Soft multi-functional robots get really small

A new fabrication process enables the creation of soft robots at the millimeter scale with features on the micrometer scale as shown here with the example of a small soft robotic peacock spider with moving body parts and colored eyes and abdomens. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University By Benjamin …

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Recent Waymo announcements are slightly underwhelming

Waymo recently announced two new partnerships for their fleet of robotaxis. The first was with Walmart. Walmart has installed special parking spots in their lots, and will offer people free rides to Walmart to pick up online orders. Only some of the 400 Waymo “Early Riders” will participate, at first. …

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Robots in Depth with Hans Kimblad

In this episode of Robots in Depth, Per Sjöborg speaks with Hans Kimblad about 3D printing metal or MAM, metal adaptive manufacturing. Hans describes how the different technologies that are used for MAM work. He then talks through the opportunities and challenges and what one needs to consider when designing …

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When recurrent models don’t need to be recurrent

By John Miller An earlier version of this post was published on Off the Convex Path. It is reposted here with the author’s permission. In the last few years, deep learning practitioners have proposed a litany of different sequence models. Although recurrent neural networks were once the tool of choice, …

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Autonomous robot evolution: from cradle to grave

A few weeks ago we had the kick-off meeting, in York, of our new 4 year EPSRC funded project Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE): cradle to grave. We – Andy Tyrrell and Jon Timmis (York), Emma Hart (Edinburgh Napier), Gusti Eiben (Free University of Amsterdam) and myself – are all super excited. …

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Robots may say NO to war

Robots become every day more ‘intelligent’. What if robots were intelligent enough to say NO to war? This would be a happier future. This short film is a light-hearted comedy that aims to launch an interesting discussion and motivate reflexion on the killer-robots topic. The fictional scenario describes a future …

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