B©r©nice Magistretti for VentureBeat: Picking apples may seem like a fun weekend activity, but it's actually backbreaking manual labor. Abundant Robotics wants to help agricultural growers shoulder this task and today announced funding of $10 million, led by GV, to commercialize its apple-picking robot.
Devin Coldewey for TechCrunch: Everyone knows the robots are coming, so we should probably get to work figuring out how we can coexist. That's the mission of Veo Robotics, which is working on a system that gives robots spatial awareness of every object in their reach.
Michael Kahn for Barron's: With the sector soaring, we found two smaller players - Cognex and Mazor Robotics - to keep an eye on.
Evan Ackerman for IEEE Spectrum: Construction seems like an industry that, were I still living in Silicon Valley, I would be tempted to call "ripe for disruption." Researchers at the MIT Media Lab agree, pointing out in a paper just published in Science Robotics that construction "relies on traditional fabrication technologies that are dangerous, slow, and energy-intensive." Hey, sounds like a job for some robots, right?
Brett Molina , USA TODAY: Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba, predicts "a robot will likely be on the cover of Time magazine as the best CEO" in 30 years, according to published reports.
FIRST® Kicks Off World's Largest Celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for Students
This week, more than 15,000 students from around the world traveled to Houston, putting their innovation skills to the test at the annual FIRST Championship Presented by Qualcomm Incorporated, held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green.
Lora Kolodny for TechCrunch: Marble is one of a handful of ventures developing ground-based robots that can navigate autonomously to a customer's address. Their machines look like a large kitchen appliance crossed with a Mars rover.
ASU Now: Engineering professor to host, present at WearRAcon17 robotics conference in Phoenix.
Jen Judson for Defense The Army is poised to transform the ground robotics industry over the next year as it launches several competitions to define its future unmanned ground systems fleet.News:
The eighth annual National Robotics Week event will be held April 8-16, 2017. RoboWeek 2016 was awesome and 2017 promises to be even better! Activities can be small, large, and everything in between.
Joel Griffin for Security InfoWatch: The thought of using robots as guards may seem like a far-fetched notion to some, but the technology itself is already mature and starting to gain traction in the security industry.
The present wave of automation, driven by artificial intelligence (AI) - the development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence - is creating a gap between current legislation and new laws necessary for an emerging workplace reality, states a report published today by the International Bar Association Global Employment Institute (IBA GEI).
Spencer Ives for Security Systems News: The Unmanned Security Expo will have its own section of the show floor, marked by banners and different colored carpeting. The area will feature a "flying cage" that allows ground-based robots and aerial drones to display their movement capabilities. The expo currently has about 30 exhibitors, according to Sessa, with more still joining as of mid-March.
Ben Coxworth for New Atlas: There may indeed be laws limiting the places in which aerial drones can be flown, but if someone sees a drone breaking one of those laws - particularly if it's from a distance - how do they know who's responsible? Drone manufacturer DJI has suggested a solution, in the form of what amounts to an "electronic license plate." The idea is that all drones would come equipped with inexpensive radio equipment that transmits both their location and a user-specific identification code.
David Reid for CNBC: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was not worried about the mass displacement of U.S. workers by robots and could be a century before a labor crisis eventuates. "It's not even on our radar screen ... 50-100 more years," Mnuchin said.
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