The Disruption of the Automotive Industry Represents a Significant 21st Century Change

October 14, 2017 – Technological innovation has always played the role of significant disruptor in almost every aspect of our human civilization. So it shouldn’t be too ... Continue Reading →

Tiny Robots Serve as Programmable Molecular Assembly Machines

September 23, 2017 – If you can make a robot small enough and then give it an arm like the Canadarm on the International Space Station, could you have it build things a molecule ... Continue Reading →

We’re Going to Miss Those Incredible Pictures of the Saturnian System

September 15, 2017 – I imagine for the scientists wed to NASA’s Cassini mission, saying goodbye to the robot spacecraft had to be hard. The images and data delivered represent ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: If You Thought the Job of Orchestra Conductor was Safe from Automation Think Again

September 13, 2017 – A robot named YuMi(R) led the Lucca Philharmonic and tenor Andrea Bocelli at Pisa’s Verdi Theatre this week. The robot conducted three pieces including ... Continue Reading →

The Nature of Work in the 21st Century Will Be Unlike Anything in the Past

September 4, 2017 – Yesterday I wrote about how a chatbot legal program could decrease dramatically billable hours and the number of people practicing law in the near future. ... Continue Reading →

On “60 Minutes” Autonomous Military Systems Displayed – Should We Be Concerned?

August 21, 2017 – Listening to the senior military staff describe the technology and its capabilities gave me the creeps. I felt like I was in a bad “Star Wars” episode, ... Continue Reading →

Habitat Being Built by NASA for Planned Lunar Orbit Deep Space Gateway

July 26, 2017 – NASA continues to have aspirations to develop a Deep Space network which includes a habitat in permanent lunar orbit. So the agency has looked in its closet of ... Continue Reading →

Novel Biomedical Uses for Robots

July 26, 2017 – Robots are finding their way into medical practice in many ways. Here are two innovations, one already in use to make current procedures safer, and the other presenting ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Communicating with Robots May Have Just Gotten a Bit Better

July 15, 2017 – Computer scientists at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have developed new software that makes it easier for robots to understand human requests. ... Continue Reading →

Martian Surface Inhospitable to Earth Microbes Say Scientists

July 10, 2017 – This is a good news, bad news story. The good news is any biology that hitchhikes on Mars landers and rovers probably stands no chance of survival on the surface ... Continue Reading →