Tesla charger robot

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Finally! A solution to this conundrum: We have advanced infrastructure, we have advanced cars, yet we still have to manually refuel our cars :/ One of the silly leftovers from an age where people were supposed to serve machines.

Tesla have revealed a prototype of a robotic charger. It may not be the stable or final solution we need, but its definitely a step in the right direction.

 

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Volvo: 100 Autonomous Cars with “non-drivers” in 2017

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Volvo says that by 2017 they will have 100 autonomous cars on the streets of Gothenburg. All of these cars will have “non-drivers” om board – human controllers that can intervene in case of an emergency.

This is definitely a step in the right direction. Autonomous cars holds great promise with respect to traffic safety and environmental concerns. One could ask: Is this ambitious enough? Thinking about the Volvo accident  (below) the answer is most likely yes.

but perhaps others can rise to the challenge?

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Unmanned Factory in Dougguan City

According to People’s Daily Online, China is accelerating the use of robots in the manufactory industri. Fast.

Prognoses are, that 90% of the work force will be replaced by robots in the foreseeable future.

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This will be an interesting project to follow, and a good indicator that we should be really careful in predicting the needs for work forces.

Android Erica

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One more android from ATR/Osaka U. In this latest instalment of the geminoid series, focus has been on conversational skills.

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As far as the face goes, I’d like to see more improvement of the mouth and eyes region. Looking at the video below it is apparent that especially the eyes need to have more subtle motions.

 

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Denmark 3rd most positive towards Autonomous Technology

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 Special Eurobarometer 427

In a recently published report, the European Commission has gauged attitudes towards robots throughout the member states. Here are a few of the results.

Would you consider purchasing a robot for your home?

  1. Sweden (48%)
  2. Finland (37%)
  3. Denmark (36%)
  4. The Netherlands (31%)

How comfortable would you be having a robot assist you at work?

  1. Sweden (77 %)
  2. The Netherlands (69 %)
  3. Denmark (65 %)
  4. The Czech republic (63 %)

How comfortable would you be as a passager in an autonomous or driverless car?
(comfortable + fairly comfortable)

  1. The Netherlands (53 %)
  2. Poland (52 %)
  3. Denmark (47 %)
  4. Sweden (47 %)

Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands consistently scores as the most positive towards robots and towards autonomous cars.

Good news, I think. Now is the time to start developing and implementing autonomous systems.

 

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Atlas

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Atlas forbavser igen

(Primetime talkshow in Danish)

The Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics makes headlines again. This time by traversing rough terrain autonomously. Well, almost autonomously.

The achievement is astounding. And yet an other argument that we could be as little as 5-7 years from having androids moving about in our streets. I have said that repeatedly. I have also said that there is a fundamental difference between technical ability and marked feasibility – not to mention policy making.

But for those who thought this would never be reality, Atlas is a wake-up call.

 

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Open Bionics to win Dyson Award

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Congratulations Open Bionics

Open Bionics won the Dyson award for a 3D printed hand prosthetic, according to BBC.

Kudos to you!!!

I find this project is important for a number of reasons:

  • Low-cost prosthetics are important for a number of selvevident reasons.
  • This is a prime example of intelligent and truly innovative use of new tech.
  • Open source, lightweight, and modular really is the way to go in this domain

My recommendation: Go – and keep inspiring more to work like this. (You have to change the color, though.)

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