Robots

The Next Energy-Efficient Architecture Revolution: A House Built By Robots
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“Erecting a new building ranks among the most inefficient, polluting activities humans undertake,” reports Qz. “The construction sector is responsible for nearly 40% of the world’s total energy consumption and CO2 emissions, according to a UN global survey. A consortium of Swiss researchers has one answer to the problem: working with robots.” Over four years, […]

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Should We Be Allowed To Kick Robots?
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“Seen in the wild, robots often appear cute and nonthreatening. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be hostile,” argues a new article in Wired, reporting on what appears to be a pre-meditated kicking of a Knightscope K5 patrol robot in a parking lot in California: K5’s siblings, it turns out, don’t fare much better. In 2017 […]

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This Thiel Fellow thinks he can help scooters, drones and delivery robots charge themselves with sunlight
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From the time he was a high school student, Rohit Kalyanpur thought it was peculiar that although it’s possible to create energy from a solar panel, the panels have long been used almost exclusively on rooftops and as part of industrial-scale solar grids. “I hadn’t seen [anything solar-powered] in the things people use every day […]

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YouTube Removes Videos of Robots Fighting For 'Animal Cruelty'
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YouTuber and robot enthusiast Anthony Murney noticed YouTube has removed hundreds of videos showing robots battling other robots after claiming they are in breach of its rules surrounding animal cruelty. He’s blaming a new algorithm introduced by YouTube to detect instances of animal abuse. The Independent reports: Several other channels dedicated to robot combat have […]

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Can Robots Solve America's Recycling Crisis?
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CNBC reports that to solve America’s recycling crisis, “companies and municipalities are turning to AI-assisted robots.” The problem began last year when China, the world’s largest recyclable processor, stopped accepting most American scrap plastic and cardboard due to contamination problems, and a glut of plastics overwhelming its own processing facilities. Historically, China recycled the bulk […]

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Verizon lab's 5G robots, medical tools show speed is just the start     – CNET
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Downloading the next season of Stranger Things in a jiffy isn’t the only trick 5G has up its sleeve.

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For Fukushima's nuclear disaster, robots may be the only hope     – CNET
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The 2011 meltdown in Japan is still too hot for humans to handle. Send in the machines.

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Two Japanese robots are now happily hopping on an asteroid [Updated]
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Enlarge / The Hayabusa2 spacecraft spies its shadow Thursday night as it descends toward Ryugu to deploy two small rovers. (credit: JAXA) Saturday update: More than 24 hours after they were released by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft to fly down to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, the Japanese Space Agency has finally provided an update […]

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Automation: The Exaggerated Threat of Robots
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It will take quite a lot of time before robots become cheaper than workers in emerging markets such as Africa, argues Nico Beckert of Flassbeck Economics, a consortium of researchers who aim to provide economics insights with a more realistic basis. From the post: All industrialized countries used low-cost labour to build industries and manufacture […]

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