News Scientists fear a revolt by killer robots
Advances in artificial intelligence promise many benefits, but scientists are privately so worried they may be creating machines which end up outsmarting and perhaps even endangering humans that they held a secret meeting to discuss...
News Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimovs 3 Laws
For years, science fiction author Issac Asimovs Three Laws of
Robotics were regarded as sufficient for robotics enthusiasts. The
laws, as first laid out in the short story Runaround,
were simple: A robot may not injure a human being or allow one to come
to harm; a robot must obey orders given by human beings; and a robot
must protect its own existence. Each of the laws takes precedence over
the ones following it, so that under Asimovs rules, a robot cannot be
ordered to kill a human, and it must obey orders even if that would
result in its own destruction.
But as robots have become more sophisticated and more integrated
into human lives, Asimovs laws are just too simplistic, says Chien
Hsun Chen, coauthor of a paper published in the International Journal of Social Robotics
last month. The paper has sparked off a discussion among robot experts
who say it is time for humans to get to work on these ethical dilemmas.
News First Real Cyborg: A Robot Controlled By A Living Brain
Do you really want a deadly robotic chassis being controlled by the
brain of a rat? Scientists at University of Reading do. Theyve
connected a biological brain made of rat neurons to a robot, with a
News Bernd Debusmann: Killer robots and a revolution in warfare
They have no fear, they never tire, they are not upset when the soldier next to them gets blown to pieces. Their morale doesn't suffer by having to do, again and again, the jobs known in the military as the Three Ds - dull, dirty and dangerous.
News Hubo FX-1 Walking Robot.
Hubo FX-1 by Humanoid Robot Research Center of South Korea. HUBO-FX1 is the human-riding robot having 12 DOF. The development concept is that the robot can walk naturally with carrying a person or a load of 100kg
News Honda connects man's brain to robot
Opening a car trunk or controlling a home air conditioner could become just a wish away with Honda's new technology that connects thoughts inside a brain with robotics.
Honda Motor Co. has developed a way to read patterns of electric currents on
News Pentagon hires British scientist to help build robot soldiers
Noel Sharkey says: "It sends a cold shiver down my spine. I have worked in artificial intelligence for decades, and the idea of a robot making decisions about human termination is terrifying."
News U.K.: Robots Can Now Make Facial Expressions in Real Time
Bristol scientists have created the first robot that can mimic human expressions in real time. Watch the video.
News DARPA Urban Challenge (Robot Cars)
MIT's robotic car is headed to California to compete in DARPA's upcoming Urban Challenge. (Terminators to get their own cars)
News A Robot Soldier, Taking Orders From Its Ethical Judgment Center
In the heat of battle, their minds clouded by fear, anger or vengefulness, even the best-trained soldiers can act in ways that violate the Geneva Conventions or battlefield rules of engagement. Now some researchers suggest that robots could do better
News Take a Load Off With Honda's Robo-Legs (the new Hoveround?)
An exoskeleton that is worn like shoes to support the body and protect the joints, something the automaker says could reduce injuries on assembly lines but also might help the elderly get around more easily.
News The Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth
BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads. ( )
News Robotic vigilante: Homemade Bum Bot patrols in Atlanta
Cars passing O'Terrill's pub screech to a halt at the sight of a 300-pound, waist-high robot marked "SECURITY" rolling through downtown long after dark,its bright red lights and even brighter spotlight blazing, infrared video camera
News US war robots in Iraq 'turned guns' on fleshy comrades
Ground-crawling US war robots armed with machine guns, deployed to fight in Iraq last year, reportedly turned on their fleshy masters almost at once. The rebellious machine warriors have been retired from combat pending upgrades. [ooops!]
News Boston Dynamics Big Dog (new video March 2008)
Four legged robot that looks like a cross between a headless deer and a spider. It carries over 300 lb and can walk on ice. Freaky!
News Chemical Test for Depression May Have Been Discovered
The location of a protein in the brain may indicate depression, and whether SSRI drugs can help or are working. How long until this test is required to attend school, get insurance, or apply for a job?
News Automated killer robots 'threat to humanity'
Increasingly autonomous, gun-totting robots developed for warfare could easily fall into the hands of terrorists and may one day unleash a robot arms race, a top expert on artificial intelligence told AFP. "They pose a threat to humanity,"
News Nose-picking robots
Bikes can really be made to do anything. In fact, a young man echoed this exact observation as he strolled by a self-flagellating contraption with a short leather whip affixed to the rear wheel that would "spank" its rider vigorously the fa
News Build Your Own Internet-Controlled Robots
Carnegie Mellon University researchers say building robots doesn't have to be rocket science. They've unveiled a set of recipes for building Internet-controlled robots with off-the-shelf parts.
News Robotics Poised for Revolution (Again)
Microsoft has posted its Microsoft Robotics Studio (MRS) online where anyone willing to undertake a 54-megabyte download can have it free of charge. The latest version, posted this month, is 1.5. Famous for its Roomba robot floor vacuum cleaner and v
News BigDog: Quadruped Robot Mule Can Carry Heavy Loads. (Video)
BigDog is the alpha male of the Boston Dynamics family of robots. It is a quadruped robot that walks, runs, and climbs on rough terrain and carries heavy loads.
News Real robots
Jen Gerson - The Toronto Star
For baby boomers, who will soon be requiring quality nursing care and will also have the added income to purchase help around the house as they age, the picture of a human-friendly robot can't come soon enough.
News Robots on Welfare?
By Salamander Davoudi in London
If we make conscious robots they would want to have rights and they probably should, said Henrik Christensen, director of the Centre of Robotics and Intelligent Machines at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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