MIT researchers have taught their AI to recognise sounds

MIT researchers have taught their AI to recognise sounds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Developing AI’s that can recognise and understand raw sound could have implications for autonomous vehicles, elderly care, entertainment, home security and much more   In recent years, computers have gotten remarkably good at recognizing speech and images. Think of the dictation software on most smartphones,...

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Nimble Atlas robot ups its game again to conquer tricky terrain

Nimble Atlas robot ups its game again to conquer tricky terrain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We take many of the things we do as humans for granted, such as balancing, but our bodies make thousands of adjustments every second just standing still and getting a robot to mimic what comes naturally to us isn’t as easy as you think  ...

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The US Navy announced it will build a global network of undersea drone highways

The US Navy announced it will build a global network of undersea drone highways

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies, combined with a renewed global focus on defence and security, have kicked off a new arms race and every corner, every theatre and every environment on Earth, and in space, seems to be fair game.   As unmanned aerial drones have become a...

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New Deloitte study says 861,000 UK public sector jobs can be automated

New Deloitte study says 861,000 UK public sector jobs can be automated

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technologies including AI, bots, drones and robots will lead to the automation of large parts of the global workforce   More than 861,000 public sector jobs could be lost by 2030 through automation, according to a study that comes as a further blow after hundreds...

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Dubai to replace real police with robocops in 2017

Dubai to replace real police with robocops in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Street police in the UAE are going to be replaced with real life, ahem, “Robocops”   Dubai’s government – who are on a tear at the moment to adopt and invest in anything futuristic – from blockchain to energy grids – via their $175 Billion ICD sovereign wealth fund and...

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World first as a brain chip implant helps paralyzed man feel again

World first as a brain chip implant helps paralyzed man feel again

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In a world first scientists have helped a paralyzed man experience the sense of touch in his mind-controlled robotic arm.   The cutting edge experiment, a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, implanted electrodes smaller than a grain of...

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Inside Ginkgo, the gene factory where robots help make new weird synthetic organisms

Inside Ginkgo, the gene factory where robots help make new weird synthetic organisms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Creating new lifeforms sounds like fun and they taste great too.   Raising glasses of genetically modified beer, the synthetic biologists at Ginkgo Bioworks celebrated the launch of their new automated lab last month and you can take a virtual tour of their facility here. By...

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Google teaches robots to learn from each other using a hive mind

Google teaches robots to learn from each other using a hive mind

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robots learning from other robots will ultimately mean robots will learn new skills faster, accelerating the robot revolution.   The robots of the world are uniting – and that’s either a great thing or a terrifying thing depending on your view. Google has a plan to...

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NASA demos RASSOR their “Blue collar” robot that will mine Mars for rocket fuel

NASA demos RASSOR their “Blue collar” robot that will mine Mars for rocket fuel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF NASA is prepping robots for Mars so humans can get on with the important stuff.   A NASA robot which is programmed to dig for water, oxygen and rocket fuel could be the first step in colonising Mars – whether that’s via a NASA mission,...

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Japanese company Spread set to open worlds first fully autonomous farm in 2017

Japanese company Spread set to open worlds first fully autonomous farm in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The only humans these Lettuces see will be the one who eats them.   The Japanese lettuce production company Spread believes the farmers of the future will be robots – so much so that Spread is creating the world’s first farm manned entirely by robots. Instead of relying on...

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Researchers have created synthetic artificial skin

Researchers have created synthetic artificial skin

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New artificial skin can transmit different amounts of pressure, just like real skin.   Many of us take our sense of touch for granted, perhaps because we can never turn it off, but it’s surprisingly complex. An intricate network of nerves brings different types of...

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Stanford’s humanoid robotic diver recovers treasures from King Louis XIV’s flagship

Stanford’s humanoid robotic diver recovers treasures from King Louis XIV’s flagship

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Built to go where human divers can’t Stanfords OceanOne takes the plunge.   Oussama Khatib held his breath as he swam through the wreck of La Lune, 100 meters below the Mediterranean. The flagship of King Louis XIV sank here in 1664, 20 miles off...

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The future of jobs in a Machine World

The future of jobs in a Machine World

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all aware that technology is capable of replacing particular categories of jobs, but often those jobs “belong to someone else” and the impact on our own jobs is minimal. Today though new classes of emerging technologies, from artificial intelligence to machine vision are...

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Boston Dynamic’s humanoid Atlas robot has learnt to balance

Boston Dynamic’s humanoid Atlas robot has learnt to balance

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Balancing is a difficult skill and now one robot has mastered it.   Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot – the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, which previously demonstrated its ability to walk across rough terrain and take all kinds of abuse from its creators has now...

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World first as surgeons use a robot to operate inside the eye

World first as surgeons use a robot to operate inside the eye

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s first robot assisted eye surgery paves the way for surgeries that were previously impossible.   British surgeons have successfully performed the world’s first robotic operation inside the eye, potentially revolutionising the way such conditions are treated. The procedure was carried out at John...

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Australia unleashes starfish hunter-killer robots onto the Great Barrier Reef

Australia unleashes starfish hunter-killer robots onto the Great Barrier Reef

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bleaching and new invasive species like the Crown of Thorns wreak havoc on the Barrier Reef, but technology is helping conservationists fight back.   Climate change, pollution, invasive species and unsustainable fishing practices have blighted the world’s largest coral structure for decades but there’s now an...

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Florida to unleash Lionfish hunter-killer robots onto its reefs

Florida to unleash Lionfish hunter-killer robots onto its reefs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When are killer robots a good thing? When they’re saving the Earth.   Where there are robots there’s always inevitably talk about the emergence of killer robots that will destroy humanity, and while killer robots are often seen as a bad thing sometimes – apparently,...

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Ford rolls out collaborative robots and ringfences workers jobs

Ford rolls out collaborative robots and ringfences workers jobs

We’re used to hearing about how robots will take our jobs so meet the co-bots that help us keep them With factories across the globe filling up with robots, often replacing workers on assembly lines or by transporting packages across the plant, human fears of being substituted by a machine...

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Governments mull replacing citizens wages with an Universal Basic Income

Governments mull replacing citizens wages with an Universal Basic Income

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today it’s already a fact that more and more jobs are being automated by machines, faced with societal unrest and mass unemployment Governments around the world are now turning to the idea of providing an Universal Basic Income for everyone.   What would you do...

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Humanoid ATLAS robot crams millions of years of evolution into two years

Humanoid ATLAS robot crams millions of years of evolution into two years

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robotisists just crammed hundreds of millions of years of natural evolution into just two years.   Boston Dynamics has unveiled a hugely upgraded version of its ATLAS humanoid that is smaller, lighter, and more agile. Furthermore it’s been amazing to see the advancements the team has made...

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