Cassini Robot Spacecraft Has Changed Our Understanding of the Solar System “Irrevocably”

April 28, 2017 – As NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported the first of 22 orbits that will take the Saturn-orbiting Cassini through that planet’s ring system, ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: IBM Melds Watson AI to a General Purpose Factory Robot

April 23, 2017 – IBM is pursuing creating general purpose robots that interact with humans in factory settings using their artificial intelligence (AI) Watson technology. Munich, ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Warehousing Robot That Works Blindingly Fast

April 20, 2017 – A Chinese courier and delivery service company, Shentong Express, has replaced human sorters with robots in warehousing operations with 30% improvement in efficiency. ... Continue Reading →

It is No Coincidence That There is a Correlation Between Technological Innovation and Growing Economic Disparity

April 15, 2017 – What separates the rich from the poor these days is looking more and more like technology. The rise of Silicon Valley and its billionaire entrepreneurs coincides ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Robot Named Tarzan

April 14, 2017 – A robot that can swing through the trees like Tarzan could bear the fictional character’s name. So meet Tarzan. It doesn’t actually swing through ... Continue Reading →

Peter Diamandis Talks About the Future of Supermarket Cashiers

April 10, 2017 – It has been awhile since I last shared the thoughts of Peter Diamandis of XPrize fame and Singularity University. It’s not that Peter has stopped writing. ... Continue Reading →

The Challenge of the 21st Century – Reflections on 2,000 Postings to this Blog Site

March 28, 2017 – It has been seven years of writing, this journey of mine. Today marks the 2,000th entry to the site which I began back in October of 2009. I’ve enjoyed ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Applying Origami to Robotics Has Significant Advantages

March 25, 2017 – Transformers are toys that change from cars into bipedal machines. They make for great movies and toys. But there is another side to the idea behind them. What ... Continue Reading →

The Battlefields of the Future: Robot Armies vs. Enhanced Humans

March 10, 2017 – In 1956, Lieutenant Colonel Robert B. Rigg, serving in the United States Army, wrote a paper entitled, “Soldier of the Futurarmy.” In it he described ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Boston Dynamics Provide a Peak at Dynamic, Fast Moving, Handle Robot

March 4, 2017 – Watching the video on YouTube introducing Handle is a bit like peering into the future of mobile robotics and it feels weird. This two-meter (6.5 feet) tall robot ... Continue Reading →