G. Clay Whittaker
at 11:39 AM Sep 23 2016

The Beatles may have ended decades ago, but AI is making good (if derivative) hits that sound an awful lot like something off "Revolver."

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 15:24 PM Sep 19 2016
Robots // 

Ever want to escape the earth? There are billions of other worlds out there, and while we don't know a lot about most of them, there's a good chance at least one is better than Earth itself. With the possible exception of Mars, it's extremely unlikely humans living now will ever make it to any of those distant worlds. What might, instead, is a Von Neumann self-replicating robot probe.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 15:24 PM Sep 19 2016
Robots // 

In life and death situations, a robot gives police options. Last week, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, in a standoff with an attempted murder suspect, did something unusual: they waited him out, and then sent in a robot to disarm the suspect. With the man's gun gone, the standoff ended peacefully.

G. Clay Whittaker
at 09:49 AM Sep 7 2016
Robots // 

Simone Giertz is the so-called queen of... let's say "crappy" robots. Her Youtube channel shows robotics projects that sort of help make parts of your daily routine easier.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:18 AM Sep 5 2016
Drones // 

There is little detail in the $1 million contract award posted yesterday. The award, from the Army, but through the Pentagon's brand-new tech-focused “Defense Innovation Unit Experimental” DIUx, is for a nine-month “prototype project in the area of Autonomous Tactical Airborne Drones.” Two other salient features stand out in the little, obligatory blurb attached to the notice. The contract comes from the Naval Special Warfare Command, which mostly oversees Navy SEALs, and the contract was awarded to Shield AI.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:18 AM Sep 5 2016
Drones // 

Drones exist in the low sky, an airborne camera attached by transmission to a human on the ground. It's a good altitude for watching ruins, as lifeless drone eyes glide over the mechanical wrecks below. On Wednesday, August 31, professional camera operator George Ivanoff took his Phantom 3 Standard to the Arthur Kill ship graveyard, and captured the rotting wrecks in all their decaying glory.

Samantha Cole
at 10:18 AM Sep 5 2016
Robots // 

Sony's secretive home robot project is still in the works, as CEO Kaz Hirai teased at a news conference yesterday. His update: It's not here yet, but stay tuned. Check out his remarks from the IFA gadget show in Berlin, via PC World:

 
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