Category Archives: Robotics

Robots Inspired by Animals and Rodney Brooks’ Inspiration

Machine Man: Rodney Brooks, Boston Magazine, November 2014: After getting bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Flinders University, in Adelaide, by 1977, [Rodney Brooks, former director of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT and founder of iRobots and Rethink … Continue reading

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Robots Take Over the World

Source: ABI/Massachusetts Technology Collaborative    

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Asimo The Humanoid Robot in Action

In 2000… in 2016… And on Saturday Night Live…

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The Rise of Robots: Market Overview

CB Insights: Social: Startups here are building consumer-focused companion and entertainment robots. The most well-funded startup on this list is Anki, with $157M in equity funding from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Two Sigma Ventures, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. China-based … Continue reading

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Robotics: From Tesla in 1898 to Exits in 2011-2016

  PBS: [Nikola] Tesla wanted an extraordinary way to demonstrate the potential of his system for wireless transmission of energy [radio]. In 1898, at an electrical exhibition in the recently completed Madison Square Garden, he made a demonstration of the … Continue reading

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AI Safety and Robotics Laws (Infographic)

In July 1984, a factory robot in Jackson, Michigan, crushed a 34 year-old worker in the first ever robot-related death in the United States.  The robot thus violated Issac Asimov’s First Law of Robotics, “A robot may not injure a human being or, … Continue reading

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Google: Self-Driving Cars are Both 3 and 30 Years Away

IEEE Spectrum: In 2011, soon after Google first told the world about the robocars it had secretly been developing, it promised that the vehicles would be able to “drive anywhere a car can legally drive.” Its timeframe for delivering the … Continue reading

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The Robots Are Coming: Funding and Spending Doubling

CB Insights: Funding to private robotics companies nearly doubled in 2015, reaching a record high in deals and dollars… Our robotics category excludes drones, but includes robotics companies focused on process and manufacturing automation, agricultural automation, surgical applications, and personal/social robots. Together, … Continue reading

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Driverless Cars: A Misguided 20th Century Idea

IEEE Spectrum: A vision of fully autonomous, self-driving cars allowing human owners to nap or read in the car seems to come from the future. But David Mindell, a historian and electrical engineer at MIT, says that the idea of such … Continue reading

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Connected Cars: A History of Security Vulnerabilities

Chris Poulin, IBM, on Tech Crunch: A Short History Of Car Vulnerability Research In 2010, researchers from the University of Washington and University of California, San Diego published a seminal paper proving that once an attacker has physical access to a … Continue reading

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