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  • More robots, more work March 19, 2019
    Robots will take over all jobs, so it is often thought. On the contrary, say Charissa Freese and Ton Wilthagen: robots will create jobs. It's just that these new jobs will be different, and the challenge is to anticipate which jobs will disappear, which ones will change, and what the new ones will be like […]
  • Robot arms with the flexibility of an elephant's trunk March 19, 2019
    Unlike conventional robot arms with hinged and swivel joints, new flexible arms being developed by Professor Stefan Seelecke and his research group at Saarland University are constructed using muscles made from shape-memory wires that have the ability to bend in almost any direction and to wind themselves around corners.
  • Micro-robots could go inside the body and track vital signs, professor says March 18, 2019
    Every time University of Pennsylvania engineer Marc Miskin speaks about his research on miniature robots, someone asks the question: How does it compare to the submarine in "Fantastic Voyage"?
  • Short circuit: Tokyo unveils chatty 'robot-eers' for 2020 Olympics March 15, 2019
    Tokyo Olympic organisers on Friday rolled out a pair of chatty robots they will put to work to assist wheelchair users at the 2020 Games as they continue to plug Japan's cutting-edge technology.
  • In competition, people get discouraged by competent robots March 11, 2019
    It's not whether you win or lose; it's how hard the robot is working.
  • Efficiency boost for robot submarines March 8, 2019
    Researchers in China have designed an improved energy-aware and self-adaptive deployment method for autonomous underwater vehicles. The team of Chunlai Peng and Tao Wang of the Guangdong University of Technology, in Guangzhou, provide details in the International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control.
  • How to prevent the 'robot apocalypse' from ending labor as we know it March 7, 2019
    It seems not a day goes by without the appearance of another dire warning about the future of work.
  • Ocean life in 3-D: Mapping phytoplankton with a smart AUV March 7, 2019
    Phytoplankton form the base of the marine food chain but are notoriously difficult for scientists to account for—a little like trying to identify and count motes of dust in the air. A truly independent underwater vehicle shows it can do the job.
  • Would you trust a robot to mind your child? March 7, 2019
    With an anticipated 39.5 million domestic/household robots expected to be in our homes by 2021 (IFR, 2018), Cranfield University is calling for members of the public to comment on a survey launched to identify people's views on robot ethics.
  • These robots are small, shape-shifting, and they adapt to their surroundings March 6, 2019
    With its low ceiling draped in soft, green netting, Jianguo Zhao's lab at the Colorado State University Powerhouse Energy Campus is hard to miss. Watch the lab's walking, grasping, flying, perching, shape-shifting robots in motion, and the reason for the netting becomes all too clear.