#439527 It’s (Still) Really Hard for Robots to ...

Every time we think that we’re getting a little bit closer to a household robot, new research comes out showing just how far we have to go. Certainly, we’ve seen lots of progress in specific areas like grasping and semantic understanding and whatnot, but putting it all together into a hardware platform that can actually get stuff done autonomously still seems quite a way off.
In a paper presented at ICRA 2021 this month, researchers from the University of Bremen […] Continue Reading…

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#439522 Two Natural-Language AI Algorithms Walk ...

“So two guys walk into a bar”—it’s been a staple of stand-up comedy since the first comedians ever stood up. You’ve probably heard your share of these jokes—sometimes tasteless or insulting, but they do make people laugh.
“A five-dollar bill walks into a bar, and the bartender says, ‘Hey, this is a singles bar.’” Or: “A neutron walks into a bar and orders a drink—and asks what he owes. The bartender says, ‘For you, no charge.’”And so on.
Abubakar Abid, an […] Continue Reading…

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#439518 Rocket Mining System Could Blast Ice ...

Realistically, in-situ resource utilization seems like the only way of sustaining human presence outside of low Earth orbit. This is certainly the case for Mars, and it’s likely also the case for the Moon—even though the Moon is not all that far away (in the context of the solar system). It’s stupendously inefficient to send stuff there, especially when that stuff is, with a little bit of effort, available on the Moon already.
A mix of dust, rocks, and significant […] Continue Reading…

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#439513 Video Friday: Telexistence

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):
RoboCup 2021 – June 22-28, 2021 – [Online Event]
RSS 2021 – July 12-16, 2021 – [Online Event]
Humanoids 2020 – July 19-21, 2021 – [Online Event]
RO-MAN 2021 – August 8-12, 2021 – [Online Event]
DARPA SubT Finals – September 21-23, 2021 […] Continue Reading…

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#439509 What’s Going on With Amazon’s ...

Amazon’s innovation blog recently published a post entitled “New technologies to improve Amazon employee safety,” which highlighted four different robotic systems that Amazon’s Robotics and Advanced Technology teams have been working on. Three of these robotic systems are mobile robots, which have been making huge contributions to the warehouse space over the past decade. Amazon in particular was one of the first (if not the first) e-commerce companies to really understand the fundamental power of robots in warehouses, with […] Continue Reading…

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