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How to design a custom robot in minutes without being a roboticist

August 28, 2017

CSAIL director Daniela Rus, a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, hopes people will be able to use the system to incorporate robots that can help with everyday tasks, and that similar systems with rapid printing technologies will enable large-scale customization and production of robots.

'Terminator' Robots: The U.S. Military's Ultimate Weapon or Ultimate Nightmare?

August 28, 2017

Artificial intelligence experts shook up the tech world this month when they called for the United Nations to regulate and even consider banning autonomous weapons. Attention quickly gravitated to the biggest celebrity in the group, Elon Musk, who set the Internet ablaze when he tweeted: “If you're not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea.”

'Sci-fi to real life': US invests $17 million in laser tech

August 25, 2017

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and longtime supporter of directed energy research, announced the $17 million investment during a news conference Wednesday inside a Boeing lab where many of the innovations were developed. The U.S. already has the ability to shoot down enemy rockets and take out other threats with traditional weapons, but Heinrich said it's expensive.

Flexible 'electronic skin' patch provides wearable health monitoring anywhere on the body

August 24, 2017

A radical new electronic skin monitor developed by Korean and U.S. scientists tracks heart rate, respiration, muscle movement, acceleration, and electrical activity in the heart, muscles, eyes, and brain and wirelessly transmits it to a smartphone, allowing for continuous health monitoring.

Elon Musk reveals SpaceX spacesuit in Instagram post

August 24, 2017

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Instagram Wednesday to share the first photo of what the SpaceX suit looks like. Musk wrote in the post "that this actually works" and the stylish suit was not a mockup.

7 Leaders Shaping the AI Revolution

August 24, 2017

In all the talk about new tech trends in Silicon Valley, there has been little to match the excitement over artificial intelligence (AI). Tech journalists and venture investors hyperventilate when predicting all the things computers and robots may be capable of doing, while economists scratch their heads and attempt to forecast what jobs and functions -- now done by humans -- may be taken over by AI bots, and how it will affect the economy, both positively and negatively.

Will cities adapt when automation reshapes the job market?

August 23, 2017

Watch out, Rust Belt: The robots are coming. And they’re after one of the more precious resources in these beleaguered U.S. manufacturing hubs: jobs. That, at least, is the implication of a new analysis by the Brookings Institute, “Where the robots are,” that suggests the rise of robotics and automation will clobber the same areas hit by manufacturing’s decline, as technology radically changes how things get made (and how many workers are necessary to make them).

Federal S&E obligations to universities, colleges fell 2 percent between fiscal years 2014 and 2015

August 22, 2017

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, federal agencies obligated $30.5 billion to 1,016 academic institutions for science and engineering (S&E) activities, a 2 percent decrease in current dollars from the $31.1 billion in obligations to 1,003 academic institutions in FY 2014.

The US fired the first shot in a trade war with China

August 22, 2017

China sees the use of Section 301 as an act of aggression because it allows the American president to act against the Chinese economy without consulting the World Trade Organization (WTO). China has been a member of the organization since 2001. The use of Section 301 fell out of fashion around that time because US leaders didn't see the point of using it anymore as the WTO's framework had more legitimacy. Even allies were complaining about its use.

U.S. Chamber urges U.S., China to resolve tech policy

August 22, 2017

Following President Donald Trump's recent executive order regarding China’s handling of technology and intellectual property, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a response imploring the two nations to come to mutually agreeable terms.

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