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This clip and the related study offers an interesting look into future human-robot interaction.


Would You Do as a Robot Commands? An Obedience Study for Human - Robot Interaction

Snip from Fast Co:

In the future, we will have robot overlords. This uncomfortable experiment (captured in hilarious video) shows just how easily humans will roll over when we work for the machines.

University of Manitoba:

Would you do as a robot commands? Robots are beginning to play a larger role in society, finding their way into hospitals, the military, and our daily lives; it’s not too far off to think that they may one day be put in positions of authority over people. We know all to well the dark side of authority from classical psychology experiments such as the Milgram and Stanford Prison Experiments, but one question remains: can the authority figure effect apply to robots as well as people? As a preliminary study we decided to test this theory out; we had our robot pressure participants to continue a highly tedious (and unpleasant) task, and compared the results to having a human experimenter. Did they obey the robot? Check out the paper and project video to find out!

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A quick look at some of the wondrous work in robotics done by Festo.


Engineering Company Festo Is Creating Robots Based On Nature

German engineering firm Festo is creating a robot army. Sounds scary, right? But there’s no need to fear a “Skynet”-type apocalypse quite yet, because these robots want to do good by making laborious tasks easier in the factories of the future. And they’re using nature as their inspiration.

Festo summarizes the motivation behind their research on their website: “Gripping, moving, controlling and measuring – nature performs all of these tasks instinctively, easily and efficiently. What could be more logical than to examine these natural phenomena and learn from them?”

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Just because its robotic awesomeness! (And quite a feat of auto-correction in terms of balance).


Technology at its cutest — The Bipedal Cycling Robot

In 2011, robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrated a robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.

Full video with more information here.

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NASAs planned robotic mission to explore Jupiter´s watery moon, Europa, should produce very interesting findings.


NASA Plans Trip to Jupiter’s Watery Moon

NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter’s watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life.

The space agency set aside $15 million in its 2015 budget proposal to start planning some kind of mission to Europa. No details have been decided yet, but NASA chief financial officer Elizabeth Robinson says that it will be launched in the mid-2020s.

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Robotic arm to 3D print metal. Superb!


This Robot Arm Can 3D-Print Molten Metal in Midair

The only thing cooler than using a huge robot arm to sculpt? Using a huge robot arm to sculpt with liquid hot metal. Joris Laarman Studio's prototype software instructs a robotic arm to recreate 3D models in midair, using molten metals of all kinds. .. Full Story: Gizmodo

An autonomous robot with an insectlike brain.


Conditioned behavior in a robot controlled by a spiking neural network aka robots with insect brains

From KurzweilAI:

German researchers have developed a robot that mimics the simple nervous system used for olfactory learning in the honeybee, using color instead of odors. The researchers have installed a camera on a small robotic vehicle connected to a computer. The computer program replicates, in a simplified way, the sensorimotor neural network of the insect brain and operates the motors of the robot wheels to control its motion and direction based on the colors.

Description from the FU Berlin Team on Youtube:

Here, we present a robotic platform designed for implementing and testing spiking neural network control architectures. We demonstrate a neuromorphic realtime approach to sensory processing, reward-based associative plasticity and behavioral control. This is inspired by the biological mechanisms underlying rapid associative learning and the formation of distributed memories in the insect.

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Conditioned behavior in a robot controlled by a spiking neural network 
Lovísa Irpa Helgadottir , Joachim Haenicke, Tim Landgraf, Raul Rojas and Martin P Nawrot (Submitted 2013)

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California´s Robocops - Robots to aid police in crime ridden areas.

In a bid to make local communities safer and give local law enforcement agencies more tools to fight crime, California-based Knightscope recently unveiled a line of K5 robots that it believes will “predict and prevent crime with an innovative combination of hardware, software and social engagement.” (via RT USA)