Submitted by Exponential Times on Sun, 2015-08-09 15:06
The world would be like when robots replace people? Automation technology has penetrated into many areas of human social life, from industrial production in large plants to the appliances in every household. Humans increasingly tend to transfer work to charge more machines. Does the robot with artificial intelligence can do what?
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2014-08-21 14:03
Rethink Robotics is redefining how manufacturing and production facilities can utilize automation. Their robots work side by side with skilled labor, are trained interactively, and provide a rapid ROI for companies of all sizes. It's the future of manufacturing - and it's up and running today.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2014-05-29 11:38
Fully autonomous driving has always been the goal of our project, because we think this could improve road safety and help lots of people who can't drive.
We're now developing prototypes of vehicles that have been designed from the ground up to drive themselves—just push a button and they'll take you where you want to go! We'll use these vehicles to test our software and learn what it will really take to bring this technology into the world.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Sun, 2013-11-17 08:11
Every week at an NIH drug-testing lab, a robotics system performs millions of experiments faster and with greater precision than any human could. The simple goal: to find new treatments and cures. From Trials: A WSJ Special Project
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2013-06-04 07:07
Rodney Brooks is founder, CTO, and Chairman of Rethink Robotics, a 2008 Boston-based startup. The company is developing a new class of industrial robot that will help keep manufacturing jobs in America. Rethink's robots are to current industrial robots what the PC was to the mainframe. The new robots are made in the USA. Brooks was also a co-founder of iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT) and was variously CTO, Chairman, and board member from 1990 until 2011. From 1984 to 2010 he was on the faculty at MIT as the Panasonic Professor of Robotics, and was the director of MIT CSAIL, the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. While at MIT he developed the behavior-based approach to robotics that underlies the robots of both iRobot and Rethink Robotics.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2013-03-05 07:03
Bruno Buchberger, Distinguished Lecture Series, Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo - June 16, 2011
The invention of mathematical concepts, theorems and methods is deemed to be one of the most challenging intellectual activities.
Mathematics is the essential source of automation in the innovation spiral from science via technology to economy. Hence, automation of the mathematical invention process is not only a philosophical question but a question of highest practical and societal relevance.
In this talk, the current state of research on the automation of mathematical invention will be illustrated and discussed.
Why is the share of population that is working falling so rapidly?
Why are our economy and society are becoming more unequal?
A popular explanation right now is that the root cause underlying these symptoms is technological stagnation-- a slowdown in the kinds of ideas and inventions that bring progress and prosperity.
In Race Against the Machine, MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee present a very different explanation. Drawing on research by their team at the Center for Digital Business, they show that there's been no stagnation in technology -- in fact, the digital revolution is accelerating. Recent advances are the stuff of science fiction: computers now drive cars in traffic, translate between human languages effectively, and beat the best human Jeopardy! players.
You are about to become obsolete. You think you are special, unique, and that whatever it is that you are doing is impossible to replace. You are wrong. As we speak, millions of algorithms created by computer scientists are frantically running on servers all over the world, with one sole purpose: do whatever humans can do, but better.
That is the argument for a phenomenon called technological unemployment, one that is pervading modern society. But is that really the case? Or is it just a futuristic fantasy? What will become of us in the coming years, and what can we do to prevent a catastrophic collapse of society?
Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy explores the impact of technological advances on our lives, what it means to be happy, and provides suggestions on how to avoid a systemic collapse.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2012-11-01 05:42
Christopher Steiner is the author of Automate This (2012) and $20 Per Gallon, a New York Times Bestseller (2009). He is a cofounder at Aisle50, a Y Combinator company that sells grocery deals through the Web. Before starting Aisle50 in 2011, Steiner was a senior writer covering technology at Forbes magazine for seven years.
His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Fast Company, MIT Technology Review and Skiing Magazine. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a masters in journalism from Northwestern University. Steiner lives in Evanston, Ill., with his family.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2012-08-02 07:00
Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC). He is active in CAD/CAM, robotics and mechatronics related related research projects that include the development of novel Solid Free Form, or Rapid Prototyping, processes (Contour Crafting and SIS), automated construction of civil structures, development of CAD/CAM systems for biomedical applications (e.g., restorative dentistry, rehabilitation engineering, haptics devices for medical applications), autonomous mobile and modular robots for assembly applications in space, and invention of technologies in the field of oil and gas. His research in simulation has aimed at creating intelligent simulation tools that can automatically perform many simulation functions that are conventionally performed by human analysts. His textbook, "Discrete Systems Simulation", and his simulation software EZSIM benefit from some aspects of his research in simulation. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on invention and technology development.