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Asakawa Named to National Inventors Hall of Fame

Her Home Page Reader gives internet access to blind and visually impaired computer users   Chieko Asakawa, the IBM Distinguished Service Professor in the Robotics Institute and an IBM Fellow at IBM Research, is among 19 innovators who will be inducted this year into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.   Asakawa, who came to [...]

How the humble robotic arm took over the world

By Ben Craw Dec 26, 2018   Today there are about 2 million industrial robots being used around the world, and that number is growing exponentially. Robots are doing everything from welding cars and making Adidas sneakers to farming lettuce and exploring Mars. Global sales have doubled over the past five years, according to the [...]

What K-12 Students Should Know About Artificial Intelligence

Tom Vander Ark Contributor Forbes Education I write about the future of learning, work and human development. Dec 12, 2018, 05:00am Amon Millner, Olin CollegeTom Vander Ark Machines that learn are reshaping lives and livelihoods. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the most important change force in modern society, but it remains common for high school [...]

RoadBotics piloting new AI tool in Detroit

By Patty Tascarella  – Senior Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times Dec 10, 2018, 8:15am EST Detroit will use a Pittsburgh startup's technology to drive better roads. Detroit will use a Pittsburgh-based startup’s artificial intelligence pavement inspection technology to assess the city’s 2,600 centerline mile road network in 2019. RoadBotics on Monday said that Detroit additionally [...]

These Robots Help Amazon’s Competitors Narrow the Delivery Gap

December 6, 2018, 6:00 AM EST By Max Chafkin Bloomberg Businessweek Berkshire Grey’s machines can pick, pack, and ship most items of 5 pounds or less. Robots do the job of human pickers at a Berkshire Grey lab. Photographer: Tony Luong for Bloomberg Businessweek In an enormous space at an undisclosed U.S. location, [...]

Army AI Task Force to put headquarters at CMU

The Crusher combat robot vehicle rolls over a car on a test range last month at White Sands Missle Range in New Mexico (Defense Armed Research Projects Agency/CMU) Dec 3, 2018 Bill Schackner Pittsburgh Post-Gazettte The Army plans to set up headquarters for its new Artificial Intelligence Task Force on the campus of [...]

PopSci Recognizes Wheel-Track With “Best of What’s New” Award

A wheel that can transform into a triangular track, developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is a winner of a Popular Science “Best of What’s New” Award for 2018. The reconfigurable wheel-track can transform from one mode to the other in less than [...]

Corps seeking shipyard to build its mat boat

By Ken Hocke WorkBoat.com on November 20, 2018 Bristol Harbor Group rendering The Army Corps of Engineers Marine Design Center (MDC) will soon release a sources sought notice for the construction of a 188’x74’x10′ deck barge for its Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) located on the Mississippi River. The mat boat is to be built to [...]

The Dream Labs of Future Robotics

by Tanya M. Anandan, Contributing Editor Robotic Industries Association Posted 10/30/2018 Tomorrow’s robotics are taking shape in today’s labs. From package delivery robots and self-driving cars, to surgical snakes and search and rescue robots, the innovations have profound implications. A year, 3 years, or maybe 5 to 10 years down the road, they could be [...]

Researchers Reinvent the Wheel for Vehicles of the Future

Shape-Shifting Tires, Digital Driving Assistants Could Enable Safe Driving Over All Kinds of Terrain Byron Spice  Monday, October 29, 2018 NREC has developed a vehicle with wheels that transform into tracks on the fly and a digital assistant that helps drivers find the safest, surest route across steep terrain as part of DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle [...]