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Ford’s ever-smarter robots are speeding up the assembly line

Enlarge / Ford is adding artificial intelligence to its robotic assembly lines. In 1913, Henry Ford revolutionized car-making with the first moving assembly line, an innovation that made piecing together new vehicles faster and more efficient. Some hundred years later, Ford is now using artificial intelligence to eke more speed out of today’s manufacturing lines. …

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Origami-like patch could help robot surgeons repair internal injuries

Robot surgeons could one day have an easy way to mend internal injuries with minimal impact. MIT researchers have developed an “origami-inspired,” biodegradable medical patch that can be folded around a robot’s minimally invasive surgical tools to seal internal damage. While bioadhesive patches are already in use for this kind of surgery, they can create …

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This robot dog learned how to get up after being knocked down

Yang et al At some point when you were a toddler, you learned how to pick yourself up after falling and eventually how to walk on your own two feet. You likely had encouragement from your parents, but for the most part, you learned through trial and error. That’s not how robots like Spot and …

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Boeing’s tanker drone completes first flight with refueling pod

Boeing Humans might not have much involvement in mid-air refueling before long. Boeing has flown a test version of its MQ-25 tanker drone with a refueling pod attached for the first time, taking it one step closer to topping up military aircraft. The 2.5-hour flight showed that the autonomous drone’s aerodynamics were sound with the …

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Robots invade the construction site

</figure>Theresa Arevalo was in high school when she first tried finishing drywall at her brother’s construction company. “It’s a fine art,” she says of mudding—applying and smoothing drywall. “Like frosting a cake, you have to give the illusion that the wall is flat.” Fast-forward a few decades: Arevalo now works at Canvas, a company that’s …

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Magnetic FreeBOT orbs work together to climb large obstacles

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen We’ve seen both companies and research teams attempt to make modular robots an everyday reality, but, more often than not, they all run into the same problem: the mechanism that allows those devices to connect to each other is complicated and fragile. With a new design called FreeBOT, a …

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UK general says a quarter of the army could be robots by the 2030s

REUTERS/Henry Nicholls It’s no secret that numerous militaries are relying more on drones and other robotic vehicles, but the UK’s leadership has a particularly bold vision. As the Guardian reports, armed forces head General Sir Nick Carter told Sky News in an interview that he believed a quarter of the British Army could be robots …

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Alphabet’s Mineral moonshot wants to help farmers with robotic plant buggies

Alphabet / Mineral In 2018, Alphabet’s X lab said it was in the process of exploring how it could use artificial intelligence to improve farming. On Monday, X announced that its “computational agriculture” project is called Mineral. The Mineral team has spent the last several years “developing and testing a range of software and hardware prototypes based …

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Miso is the future of restaurant tech and it doesn’t take much to invest

StackCommerce When you think of people investing in state-of-the-art technology products, your mind probably turns to yacht-owning billionaires dropping obscene amounts of money on AI products you’ve never heard of. This persistent and unfortunate association between high-level investments and seemingly unattainable wealth has kept countless would-be investors from taking advantage of an increasingly lucrative and …

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Electronic skin reacts to pain like a human

RMIT University Electronic skins can already react to touch, but they’re not much good at reacting to the jabs and burns that cause pain. That’s a problem for prosthetics and robots that are supposed to have human-like responses. They may be more sensitive in the future, though. RMIT University researchers have developed an artificial skin …

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