SoftBank to Take Fearsome Robots Off Alphabet's Hands


SoftBank on Thursday announced that it will acquire robotics company Boston Dynamics from Alphabet, parent company of Google. Softbank also agreed to buy robotics firm Schaft as part of the same deal. SoftBank Robotics is the company’s subsidiary that focuses on the development, sales and maintenance of humanoid and service robots. “Smart robotics are going to be a key driver of the next stage of the information revolution,” said SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.”

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Japan and the US are having a giant robot duel

We finally know when the giant robot duel, pitting California-based robotics company MegaBots against Japanese robotics company Suidobashi, will take place. And we don’t have too long to wait.

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These robots can talk to one another to 'see' around factory corners

Locus Robotics’ autonomous warehouse robots just got a whole lot smarter, thanks to a new software update that allows them to talk to each other on the warehouse floor. Here’s how they work.

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Realdoll builds artificially intelligent sex robots with programmable personalities

Sex doll manufacturer Realdoll is dipping its toe into the world of AI and robotics with a new concept for a robot sex assistant that will form a “real bond” with its, erm, users.

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US Navy is sponsoring fish robot project to help develop underwater vehicles

Could studying the locomotion of fish be the key to developing more versatile underwater vehicles and robotics systems? The U.S. Navy certainly thinks so, and it is sponsoring a fish robot to prove it.

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Boston Dynamics' tiny new robot sneaks through your house like a ninja

Boston Dynamics, the robotics company that will someday be responsible for the end of humanity, just unveiled its latest creation.

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Neato adds Apple Watch control to robotic vacuum in new app update

Article Image Neato Robotics this week issued an app update for its Wi-Fi enabled Botvac Connected vacuum cleaner, allowing users to take control of their autonomous cleaning device from Apple Watch for the first time.

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This robotic fishing lure can make dead fish swim again

The field of robotics is transforming how we deliver packages, how we raise our kids, and now the technology is poised to change how we fish.

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How American engineers are helping drive robotics innovation

Getting out of a car can be tricky if you’re a robot. Last month, robotics experts from around the world travelled to Pomona, California to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), a contest where semi-autonomous humanoid robots have to perform various obstacles, such as driving vehicles, cutting holes with power tools, and opening car doors, all without falling down. 

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Underwater robots function like schools of fish

Robotics may soon be giving sea life a run for their money. European scientists have created small underwater robots that are capable of not only learning individually but also of interacting and exchanging information as a group — a function known as collective cognition, which is akin to schools of fish. Over the past year, 22 videos have been released by the EU-supported CoCoRo project that show the autonomous robots performing various demonstrations underwater as a group, which is the largest underwater robot swarm to date.

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By 2025, ‘sexbots will be commonplace’ – which is just fine, as we’ll all be unemployed and bored thanks to robots stealing our jobs

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According to a new report that looks at how continuing improvements to artificial intelligence and robotics will impact society, ‘robotic sex partners will become commonplace’ by 2025. A large portion of the report also focuses on how AI and robotics will impact both blue- and white-collar workers, with about 50% of the polled experts stating that robots will displace more human jobs than they create by 2025.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/188047-by-2025-sexbots-will-be-commonplace-which-is-just-fine-as-well-all-be-unemployed-and-bored-thanks-to-robots-stealing-our-jobs

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Meet Jibo, the world’s first family robot – built by MIT’s social robotics master

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Cynthia Breazeal, an MIT professor and one of the pioneers of social robotics, has unveiled “the world’s first family robot.” Called Jibo, the all-white desktop-sitting robot has more than a passing resemblance to a certain robot from a recent animated Pixar movie. The robot, which will cost around $500 when it’s released, will have a range of abilities that will hopefully make it the perfect companion to have around the house — such as telling stories to kids, automatically taking photos when you pose, easy messaging and video calling, providing reminders for calendar entries, and companionship through emotional interaction.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/186401-meet-jibo-the-worlds-first-family-robot-made-by-mits-social-robotics-master

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