Robotics - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Robotics Killer artificial intelligence returns in 'Alien: Covenant' LOS ANGELES (AP) — Modern movie culture would have you believe artificial intelligence is out to kill us all. In "2001: A Space Odyssey," Hal, the AI computer aboard a space flight to Jupiter, develops a mind of its own and turns against the crew. "The Terminator" makes his mission clear in the movie's title. Ava, the pretty-faced android in "Ex Machina," has a killer insti... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:35:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:35:00Z Robots, high-tech tools join battle against invasive species WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest. In the fight against alien animals that invade and overrun native species, the weird and ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-04-28T21:31:00Z Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected TOKYO (AP) — Robot probes sent to one of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactors have suggested worse-than-anticipated challenges for the plant's ongoing cleanup. The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the remote-controlled "scorpion" robot was sent into the Unit 2 reactor's containment vessel Thursday to investigate the area around the core that had melted si... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:50:00 GMT 2017-02-17T09:50:00Z Ford bets $1B on startup founded by Waymo, Uber vets SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ford Motor is spending $1 billion to take over a budding robotics startup to acquire more expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021. The big bet announced Friday comes just a few months after the Pittsburgh startup, Argo AI, was created by two alumni of Carnegie Mellon Univer... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 16:12:00 GMT 2017-02-11T16:12:00Z Exhibition charts 500 years of evolution of robots LONDON (AP) — Inspired by his belief that human beings are essentially terrified of robots, Ben Russell set about charting the evolution of automatons for an exhibition he hopes will force people to think about how androids and other robotic forms can enhance their lives. Robots, says Russell, have been with us for centuries — as "Robots," his exhibit ope... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:02:00 GMT 2017-02-07T16:02:00Z Whoosh! Swish! Meet Bat Bot, the new flying batlike drone WASHINGTON (AP) — Holy drone, Batman! Mechanical masterminds have spawned the Bat Bot, a soaring, sweeping and diving robot that may eventually fly circles around other drones. Because it mimics the unique and more flexible way bats fly, this 3-ounce prototype could do a better and safer job getting into disaster sites and scoping out construction zones than bulky drones wit... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:16:00 GMT 2017-02-01T22:16:00Z Flabby heart keeps pumping with squeeze from robotic sleeve WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are developing a robotic sleeve that can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze to keep it pumping. So far it's been tested only in animals, improving blood flow in pigs. But this "soft robotic" device mimics the natural movements of a beating heart, a strategy for next-generation treatments of deadly heart failure. ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:33:00 GMT 2017-01-18T20:33:00Z The Latest at CES: The challenges of robotic delivery LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest at CES gadget show in Las Vegas (all times local): 5 p.m. Many companies hope to use robots to deliver food to your hotel room, or packages and sundries to your home. But they still have plenty of issues to work out. Like safety, for instance. "Now is the time for drone delivery," said Hele... Sat, 07 Jan 2017 01:43:00 GMT 2017-01-07T01:43:00Z Google's self-driving car project gets a new name: Waymo SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The self-driving car project that Google started seven years ago has grown into a company called Waymo, signaling its confidence that it will be able to bring robot-controlled vehicles to the masses within the next few years. "We are getting close and we are getting ready," Waymo CEO John Krafcik said Tuesday after unveiling the compa... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:29:00 GMT 2016-12-13T20:29:00Z 2 Taiwanese teenagers win World Robot Olympiad in India NEW DELHI (AP) — Whizzing around a green felt table chasing a soccer ball beaming infrared light, the boxy robot shoots — and scores — and wins its Taiwanese teenage creators first prize at this year's student robot games. The two breadbox-sized scooters, playing goalie and kicker, from the team called "Wings of Storm" were up against another Taiwanese te... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:14:00 GMT 2016-11-28T13:14:00Z