[video] USA: This fast-food delivering robot could be coming to your door soon

I can definitely see this in parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The first autonomous delivery robot roamed the streets of Austin during the city’s SXSW festival, on Monday. The robot, produced by the former Skype founders Starship, say that the robot can deliver food, groceries and small packages for as little as $1 (90 euro cents) within a 1 mile (1.6km) distance.

Rolls-Royce to add ‘robotic’ chauffeur

Rolls-Royce says it is being forced to create electric cars, like its 102EX concept (pictured), that its customers don't wantRolls-Royce says it is being forced to create electric cars, like its 102EX concept (pictured), that its customers don’t want

Rolls-Royce is set to join the race to delete the driver – and the chauffeur too.

The iconic British luxury car maker is looking to its parent company, BMW, to adopt autonomous driving technologies before the end of the decade.

“But we have already autonomous driving – we have chauffeurs,” joked Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Muller-Otvos while speaking to Drive at the Paris motor show last week.

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The Attack of the Fire-Breathing Robots

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Japan’s eclectic taste (at least by my subdued, antisocial New England standards) has spawned this robot baby art project thing in the streets of Roppongi. When I pictured the Apocalypse, it looked, I dunno, different.

Called Giant Torayan, this seven meter tall fire-breathing baby monstrosity is the work of artist Kenji Yanobe, who was obviously abused by a baby or a bad man dressed in an Astro Boy costume at some point in his life.
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Pentagon Hires British Scientist to Help Build Robot Soldiers That ‘Won’t Commit War Crimes’

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The Pentagon aims to develop 'ethical' robot soldiers, unlike the indiscriminate T-800 killers from the Terminator films

The Pentagon aims to develop 'ethical' robot soldiers, unlike the indiscriminate T-800 killers from the Terminator films

 

The US Army and Navy have both hired experts in the ethics of building machines to prevent the creation of an amoral Terminator-style killing machine that murders indiscriminately.

By 2010 the US will have invested $4 billion in a research programme into “autonomous systems”, the military jargon for robots, on the basis that they would not succumb to fear or the desire for vengeance that afflicts frontline soldiers.

A British robotics expert has been recruited by the US Navy to advise them on building robots that do not violate the Geneva Conventions.

Colin Allen, a scientific philosopher at Indiana University’s has just published a book summarising his views entitled Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong.

He told The Daily Telegraph: “The question they want answered is whether we can build automated weapons that would conform to the laws of war. Can we use ethical theory to help design these machines?” Continue reading

Man Falls in Love with Female Robot

via The Sun

A BOFFIN too busy to find real love has INVENTED his idea of the perfect woman – a female ROBOT.
Inventor Le Trung, 33, created Aiko, said to be “in her 20s” with a stunning 32, 23, 33 figure, shiny hair and delicate features.

She even remembers his favourite drink and does simple cleaning and household tasks. fembotmain_676661a

“Fem-bot” Aiko, who has cost £14,000 to build so far, is a whizz at maths and even does Le’s accounts.

Le, a scientific genius from Brampton in Ontario, Canada, said he never had time to find a real partner so he designed one using the latest technology.

He said he did not build Aiko as a sexual partner, but said she could be tweaked to become one.

“Her software could be redesigned to simulate her having an orgasm and reacting to touch as if she is playing hard to get or being straight to the point,” he said. Continue reading

Scientists Unveil Life-Like Robot

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THIS is the most life-like robot suit ever – the cyber girl Repliee R-1.

Based on a real five-year-old Japanese girl, this machine was built to look just like a human.

It has 50 sensors and a series of motors to help it move and has been built to help pensioners and disabled people move better.

Japanese boffins from Tsukuba University developed the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) suit using flexible silicon skin.

And robotics company Cyberdyne Inc are set to start making it on a mass scale on Friday.

But, as our video shows, Repliee looks less like a realistic robot and more like she has come straight out of a Japanese horror film.

[video] ‘Big Dog’: ‘Most Advanced Quadruped Robot’ Can Go Anywhere Regardless Of Terrain

Totally F*cking Amazing!

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It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. BigDog is powered by a gasoline engine that drives a hydraulic actuation system. BigDog’s legs are articulated like an animal’s, and have compliant elements that absorb shock and recycle energy from one step to the next.

Scientist Unveil Robot that is Powered by Brain Tissue

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Meet Gordon, probably the world’s first robot controlled exclusively by living brain tissue.

Stitched together from cultured rat neurons, Gordon’s primitive grey matter was designed at the University of Reading by scientists who unveiled the neuron-powered machine on Wednesday.

Their groundbreaking experiments explore the vanishing boundary between natural and artificial intelligence, and could shed light on the fundamental building blocks of memory and learning, one of the lead researchers told AFP.

“The purpose is to figure out how memories are actually stored in a biological brain,” said Kevin Warwick, a professor at the University of Reading and one of the robot’s principle architects. Continue reading