Does it matter, that a robot is just a computer with arms? That seems to me to be the core of an interesting debate breaking out in the legal world. Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, … Continue reading Further Reading: Arms and the Metal Man, or the Challenge Bots Pose to the Law
I spoke with Whitney Crooks, a PhD student at Tufts University’s Soft Robotics Lab, because I was intrigued to learn more about her work with Rethink Robotics‘ Baxter. Rethink has been one of the pioneers of “collaborative robotics” — unlike … Continue reading Taking Bots from the Factory To The Living Room: An interview with Whitney Crooks
The bot of the week this week is a prototype robot chef, which debuted at a trade fair in Germany this April. The bot uses a pair of cutting edge robot hands (NASA is another customer) combined with video-game like … Continue reading Bot of the Week: Moley Robotic’s Robot Chef
I wanted to highlight this great podcast from CBC’s The Current with Geoffrey Hinton, the godfather of deep learning. He occasionally seems to woosh over host Anna Maria Tremonti’s head, but overall does a really nice job explaining some of … Continue reading Geoffrey Hinton on recent advances in deep learning
If you’re wondering what happened to all those stentorian-voiced filmstrip announcers that used to deliver stern warnings about personal hygiene to the schoolchildren of the 1950s, it turns out they’ve moved to Germany and they’re working for Bayer: But I’m … Continue reading Spotlight: Agriculture Bots
As I mentioned in the about page, my hope in starting this blog was to not only take note of the progress and potential of these new technologies, but also to talk to the makers and the shakers that are … Continue reading Note 1: If this is a revolution, what kind of revolution is it?
One of the things I’m most interested in in creating this blog is the the opportunity to look at all the different ways that advanced computing/A.I. are affecting the economy — mostly when people think robots they think “factory”, whether … Continue reading Science Bots: Stanford’s Fruit Fly Vacuum