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  1. Jan 2019
    1. Robotic thirst quenchers: A 5G service robot serves free bottles of water to travelers at East Railway Station in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on the first day of the Spring Festival travel rush.

      Robots

  2. Aug 2017
    1. Today, you’re either above the API or below the API. You either tell robots what to do, or are told by robots what to do.

      This is a great way to understand human relationship to automation. See also Vonnegut's Player Piano.

  3. Apr 2017
    1. For about $3,000 each, telepresence robots -- which look like iPads mounted on small Segway self-balancing, battery-powered machines -- are making distance learning easier, clearer and more realistic for online students at hundreds of colleges and universities.

      I think this is cool!

    1. Using 3-D cameras, it builds a picture of the crops, looking for individual plants under stress. Should the tower spot something awry, it dispatches Vinobot. The rover uses its robotic arm to create a detailed 3-D model of the plant, showing scientists the exact angles of leaves, for instance, to determine how different kinds of corn handle drought.

      Really interesting!

  4. Mar 2017
    1. how the world gasped when Boston Dynamics dropped a video of its newest bot, Handle, this week.

      this is one of the coolest things I've ever seen!

  5. Feb 2017
    1. Because the robot built a model of itself that was distinct from its real physical body, he suggested that its creators had – perhaps inadvertently – given it a sense of self.

      Interesting way to think about it.

    2. It was creepy: a four-legged metal crawler that could figure out how to limp if one of its legs was shortened.

      You have to start somewhere!