New research shows that children are more likely than adults to give in to peer pressure from robots, a disturbing finding given the rapidly increasing rate at which kids are interacting with socially intelligent machines.
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Choosing your co-founder should be like picking a partner for marriage. You need clear communication and a shared direction, otherwise you may not have a fairy tale ending.
This week, That Startup Show takes a look at company culture and co-founders, as well as touching on the brave new world of robot colleagues.
With a budget of just $US600 ($819) — a mere pittance compared to what robots such as ATLAS cost to develop — students from the University of California’s Davis’ College of Engineering created a machine that’s capable of tying a shoe all by itself.
Tired of that smug look of satisfaction on your kid's face when they're able to find Wally on a page faster than you can? A creative agency called RedPepper built a robot that levels the Where's Wally playing field using a camera and machine learning AI to spot the striped traveller in as little as four-and-a-half seconds. Looks like you're out of a job, little Billy.
Not a week goes by without a news story (or a few) about people losing their jobs to robots, or the potential effects of a rapidly changing labour market. We are told repeatedly about how many jobs are going to be lost. Both unskilled and skilled jobs are predicted to disappear.
These risks are no doubt real, if uncertain in their magnitude. But these prognoses are largely the work of academics and economic forecasters. How do Australians feel about their job prospects in an age of automation? Rather than robots, the 25th ANUPoll finds our greatest concerns are the risks posed by poor management and jobs going overseas.
Designing robots that emulate how creatures move and walk helps us not only understand the world around us, but also improve how automatons of the future will get around.
But on the other hand, that same research has given birth to this creepy centipede robot toy that squirms around on 18 flailing legs like a tiny mechanised nightmare. Nope.
Our oceans are home to a diverse array of aquatic organisms, a surprising number of which have yet to be discovered. To help in the search for these fascinating creatures, researchers have developed a robotic device capable of capturing even the most delicate deep-sea animals, which it does with a foldable, 12-sided hand.
Leading Australian Artificial Intelligence Expert Professor Toby Walsh, along with Google DeepMind, the XPRIZE Foundation and Elon Musk make up just a few of the 2,500+ signatories of a global pledge to "neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons."
Watching robots beat each other up is all fun and games, until said robots go bad and start harvesting our organs for hats. Until that happens, we can all enjoy the likes of "Super Anthony", a 38cm-tall, fully controllable and programmable robot that can smash stuff with 45kg of force. Best of all, you can own one.
Vision is one of nature’s amazing creations that has been with us for hundreds of millions of years. It’s a key sense for humans, but one we often take for granted: that is, until we start losing it or we try and recreate it for a robot.
Inspired by bugs, Harvard’s Ambulatory Microrobot, or HAMR, can run, climb, make sharp turns and carry small payloads. In the latest upgrade to the system, HAMR has been endowed with the ability to swim, dive down from the surface, and walk underwater — no small task for an object as light as a paperclip.
Honda just announced that it will cease development of Asimo, the super cute humanoid that tours the world in the name of stunt marketing. Asimo was 18 years old. Asimo, once heralded as the future of robotics, was not even old enough to buy a beer. But it was always happy to help sell you a Honda automobile.