Starting from the outside, with Robot Legs

February 28, 2012

Big post over at the Singularity Hub, about Ekso Bionics‘ robot legs.
Technically I don’t think there’s all that much to the robot legs themselves. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a very well devised and beautifully implemented piece of engineering, it’s just that in the recent past we’ve seen things that show us how much more [...]


Robotic Drivers legally allowed to drive in Nevada

February 24, 2012

Starting March 1, robotic drivers will be legally allowed to drive around in Nevada, USA with a special “test” driver’s license.
The plan is that companies wishing to test-drive their autonomous cars will have to file a detailed plan about what exactly they are testing, but once accepted, they may openly and lawfully set their machines [...]


A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

February 2, 2012

By now the furore over this video has probably reached those who are interested in these topics, but just in case you’ve missed it, check out this amazing video of a swarm of nano quadrotors, flying in a controlled and agile way as a formation:

The degree of control each quadrotor has over it’s position and [...]


Wag that tail, Robot

January 6, 2012
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I know we already had a post this week, and a rather substantial one at that, but this is just cool. And it has robots! So forgive me for over indulging in my link sharing, but here is an article with an excellent video on reptilian-like tailed robots (video at the end of the post).
It is [...]


Thoughts on “The Future of Moral Machines”

January 4, 2012
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Today we’re coming back to the topic of ethics and morality.
It is not a commonly accepted fact that there is a real need for serious thought and debate over the subject of “synthetic” moral agents. Many people and institutions still regard this issue as something of an esoteric topic that the techies have dreamed up in [...]


MIT Creates Chip to Model Synapses

November 16, 2011

As our co-lobster and good friend António puts it: “…only software is missing”.
Read the original article and the /. discussion.


Learning to learn

September 8, 2011

Generalizing, learning by itself, learning to learn. These (together will self-awareness, possibly) are the most basic capabilities needed for an AI that can lead us into the singularity. And yet, the current state of the art is frankly quite incipient.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know we’re more advanced now than we’ve ever been before [...]


The first batch of our cards has arrived!

February 26, 2010