Neural 'extension cord' developed for brain implants

Neural 'extension cord' developed for brain implants

From the article:Vertebrane may be here sooner than we think...


A level or two above the "Grand Challenge"

Street-fighting robot challenge announced

From the article:



N.Y. scanners spark union cries of "geoslavery"

N.Y. scanners spark union cries of "geoslavery"

From the article:



Ethics dilemma in killer bots

Ethics dilemma in killer bots

From the article:This topic has been discussed many times in this blog:



Microsoft Robotics Studio

Microsoft Robotics Studio



Robots ready to build a complete house

Robo-builder threatens the brickie

From the article:In Manna, the robots build welfare warehouses out of a material called Terrafoam. This concrete/gypsum mix may be the Terrafoam that they really use.

In the U.S. there are approximately 6 million people employed in construction. For them, the Robotic Nation may start arriving sooner than anyone thought possible.


UAVs can now land and take off themselves

Fire Scout - VTUAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, USA

From the article:So, the vehicle can take off and land itself, and it can fly where ever it needs to go on its own (using GPS signals as well as inertial guidance). And it can find and designate targets.

How much longer will military and commercial pilots have jobs? See Robotic Nation for details.



Futuristic automated bus unveiled

Futuristic automated bus unveiled

Here is the first sentence of the article:Also:It is that 50% reduction that will drive the Robotic Nation. In every industry, it will be the same.



HP Engineers Defy Moore’s Law

HP Engineers Defy Moore’s Law, New Nano-Chip Prototype in 2008: "HP announced today that its research department came up with a breakthrough discovery, which could lead to the creation of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) up to eight times denser... Applications of FPGAs include DSP, software-defined radio, aerospace and defense systems, ASIC prototyping, medical imaging, computer vision, speech recognition, cryptography, bioinformatics, computer hardware emulation and a growing range of other areas. FPGAs originally began as competitors to CPLDs and competed in a similar space, that of glue logic for PCBs. As their size, capabilities, and speed increased, they began to take over larger and larger functions to the state where some are now marketed as full systems on chips (SOC)."



Surgical Robotics: Is R2D2 in Your Future?


Surgical Robotics: Is R2D2 in Your Future?

Description: "Surgical Robots are here now; they have their roots in Stanford based research and Silicon Valley development. How do they work? What can they do? Thomas Krummel, MD, addresses the current uses of surgical robotics, the reasons for using them and their role in future medical treatments."



Robots and Jobs

The following image was scanned from a science book for kids entitled "Mysteries and Marvels of Science", published by Usborne:

It demonstrates the conventional wisdom for robots in the workplace - that robots will take only the "repetitive" and "dangerous" jobs.

Of course, as robots get more and more capable, there will be nothing that boxes them into these specific job categories. Economic pressure will demand that robots fill all jobs as soon as they can do so. So, robots will replace every truck driver, construction worker, restaurant employee, retail clerk, real estate agent, pilot, doctor, etc. in the not-so-distant futue. And thus we will arrive at the Robotic Nation.


New plastic microchips

Plastic may spell the end of the silicon microchip

Plastic won't spell the end of silicon, but it will offer a lower-cost alternative in many applications. From the article:Developments like these will also lower the cost of robots, and make them more powerful in their thinking.


Catching criminals with surveillance cameras

The article:As more and more cameras are installed, police are able to track criminals across broader landscapes:In the Robotic Nation, every thing you do will be filmed, not by a "motley assortment" but by an organized whole mounted on mobile, ubiquitous robots. See Robotic Nation for details. In all likelihood, the idea of an "unsolved crime" will be eliminated within the next decade or two.

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