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.

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

Machine gun-toting drone threatens to change combat forever

Rich Haridy for New Atlas: In an interview with Defense One, Atuar states the current device can carry and fire a variety of different weapons up to a weight of 22 lb (10 kg),

New Robotics Lab Allows Anyone to Control the Machines

Jason Maderer for Georgia Tech: Researchers can write their own computer programs, upload them, then get the results as the Georgia Tech machines carry out the commands. They also receive video evidence and data of the experiment.

A robotic technology stack aimed at developers on a budget

Greg Nichols for ZDNet: Vincross, a Beijing-based robotics company, today announced a small programmable robot called HEXA. The new bot runs on MIND, an operating system built on the Linux kernel and optimized for robotics.

How Robots Using Amazon Alexa Could Help Injured People Be More Mobile at Home

Barb Darrow for Fortune: A Canadian-American robotics company is turning to the popular Amazon Alexa-Echo combo to help people with spinal or lower-body injuries be more mobile and autonomous in their homes.

Why Co-Parenting With Telepresence Robots Could Be a Fantastic Idea

Heather Knight for IEESpectrum: The Beam remote presence system, from Suitable Technologies, allows you to "beam in" and visit family members from anywhere. Social roboticist Heather Knight argues that such technology could become a valuable co-parenting tool.

Kaboom! Russian Drone With Thermite Grenade Blows Up a Billion Dollars of Ukranian Ammo

Kyle Mizokami for Popular Mechanics: A drone carrying a grenade infiltrated an ammunition dump in the Ukraine, setting off an explosion that caused an astounding billion dollars worth of damage.

Teaching Drones How To Crash Safely

Simon Parkin for MIT Technology Review: Drone delivery won't happen until the unmanned vehicle can master the emergency landing.

As California's labor shortage grows, farmers race to replace workers with robots

Geoffrey Mohan for LA Times: Now, the $47-billion agriculture industry is trying to bring technological innovation up to warp speed before it runs out of low-wage immigrant workers.

Robotics experts dismiss Musk's call for AI regulation

Steve LeVine for AXIOS: Musk, along with Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking, has been one of the leading voices warning of a dystopian, machine-led future if humans are not careful.

Elon Musk: 'Robots will be able to do everything better than us'

Catherine Clifford for CNBC: "There certainly will be job disruption. Because what's going to happen is robots will be able to do everything better than us. ... I mean all of us,"

The Drone Racing League (DRL) Builds The Fastest Racing Drone

DRL Sets the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM Title for the Fastest Ground Speed by a Battery-powered Remote-controlled Quadcopter

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