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Robotics | IoT

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through April 1)

ROBOTICS Meet Iorek, the Robot That Communicates in a Remarkable Way Matt Simon | WIRED “The big question now is: How do humans want to communicate with the machines? One idea is to use EEGs to actually have them read our minds. (Also demonstrated with a Baxter robot, by the way. Baxter is quite popular in […]

This Cute Robot Just Wants to Play With Pooh Bear

People are often surprised to learn that many of the most capable and high-tech robots are kept in cages away from humans. This isn’t because the machines are out to get us. Many machines are dangerous because they simply lack self-awareness and the ability to understand their surroundings. This is why, up until recently, robots haven’t been able to work side-by-side with people in industrial settings. Baxter by Rethink Robotics, however, is an example of a machine that can work with people. The robot… read more

We Are What We Make: Manufacturing’s Digital Revolution Is Here

Take a moment and look at the objects surrounding you. Maybe you’re reading this article on your computer or cell phone, sitting in a chair, standing at your desk, or riding the local transit system. You may be drinking coffee from your favorite mug or opening the wrapper of your beloved midday snack. At any moment, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of objects surrounding you that all came from a manufacturing facility. Perhaps more than any other, the force and power of this industry is evident everywhere you look. Last week at Singularity University’s first-ever Exponential Manufacturing conference in… read more

Meet Your New Industrial Robot Coworkers

“Meet Bob who is joining the team today. Charlie and Theresa, you are in charge of the one-hour introduction. After that, he should be ready to do whatever you want him to.” On the surface, a pretty standard workplace introduction. However, in this case Bob is short for robot. He/she/it comes from one of the companies that are pushing back the boundaries of what robots are capable of. Smart, flexible, easy to instruct/program, capable of working side-by-side with humans — not to mention cheap. The list describes just some of the areas where robotics is making progress by leaps and… read more

Robot Revolution: These Are the Breakthroughs You Should Watch

Unexpected convergent consequences…this is what happens when eight different exponential technologies all explode onto the scene at once. This post (sixth in a series of seven) is a look at robotics. Be sure to read the first five posts if you haven’t already: When the World Is Wired: The Magic of the Internet of Everything Where Artificial Intelligence Is Now and What’s Just Around the Corner The Near Future of VR and AR: What You Need to Know Drones Have Reached at Tipping Point—Here’s What Happens Next How 3D Printing Is Transforming the Way We Make Things An expert might be reasonably good at predicting the… read more

Learning to Speak Robot: The Mainstreaming of Robotics

Five years ago, industrial robotics was an elitist field. The hardware was expensive and often dangerous for humans to work around. Worse, the only folks who could really play with… read more
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The Acceleration of Acceleration: How The Future Is Arriving Far Faster Than Expected

This article co-written with Ken Goffman. One of the things that happens when you write books about the future is you get to watch your predictions fail. This is nothing… read more