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Will Robots Replace Human Workers?

A debate is forming regarding how and whether the rise of information technology will put skilled workers in peril of losing their jobs to robots

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Robot Film Festival – 2011

It is always quite embarrassing, but these past several months, perhaps he has had good reason. Data started questioning his relationship with me, his programmer, because he was getting jealous of all the other robot videos that were flowing into my inbox for the Robot Film Festival. We announced the festival in early April (leaked via Bre Pettis on the Makerbot blog), and over the next few months received seventy-five short film submissions from a diverse background of creators.

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Taking the Arduino Plunge

With all that is going on with the Arduino, it is time to take the plunge and find out what the score really is.

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I Like Robot Videos

The world is a better place owing to the abundance of cool robot videos that are readily available. Follow the link to a series of fantastic very short videos that were shown at the recent Robot Film Festival.

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TONY NORMAN, IFI CEO, ADDRESSES CONGRESS ON VEX ROBOTICS AND STEM EDUCATION

On September 13, 2011, Tony Norman, president and chief executive officer of Innovation First International (IFI) and VEX Robotics, Inc, addressed Congress on a serious challenge that we face today as a nation –we do not have enough high school graduates taking an interest in or feeling prepared to enter the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

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STEVE NORRIS’S ROBOTS TO BE ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TV

Steve Norris has designed and built scores of sophisticated robots and the one you see here may be the simplest of any of them. His robots will be featured in an upcoming National Geographic program called Mad Scientists.

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A new wave of robot appliances are coming to market!

The IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show took place last weekend in Berlin, Germany and featured over 1000 exhibitors introducing some of the coolest electronics products in the market. A big topic at the show was consumer robotic appliances.

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Parallax’s Red Hot Scribbler 2 Robot

Parallax's new, bright red, S2 is designed to be a worthy successor to their original blue Scribbler Robot. Powered by Parallax's Propeller chip, a multicore processor ideal for robotics, the open source and user hackable S2 should have everyone from beginners to experienced users excited and experimenting right out of the box.

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MINDS-i Lunar Rover 3-in-1 Kit

If you are looking for a mobile, outdoor platform for your next robot project, or perhaps a chassis for use in a RoboMagellan or similar robotics competition, you need to check this platform out. The MINDS-i Rover is all new and we find it to be of significant value.

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InnoRobo – 2011

Innorobo, the first European summit for service robots took place last March in Lyon, France. Visitors could enjoy seeing and playing with over 100 robots and new concepts. 30 of them were presented for the first time in Europe. Navigation and transportation, domestic, telepresence, education, edutainment and assistive robots made the show before an audience of 10,000 visitors.

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DaVinci Minds, Partners, Adds VEX Robotics To Academic Classrooms

It was our pleasure, this issue, to catch up to Cliff Zintgraff, CEO of DaVinci Minds, Inc., to learn how his San Antonio, Texas based company is using VEX Robotics in core classroom curriculum to prepare students to become tomorrow’s innovators. DaVinci Minds offers products and services for middle schools, high schools, community colleges and universities in a broad array of programs that center on the intersection of technology, education and workforce development.

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March Against Boring Food!

Too lazy to reach across the table to get the salt & pepper shakers? If so, just have them come to you—in the form of little robots. These tiny titans march against the forces of boring food. Actually, they don’t really march so much as waddle.

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Vehicles: Experiments In Synthetic Psychology

Author: James H. Phalen, MD From the September/October Issue of Robot Magazine by Valentino Braitenberg, The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA; available at www.amazon.com One benefit of robotics being such a young field is that most of the gods of the robot pantheon are still alive. But …

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