Why your new work colleague could be a robot

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You hear EVA before you see it. A whirring and whizzing noise greets you as you enter the offices of Automata, a start-up robotics company based in London. To one side a robotic arm is going through an intricate set of moves: six joints twisting and turning in a sequence which, in the real world,… Read more »

What the world can learn from Japan’s robots

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Japan is rolling out robots in nursing homes, offices and schools as its population ages and workforce shrinks. What can it teach other countries facing the same problems? Source: BBC Future Date: February 6th, 2020 Link: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200205-what-the-world-can-learn-from-japans-robots Discussion ” One resident, a woman with dementia, holds a Telenoid as 27-year-old staff member Minami Okabe, down… Read more »

The House the Robots Built

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Why are walls always straight? Why does it cost so much to build them? And why do big construction projects so often run late? Construction has always been a conservative industry, used to doing things how they have always been done. But a new wave of innovation is coming, which will change what buildings look… Read more »

Crop picking robot

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The SWEEPER robot is the first sweet pepper harvesting robot in the world demonstrated in a commercial greenhouse. It is designed to operate in a single stem row cropping system, with a crop having non-clustered fruits and little leaf occlusion. Source: YouTube Date: November 9th, 2018 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUgjFaYyecE Discussion 1) Who looses their job because of this robot,… Read more »

Robot dogs are coming, but they may be destined for the unemployment line

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SpotMini, the robotic dog and social media sensation, is looking for a job. Boston Dynamics, the company behind the cybernetic canine, excels at two things: designing cool robots, and making viral videos of them in action. SpotMini has racked up an impressive 30 million YouTube views in just a few years, and a photo of the robot strolling… Read more »

A Swiss weedkiller robot could curb our dependence on herbicides

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  Some $26 billion is spent on herbicides each year. These chemicals are often indiscriminately sprayed over entire fields of crops that have been genetically modified to resist the chemical onslaught. And it’s agrochemical giants like Bayer, DowDuPont, and Syngenta that usually create both the genetically modified seeds and the chemicals that are sprayed on them.  The… Read more »

Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot

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A newly developed vine-like robot can grow across long distances without moving its whole body. It could prove useful in search and rescue operations and medical applications. Source: Stanford University News Date: April 20th, 2018 Link: https://news.stanford.edu/2017/07/19/stanford-researchers-develop-new-type-soft-growing-robot/ Discussion 1) Another day, another type of robot!  What sorts of things could you use this robot for? 2) Imagine you… Read more »

Meet the robo-farmers that pick and plant

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It seems there are few jobs robots can’t do these days, even the most delicate jobs, like picking asparagus or potting plant seedlings.  But they’re only needed because humans can’t – or won’t – do the work, farmers say. Source: BBC Business Date: April 20th, 2018 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-43824607/meet-the-robots-that-can-pick-and-plant-better-than-we-can Discussion 1) Robots that can pick and plant seeds… Read more »