Robotics

Meet the Robot Tasked With Tasting Thai Food

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Thailand’s government cares about the quality of the country’s restaurants. It cares so much, in fact, that it’s building a robot capable of sampling Thai cuisine and judging it against a government-mandated standard. In an episode of bureaucratic nomenclature that seems right out of a George Orwell novel—if Orwell had become a celebrity chef instead of a writer of political parables—the Thai government has named the group tasked with designing the robot the “Thai Delicious Committee.” According to The New… continue…

You’ve Seen Drones Fly. Now Watch Them Dance.

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Drones serve a lot of uses these days. The U.S. military relies on flying ones for battlefield activities; hobbyists around the world also send machines skyward, sometimes to take a look at things like Apple’s $5 billion “spaceship” headquarters under construction in northern California. Rolling drones clean our houses and chase our pets around (the latter for fun, of course). Click here for drone-related jobs. But we’re betting you’ve never seen drones dance. Fortunately, Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and… continue…

Study: Some Workers Prefer Robot Overlords

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We’ve seen a lot of stories lately about how many jobs traditionally done by humans could soon become the domain of robots. Now comes a study from MIT that says while we don’t like the idea of being replaced by robots, we may not have a lot of trouble working for one. Researchers at the school’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab—CSAIL for short—found that human workers preferred it when robots were given control over manufacturing tasks. Click here to… continue…

How Robots Will Take Your Job

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Robots are coming for (some) of your jobs, according to a recent survey of tech experts by Elon University and the Pew Internet Project. The survey, which went out to 1,896 respondents, centered on one question: “Self-driving cars, intelligent digital agents that can act for you, and robots are advancing rapidly. Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025? Describe your expectation about the degree to which robots,… continue…

10 Top College Robotics Programs

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Love it or fear it, the trend toward building more sophisticated robots isn’t going to abate any time soon. Indeed, given their potential to impact everything from transportation to medicine, the need for engineers skilled in robotics is bound to increase. A tidbit: Mechanical engineering ranked fifth on the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ list of most in-demand bachelor’s degrees. So where do you learn to build robots? Business Insider put together a list of 10 universities where you… continue…

How Would You Respond If Watson Did Your Performance Review?

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An Oxford University study titled The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation? concludes than nearly half of American jobs are at risk of being computerized within two decades. Positions that were once thought immune to the trend could be taken over by computers and robots.­ The first of these professions are in logistics, transportation and administrative support. Jobs like engineering, creativity and social intelligence could potentially be automated in the longer term. Click here to find robotics-related… continue…

Automakers’ Need for Engineers, Developers Greater Than Ever

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As automobiles’ on-board systems become more advanced, the need for software developers and engineers with a variety of skills continues to rise. A scan of car-related job postings on Dice reveals a need for tech pros adept in data warehousing, analytics, Java/J2EE, testing, scripting and building apps, among other skills. Nor is that need restricted to one or two manufacturers: Honda, GM, Ford, BMW, Volvo, Volkswagen and Mercedes are just a handful of the brands on the lookout for those… continue…

Need a Hand? Robot Arm Attachments Here to Help

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In comics and movies, Spider-Man fights Doctor Octopus, a mad scientist with four robotic tentacles. Sounds like pure fantasy, right? Not to the group of MIT researchers who want to make Doc Ock’s limbs a reality. Click here to search robotics jobs. Those researchers recently presented prototypes of their Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Hong Kong. The prototypes come in two flavors: a pair of limbs that attach to the… continue…

Too Tired to Walk the Dog? Use a Drone.

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Need to walk your dog? Feeling reluctant to go outside yourself? Use a drone to walk your pooch. Videographer Jeff Myers recently documented how he uses his AR drone to remotely walk his golden retriever around his neighborhood. For its part, the dog seems relatively unconcerned by the fact that its leash is clipped to an unmanned aerial vehicle. But Mashable, which posted the video, also makes a vital point about the experiment: Without a mechanical limb of some sort,… continue…

The Future of Robots: Soft, Flexible, Squeezable

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If someone asks you to picture a robot, the first image that probably comes to mind is the steel exoskeleton from “The Terminator” films, or one of those creepy mechanical “dogs” produced by Boston Robotics. But if teams of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and other institutions succeed in their latest endeavors, the robots of the future could look very different: soft, squiggly, and flexible. Click here to find robotics jobs. “There are only maybe… continue…