- The United Arab Emirates is to mount robot jockeys on racing camels later this year after a ban on using children in the region's popular sport.
posted by Tlogmer
on Apr 11, 2005 -
Made from a nickel-titanium alloy, and highly processed for electrical activation and long life, the thin black thread-like BioMetal
acts as an artificial muscle. When powered, the BioMetal contracts
. When power turns off, the BioMetal quickly cools and the wire extends again to its longer, starting length.
posted by zanpo
on Nov 24, 2004 -
The news this morning included a small blurb about today
being the anniversary of the first human killed by a robot. No doubt this is important to note due to the release of I, Robot
but it appears to be incorrect. The first incident I can find was on January 25, 1979
. Since then OSHA has recorded at least 10 more deaths in US factories
alone. Japan saw it's first in 1981 and as a result it's Ministry of Labor requested a 20% budget increase
for its robot related activities. All these incidents can be classified as accidents but it does force me to wonder how dangerous they will be when AI advances further. Should we mandate the Three Laws of Robotics
posted by jwells
on Jul 21, 2004 -
is a traveling autonomous refrigerator robot ... a cross between R2D2 and a vending machine.
posted by lola
on Apr 21, 2004 -
Now Toyota enters the robot race.
Honda's humanoid robot, ASIMO
, is such a splash, Toyota is entering the race, making robots designed to assist the elderly and incapacitated, and play trumpet with artificial lips.
Shouldn't the US be making humanoid robots too?
What do you really want your robot to do?
posted by kablam
on Mar 14, 2004 -
- Scientists created a closed, automated system to conduct simple labor intensive scientific experiments in molecular genetics. The robot creates hypothesis and tests them. Supposedly it works more efficiently (picks less expensive experiments, and fewer of them) then its human counterparts (graduate students in biology and comp sci.). More detailed article in Nature here
(institutional access / subscription required). I for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
posted by nads
on Jan 15, 2004 -
The Soylent Green Biscuit Factory
Are automation, robots, and computers taking human jobs and producing a new class of permanently superfluous ex-workers? (see Robot Nation thanks spazzm
) Maybe the Soylent Green Biscuit Factory can help! Robert Wenzlaff says - "I'm not just the president. I'm also a raw material."
posted by troutfishing
on Nov 17, 2003 -
The gallery of Kidrobot
is a collection of toy photos I ran into on a recent search for a U.S. retailer of a desktop toy
I wanted by Cube-Works
. Outside of finding what I came for, I enjoyed just browsing the photos and descriptions. In the vein of "fair and balanced", I also found the toy at Sweatyfrog
, which has some other neato-torpedo things.
posted by rudyfink
on Nov 4, 2003 -
Little robots in your pants
-- Popular Science calls Dockers to investigate their claim that the stain-repellent "Go Khakis" use nanotechnology. Certainly my favorite headline of the day thus far.
posted by logovisual
on Jul 18, 2003 -
Scroll down to the bottom and check out videos of what some creative folks have programmed their AIBOs to do. The AIBO Disco dances are particularly cool. :)
posted by y
on Apr 18, 2003 -
Honda expands their Asimo line of robots
with a stunning 44 ft. unit developed specifically for Carmax
From the press release:
Based on Honda's Asimo robot, Carmax and Honda have developed a new version specifically for use in Carmax showrooms. The new version is much larger however - standing at roughly 44 feet tall. Because of its size, it is far less mobile but much more imposing. According to Thomas Folliard, V.P. of store operations; "We're already seeing an effect from the new Asimo sales force -- many potential shoppers are almost, to borrow a phrase, shocked and awed into buying a car.
I hate to be the voice of doom and gloom, but this sounds kinda dangerous.
posted by mecran01
on Apr 1, 2003 -