Posts tagged with ‘robots

Basement Jaxx imagines the world’s first butt twerking robot in their new video for “Never Say Never”

Not only is this is rocking jam to wake you up in the morning, it’s also the most danceable short film about the birth of the world’s first twerking robotic ass.

ThinkGeek thing of the day: Zombies to Robots heat changing mug
How will the world end? It depends on the temperature of the beverage you’re drinking apparently, much like a lizard’s gender. 
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ThinkGeek thing of the day: Zombies to Robots heat changing mug

How will the world end? It depends on the temperature of the beverage you’re drinking apparently, much like a lizard’s gender. 

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Disney invents “PixelBots”, a swarm of robots that arrange themselves into colorful animations

RGB LEDs allow each unit to glow in thousands of colors and a two-to-four hour battery life means the pixels are ready for feature-length applications. Project lead Dr. Paul Beardsley and doctoral candidate Javier Alonso-Mora call this emerging art form at the intersection of graphics and robotics “display swarms” and took the ambitious step of trying to depict the big bang, the formation of our solar system, the emergence of life in the oceans, and the rise of dinosaurs and humans, all using fewer pixels than a FitBit.

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Robot ethics: Should your driverless car kill you to save two other people?

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The question of how robots would or should handle complicated ethical questions has been asked ever since the first basic robots were invented. We have built computers and robots to be impartial tools for accomplishing all sorts of tasks, but very soon, we’ll have to answer the question of robot ethics for real, especially when it comes to self-driving cars, which are just around the corner.

So the question is this: 

A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much momentum. Like a cornball stunt in a bad action movie, you are over the cliff, in free fall. Your robot, the one you paid good money for, has chosen to kill you.

Should it? A human driver would invariably save its own life first, but when we become dependent on having robotic cars drive us around, should we build in that same kind of self-preservation instinct? Meaning the car would kill two people to save you? Or should we keep the robot brain impartial, relying on data to make its decision, even if it means you’re expendable?

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Honda’s latest version of its ASIMO robot is the most humanlike yet

First introduced in 2000 as an ever-evolving prototype of the bipedal human-like robots of the future, the 2014 version can run, climb stairs, dance and apparently give a pretty good handy-j. Oh wait, that’s a handshake. Probably shouldn’t have cropped the frame so much. 

Super fast magnetic micro robots are the future of manufacturing

Controlled by magnets and sometimes by wire, these teeny tiny robots can be programmed to perform thousands of incredibly precise manufacturing tasks without any expensive, bulky and constraining larger machine set up. Just program them, put them down and let them go.

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Afternoon nightmare fuel: This dancing animatronic robot is pure terror

It’s supposedly cutting edge because it can dance to music on its own, but shit I used to have a battery powered flower that could do that and it wasn’t a fraction this horrifying. If this is the future of robot strippers, no thank you.

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Really long read of the day: The History of Robot Anime

Time to settle down with a nice cup of tea in my favorite White Base mug. At 50 pages or so, it’s a fairly lengthy but entertaining read if you’re into that sort of thing. 

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Congo has installed two large traffic-directing robots in the city of Kinshasa
The west tends to think of itself as the leader of the technology world. However, do we have traffic-directing robots? No! There is obviously a traffic-light technology gap between us and Congo. 
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Congo has installed two large traffic-directing robots in the city of Kinshasa

The west tends to think of itself as the leader of the technology world. However, do we have traffic-directing robots? No! There is obviously a traffic-light technology gap between us and Congo.

See more pics (and a short video) here:

RC robotic snow plow lets you clear the driveway from the comfort of inside

Clearing your sidewalk or driveway of snow is a shitty job, and if you’ve got $7900 to spare, you can task the winter shittiness out to a a six wheeled robot. Powered by six 24-volt 127RPM electric motors, its 52-inch wide blade can clear a sidewalk in one pass, and your driveway in no time, all from the comfort of inside your toasty-warm home.

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Skynet has arrived? EU unveils an internet for robots.

Scientists have created a network which various smart devices and artificial intelligences will use autonomously to share information and learn from each other – increasing their capabilities. Should we just surrender now? 

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Russia is busy building a massive ground and amphibious robot army. Nothing to worry about.

The US already has a pretty dominant position in robotic aerial warfare, and we’re working on our own fleet of ground and naval drones, and we’re not the only ones. Russia has been very busy the past few years putting together its own rolling robot legion of death. At this point, it might be hard not to imagine that any full scale water breaking out in the next 10 to 15 years could be fought almost totally through robots.

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