Archive for Robotics

Humans must overcome distrust of robots

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Source: Pys.Org January 20, 2017 by Leslie Morris

 

Social pedestrian navigation, such as walking down a crowded sidewalk, is something humans take for granted, but the actual process is quite sophisticated – especially if you’re a robot.

Helping to solve competent navigationTHROUGH crowded spaces was the topic of a research presentation by CornellCOMPUTER science professor Ross Knepper and doctoral student Christoforos Mavrogiannis at the International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics, Dec. 18-20 in San Francisco.

“The key insight to the research is that we’re trying to minimize uncertainty when people are around a robot that’s moving,” said Knepper. “In a human pedestrian situation, we all implicitly trust each other to behave in a competent manner. If I move right in a hallway, you will mirror that behavior. Building this same trust in robots is non-trivial because trust comes with prediction. There will be a smooth, socially competent experience if I the robot will go by me.” . . . Read complete report

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7 Creepy Robots for Cops

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Published on Mar 3, 2015

Cops use robots to defuse bombs, confront barricaded suspects and rescue victims during disasters. But they also use robots that can see, record and track what you are doing all day long. If you aren’t paranoid by the thought of cops knowing your business, watch as Reason TV counts down 7 Creepy Robots for Cops.

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Update: Eyeballin’ Criminal Drones and their pals

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Featured Image: A DJI Phantom UAV for commercial and recreational aerial photography. Attribution: © Nevit Dilmen. Source: Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

The Times Jan. 31, 2013

Criminals and Terrorists Can Fly Drones Too

Remote-controlled aircraft and robot technology can be used for bad just as easily as for good

Americans know their government uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, on military and intelligence missions from surveillance to assassination. But drones are no longer the sole domain of the military, and just as with many new technologies, they can easily fall into the wrong hands. . . Read Complete Report

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Business Insider By  APR. 23, 2014, 10:36 AM

British Criminals Are Using Drones To Steal Marijuana

The latest killer application for drone use seems to be in marijuana reconnaissance, reports ITPortal.

Criminal gangs in the UK’s rural Shropshire County are reportedly using flying robots equipped with infrared cameras to spot hidden marijuana growing operations from the sky, then blackmailing the growers or downright stealing their crop from the house. . . Read Complete Report

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Kim Komando October 3, 2014

Criminals use drones to track police during crimes

Wonder what U.S. history would like if Butch and Sundance or Bonnie and Clyde had a few lookout drones?

In a case that would have looked more like a movie plot 10 years ago, new innovations have brought career criminals many new ways to cause a bunch of new troubles. Last Saturday, two members of a burglary ring known as the “Tub Gang” were accused of using a drone to spy on officers while carrying out thefts across Pennsylvania and other states. . . Read Complete Report

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youtube by CBS New York Published on Sept 29, 2014

CBS 2 Exclusive: Criminals Use Drones To Target Victims In High-Tech Heists

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Robots Replacing Humans: Redesigned Atlas robot can walk tether-free

Atlas Robot_frontview_2013 DARPA Wikipedia Public Domain

Featured Image:  Front view of the first generation humanoid robot Atlas, created in 2013 by DARPA and Boston Dynamics Credit: DARPA. [DARPA website] Source: Wikipedia (Public Domain)

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January 23, 2015

Like a teenager going off to college, DARPA’s Atlas robot has cut the tether and is walking on its own without a safety line. The centerpiece of this year’s DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the upgraded Atlas robotwas unveiled to the competing teams in Waltham, Massachusetts last week during a technical shakeout.

Developed for DARPA by Boston Dynamics, the 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 345 lb (156.5 kg) bipedal, humanoid Atlas robot is designed for exploring ways to use robots in disaster situations – especially where navigating debris and using tools or found objects is necessary. According to DARPA, the upgrades to the Atlas increase its efficiency, dexterity, and resilience, with 75 percent of it replaced with new components and only the lower legs and feet remaining from the original design. . . . Read Complete Report

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New-generation ‘thinking’ biomimetic robots developed as ocean engineering solutions

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Science Daily

Date:
December 23, 2014
Source:
National University of Singapore
Summary:
Researchers are closer to creating underwater robotic creatures with a brain of their own — besides behaving like the real thing. In the near future, it would not be too tall an order for the team to produce a swarm of autonomous tiny robotic sea turtles and fishes for example, to perform hazardous missions such as detecting nuclear wastes underwater or other tasks too dangerous for humans. . . . Read Complete Report
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Flying robots to aid in inventory management & Selected Short Subject

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Science Daily

Flying robots to aid in inventory management

Date:
December 15, 2014
Source:
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Summary:
Standing on top of a ladder several meters high, pad and pen in hand, just to count boxes? Inventories in large warehouses could soon appear quite different and proceed to take flight, in the truest sense of those words: The goal of the InventAIRy Project is to automatically localize and record existing inventories with the aid of flying robots. . . .Read Complete Report
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THEI Rerun: “Burrito Bomber” (Video)

From youtube uploaded by DarwinAerospace

THEI Selected Short Subject Re-run 

Published on Dec 2, 2012

We believe everyone deserves carne asada when they want it and so today, we make that dream a reality. We’re proud to introduce: Burrito Bomber — truly the world’s first airborne mexican food delivery system.

Check out the writeup for build details:
http://www.darwinaerospace.com/burrit…

Made possible by Yelp Engineering:
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Will Your Car Call the Cops on You?

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Featured Image: Police car/w cops. SOURCE: freeclipartnow.com (Public Domain).

Before it’s News Monday, December 15, 2014 10:07

by Cheri RobertsChallenging the RhetoricThe Guerilla Media Network

We have seen technology do some amazing things. Advances have allowed us opportunities that were only figments of our imaginations ten short years ago, but when technology is married to Big Brother we have potential for big problems.

Carmakers are getting ready to introduce new vehicles that will automatically notify the authorities when you surpass speed limits. Talk about an auto-ticket! The technology is called, called “V2X” and according to a report over at The Motley Fool [who are shareholders], discussing the possible revenue boon this would be for cities and towns across the country and how it could be taken advantage of for county coffers, . . . Read Complete Report

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Robots replacing human workers; Humans Need Not Apply

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Robots replacing human workers may leave millions out of job

Published on Oct 29, 2014

Lowe’s is breaking ground by testing robots to help customers navigate their often massive stores and assist with purchases. Although no plans yet exist to implement the autonomous bots nationwide, some believe this is a big leap towards deeply integrating robotics into our daily lives, which experts believe will happen by 2025. RT’s Sam Sacks takes a look at what impact this may have on the human workforce.

youtube by CGP Grey Published on Aug 13, 2014

Humans Need Not Apply

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DARPA About to Unveil Iron Man Prototype Suit

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New 3-D Holograms Can be Felt by Hand

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Featured Image: An optical table being used to make a hologram. Credit: EpzcawOwn work Source: Wikipedia (CC BY 3.0).

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Published on Dec 3, 2014

New technology uses tiny speakers to emit waves of ultrasound to displace the air around a projected 3D object, creating the sensation of touch.