We are in the midst of an unprecedented 4th Industrial Revolution that according to Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), “will affect the very essence of our human experience.” Powered by artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, robots and other breakthroughs, these changes will come at us at rates that made the Industrial Revolution look like a period of stability.
Researchers at the Columbia Engineering Creative Machines lab have developed a 3D-printable, synthetic soft muscle that can mimic natural biological systems, lifting 1000 times its own weight. The artificial muscle is three times stronger than natural muscle and can push, pull, bend, twist, and lift weight -- no external devices required.
The major advance in this study is “their methodology for designing simple DNA devices that work in parallel to solve nontrivial tasks,” notes Duke University computer scientist John H. Reif in an article in the same issue of Science. Such tasks could include synthesizing a drug in a molecular factory or delivering a drug only when a specific signal is present in bloodstreams, say the researchers. “So far, the development of DNA robots has been limited to simple functions,” the researchers note.
It’s not difficult to see artificial intelligence and robotics go together like orange and chocolate, maybe better. It’s even less difficult to deduce that artificial intelligence and robotics, individually and combined, will be a source of future employment and those with mad skills resulting from the study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects will be making the big bucks
When it comes down to it, students don’t connect with canned lectures or impersonal technology. They prefer to interact with real, thinking humans, whose feedback and decision-making skills are invaluable for creating an environment where students can thrive.
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.
The Seattle-based cybersecurity firm found major security flaws in industrial models sold by Universal Robots, a division of U.S. technology company Teradyne Inc. It also cited issues with consumer robots Pepper and NAO, which are manufactured by Japan’s Softbank Group Corp., and the Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 made by China-based UBTech Robotics. These vulnerabilities could allow the robots to be turned into surveillance devices, surreptitiously spying on their owners, or let them to be hijacked and used to physically harm people or damage property, the researchers wrote in a report...
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.
Typically, students work with robots that have been pre-programmed or program robots to undertake simple tasks for which the outcome is known. But a research project in Israel came up with a way for high schoolers and first-year engineering students to learn robot intelligence technologies by engaging them in teaching robots -- both physical and digital -- to learn.
Meant for girls ages 6 and up, the robot will help girls learn to see science, technology, engineering and math in a new light.SmartGurlz is a toy brand whose line of self-balancing robots and action dolls encourage young women to become programmers.