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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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Best Robot Photos of the Week

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” This edition of best robot photos of the week includes a Willow Garage PR2 robot engaged in a light saber duel; there’s also a robot wedding cake, assorted robot art, robot underpants, and …

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Random Robot Roundup

Pete Skeggs of the Portland Area Robotics Society, let us know that his Nubotics brand of sensors and motion control hardware will now be available direct from the source at his new online Nubotics store.

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DARPA Warrior Web Exoskeleton Prototype

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” While it may not be quite up to Tony Stark’s standards, DARPA’s Warrior Web suit has the advantage of being real. DARPA has revealed photos and video of an early prototype of its …

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The Brain as a Model for Future Supercomputers

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” A news release from Sandia National Labs discusses the fall and rise of the human brain as a model for computers. They suggest a waning interest in the brain after IBM’s supercomputer defeated …

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Robots Podcast #130: Autonomous lethal weapons

The latest competition news courtesy of: “All the news that’s fit to assimilate” In episode #130, interviewer AJung talks with Peter Asaro (an Assistant Professor at The New School and affiliated with The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School) about the Campaign to …

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