Two Japanese robots are now happily hopping on an asteroid [Updated]

Enlarge / The Hayabusa2 spacecraft spies its shadow Thursday night as it descends toward Ryugu to deploy two small rovers. (credit: JAXA) Saturday update: More than 24 hours after they were released by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft to fly down to the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, the Japanese Space Agency has finally provided an update […]

This female CEO is trying to defeat loneliness — and robots are part of her plan

No Isolation Loneliness affects 20-40% of the entire population at some point. Everyone from a four-year-old child to an 80-year-old in a care home can feel lonely. Loneliness also has a negative impact on your health, causing stress, and even heart problems. The burden of loneliness on the entire population is huge. Karen Dolva, the […]

MIT CSAIL uses AI to teach robots to manipulate objects they’ve never seen before

In few fields has artificial intelligence’s (AI) impact been more transformative than robotics. San Francisco-based startup OpenAI developed a model that directs mechanical hands in manipulating objects with state-of-the-art precision, and Softbank Robotics recently tapped sentiment analysis firm Affectiva to imbue its Pepper robot with emoti…Read More

Robots to the Rescue: Racing Through Our Blood to Cure Disease

This OZY original series brings to you Medical Breakthroughs – and the people behind them – that could change how doctors treat us, find fixes to today’s diseases and make our lives truly better. David Zarrouk carefully places the tiny robot into a cleaned-up pig intestine on his table, and flips on the switch. About […]

Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not

The hierarchies of Judeo-Christian religions mean that those cultures tend to fear their overlords. Beliefs like Shinto and Buddhism are more conducive to have faith in peaceful coexistence. https://media.wired.com/photos/5b5a1e5b43c6980d2682ae29/master/pass/Why%20Japanese%20people%20aren’t%20as%20afraid%20of%20robot%20overlords%20as%20Westerners.jpg

OpenAI’s ‘state-of-the-art’ system gives robots humanlike dexterity

OpenAI, a nonprofit, San Francisco-based AI research company backed by Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, and Peter Thiel, among other titans of industry, made headlines in June when it announced that the latest version of its Dota 2-playing AI — dubbed OpenAI Five — managed to beat amateur players. Today, it unveiled another first: a robotics sy…Read […]

DARPA’s insect-sized SHRIMP robots could aid disaster relief

DARPA’s efforts to propel military technology forward often manifest in a diverse fashion, spanning everything from drone submarine development to a biostasis program that aims to buy more time to rescue soldiers on the battlefield. The SHRIMP program, short for SHort-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms, is another potentially life-saving initiative that is being designed to navigate […]