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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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2008-03-13 03:35:00

A robot named "El-E" that could help patients with degenerative diseases was unveiled Wednesday during an Amsterdam conference. The robot's Georgia Tech and Emory University creators designed the 5 ½-foot-tall El-E with a focus on interacting with humans. With two lenses for eyes and speaking zany catch phrases upon completion of various tasks, the robot aims to provide lower cost alternatives to service animals such as guide dogs and monkeys. One of the key...

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2008-02-27 00:25:00

Killer robots may pose a threat to humans sometime in the all-too-near future. Noel Sharkey, a professor at the University of Sheffield, presented this information to Britain's Royal United Services Institute on Wednesday. Sharkey, who was once a judge on television's Robot Wars as well as an expert for the BBC's TechnoGames, knows a great deal about robotics. His concerns might quickly lead to the disquieting of our country. According to Sharkey, we are currently in the first phase of what...

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2008-02-12 16:20:00

It's not too hard to imagine sex with robots being almost commonplace in hundreds or thousands of years' time. In the distant future, when a partner is too exhausted to make love, or just doesn't feel like it, a futuristic sex robot that will do the trick seems almost feasible. But it could happen sooner, according to David Levy, the author of "Sex with Robots: The Evolution of Human-Robot Relations". Levy, who has a PhD in gender studies and artificial intelligence, predicts that by the...

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2005-05-11 12:40:00

NASA -- Will robots that help astronauts in space be as friendly and likeable as the fictional "R2-D2" android portrayed in the original "Stars Wars" motion picture? NASA scientists say robots will behave more like human beings in the future, even if - like R2-D2 - these machines do not look like people. NASA researchers envision futuristic robots that 'act' like people, enabling these mechanical helpers to work more efficiently with astronauts. Human-robot cooperation, in turn, will enable...