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Mar 18, 2016

Domino’s unveil ‘world’s first’ pizza delivery robot

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The fast-food retailer built the droid with Australian startup Marathon Robotics using a robot sourced from the military and its own technology, including Domino’s GPS tracking data.

DRU, which could spell the beginning of the end of the pizza delivery boy, has a sensory system that uses lasers to move around obstacles in its path to travel unassisted to a customer’s address.

The four-wheeled robotic unit travels up to speeds of 20km/h and is designed to cruise on footpaths, trails and bike paths.

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Mar 18, 2016

Could you fall in love with this robot?

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

This hot robot says she wants to destroy humans.

Meet Sophia. Hanson Robotics human-like robot that may embody the androids of our future.

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Mar 18, 2016

Nike’s ‘Back to the Future’ inspired sneaker

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Nike’s ‘Back to the Future’ inspired self-lacing sneaker.

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Mar 18, 2016

Canada to give people free money

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Canada plans to give people unconditional free money.

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Mar 18, 2016

Why Teaching Robots to do Easy Stuff is Still Hard | Retro Report

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Video: Follow Team MIT as it sweats it out at the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Will a painful fall lead to disaster? Or can they pull through? Retro Report tells the story.

#DARPADRC #RobotsAreComing

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Mar 18, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse — Newest Official Trailer | 20th Century FOX

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“Only the Strong Will Survive”

Mar 18, 2016

South Korea trumpets $860-million AI fund after AlphaGo ‘shock’

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

Nature News reports:

“Scrambling to respond to the success of Google DeepMind’s world-beating Go program AlphaGo, South Korea announced on 17 March that it would invest $863 million (1 trillion won) in artificial-intelligence (AI) research over the next five years [towards] founding of a high-profile, public–private research centre with participation from several Korean conglomerates, including Samsung, LG Electronics and Hyundai Motor, as well as the technology firm Naver, based near Seoul.”

President Geun-Hye emphasized that “artificial intelligence can be a blessing for human society” and called it “the fourth industrial revolution”

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Mar 18, 2016

The Future of Business: Book Review

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The Future of Business: Critical Insights into a Rapidly Changing World from 60 Future Thinkers by Rohit Talwar (editor)

Book review by José Luis Cordeiro

The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.
William Gibson

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Mar 18, 2016

Baidu to Test Drive Autonomous Cars in the U.S

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Baidu Inc. will soon start testing autonomous cars in the U.S., part of the Chinese tech giant’s effort to introduce a commercially viable model by 2018.

The move, disclosed by Baidu’s chief scientist Andrew Ng in an interview late Tuesday, is a significant step for the company, which is trying to get ahead in the race to build autonomous cars and is now calling on the resources of its Silicon Valley tech center to advance the effort. At the same time, Baidu is advocating for better coordination with the U.S. government, which the company says is necessary to get self-driving cars on the road.

Central to the push is Mr. Ng, an artificial-intelligence scientist who conducted groundbreaking research at Stanford University and at Alphabet Inc.’s Google. He’s also a co-founder of online-learning company Coursera Inc.

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Mar 18, 2016

Domino’s has built an autonomous pizza delivery robot

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Cute, but i think mainly a publicity stunt. You couldnt trust that thing to be by itself unless it was a really safe small town or nice suburb.

For a pizza chain, Domino’s actually has a pretty rich history of innovation. It’s embraced social media, created a one-click Easy Order button and even built a delivery car that has its own pizza oven. Now it’s looking at robots. More specifically: delivery robots. What you see here is DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit), an autonomous delivery vehicle built in collaboration with Australian technology startup Marathon Targets that Domino’s says is the first of its kind. It’s filled with thousands of dollars worth of military robotics tech, but its covert mission has been to deliver fresh pizza to the residents of Queensland.

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