Engineers teach robots to understand emotion through touch

Duncan Geere for Tech Radar: Now researchers from Universit© Paris-Saclay are attempting to bestow the same benefits onto robots. Adriana Tapus and her colleagues are aiming to develop a humanoid robot that's sensitive to tactile stimulation in the same way people are.

Starting a Robotics Company? Sell a Service, Not a Robot

Tekla S. Perry for IEEE Spectrum: "I'm a big fan of going out and doing a service with a robot, competing with other businesses that provide that service, rather than trying to sell a $100,000 robot,"

Self-folding electronics could enable advanced robotics

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces: The development, reported in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, could lead to new ways for people to interact with machines and even create self-folding robots.

Germany's Siemens to Set up Robotics Research Center in China

Reuters: The Siemens research center at Beijing's Tsinghua University would focus on combined mechanics and electronics, human-robot collaboration and the application of artificial intelligence in robotic controllers, the German firm said.

What Can 80 Engineers Do with 40 Robots in 24 Hours?

Ian Wright for Engineering.com: The inaugural Robotiq User Conference (RUC) will demonstrate what 80 engineers can do with 40 robots in 24 hours.

Sony backs Acutronic Robotics' hardware robot operating system

Darrell Etherington for TechCrunch: Acutronic was set up in 2016, and offers a way to allow components combine in new robotics systems easily with ready-made compliance with industry and commercial standards for easy deployment.

This drone can pinpoint a specific package in a giant warehouse

Siyi Chen for Quartz: A prototype created by the scientists can catalogue items instantly as the drones fly up and down the aisles.

San Francisco City Supervisor proposes tax on Robots

Janie Har, Associated Press: Jane Kim, the city supervisor who is pushing the robot tax, says it's important to think now about how people will earn a living as more U.S. jobs are lost to automation.

5 ways to advance robotics in manufacturing

Stephanie Condon for ZDNet: The maturity of automated technology used in manufacturing is all over the map, says Carnegie Mellon Prof. Howie Choset, but there are concrete ways to fix that.

Introducing Myriad X: Unleashing AI at the Edge

Remi El-Ouazzane for Intel: The First Vision Processing Unit with a Dedicated Neural Compute Engine will Give Devices the Ability to See, Understand and Interact with the World Around Them in Real Time

Army completes autonomous micro-robotics research program

David McNally, ARL Public Affairs: Teams of researchers gave 17 live demonstrations of the technologies they've been working on over the past several years. The University of Pennsylvania showcased a group of autonomous quadcopters that self-organize into formations.

Amazon robots bring a brave new world to the warehouse

Michael Pooler for FT.com: An industrial dance takes place every day and night on the floor of Amazon's huge warehouse in Manchester.

EU's future cyber-farms to utilise drones, robots and sensors

Anthony King, From Horizon Magazine: Bee-based maths is helping teach swarms of drones to find weeds, while robotic mowers keep hedgerows in shape.

Bricklaying Robots And Exoskeletons Are the Future of the Construction Industry

David Silverberg for Motherboard: The global construction space isn't known for ushering new tech into their workforce, but a painful labour shortage, calls for increased worker safety and more low-cost housing, and the need to catch up to other tech-savvy sectors is giving upstarts in robotics and exoskeletons their big moment.

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON CERTAIN CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS

Future of Life: Open letter by leaders of leading robotics & AI companies is launched at the world's biggest artificial intelligence conference as UN delays meeting till later this year to discuss the robot arms race

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