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This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 23rd)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: This Is the Robot Maid Elon Musk Is Funding Will Knight | MIT Technology Review "Abbeel’s robots learn tasks from scratch, using a neural network that receives sensor input and controls physical movement. The network adjusts its parameters automatically as it inches closer to its goal. Show More Summary

Ray Kurzweil Outlines the Coming Biomedical Revolution [Video]

Will we live longer lives in the future? According to Ray Kurzweil, it's only a matter of time until technology begins successfully tackling age-related disease—and life expectancy grows longer and longer. At some point, technology will...Show More Summary

New Robot Stingray Is Part Biological — It’s Powered by Living Heart Cells

Researchers at Harvard University have created a biohybrid stingray. No larger than the average coin, the ray contains both biological and artificial parts—rat heart cells grown on a silicon mold fitted over a 3D printed gold skeleton. Show More Summary

IAM Robotics Takes on Automated Warehouse Picking

A Pittsburgh startup wants to build a robot that can pick items off of shelves, the holy grail of warehouse fulfillment

How Bacteria Will One Day Wire Your Favorite Devices

Imagine if one day the electrical wires in your cell phone were made by bacteria — and were even smaller and more conductive than today's technology. Scientists at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst imagine just such a future of "biowires" laced throughout our devices. Show More Summary

Sea Slug Biohybrid Robot

In robot news this week, researchers from Case Western Reserve University have created a robotic sea slug. Using 3D print to make a shell and muscles from the sea slug’s mouth. A sea slug was chosen as it is very … Continue reading ...

Wheeled Robot With Soft Rotary Motors Is 100% Squishy

This soft robot demonstrates a new kind of soft locomotion not found in nature

Why the Cost of Living Is Poised to Plummet in the Next 20 Years

People are concerned about how AI and robotics are taking jobs, destroying livelihoods, reducing our earning capacity, and subsequently destroying the economy. In anticipation, countries like Canada, India and Finland are running experiments...Show More Summary

Why Tactile Intelligence Is the Future of Robotic Grasping

Better tactile capabilities, not just vision, will let robots grasp any object

The World Depends on Technology No One Understands

“We are in a new era, one in which we are building systems that can’t be grasped in their totality or held in the mind of a single person.” – Samuel Arbesman George Hotz has a gift for bending complex technologies in the direction of his own desire. Show More Summary

This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through July 16th)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: The Humans Hiding Behind the Chatbots Ellen Huet | Bloomberg "The company [X.ai] advertises Amy as an AI personal assistant who can 'magically schedule meetings'...But the system isn’t yet ready to take the next step on its own. Show More Summary

Watch These Tiny Living Creatures Play Microscopic Pac-Man

Ever wondered what Pac-Man in real life would look like? Well, here's your chance. In collaboration with University College of Southeast Norway, filmmaker Adam Bartley captured a “real-life” version of the popular 80s video game—under a microscope. Show More Summary

Swagbot The Robotic Cowboy

SwagBbot is a robot created by Salah Sukkarieh for the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR).  Salah Sukkarieh is also a professor  of robotics at Sydney University. SwagBot has many capabilities like towing, monitoring animals, herding, the ability to handle … Continue reading ?

Carpool Apps Are on the Rise—Here’s How to Make Them Go Big

The cell phone ride hail apps like Uber and Lyft are now reporting great success with actual ride-sharing, under the names UberPool, LyftLines and Lyft Carpool. In addition, a whole new raft of apps to enable semi-planned and planned carpooling are out making changes. Show More Summary

SwagBot to Herd Cattle on Australian Ranches

Animals don't much like this spindly all-terrain robotic cowboy, but ranchers will love it

Check Out This Dime-Sized Van Gogh Replica—It’s Made of DNA

DNA codes for life as we know it, but in recent years, scientists have discovered more uses for the molecule. Because DNA is foldable and “sticky,” they've begun making microscopic shapes called DNA origami. Over the last decade or so,...Show More Summary

How to Make Molecular Devices? Microscopic DNA Tools May Be Key

DNA codes for life as we know it, but in recent years, scientists have discovered more uses for the molecule. Because DNA is foldable and “sticky,” they've begun making microscopic shapes called DNA origami. Over the last decade or so,...Show More Summary

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