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Mar 26, 2017

Our Thinking — Factory of the Future: Beyond the Assembly Line

Posted by in categories: business, futurism

The ‘factory of the future’ will result in… a very significant change in business models for both manufacturers and equipment makers. — Daniela Costa.

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Mar 26, 2017

Industry Insights

Posted by in categories: education, employment, robotics/AI

U.S. Alliance in Robotics for Manufacturing Means Innovation, Education, More Jobs…

Robotics Online is the premier resource from RIA, Robotic Industries Association, for industrial robotics and automation. Call (734) 994‑6088 to join RIA.

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Mar 26, 2017

People afraid of robots much more likely to fear losing their jobs, suffer anxiety

Posted by in categories: health, robotics/AI

“Technophobes”—people who fear robots, artificial intelligence and new technology that they don’t understand—are much more likely to be afraid of losing their jobs to technology and to suffer anxiety-related mental health issues, a Baylor University study found.

More than a third of those in the study fit its definition of “technophobe” and are more fearful of automation that could lead to job displacement than they are of potentially threatening or dangerous circumstances such as romantic rejection, public speaking and police brutality, according to the study.

“If you’re afraid of losing your job to a robot, you’re not alone,” said researcher Paul McClure, a sociologist in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences. “This is a real concern among a substantial portion of the American population. They are not simply a subgroup of generally fearful people.”

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Mar 26, 2017

A printable, sensor-laden ‘skin’ for robots (or an airplane)

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, robotics/AI, transportation

Illustration of 3D-printed sensory composite (credit: Subramanian Sundaram)

MIT researchers have designed a radical new method of creating flexible, printable electronics that combine sensors and processing circuitry.

Covering a robot — or an airplane or a bridge, for example — with sensors will require a technology that is both flexible and cost-effective to manufacture in bulk. To demonstrate the feasibility of their new method, the researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have designed and built a 3D-printed device that responds to mechanical stresses by changing the color of a spot on its surface.

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Mar 26, 2017

Stanford scientists find a previously unknown role for the cerebellum

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Researchers long believed that the cerebellum did little more than process our senses and control our muscles. New techniques to study the most densely packed neurons in our brains reveal that it may do much more.

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Mar 26, 2017

A smartphone app can screen for male infertility

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, mobile phones

More than 45 million couples worldwide grapple with infertility, but current standard methods for diagnosing male infertility can be expensive, labor-intensive, and require testing in a clinical setting.

Cultural and social stigma, and lack of access in resource-limited countries, may prevent men from seeking an evaluation. Investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) set out to develop a home-based diagnostic test that could be used to measure semen quality with a smartphone-based device. New findings by the team indicating that the analyzer can identify abnormal semen samples based on sperm concentration and motility criteria with approximately 98 percent accuracy are published online in today’s Science Translational Medicine.

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Mar 26, 2017

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

Posted by in category: life extension

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away.

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Mar 26, 2017

Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises.

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Mar 26, 2017

This chart illustrates how AI is exploding at Google

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Surging investment in machine learning is vaulting Google into the scientific stratosphere.

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Mar 26, 2017

NASA taking first steps toward high-speed space internet

Posted by in categories: internet, space travel

The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will help NASA understand the best ways to operate laser communications systems. They could enable much higher data rates for connections between spacecraft and Earth, such as scientific data downlink and astronaut communications.

“LCRD is the next step in implementing NASA’s vision of using optical communications for both near-Earth and deep space missions,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which leads the LCRD project. “This technology has the potential to revolutionize space communications, and we are excited to partner with the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate’s Space Communications and Navigation program office, MIT Lincoln Labs and the U.S. Air Force on this effort.”

Laser communications, also known as optical communications, encodes data onto a beam of light, which is then transmitted between spacecraft and eventually to Earth terminals. This technology offers data rates that are 10 to 100 times better than current radio-frequency (RF) communications systems.

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