MIT Lets Robot Cheetah Off Leash
Hunger Games for Robots
As technology develops and introduces more complex wild systems every day, it is inevitable that some jobs are taken over by our creations. How would you feel if robots inherited ethical complications of existence? This is the question that Berlin-based audiovisual artist Martin Reiche seeks to answer, by pitting robots against each other in a deadly fight for resources.
Meet Yangyang, Actroid From China
Dressed in a full-length read coat, the humanoid robot Yangyang can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. Thanks to a number of tiny motors beneath her rubbery skin, she can display a wide range of facial expressions, move the head and raise the hands as a sign of greeting.
Bionic Ants That Work Together
After the bionic kangaroo, the robot penguin and the mechanical seagull, Festo – the German company specialized in automation – added another creature to the family: the bionic ant. These robotic insects are learning to work together, like real ants do. Maybe in the future they could clean up our offices or work in factories.
Should We Fear Thinking Machines?
In the latest trend of Hollywood’s fascination with artificial intelligence, three new movies pose the conundrum of what happens when we make machines as smart as ourselves, and then try to interact with them. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, a league of superheroes have to put down a robot menace, in Ex Machina a software engineer must be our first contact with a female A.I., and in Chappie a robot cop wakes up to sentience. How realistic these fears are?
The Hotel Run by Robots
Check into a new hotel with the help of a keen robot receptionist. After welcoming you, another bot will carry your luggage to your room, earlier thoroughly cleaned by a non-human housekeeper. At the Henn-na Hotel in Japan, the so-called actroids will make sure you’ll have a nice and memorable stay.
A Robot Scientist Could Cure Malaria
While it is not a common source of fear in Western countries, malaria is a disease highly endemic to tropical countries, Asia and many parts of Africa. A recent WHO report informed that there were about 198 million cases of malaria in 2013. The disease resulted in death of approximately 584,000 people, many of whom were children in Africa. Although there seems to be no effective drug in use for malaria, a scientist robot named Eve may have found a cure.
Human Workers Get Increasingly Obsolete
Robots are coming to replace humans at work. In a store, a shopping assistant robot helps to organize inventories. Cheap robotic farmers patiently seed, tend and harvest fields one plant at a time without the need for damaging pesticide. In Tokyo, elementary school students were delighted to find out their teacher had been substituted by a robot.
The practice of using robots for medical purposes is taking a new step towards the complete surgery executed by robotic hands.
Some doctors, like Mehran Anvari, are performing surgeries without being physically present in the operating room. This physician is not using his own hands to perform the surgery. He operates through a robot controlled from a console situated miles away from his patient.
The Bionic Kangaroo
The fully automated robotic kangaroo, has the ability to efficiently recover the energy when jumping, store it and use it for the next jump, just like the real animal. In fact, its energy-efficient jump kinematics is based on the natural model.