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Study: Should we ban killer robots?

The term ‘killer robots’ conjures up images of sci-fi scenarios where wars are being fought by Terminator-like soldiers, but according to UNSW Canberra military ethicist Deane-Peter Baker, it’s not quite that scary or cinematic.   In fact, killer robots, or lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), may actually save lives on the battlefield. Image credit: Unsplash, free license Associate Professor Baker’s ...

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How 5G can make robots better co-workers for us?

5G communications are seen as a way to get faster mobile internet speeds. However, 5G technology can offer much greater and wider capabilities than just faster streaming or quicker downloads on the go. Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney together with an industry partner Nokia are exploring the ways 5G technology can make robots better co-workers. Very soon we ...

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Benchmarking Robot Manipulation with the Rubik’s Cube

Quantitative evaluations are vital for measuring progress in the field of robot manipulation. Therefore, a recent study on arXiv.org proposes a Rubik’s Cube manipulation benchmark. Rubik’s Cube. Image credit: Max Pixel, CC0 Public Domain In this task, each rotation requires the robot to position its end-effectors with sub-centimeter accuracy. As many such stations are required, errors in the robot’s estimate ...

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This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life (Video)

You may think that robots are still far from any practically useful areas of application. But they are not – there are many models of fully autonomous machines which perform tasks incredibly important for us. The combination of strength and flexibility of such ‘soft’ machines is unmatched. Image credit: Veritasium (still image from the YouTube video) But, of course, there ...

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NASA’s Robotic Glove Finds Commercial Handhold

Grip-strengthening glove based on robotic astronaut assistant aims to reduce workplace stress injuries. It’s no coincidence that our most complex, versatile, and useful body part, the human hand, is also among the most prone to injury. With its fine motor and sensory coordination, delicacy, and strength, the hand also sets a standard for robotics engineers to strive for, being supremely ...

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Memory-based gaze prediction in deep imitation learning for robot manipulation

Deep imitation learning has enabled robots to perform manipulation tasks without predefined rules. However, current architectures infer a reactive action to the current states, while in real-world robots may be required to utilize memory. Industrial robot. Image credit: Humanrobo via Wikimedia, CC-BY-SA-3.0 Therefore, a recent paper published on arXiv.org proposes a sequential data-based gaze control to achieve memory-based robot manipulation. ...

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First Uninhabited Black Hawk Flight (Video)

Who needs drones when robots can fly real airplanes? The optionally piloted vehicle (S-70 Black Hawk) from DARPA, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky (still image from the YouTube video) Of course, this is a rhetoric question, because drones are incredibly useful in many areas of life – and not just military. However, very similar and sometimes even identical control mechanisms and ...

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A Robot Web for Distributed Many-Device Localisation

In the future, when embodied artificial intelligence is ubiquitous, multiple robots, vehicles, and other smart devices will need to communicate and coordinate their actions. Robots. Image credit: Farshadarvin via Wikimedia, CC-BY-SA-4.0 A recent paper published on arXiv.org looks into the problem of distributed localization: a set of moving devices that move and observe each other within a space have to ...

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Bristol scientists develop insect-sized flying robots with flapping wings

A new drive system for flapping wing autonomous robots has been developed by a University of Bristol team, using a new method of electromechanical zipping that does away with the need for conventional motors and gears. This new advance, published in the journal Science Robotics, could pave the way for smaller, lighter and more effective micro flying robots for environmental ...

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