Alphabet’s Everyday Robot project creates robots that learn without programming

Alphabet’s Everyday Robot project creates robots that learn without programming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we had to code every behaviour a robot needs to learn it’d be a never ending task, but if robots can learn like humans without needing to be coded then that’d be game changing.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch...

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An inflatable humanoid robot destined for space secures NASA funding

An inflatable humanoid robot destined for space secures NASA funding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Getting equipment and robots into space is expensive, and that makes inflatable robots attractive if we can solve some challenges first.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. We don’t see a lot of inflatable robots, probably for obvious...

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Indian surgeon completes world’s first remote robotic human heart surgery

Indian surgeon completes world’s first remote robotic human heart surgery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many areas in the world that have a shortage of skilled surgeons, but tele-robotic operations like this one could solve that.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. A little while ago I reported several developments in...

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The “world’s most dangerous AI” is now helping automate coding

The “world’s most dangerous AI” is now helping automate coding

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Inventions in one area often get repurposed or re-jigged to help solve problems in another area, and this is a prime example.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Over the past year I’ve discussed a couple of Artificial...

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World’s most dexterous robot now solves Rubiks’ cubes one handed

World’s most dexterous robot now solves Rubiks’ cubes one handed

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Training robots new tricks used to take a long long time, now we can cram hundreds of years of training into just days.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I discussed how a company had managed to...

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NASA designs shape shifting robots to explore other planets

NASA designs shape shifting robots to explore other planets

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Todays robots are, by future standards, fairly fixed and static affairs, but tomorrow they’ll evolve and transform themselves to suit their environments.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I talked about a new Polymorphic liquid metals that, when...

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Scientists develop bio-hybrid robots to decontaminate polluted water

Scientists develop bio-hybrid robots to decontaminate polluted water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As Earth’s waters become more polluted we need to find new ways of de-contaminating them as quickly and as sustainably as possible.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! Watch a keynote, grab a free book, read thousands of articles, and connect! Bio-Hybrid Robots, that...

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Brick-bot Hadrian X gets to work building homes in Australia

Brick-bot Hadrian X gets to work building homes in Australia

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of AI and Machine Vision are helping robots break new ground and take over more jobs and tasks from human workers.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More and connect with Matthew. Recently there have been a flurry of developments in...

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Fully autonomous raspberry picking robot successfully completes field trials

Fully autonomous raspberry picking robot successfully completes field trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fully automated farms aren’t far off, but one of the biggest problems so far has been harvesting soft fruits, and this new robot brings automation a step closer.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Robots aren’t dexterous at all...

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2,000 Chinese schools are using robots to give students daily health checks

2,000 Chinese schools are using robots to give students daily health checks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial Intelligence and robotics are helping China deliver healthcare in new ways.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. China is increasingly in love with technology, and the government, for a variety of reasons, is keen to develop and deploy...

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World’s first autonomous robot completes its journey inside the human body

World’s first autonomous robot completes its journey inside the human body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As healthcare and robotics merge, from Robo-Surgeons to Nanobots, we need to find new ways to help them navigate to where they’re needed.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Surgeons have used robots operated by joysticks for more than...

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Baxter the robot fixes its mistakes by reading your mind

Baxter the robot fixes its mistakes by reading your mind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dealing with today’s technology can be cumbersome, which is why researchers think things would be better if it could simply read your mind.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Baxter is but a child, a robot child with...

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Scientists are teaching robots to share code and evolve just like animals

Scientists are teaching robots to share code and evolve just like animals

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We all too often think of machines, and robots, as static things, but new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, manufacturing, and materials are giving them the power to evolve.   Bacteria do it, viruses do it. Worms, mammals, even bees do it. So our parents tell...

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Evolving robots discover new ways to walk thanks to AI advances

Evolving robots discover new ways to walk thanks to AI advances

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF People often think of robots as static things, with fixed forms that don’t evolve, but scientists are creating robots that can evolve to suit different situations.   Evolution is a trip. On the one hand, it’s a seemingly simple mechanism -those best fitted to their environment have...

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China shows off its first official neurosurgery robot

China shows off its first official neurosurgery robot

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the technologies needed to construct sophisticated robot surgeons advances, so too are the type and complexity of surgeries they can take on.   Using robots in surgery isn’t new, and I’ve written about a bunch of them recently as the technology starts leaving the...

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A US start up has created the world’s first fully autonomous vertical farm

A US start up has created the world’s first fully autonomous vertical farm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As global population grows we need new ways to produce affordable quality food, and vertical farms are increasingly the answer.   Vertical farms that can grow eight times the crops using no chemicals, herbicides or pesticides, and with 99 percent less water than traditional farms...

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World first as nanobots get to work choking cancers to death

World first as nanobots get to work choking cancers to death

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nanobots are one of the ultimate medical frontiers and science fiction classics, and they’re slowing beginning to show their promise.   Recently I discussed how we’re building the first generation of enzyme powered nanobots capable of hunting and tracking down disease within the human body...

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Boston Dynamic’s robot Spot the dog learns to dance

Boston Dynamic’s robot Spot the dog learns to dance

WHY THIS MATTERS Teaching robots to dance helps researchers fine tune robots motor skills so they can be more agile and dextrous.   At IROS in Madrid, Marc Raibert from Boston Dynamics, one of the world’s most advanced robotics companies, showed a few videos during his keynote presentation. One was...

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Woebot, the World’s first AI counsellor, manages 2 million conversations a week

Woebot, the World’s first AI counsellor, manages 2 million conversations a week

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Mental health issues seem to plague modern society, but the number of people who seek out professional help is minimal, so companies are developing AI counsellors that are free and accessible anywhere 24/7   Mental health has been increasingly on people’s minds, if you’ll excuse...

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MIT discover a way to mass produce cell sized robots

MIT discover a way to mass produce cell sized robots

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Small robots have their benefits too, in everything from the oil and gas industries to healthcare, now we can manufacture them en masse.   Recently I’ve written about not just tiny robots, but microscopic ones – tiny molecule sized robots that are being used to...

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