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Now Is the Time to Ban Terminator-Like Robots

The United States has on its Aegis-class cruisers a defense system that can track and destroy anti-ship missiles and aircraft. Israel has developed a...

Japanese Robotic Farm’s First Harvest Next Year—Half a Million Lettuces a Day in Five...

In modern times, farming's gone from humanity's top job to a sliver of the economy—a trend that continues today as fewer young people choose to farm. For every...

2015’s Most Electrifying Emerging Tech? World Economic Forum Releases Annual List

Writing lists forecasting technology is a bit like writing science fiction. Prerequisites include intimate knowledge of the bleeding edge of technology, the ability to separate...

What We’re Reading This Week Across the Web (Through Mar 28)

Enjoy this week's stories! ROBOTS: It's Time For Robot Pilots Jason Koebler | Motherboard "Flying a plane from the ground (or taking it over from the ground, in...

Top 10 Reasons Drones Are Disruptive

If you think today's drones are interesting, you ain't seen nothing yet. Drones are in their deceptive phase, about to go disruptive. Check out where...

Robots Able to Pick Peppers, Test Soil, and Prune Plants Aim To Replace Farm...

At the turn of the last century, nearly half of the American workforce was dedicated to agriculture. Industrial inventions like the steel plow had...

Can Google Tango Make Off-the-Shelf Drones Autonomous?

Personal drones are all the rage. Though hobbyist RC helicopters and planes have been around for years, today’s multi-rotor vehicles are easier to pilot...

Matternet CEO Tells TED Global Internet of Drones Could Positively Impact a Billion

A billion people have no access to all-season roads. Over three billion live in cities or megacities. Quick access to goods faces either impassible mud or impenetrable gridlock. But Singularity University Labs startup, Matternet, has a plan. Speaking to an audience at TED Global last summer, co-founder and CEO, Andreas Raptopoulos said Matternet is “a new idea about a network for transportation that is based on the ideas of the internet.”

Robot Fighter Jet X-47B Autonomously Lands on Aircraft Carrier

The Navy’s newest fighter is a high-tech batwing the size of an F/A 18 Super Hornet. The stealthy X-47B can carry 4,500 pounds of weapons at half mach speed, up to 40,000 feet, and over 2,400 miles. The aircraft lacks but one thing. A cockpit. The X-47B is a next-generation military drone. Unlike previous military drones, the X-47B is completely autonomous. And we’re not just talking the ability to fly simple missions from one airstrip to another. Recently, the X-47B landed on an aircraft carrier by algorithm alone. That’s something only elite fighter pilots have been able to do until now.

Matternet Building Quadcopter Drone Network To Transport Supplies

Last summer, drones took to the skies over the Dominican Republic and Haiti. These flying bots weren’t on a military mission, nor were they conducting police surveillance. They belonged to audacious Singularity University Labs startup, Matternet. Matternet wants to leapfrog road infrastructure in developing countries by building a futuristic Pony Express—with drones.

Visions Of The Future: DR0NE, A Webseries About Autonomous Humanoid Soldiers

Consider, for a moment, the rising use of drone technology by the military. In light of how years of advances in robotics and artificial intelligence...

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