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Robots Podcast #133: Robotics Business Review

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” In Robots Podcast #133, Per speaks with Tom Green, editor in chief of the Robotics Business Review, a global robotics news and information resource headquartered near Boston, MA (USA). Green shares his view …

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2 cute robots: one funded by Japan’s Space Agency the other by Kickstarter

“Courtesy Of:” … Japan’s cute talking robot will take off August 4th for the Space Station. Kirobo, a 13” 2# mini-humanoid robot remembers faces, can move its head and arms, and is expected to help keep company and have conversations with the Japanese astronaut aboard the …

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Oxford Martin School founder and GF2045 keynote speaker James Martin dies

“Courtesy Of:”   … At Global Future 2045, in NYC, June 15-16, the keynote speaker represented rampant technological change as both a problem and a benefit, and it needed to be addressed as such. He died on June 24. … Martin established the Oxford Martin School …

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Robohub focus on frontier robotics

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate”   Robohub has opened another focus topic, the risks and rewards of robotics on the frontier, the leading edge of technology and/or application. A tentative lineup of articles is available now, with links …

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Global Future 2045 Conference Takes A Hard Look At Today

“Courtesy Of:”   … GF2045 host Dmitry Itskov said “We are really at the time when technology can affect human evolution. I want us to shape the future, bring it up for public discussion, and avoid any scenario that could damage it.” … Ray Kurzweil said …

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Big week for robotic mergers and acquisitions

“Courtesy Of:”   … MakerBot sells out to Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) for $403 million plus another $200 million if it meets certain targets. Stratasys adds a low-priced product to it’s line of 3D printing products. Note that Amazon’s Bezos Expeditions was a funder of MakerBot and …

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World’s Most Human-Like Android Wasn’t Unveiled at GF2045

“Courtesy Of:”   … At the 2nd Global Future 2045 Congress held in New York City June 15-16, one of the featured draws was the unveiling of a new Hanson Robokind head of the Congress’ host, Dmitry Itskov. It didn’t happen. … Hanson was late and …

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LIDAR finds a lost city in Cambodia

“Courtesy Of:”   … Using LIDAR technology to create terrain maps, archaeologists have uncovered a whole city in Cambodia by discovering unexplained “bumps”. … Instead of using maps and sifting through slowly unfolding digs, with this new tech researchers can see whole cities at a time …

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Use of da Vinci surgical robots discussed on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams

“Courtesy Of:”   … NBC’s Rock Center focused on the case of a da Vinci surgical robot used to do a hysterectomy where dangerous complications ensued. A suit is in progress. … The ACOG (American Congress of Gynocologists) suggests that doctors help patients separate marketing hype …

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First responder and military ground robots to grow at close to 20%

“Courtesy Of:”   … New $3,800 report by Wintergreen Research says that first responder and military ground robot marketplace will expand at close to 20% annually for the rest of the decade. … Expected revenue in 2019 is $12 billion. … Growth is based on the …

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$201 million in venture funding in 2012; up from $194 in 2011

“Courtesy Of:”   … Roboticist and entrepreneur Travis Deyle keeps tract of venture funding during the year and has provided not just a list, but a profile of the companies receiving the money. … Report doesn’t include big-buck acquisitions of Kiva for $775 million, Evolution Robotics …

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Robots Podcast #131: Curved Artificial Compound Eye

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” In episode #131, Sabine speaks with Ramon Pericet and Michal Dobrzynski from EPFL about their Curved Artificial Compound Eye (CurvACE) published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Inspired by the …

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