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May 1, 2016

The World’s Smallest Robots: Rise of the Nanomachines

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

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The world’s smallest robots: rise of the nanomachines.


Nanomachines are super tiny but have huge promise. In the future, they could deliver drugs anywhere in the body, clean up oil spills and might even be used as artificial muscle cells.

Apr 30, 2016

Tim Peake Controls An Earth Robot From Space — Rover In U.K. Skillfully Driven

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space, transportation

Astronaut Tim Peake controlled a robot from the International Space Station (ISS). However, the robot wasn’t in space, but was located on Earth. The experiment was meant to prepare astronauts and technicians for future human-robotic missions to the Moon, Mars, and other celestial bodies.

As part of a unique experiment, astronaut Tim Peake successfully maneuvered a robot located on Earth from the ISS. The British astronaut took control from the Earth-based team and steered the robot on a simulated Martian landscape. The experiment took place at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage, dubbed “Mars Yard.”

The experiment, titled “Supervisory Control of Mars Yard Rover” or SUPVIS-M for short, was designed to one day allow humans, more specifically astronauts, sitting on board ISS or other deep space vehicles, to reliably control robots or machines over vast distances. The experiment is part of Europe’s METERON (Multipurpose End-To-end Robotics Operations Network) project. The overall idea is develop and optimize tasks and directional control.

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Apr 30, 2016

Robot doctors will ‘absolutely’ replace surgeons

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, robotics/AI

After centuries of training surgeons in crowded operating theatres, Ahmed thinks that virtual and augmented reality can be used to train tens of thousands of students simultaneously.

Apr 30, 2016

Artificial intelligence explained

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

“Artificial Intelligence, friend or foe?”

I, like most of you, have pondered this question many times over the years, and I’ve finally come to this conclusion: We should NOT give birth to (what could and SHOULD be described as) an entirely new sentient race — then immediately consign it to shackles and slavery. If we do, we will deserve what we get.

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Apr 30, 2016

Google’s self-driving car is ‘close to graduating from X’

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI, transportation

According to Astro Teller, the Google self-driving car is “close to graduating from X.” Parsing out the meaning of that string of words is a little complicated, but basically it means that Alphabet isn’t thinking of self-driving cars so much as a crazy “moonshot,” but as a thing that’s just about ready to be a standalone business that could actually generate revenue.

If you’re not a close follower of Google, though, more explanation might still be in order. It’s coming, in the form of a segment on tonight’s NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. They’ll be airing an inside look at X division inside Alphabet. That’s the group you know as Google X, but after last year’s corporate reorg, we’re all still getting used to the new naming conventions.

Holt interviewed Astro Teller and Obi Felten, who have the cheeky titles “Chief of Moonshots” and “Director of X Foundry,” respectively. It’ll likely be an overview of the projects that X is currently running — including self-driving cars, Project Loon, Project Wing, and Makani. Teller will also be candid about X’s failures. Failure being a favorite topic of his, actually — Holt tells us that inside X, “if you have an idea that crashes and burns, they give you a sticker.”

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Apr 30, 2016

Three ways artificial intelligence is helping us save nature

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

Well; US DoE and EPA has already been using AI for a very, very long time in monitoring and proactively acting on any waste release. How do I know? I was one of the lead architects and developers of the solution.


As computers get smarter, scientists look at new ways to enlist them in environmental protection.

Apr 30, 2016

‘Machine learning’ may contribute to new advances in plastic surgery

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, computing, health, information science, robotics/AI

Nice; however, I see also 3D printing along with machine learning being part of any cosmetic procedures and surgeries.


With an ever-increasing volume of electronic data being collected by the healthcare system, researchers are exploring the use of machine learning—a subfield of artificial intelligence—to improve medical care and patient outcomes. An overview of machine learning and some of the ways it could contribute to advancements in plastic surgery are presented in a special topic article in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

“Machine learning has the potential to become a powerful tool in plastic surgery, allowing surgeons to harness complex clinical data to help guide key clinical decision-making,” write Dr. Jonathan Kanevsky of McGill University, Montreal, and colleagues. They highlight some key areas in which machine learning and “Big Data” could contribute to progress in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Machine Learning Shows Promise in Plastic Surgery Research and Practice

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Apr 30, 2016

First, we will upload brains to computers. Then, those computers will take over the world

Posted by in categories: computing, food, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Economist Robin Hanson says we’re on the brink of a strange new era. Read an excerpt ofThe Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth” below.

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What will the next great era be like, after the eras of foraging, farming, and industry?

Apr 30, 2016

Humanoid Robotic Diver Recovers Treasure from King Louis XIV’s Flagship

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Stanford’s OceanOne uses haptic feedback to let human pilots safely explore the briny deep.

Apr 29, 2016

NASA Now Has New Options For Sampling Moon’s Ancient Interior

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

The odds are now better than ever that future explorers, both robotic and human, will be able to take samples of the lunar’s hidden interior in deep impact basins like Crisium and Moscoviense. This gives planners more options on where to embed the first science colony.


Finding and sampling the Moon’s ancient interior mantle — one of the science drivers for sending robotic spacecraft and future NASA astronauts to the Moon’s South Pole Aitken basin — is just as likely achievable at similar deep impact basins scattered around the lunar surface.

At least that’s the view reached by planetary scientists who have been analyzing the most recent data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) and its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) missions as well as from Japan’s SELENE (Kaguya) lunar orbiter.

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