Fastbrick Robotics is ramping up staffing and resources as it moves toward assembling the first commercial version of its one-armed robot bricklayer. In a quarterly report, the company says the building program continues to gather momentum, with procurement well underway.
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One of my favourite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation is "The Measure of a Man". In that episode, the personhood of the android Lieutenant Commander Data is legally argued with Capitan Picard and Commander Riker forced to lock horns in a court to determine whether Data should be afforded the right of self determination. While that might have been science fiction, the European Union is considering a similar matter, with a resolution to afford robots legal status as "electronic persons" being considered.
The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has taken out the top prize at the Amazon Robotic Challenge. Their entry in the Grand Championship in Combined Task section picked the team up a lazy US$80,000.
A new Australian team will take on the world's best at the biggest robot competition in Japan later this month.
"UTS Unleashed!" is the only Australian team to qualify for the 2017 RoboCup @ Home Social Robot League - a competition that requires teams to design robot behaviours that allow for interaction and collaboration with people in realistic home situations.
According to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), robots could replace up to 40 per cent of Australian jobs by 2025. This week, Fastbrick Robotics unveiled a prototype bricklaying machine in Western Australia that can build a house four times faster than a human brickie; and the next model will be even quicker. If you work in construction, you should be worried.
For some people, the human body isn’t a temple. Instead they see it as a source of frustration thanks to the considerable limitations compared to the powerful technology available today. In the last few years, a new community of biohackers or “grinders” has sprung up to experiment with enhancing the human body with technology. Largely outside of the mainstream disciplines of science or philosophy, it is a raw, exciting field that turns longstanding ethical beliefs on their head. We look at some of the implications of this kind of technology.
Nvidia GTC is the place where GPU developers converge to experience the latest in graphics technology. The three-day event covers everything from self-driving cars and artificially intelligent robots to supercomputers used in deep learning. Here are the most innovate and awe-inspiring products from the showroom floor.
The future is pizza. Last night, Domino's Australia unveiled DRU -- the world's first commercial autonomous delivery vehicle. This isn't a fictional marketing campaign; it's a bona fide robot that can do everything from navigate fences to talk to customers. We were given a sneak peak of the first prototype in Brisbane, which will be the testing ground for this cutting-edge delivery system. Here's everything you need to know!
This weekend, school students from around the country will be competing in the 2016 FIRST Robotics Asia Pacific final -- by besieging a castle with homemade semi–autonomous robots. It's being billed as self–driving cars meets Game of Thrones and is clearly the coolest thing to happen in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Which is kind of the point.
Artificial intelligence and robotics have enjoyed a resurgence of interest, and there is renewed optimism about their place in our future. But what do they mean for us? We asked some of Australia's leading AI scientists and researchers to answer eight frequently asked questions on this topic -- from the implications of armed robots in the military to the potential impact of AI on human employment.
Robots have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. Da Vinci drew up plans for one amongst his many fantastical inventions, and Nikola Tesla designed the first radio-controlled contraption. One day, robots will take our jobs -- at least the ones that are able to be automated -- and it was a robot called Unimate back in 1956 that first started this trend. The Unimate was one of the creations of inventor and serial entrepreneur George Devol -- a man who thought the world was ready for something new.
There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but it was cancelled after Malaysian police branded it "illegal" and "ridiculous". "There is nothing scientific about sex with robots," said a police chief. However, others believe there are many interesting and important aspects of intimate robot partners that are worth researching and discussing.
One day, a robot might save your life. But first it needs to work out how to open a door unassisted. The DARPA Robotics Challenge was created in response to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster and while results were decidedly mixed, the event provided a fascinating insight into the nuts-and-bolts of robotic engineering.