Latest Isaac Asimov's Robot Series Stories

2009-01-30 10:10:21

Iowa Staters advance developmental robotics with goal of teaching robots to learn Alexander Stoytchev and his three graduate students recently presented one of their robot's long and shiny arms to a visitor. Here, they said, swing it around. And so the visitor tentatively gave the robot's left arm a few twists and twirls. The metal arm was heavy, but still moved easily at its shoulder, elbow and wrist joints. Then the graduate students hit some keyboard commands and the robot replayed those...

2008-12-19 10:26:06

Top robotics expert Professor Noel Sharkey, of the University of Sheffield, has called for international guidelines to be set for the ethical and safe application of robots before it is too late. Professor Sharkey, writing in the prestigious Science journal, believes that as the use of robots increases, decisions about their application will be left to the military, industry and busy parents instead of international legislative bodies.Robots have been used in laboratories and factories for...

2008-12-11 13:29:53

A grasshopper served as the inspiration for a new robot that has the ability to leap and roll, allowing for better mobility over obstacles. Designed by Rhodri Armour, a Ph. D. student at the University of Bath, the robot mimics the way grasshoppers store kinetic energy and release it at once in a quick burst that enables them to achieve high jumps. Jollbot is spherical, which allows it to roll in any direction without the need for wheels. Its spherical design also eliminates the possibility...

2008-12-04 09:05:00

The "ËœJollbot' has been created by Rhodri Armour, a PhD student from the University of Bath. It's hoped his creation, which can jump over obstacles and roll over smoother terrain, could be used for space exploration or land survey work in the future.One of the major challenges that face robots designed for space exploration is being able to move over rough terrain. Robots with legs are generally very complex, expensive to build and control, and encounter problems if they fall over....

2008-08-31 13:05:00

Whether driving on the highway or walking down the street, we pick up on both deliberate signals and unconscious cues to predict what other people are going to do and act accordingly. But robots have trouble following each other around, for example, when a leader turns a corner and disappears from sight. Researchers at UC Davis have come up with a control system that allows a robot to pick up on cues that the leader is about to turn, predict where it is going and follow it. "The following...

2008-07-31 10:45:00

The field of robotics could be poised for a breakthrough, leading to a new generation of intelligent machines capable of taking on multiple tasks and moving out of the factory into the home and general workplace. The great success of robots so far has been in automating repetitive tasks in process control and assembly, yielding dramatic cuts in production, but the next step towards cognition and more human-like behavior has proved elusive. It has been difficult to make robots that can truly...

2008-06-06 10:46:03

In the world of underwater robots, this is a team of pioneers. While most ocean robots require periodic communication with scientist or satellite intermediaries to share information, these can work cooperatively communicating only with each other.Over the past five years Kristi Morgansen, a University of Washington assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics, has built three Robofish that communicate with one another underwater. Recently at the International Federation of Automatic...

2008-05-27 16:47:32

A new robot that walks like humans is one of the most advanced of its kind. Attempts to get robots moving like people typically result in very stilted gaits and limited range of motion. Human walking is "really very similar to falling forward in a controlled fashion," researchers at TU Delft in The Netherlands explained. "Adopting this method replaces the cautious, rigid way in which robots walk with the more fluid, energy-efficient movement used by humans." The new...

2008-05-22 11:15:39

Researcher Daan Hobbelen of TU Delft has developed a new, highly-advanced walking robot: Flame. This type of research, for which Hobbelen will receive his PhD on Friday 30 May, is important as it provides insight into how people walk. This can in turn help people with walking difficulties through improved diagnoses, training and rehabilitation equipment.If you try to teach a robot to walk, you will discover just how complex an activity it is. Walking robots have been around since the...

2008-04-08 09:20:00

People in Japan vying for a job position may be faced with new competition by as soon as 2025. Robots may be introduced into the national workforce as a solution to Japan's foreseen 16 percent decrease in employees.The Japanese government hopes the robots will fill the gaps that are expected by 2030, since the company is opposed to large-scale immigration. Robots could potentially fill the positions of about 3.5 million workers.Machine Industry Memorial Foundation, says robots may range in...

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