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Tag: Robotics

Stephen Hawking: Artificial Intelligence Could Spell Doom for Humans

Theoretical physicist and all-around genius Stephen Hawking has relied for decades on a kind of artificial intelligence to help him communicate, but that doesn’t mean he endorses AI without reservation.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE

Time for a Federal Robotics Agency

As drones, driverless cars, robotic surgeons and algorithms that can buy and trade in the stock market become part of the daily conversation, there needs to be an understanding of how the law and the public will deal with these imminent realities.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

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Google Gets Big Into the Robotics Business

Google announced Friday that for an undisclosed sum it had acquired Boston Dynamics, a Massachusetts engineering company that designs robots for the Pentagon. It’s the eighth robotics company Google has purchased in the last several months.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE

Tiny ‘Terminator’ Cube Robots Are Here (Video)

Scientists at MIT have unveiled cube shaped-robots that can flip, jump and assemble themselves into different shapes, and which they hope will one day be able to “accomplish specific tasks in combat or emergency situations,” the BBC reports.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE

Nerd Alert: IBM Does ‘Jeopardy’; Scientists Invent Ambulatory Goo

Tired of making machines that beat humans at chess, IBM is prepping a computer competitor for “Jeopardy,” which makes sense since Alex Trebek himself is computer-generated. Japanese researchers, meanwhile, have created walking goo.

Posted on Apr 28, 2009 READ MORE

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