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    Farmbot founder: Mr. Greenjeans with a pocket liner

     

    When Rory Aronson was studying mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University, he attended an elective course in organic agriculture where he learned about a tractor that used machine vision to detect and cover weeds, thus eliminating the need for herbicides or manual labor: the tractor cost over $1 million dollars.

    Inspired by a new vision for agriculture automation – and the DYI/Maker movement – Aronson published a white paper outlining the goals of a project to “Grow a community that produces free and open-source hardware plans, software, data, and documentation enabling everyone to build and operate a farming machine.”

    Aronson began working on the project full-time in 2014 thanks to funding from a grant from the Shuttleworth Foundation, aided by a firmware and software development team.

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      The human-machine interface: voice is the new touch

      By Richard Wallace | April 27, 2016

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      When it comes to the human-machine interface, the future is arriving fast, propelled by recent technology advances and a growing interest in voice recognition, Natural Language Processing (NLP), and other hands-off technologies.

      Although it’s been around since the 1970’s, industrial and consumer device makers have been slow to adopt voice interface technology.

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        Home for the holidays: 5 personal robots we love

        November 30, 2015

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        Beloved in film and widely deployed in manufacturing industries and other areas to handle repetitive and dangerous tasks, robots have been reluctantly invited by humans into their homes and personal lives. But that’s beginning to change, and 2015 has seen a decided shift in people’s attitudes as more and more of us warm up to the idea of the personal service robot, especially for handling some of life’s most dreary and essential task. 

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          Robots, 3D printer merge to bridge Amsterdam canal

          June 24, 2015

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          Designers and architects the world over are taking to robotics and 3D printing to develop novel solutions to difficult construction and manufacturing problems. Today, 3D printers are used to print everything from artificial hands and other prosthetic devices to precision metal parts used in aircraft and automotive development.

          Now a Dutch designer, Joris Laarman, has designed an ornate metal pedestrian bridge for an Amsterdam canal that will reportedly be built, on site, using robots and 3D printers.

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            In tech we trust? Not so fast

            By Girish Mhatre | May 22, 2015

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            In a spectacular demonstration of the state of the art of machine intelligence, a computer was able to pull off a statistical tie against top rated poker players. Claudico, an artificial intelligence program created by a Carnegie Mellon team took on four experts at heads-up, no-limit Texas Hold’em in a two-week competition that ended last week.

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              Elon Musk is right; we do need to worry about artificial intelligence

              By Girish Mhatre | November 6, 2014

              www.express.co.ukTesla CEO and SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, has been roundly criticized for likening the development of artificial intelligence (AI) to “summoning the devil” and for other cautionary remarks on the subject.

              He’s right, but we needn’t be concerned about cyborgs taking over the world. Rather, we should worry about the proliferation of background artificial intelligence that will invade our privacy, channel our choices and regulate our behaviors in the physical world.

              Robotics & AI, Open Source, 3D printing, Computer Platforms

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                New ‘soft robotics’ EE tool kit paves way to softer, flexible, open engineering robotics designs

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                Building a robot?

                Until recently, designing and fabricating robotic devices required access to expensive milling machines, lathes, drill presses and other complex hard metal cutting, boring and industrial bending tools.

                Today, ready access to  low-cost 3D printing, laser cutters, and other advances in manufacturing technology is ushering in the new age of “soft robotics” which is based on fabrication principles drawn from conventional rigid robot design applied to a new generation of pliable materials.

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                  Machines are winning at the other World Cup, thanks to a new model for innovation

                  By Girish Mhatre | July 24, 2014

                  imagesIt’s not exactly “Messi vs the machine,” as in the finale of the recently concluded FIFA world cup. Rather, it is machine versus machine. But what machines! RoboCup 2014, a massive demonstration of the state of robotics art, under way in Brazil’s eastern-most city, João Pessoa, pits robotic soccer teams against each other.

                  These teams don’t display the agility and grace of their human counterparts.