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These mechanical ‘cockroaches’ could be the future of robotics

“A cockroach might be the key to a scientific breakthrough in robot technology” writes Fox News for nypost.com. The ability to make the swift maneuver from horizontal to vertical at high speeds is something that robots today can’t even accomplish, Jayaram said.Researchers at UC Berkeley developed a small-sized robot based on the unique movements and capabilities of the insect, specifically to better “understand how animals can rapidly transition from running on level ground to climbing up vertical walls,” Kaushik Jayaram, a Harvard fellow and recent UC Berkeley PhD graduate who…

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Miso Robotics raises $10 million to launch Flippy the burger-flipping robot

“Miso Robotics today announced that it has raised $10 million to bring its restaurant worker robot Flippy to fast food chains and restaurants” writes Khari Johnson for venturebeat.com. Miso Robotics is one of a number of companies trying to use robots to replace or augment fast food workers. Others include Cafex in San Francisco, which uses a robotic arm to serve up coffee and tea, and Pepper from SoftBank Robotics.The arm was manufactured by Fanuc and utilizes Miso Robotics’ cloud AI platform to operate the robot using a combination of cameras,…

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Watch this cockroach-inspired robot try to walk through walls

“So scientists developed a sensorless, palm-size robot with a soft, roachlike exoskeleton and six legs that they dubbed the Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod” writes Michael Allen for sciencemag.org. The new work, they say, could lead to the development of less complex, but more robust robots that can navigate complex environments at higher speeds. Source: sciencemag.org Share This:

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Boston Dynamics’ dog robot can open up doors now and WTF we’re all dead

“SpotMini walks up to a door, when suddenly another yellow dog robot with a claw arm on its back emerges” writes Brian Koerber for mashable.com. Almost two years ago, robotics company Boston Dynamics posted a video to its YouTube channel where the team essentially beat the crap out of its robot, Atlas.Well, now its robots can OPEN UP DOORS. In a clip posted to its YouTube channel on Monday, Boston Dynamics showed off a new feature on its dog-like robot, SpotMini, which looks way similar to the killer dog robot…

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Bitcoin price – latest updates as cryptocurrency value slowly rises

“The Independent’s bitcoin group on Facebook is the best place to follow the latest discussions and developments in cryptocurrency” writes Andrew Griffin for independent.co.uk. We’ve teamed up with cryptocurrency trading platform eToro.Its price is expected to continue to fluctuate unpredictably, and this live blog will be regularly updated with the latest news and significant changes. :: The Independent’s bitcoin group is the best place to follow the latest discussions and developments in cryptocurrency. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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Are robot cops the future of efficient, bias-free policing?

“In years, maybe decades, the young officer with a quota could be replaced by a robotic cop car” writes Steven Nelson for washingtonexaminer.com. The concept is outlined in a Ford patent filing for a self-driving cop car capable of using artificial intelligence “to find good hiding spots to catch violators of traffic laws.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Bitcoin value plunges dramatically amid global financial market drop

“The latest drop comes amid financial instability that is dragging down share prices and other financial markets across the world” writes Andrew Griffin for independent.co.uk. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are plunging amid a terrible day in financial markets.It’s impossible to say how much the continuing fall of bitcoin is linked to the plunge in the stock markets.But many others are doing nearly as badly: both bitcoin and Ripple are down 23 per cent, and bitcoin cash has dropped nearly 27 per cent.But cryptocurrency does appear to be tracking the broader financial…

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