I have seen the future and it is awful. The Associated Press, via The New York Post, has published a dispatch from the Henn na Hotel in Japan, which has recently installed robots to handle every aspect of your stay, including handling your luggage and checking in and out of the hotel. Yes, that’s right: To check into your room, you’ll need to first chat with a creepy she-bot like the one pictured above. More →
The stuff that’s going on in the robotics world these days is absolutely mind blowing. Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible work being done by Boston Dynamics (now owned by Google), what with their impressive fleet of robotic creations that can walk upright like humans, do pushups, and even reach speeds as fast as 28.3 miles per hour in a full on sprint. And, of course, there’s Asimo, the robot from Honda that becomes more human-like with each passing year.
Sometimes, though, the advancements we see in robotics can be a little bit alarming. Case in point: take a look at the following video from the MIT Mechanical Engineering Biomimetic Robotics Lab.
It’s not a secret that Google is interested in robotics and that’s developing its own robots with technology purchased from no less than eight robotics companies. Various video clips have already shown the advancements made by the company but the search giant has an even more interesting robot in the works that could be a literal life saver. More →
The Northeast is preparing to be hit by what may become one of the worst blizzards in the history of the region, with warnings already issued for New England, New York and New Jersey. Heavy snow is expected and dealing with all that snow may become a daunting task in the following days. However, instead of shoveling snow some people are actually thinking of a better way of clearing driveways that involves robots. More →
Remember Boston Dynamics’ robot cheetah that can run at speeds topping 28 mph on a treadmill indoors, and which now belongs to Google? Well, that’s not the only robot cheetah in town, as MIT also has developed a similar robot, MIT News reports. And as seen in an awesome new video, this crazy robotic cheetah can now run around outside without being tethered. More →
When a baseball team hits a slump, it can feel insurmountable at times. It doesn’t help when the fan base isn’t there to support the team either, which was the case for the Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean team which has lost more than 400 times in the last five season, consistently coming in last in their league, reports ABC News. Now that the fans have all but given up on their hometown Eagles, the team is making it easier than ever to show support without actually having to sit through another tragic loss with an ingenious solution: robot fans. More →
SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has become something of a maverick. He said he bought Sprint because “I am a man, and every man wants to be number one, not number two or number three.” He also convinced Steve Jobs to give him exclusivity for the iPhone in Japan before Apple had even announced the device, and before Son had bought the mobile carrier SoftBank.
Now, he wants to sell you a $2,000 robot. More →
Man bites dog, human steals robot’s job? That’s sort of the story in Japan, where SingularityHub reports that Toyota is temporarily replacing robots with human workers so they can figure out what the robots can do better and thus build more efficient robots. Essentially, Toyota has found that you can’t rely entirely on robots to do all the work for you if you hope to keep boosting their productivity — rather, you need humans who have knowledge of the production process teach them better ways to build cars. More →
While increased automation will make our economy much more productive, it will also put a lot of people out of work. With this in mind, Quartz has taken data from a recent study conducted by the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University and has made it into a handy chart that will show you exactly how likely you are to lose your job to a robot in the coming years. More →
Firefighters are our heroes… until we figure out how to replace them with robots, at least. Discovery News points us to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s newest robot robot called SAFFiR (short for “Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot”) that can walk right into deadly fires that are two intense for human firefighters to handle. More →
Sometimes it feels as though scientists and engineers have never watched the Terminator or Matrix movies at all. The Guardian reports that Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry is showing off a new robot called “Kuratas” that weighs four tons, stands at 13 feet tall and comes armed with a gun capable of firing “6,000 ball-bearing pellets a minute.” The robot, unveiled this week at the Wonder festival in Tokyo, may sound scary but Suidobashi insists it “makes your dream of becoming a robot pilot comes [sic] true.” More →