be made.

#artificial-intelligence, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #robots-and-robotics

Dances With Robots, and Other Tales From the Outer Limits

Artificial intelligence and dance may seem like strange bedfellows, but artists and engineers are using technology to expand the possible.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cuan-catie, #cunningham-merce, #dancing, #lidberg-pontus, #mcgregor-wayne, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #robots-and-robotics, #skybetter-sydney, #trackers-dance

When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?

How to navigate when you should and shouldn’t hug someone — and how not to hold on too long.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #psychology-and-psychologists, #robots-and-robotics

The Future of Hotel Design

Mobile guest rooms, enhanced contactless room controls, robotic servers and pop-up dining areas are just a few of the ideas hotel designers are considering for the post-Covid travel world.

#hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #robots-and-robotics, #travel-and-vacations

In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

As seniors find themselves cut off from loved ones during the pandemic, some are turning to automated animals for company.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dementia, #elderly, #loneliness, #nursing-homes, #pets, #robots-and-robotics, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

A New Ship’s Mission: Let the Deep Sea Be Seen

A giant new vessel, OceanXplorer, seeks to unveil the secrets of the abyss for a global audience.

#bridgewater-associates, #cameron-james, #dalio-raymond-1949, #diving-and-divers, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #robots-and-robotics, #science-and-technology, #ships-and-shipping, #your-feed-science

Two Books Wonder: How Long Until You Fall in Love With a Robot?

In Debora L. Spar’s “Work Mate Marry Love” and Jenny Kleeman’s “Sex Robots and Vegan Meat,” two approaches to thinking about what our intimate lives will look like in the future.

#books-and-literature, #kleeman-jenny, #robots-and-robotics, #sex-robots-and-vegan-meat-adventures-at-the-frontier-of-birth-food-sex-and-death-book, #spar-debora-l, #work-mate-marry-love-how-machines-shape-our-human-destiny-book

For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)

The pandemic has turned cleaning and other mundane building tasks into a challenge, stoking interest in machines as cost-effective solutions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #real-estate-commercial, #robots-and-robotics