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The robot priest in Germany

German robo-pastor preaches the GNU Testament

A church in Germany has built a robot priest to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The bot, a creation of the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau and engineer Alexander Wiedekind-Klein, is able to deliver blessings to visitors in both male and female voices. They've named their intelligent …
Shaun Nichols, 31 May 2017
Kate Devlin Register Lecture

Love bots lecture thrills room full of Reg readers

If you’ve ever wondered what the development of AI and robotics might mean for your sex life, you should have been with us last month for our Register Lecture on Sex, AI, Robots and You. Kate Devlin, senior lecturer in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, took the capacity audience on a whizzbang …
Team Register, 30 May 2017
Aurora Flight Sciences' ALIAS robot in a simulated 737 cockpit

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

An outfit called Aurora Flight Sciences is trumpeting the fact that one of its robots has successfully landed a simulated Boeing 737. Aviation-savvy readers may well shrug upon learning that news, because robots – or at least auto-landing systems - land planes all the time and have done so for decades. Aurora's excitement is …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017

Pay attention. We're only going to show you this once: OpenAI coaches robots to copy humans

The ultimate goal in robotics is the ability to train a machine to perform general tasks after it learns from a few examples. OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research organization, is a step closer to achieving this by applying a new algorithm called one-shot imitation learning to a robot arm. In the demonstration …
Katyanna Quach, 16 May 2017
STAR robot surgeon

Accept for a second that robot surgeons exist. Who will check they're up to the job – and how?

Medical robots should be split into different categories of autonomy, just as driverless cars are, a group of academics proposed Wednesday in Science Robotics. As should be obvious, surgery requires extensive training. In the US at least, students have to successfully get through university, postgraduate medical school, and …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Apr 2017
Hermes' delivery drone, provided by Starship Technologies. Pic: Hermes

Parcel bods Hermes become latest London drone delivery droogs

Parcel delivery biz Hermes has become the latest company to roll out self-driving robots in London, promising autonomous deliveries in the borough of Southwark. The company is partnering with Starship Technologies, whose coolbox-on-wheels delivery drone has become a familiar sight for a handful of households on the city's …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Apr 2017
Mechanical hands produce gold bars on assembly line. Photo by Shutterstock

Robots are killing jobs after all, apparently: One droid equals 5.6 workers

Industrial robots are depressing wages and increasing unemployment, according to a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private, non-profit, non-partisan research organization in America. Written by MIT economists Daron Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo, "Robots and Jobs: Evidence from US Labor Markets" …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Mar 2017
verity stob portrait

Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun

Stob Are you lolling dolefully? Then I'll continue. The TV show Mr. Robot deals with the life and adventures of Elliot Alderson, a twenty-something New York devop and cyber-vigilante. He and his circle of chums, seeking to inflict revenge on a mega-corporation for a hushed-up industrial accident, stumble towards bringing e- …
Verity Stob, 28 Mar 2017
SpaceX robot

Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

Pic A robot has been spotted on the landing pad of SpaceX's floating barge Of course I still love you, and the rocket biz is refusing to say what it is for. Coming soon from SpaceX! Click to enlarge (Source: Stephen Marr, used with permission) This photo of the machine was taken by a couple flying over the Florida port where …
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2017

Telepresence robot 'hackable' – security researchers

The IoT has thrown up a fresh set of vulnerabilities, this time in a telepresence robot from Double Robotics. Double Robotics Telepresence Robot offers a mobile conferencing device that allows the remote user to roam around an office for "face-to-face" conversations. Security researchers at Rapid7 disclosed multiple …
John Leyden, 13 Mar 2017

Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

The family of a repair technician killed in an auto parts factory accident is suing five robotics companies they say are responsible. In a suit [PDF] filed to the Western Michigan US District Court this week, the family of Wanda Holbrook claims that the companies that built, installed, and maintained the robotics at a trailer …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2017
Man counts pounds and pence. Photo by Shutterstock

Dyson backs Britain plc with $2.5bn AI and robotics investment

Britain's most successful engineer Sir James Dyson is taking on Google and Facebook with a $2.5bn investment to turn the former RAF base at Hullavington near Malmesbury into a research campus for robotics, AI, and other advanced technology, including batteries and vision systems. The size of the planned facility dwarfs the …

Infosec white-coats: Robots are riddled with software security bugs

Common security flaws in mainstream robotic technologies leave them wide open to attack, infosec researched have warned. IOActive made the admonition after evaluating the security of multiple home, business, and industrial robots. The array of vulnerabilities identified in the systems evaluated included many graded as high or …
John Leyden, 1 Mar 2017

Watch: MIT's terrifying invisible gel robo-eels snatch live fish

Videos Watch out – robots are now fast and strong enough to catch live fish and kick balls underwater, according to a group of engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The fancy gizmos aren't like the conventional metallic, rigid droids people often imagine when thinking of robots. These bots are squishy, transparent …
Goldfish, image via shutterstock

This goldfish and its steerable robot tank will destroy humanity

RotM Students at Carnegie Mellon University have made a mobile goldfish bowl that the lucky fish can drive around by itself – and they've filmed it for posterity. The video shows a reasonably large fishtank on wheels being “driven” around by an unusually active goldfish. The Reddit thread – yup, it’s one of those – reveals that “ …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jan 2017

Yes, just what they need: Curious Dr MISFA injects a healthy dose of curiosity into robots

Computer scientists in Germany hope to make humanoid robots smarter by programming the 'droids with a sense of “artificial curiosity.” The bots gain their inquisitiveness from an algorithm dubbed Curious Dr MISFA, which is described in this paper [PDF] that appeared on arXiv this month. The software uses unsupervised and …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Jan 2017

AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

Cynics might say Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman is on thin ice when discussing job preservation in the era of AI and robotics given her own track record, but that was the thrust of her speech at Davos. Business tycoons and global politicos swooped on the the highest town in Europe this week to attend the World …
Paul Kunert, 17 Jan 2017
Mom backseat driving photo by shutterstock

Revealed: How Nvidia's 'backseat driver' AI learned to read lips

When Nvidia popped the bonnet on its Co-Pilot "backseat driver" AI at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, most onlookers were struck by its ability to lip-read while tracking CES-going "motorists'" actions within the "car". A slide taken at CES shows the Co-Pilot AI assistant performing four features: facial recognition, …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Jan 2017

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