Exhibition Charts 500 Years of Evolution of Robots

Lynne ODonnell for Sci-Tech Today:  Inspired by his belief that human beings are essentially terrified of robots, Ben Russell set about charting the evolution of automatons for an exhibition he hopes will force people to think about how androids and other robotic forms can enhance their lives.

Robots, says Russell, have been with us for centuries -- as "Robots," his exhibit opening Wednesday at London's Science Museum, shows.

From a 15th century Spanish clockwork monk who kisses his rosary and beats his breast in contrition, to a Japanese "childoid" newsreader, created in 2014 with lifelike facial expressions, the exhibition tracks the development of robotics and mankind's obsession with replicating itself.  Cont'd...

Online Insurance Portal Launched for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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Chinese Smart Robot Maker CloudMinds Creates CI-based Robots by Upgrading from AI to CI

The top-notch R&D team at CloudMinds, a China-based firm specialized in the research, development and manufacturing of cloud intelligence (CI)-based applications, has created a CI ecosystem thanks to investments from several investors, including SoftBank Group Corp., the Japanese multinational telecommunications and Internet firm.

Get Involved with National Robotics Week 2017

Help spark interest in robotics and STEM education by hosting a National Robotics Week event

AeroVironment Advances Research with Farmers and University Partners; Adds Multi-Crop Support to Its Intuitive Quantix Drone and Decision Support System

-Research program entering third year to expand the agronomic analytics and capabilities of the company's innovative drone and analytics platform -AeroVironment growing its library of supported crops to provide targeted analytics with more precision and value to producers in key agriculture markets -Findings to provide a deeper understanding of how multispectral data can be used to speed awareness and empower faster decisions for greater yields

SMP Robotics Systems Announces New Partnership with Tokyo-Based Distributor Altech to Expand Presence in Japan

SMP Robotics Systems Corp. (http://smprobotics.com) a manufacturer of autonomous mobile robots, today announced a new partnership with Altech Co. Ltd, a Tokyo based trading company for industrial machinery, providing its national and international customers with industrial machines and equipment boasting the latest technologies from Europe and United States.

What went seriously wrong with Lily Robotics

Kayla Matthews for VentureBeat:  Lying in general is a bad idea, but lying to your would-be customers is an especially awful thing to do. That’s the lesson allegedly being learned by Lily Robotics, which, at the end of January, was raided by San Francisco police as part of a potential criminal investigation.

Let’s back up. Why is the SFPD raiding the headquarters of a robotics company? It’s been a long, strange road, but let’s go back to the beginning.

In 2016, Lily Robotics took more than 60,000 preorders for an upcoming product — preorders valued at more than $34 million. Naturally, these customers expected the product to be delivered within the specified time frame and to work as depicted in the company’s promotional videos.  Cont'd...

Intuition Robotics Announces Investment from iRobot and OurCrowd, Bringing Total Funding to $6M

Intuition Robotics to Open Silicon Valley Office

PrismTech's Vortex OpenSplice Selected by DexROV Project to Help Deliver Safer and More Cost-effective Dexterous Undersea Operations with Remotely Operated Vehicles

Vortex OpenSplice is robust to disruptions allowing very low bandwidth network connectivity information sharing between the ROV, satellite and piloting centres.

Ford invests $1B in robotics startup in driverless car quest

Ford Motor Company announces it is investing $1 billion during the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence company, to develop a virtual driver system for the automaker's autonomous vehicle coming in 2021 - and for potential license to other companies. 

Founded by former Google and Uber leaders, Argo AI is bringing together some of the most experienced roboticists and engineers working in autonomy from inside and outside of Ford. The team of experts in robotics and artificial intelligence is led by Argo AI founders Bryan Salesky, company CEO, and Peter Rander, company COO. Both are alumni of Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Center and former leaders on the self-driving car teams of Google and Uber, respectively. 
"The next decade will be defined by the automation of the automobile, and autonomous vehicles will have as significant an impact on society as Ford's moving assembly line did 100 years ago," said Ford President and CEO Mark Fields.  Full Press Release:

Ford Invests in Argo AI, a New Artificial Intelligence Company, in Drive for Autonomous Vehicle Leadership

-Ford is investing $1 billion during the next five years in Argo AI, combining Ford's autonomous vehicle development expertise with Argo AI's robotics experience and startup speed on artificial intelligence software - all to further advance autonomous vehicles -Founded by former Google and Uber leaders, Argo AI will include roboticists and engineers from inside and outside of Ford working to develop a new software platform for Ford's fully autonomous vehicle coming in 2021; through their equity participation, Argo AI employees will share in the startup's growth -Investment in Argo AI strengthens Ford's leadership in bringing self-driving vehicles to market in the near term and creates technology that could be licensed to others in the future

ONLINE VISITOR REGISTRATION NOW LIVE FOR ROBOBUSINESS EUROPE AND TUS EXPO

Those interested in visiting can gain free entrance to the exhibition when they register before April 15th 2017. After this date, entrance to the exhibition will cost €75.

3rd Annual XTC 2017 Concludes on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island - Congrats to Winner VANTAGE ROBOTICS!

XTC Finals - Necker Island, British Virgin Islands - The race to Necker Island culminates with an unprecedented, photo-finish judging: Separated by less than half a percent in point total, Vantage Robotics is named of winner of Extreme Tech Challenge 2017!

Aeryon and DroneDeploy Partner to Deliver End-to-End Enterprise UAS Solutions

Best-of-breed UAS hardware and software provide single source, integrated solutions for industrial-grade commercial applications.

Trump's freeze on new regulation means that we won't get drone delivery anytime soon

April Glaser for RECODE:  When President Trump signed an executive order last week requiring two federal regulations to be rescinded for every new one passed, he simultaneously put the brakes on the future of drone delivery in the United States.

While many industries see the prospect of less regulation as positive, the nascent drone industry actually needs regulations in order to grow.

The reason drones need regulations is that in 2014, the National Transportation Safety Board classified drones as aircraft, which means drones need to abide by FAA regulations in order to fly. The problem is that many drone regulations don’t yet exist, and the FAA will have a hard time killing existing rules to make room for new ones.

“If regulations for unmanned aircraft are held up or are stripped away, there’s actually no way for drones to access the airspace,” said Gregory McNeal, co-founder of Airmap, a drone mapping company.  Cont'd...

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