horrifying delightful vision of our future without honeybees.
Robonaut, installed on the International Space Station to perform chores for astronauts, just got its first pair of real legs.
NASA says that the new seven-jointed legs are designed for climbing in zero gravity and offer a considerable nine-foot leg span. Instead of feet, the legs feature “end effectors” designed to grapple onto handrails and sockets located both inside the space station and, eventually, on the ISS’s exterior. Robonaut’s end effectors have a built-in vision system—almost like a pair of eyes—that are designed to eventually automate each limb’s approaching and grasping.
Knocking down a concrete building usually takes brute force: Wrecking balls, huge excavators, or explosives rip apart walls while fire hoses spray water to keep the clouds of dust down. It’s an energy-intensive process, and after everything’s been torn apart, the concrete often ends up in a landfill or has to be trucked to a recycling facility. But a new concrete-erasing robot may eventually transform the messy business of demolition.
As it bounces through the Australian outback, the typical kangaroo can cover around 25 to 30 feet per hop. It’s a model of efficiency: Every time the kangaroo hits the ground, its tendons stretch to store energy like the spring in a pogo stick, so it can easily speed up without getting tired. It’s so good at hopping, in fact, that for the last two years, a German company called Festo has been secretly developing a robot that tries to copy everything a natural kangaroo can do.
How to make a pie chart compelling? Get a robot to press one into an actual pie.
Who says you can’t have a relationship with a lamp? - These Adorable Solar Lights Follow You Around Like A Loyal Pet
In the future, we will have robot overlords. This uncomfortable experiment (captured in hilarious video) shows just how easily humans will roll over when we work for the machines.
We stumbled across this project, called Turbulence, over on Prosthetic Knowledge: it’s a series of paintings, done charmingly in watercolor, by a robot. The robotic arm quickly traces three-sided polygons, over and over, creating an oddly beautiful sort of geometric figure almost like a honeycomb.
The robots of the future will be smart and highly adaptable, with the miraculous ability to imitate how the human mind learns new information. So what, pray tell, does humankind do with such wondrous, advanced technology?
We build robotic strippers.
"DeepMind raises the possibility of allowing robots to self-train by observing humans or other robots and possibly do the job even better."
Last month, prosecutors said Thomas Gagnon’s former girlfriend received an invitation to join one of his Google+ Circles. She’d recently broken up with Gagnon and had obtained a restraining order against him soon afterward. Upon discovering the unwelcome Google+ invite from her ex-beau online, she went down to the local police station with a print-out of the invitation. Roughly 90 minutes later, police arrested Gagnon for his Google+ activity and was later charged with violating the restraining order barring contact with her.
The only wrinkle? Gagnon’s attorney claims his client never sent the request, arguing that he “has no idea how the woman … got such an invitation” and "suggesting that it might have been sent by a robot."